Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Bread

If I told you this entire loaf was gone in less than 48 hours, would you believe me?

Because it barely even made it that long😂

I won’t bore you with an intro, ain’t nobody got time for that, but I will tell you that this recipe is:

  • made entirely in one bowl
  • has only 1/4 cup of sugar (from the maple syrup) minus the chocolate chips, which are optional anyway
  • fantastic when paired with almond or peanut butter
  • the perfect amount of moist – won’t crumble but isn’t “wet” either (sometimes that can happen with paleo breads)
  • packed with protein
  • can probably be made vegan if you use flax eggs instead of regular ones!

Paleo Chocolate Zucchini Bread

3/4 cup grated zucchini

1/4 cup hazelnut flour

1 cup almond flour

1/4 cup cacao powder

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs, room temperature

2 tbsp melted coconut oil

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and grease a loaf pan with a thin layer of coconut oil.
  2. Shred the zucchini in either a food processor or by hand with a grater. Place on two-three paper towels to help soak up some of the excess water.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together all of the other ingredients (the eggs, vanilla, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, cacao powder, both flours, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda).
  4. Add in the zucchini and chocolate chips if using, and stir to combine well.
  5. Pour into a loaf pan and use a spatula to smooth out the top. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

That’s all for today, folks! Let me know if you make this recipe – I’m gearing up to make it a second time in one week😋

xo Jordan

GF & Vegan Chai Protein Banana Bread

“Wait this is really good, are you sure it’s vegan and gluten free?” -actual words from my bf after trying this😂

For the first time ever, I tried baking with hazelnut flour and now I can confirm: it is very much like baking with almond flour and VERY much delicious. Highly recommend👌🏻

This bread is pretty dang easy to make, gluten-free, vegan (unless you decide to use a different protein powder or regular eggs instead of flax eggs), and has zero added sugar since it’s sweetened by the mashed banana. It’s also insanely tasty topped with nut butter, just a tip.

Oh, and one more tip – it’s moist, so need to worry about it being crumbly per se, but if you don’t let it cool properly before transferring it out of the loaf pan, it might break apart! Just FYI😊

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GF & Vegan Chai Protein Banana Bread

1 cup almond flour

3/4 cup hazelnut flour (or more almond flour)

1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill Chai Protein Booster (or vanilla & add spices)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

2 ripe bananas, mashed

1/4 cup coconut oil

2 flax eggs – 2 tbsp ground flaxseed + 3 tbsp water (or regular eggs)

1 tsp vanilla

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit, grease a loaf pan with coconut oil, and make flax eggs (they need to sit for just 10 minutes to form!).
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients including both flours, protein powder, baking powder, and spices.
  3. In a small bowl, melt the coconut oil in the microwave, then add in the mashed banana, vanilla and flax eggs.
  4. Pour into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and fold to combine. Then transfer to the loaf pan and bake for 40 minutes.
  5. Let cool completely (at least 20 minutes) before removing from pan. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to a month.

Let me know if you try this recipe! It’s seriously one of my favorites, I’m just waiting for more ripe bananas so I can make it again!😊

xo Jordan

Milk & Cereal Donuts

I have fun one for today, you guys 😍

Dancing for Donuts | Cereal Milk Donuts

I think the best part about my job, well the blogging half at least, is getting to be creative in the kitchen! And let me tell you, it feels so good to have more time to do that now that I’m on my own.

I was working with Barbara’s Cereal on an Instagram post (yes, that was sponsored, but this isn’t!), and instead of just putting some cereal in a pretty yogurt bowl like I do so often, I wanted to do something a bit more out of the box! And, on brand, if you will😏

These donuts are insanely easy to make. The hardest part is probably just waiting for the cereal so soak in the milk, honestly.😂 I use Birch Bender’s pancake mix to make things easier, but you could probably use any other pancake mix that works for you! And just be sure to frost the donuts right before you’re ready to eat, otherwise the topping might get soggy.

Dancing for Donuts | Cereal Milk Donuts

Milk & Cereal Donuts

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 cup Barbara’s Honest O’s Honey Nut Cereal (plus more for topping)

1 cup Birch Benders Pancake Mix (I used their Original)

2 eggs

1 medium ripe banana, mashed

1/3 cup coconut sugar

2 tbsp vanilla protein powder

2/3 cup powdered sugar + 1 tbsp almond milk for the icing

  1. In a large bowl, add the almond milk and 1/2 cup of cereal. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and grease a donut pan with coconut oil or ghee. Drain the cereal from the almond milk and add the milk, pancake mix, eggs, banana, coconut sugar and protein powder. Stir until well combined.
  3. Spoon the batter into the donut pan until almost full (just under the top of the mold. Bake for 11-12 minutes, or until firm to the touch.
  4. Let cool completely before using a butter knife to trace around the outside of the donuts. Using a spoon, carefully remove the donuts from the mold and place on a plate or cutting board.
  5. In a small bowl, stir together the powdered sugar and almond milk for the icing. Spoon the icing onto each donut one by one, immediately followed by placing the Honey Nut O’s on top, pressing firmly so they don’t slide.
  6. Serve immediately, or place in an airtight container *without cereal on top* until ready to eat. If you put the cereal on top and let it sit overnight, the cereal might get soggy!

*If you’d like to make these vegan, try using flax eggs and/or another banana in place of the eggs – I can’t promise the texture will be the same, though.

Dancing for Donuts | Cereal Milk Donuts

That’s it, y’all! I can’t think of a better reason to treat yourself to a donut than a Tuesday, you know what I mean?😉 Have a great one!

xo Jordan

Grain-Free Strawberry Scones

You guys I am SO excited to share this recipe with you today!!

Grain-Free Strawberry Scones | Dancing for Donuts

I posted this plate on Instagram this past weekend and everyone seemed to go crazy over that scone and I can tell you it was for good reason😎 If you’re not usually a scone fan, I get it. They’re usually dry, and kind of the less-exciting version of a muffin, but I can promise you that these are nothing like that! They’re flavorful, bright, moist (sorry🙈) and could definitely hold their own next to a muffin!

The best part, though? They’re essentially made in a food processor…like YES PLEASE. The easier the better👏🏼 They’re also grain-free and gluten-free if you double check to make sure your oats are, plus they a far greater nutritional value than traditional scones thanks to the almond flour (that has protein!). Keep scrollin’ for the recipe!

Grain-Free Strawberry Scones | Dancing for Donuts

Grain-Free Strawberry Scones

1 1/2 cups oat flour (just pulse oats in a food processor to make!)

1 cup almond flour

1 tbsp baking powder

2 tbsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

4 tbsp honey (or maple syrup)

2 eggs

4 tbsp cold butter, chopped

3/4 cup chopped strawberries

2 tbsp coconut sugar (optional)

  1. In a food processor or blender, combine the oat flour (or oats), almond flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Pulse in cold butter 4-5 times.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the vanilla, honey, and eggs. Add to blender and pulse until just combined. Fold in strawberries.
  3. Using a spatula, put the batter on a piece of parchment paper into a flattened circle about 1 inch thick. Cover with another piece of parchment or plastic wrap and store in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  4. After dough has set, preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and cut the dough into 8 triangles. It’ll be super sticky but using a spatula or flipper will help move the triangles about an inch apart.
  5. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until starting to brown. If adding the coconut sugar, remove the scones after 10 minutes, sprinkle on the sugar, then place back in the oven for another 5 minutes or so.
  6. Let cool completely (about 20 minutes) before moving or eating! They will probably crumble if you try to move them before that, so try to either be patient or just eat the pieces😊
Grain-Free Strawberry Scones | Dancing for Donuts

And that’s it! Easy peasy, perfect for a weekend treat, brunch party, or picnic. I can’t wait to make other varieties of this!! Let me know in the comments if there are any other flavors you’d like to see😍

Also it’s MAY, already?! What even. Happy May!!!!

xo Jordan

Gluten-Free Chickpea Pizza Crust

Alright y’all, we are finally back with a recipe👏🏻👏🏻

Gluten-Free Chickpea Pizza Crust | Dancing for Donuts

I’m not gonna lie to you, this is not completely *my* recipe. My mom actually discovered it from the Food Network and I just adapted it every so slightly! It’s dad and boyfriend approved, so you know it’s a good one😏

It’s also insanely easy and CHEAP. Cauliflower crust has been all the rage lately, and I do love that too, but it costs a pretty penny. This recipe gets even cheaper if you buy dried beans and soak them overnight, which is what I do because #BabesOnABudget

What I love most about it though, is that it has a bit more of a bread consistency (unlike the cauliflower crusts) and you can top it with absolutely anything. I think I might try to make a dessert pizza with it soon! Also just fyi, the texture of this crust is definitely on the drier side, so I definitely recommend eating it right away.

Gluten-Free Chickpea Pizza Crust | Dancing for Donuts

Chickpea Pizza Crust

1 can or 1 1/2 cups chickpeas

1 egg

1 tbsp almond flour

1 tsp each salt + pepper

1 tsp each garlic + onion powder

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. *Be sure to spray the parchment paper with cooking spray, too!
  2. In a blender or food processor, add all ingredients and pulse until smooth like a dough or thicker version of hummus.
  3. Using a spatula, transfer the dough onto the parchment paper and flatten into a circle that’s about 1 cm thick. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven, add desired toppings (I love this crust with a pesto base, mozzarella and mushrooms!
  5. Bake for another 10 minutes, remove from oven and serve immediately.

Let me know if you decide to make this!! It’s seriously so easy but SO good, aka what we’re all about over here😊

Have a great day!

xo Jordan

Paleo CBD Thin Mints

Humpday calls for baking, am I right?!

Paleo CBD Thin Mints | Dancing for Donuts

Today’s recipe is a bit different than usual – I’m adding in CBD Oil🙈

Truth be told, I always felt weird trying CBD products. I don’t smoke, I never have, and the idea of it just seemed strange to me, even though I’d heard such amazing things about it in the wellness world. A friend actually recently told me I should try using CBD oil to ease some pretty severe back pain I’ve been experiencing, too.

I haven’t actually been using it regularly so I can’t attest to its ability to ease that pain, but I can tell you that the easiest way to get me to ingest something is to put it in a dessert😂 And, as you know, I’m not actually following a paleo diet, but after doing my bone broth cleanse last week with Osso Good Bones, I’m definitely trying to eat a bit more grain-free.

Oh, and p.s. my YouTube video on what I ate in a day while I was on the cleanse + my review of it is now live!

Paleo CBD Thin Mints | Dancing for Donuts

Paleo CBD Thin Mints

1 1/2 cups almond flour

1/3 cup cocoa or cacao powder

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1 egg

2 tbsp vanilla bean ghee (or regular/plain!)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup dairy free chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life!)

scant 1 tsp peppermint extract

4 full droppers of Charlotte’s Web Mint Chocolate CBD Oil (feel free to omit!)

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (definitely do not try this without parchment paper since the cookies might stick!).
  2. In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, cacao powder, coconut sugar, baking soda, and salt. Then add in the egg, ghee, and vanilla. Mix well – it may take a few minutes for the dough to come together but then it’ll be very wet!
  3. Place a piece of parchment paper on the counter (also don’t skip this part!), place the dough on the parchment, and then add more parchment on top so the dough is in the middle. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out as thinly as possible, to around 1/8 inch. Use a circular cookie cutter or the rim of a glass to make circles and carefully transfer them to the baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 28 minutes and let cool completely before making the chocolate mixture. Then, melt the chocolate chips in a microwave bowl in 30 second increments until completely melted. Add in the CBD oil if using and peppermint extract.
  5. Using a spoon, drizzle and smooth the chocolate over the top of each cookie and place back on the parchment to dry. Once the tops are all coated and dry, repeat on the bottom (I used less on the bottom than on the top, so just a thin layer will do!).
  6. Let cool completely before removing from parchment and store in an airtight container for up to 7 days. Or just dig in😉
Paleo CBD Thin Mints | Dancing for Donuts

Alright y’all, that is it for today! Let me know in the comments if you guys have ever used CBD oil before – I’m so curious to see if it’s truly worked for you!

xo Jordan

Gluten Free Almond Flour Cutout Cookies

If you’re still looking for something sweet to make for Valentine’s Day, I’ve got you covered!

Dancing for Donuts | Gluten Free Almond Flour Sugar Cookie Cutouts

These cutout cookies are legitimately INCREDIBLE, and they’re even on the healthier side, if that’s something you’re concerned about! The base is almond and coconut flour, and the only sweetener is 1/4 cup of honey. You can leave as is, but I find them to be sooo much better frosted! And yes, I know that adds sugar to them but hey, all we can do is our best, right?😂

The only other thing you need to know about these lil babies is that they’re actually better after the first day, which is why I’m posting this before Valentine’s Day. If you make them today, or even tomorrow, they’ll be perfect in time for celebrating!

Dancing for Donuts | Gluten Free Almond Flour Sugar Cookie Cutouts

Almond Flour Sugar Cookies

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup honey

2 tbsp liquid/melted ghee (I use Fourth & Heart!)

2 cups blanched almond flour

1/2 cup coconut flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill for both flours!)

1/2 tsp baking soda

pinch of sea salt

For the icing: 2 cups powdered sugar, 2-3 tbsp water, 1-2 tsp pink pitaya powder (or drops of food coloring, but I’m trying to keep things natural!)

  1. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a larger bowl, whisk together all wet ingredients including the egg, vanilla, honey and ghee. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet, and knead with hands until fully combined. The dough may feel crumbly at first, but I promise it’ll come together!
  3. Form dough into one ball, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for 30 minutes. When ready to remove dough, preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Once the dough has chilled, dust a clean counter space with coconut flour. Roll dough out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut out shapes. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes, or until they start to brown. *Cookies won’t expand, so you can place them closely together!
  5. Let cookies cool for at least 30 minutes before frosting or removing from the baking sheet. While they’re cooling, whisk together the ingredients for the frosting. Using a knife or spoon, decorate the cookies with the frosting, or any other add-ons you’d like. *If the frosting feels too thick, add water 1 tbsp at a time, or if it’s too thin, add powdered sugar 1 tbsp at a time. Store in an airtight container.
Dancing for Donuts | Gluten Free Almond Flour Sugar Cookie Cutouts

Let me know if you guys make these!! I’m seriously obsessed with them, I think I was eating at least three a day last week…😅

xo Jordan

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2018

How on earth is 2019 right around the corner?!

Dancing for Donuts | Top Posts of 2018

I mean honestly this year FLEW by. Every single month of it! And I have a feeling next year will, too🙈 In true blogger fashion, I’m rounding out 2018 with a round up of my most popular posts! These are posts that resulted in the highest number of traffic to my blog this year, even though some of them are from previous years (like the energy bites I made in early 2017!).

I always find these interesting just for myself and content creating purposes, but hopefully you’ll find something in here that intrigues you, too!

Dancing for Donuts | My First Time Trying a Meal Delivery Service

1. My First Time Trying a Meal Delivery Service – I tried Territory Foods this summer and it was SO delicious!!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Staness of Eat Like a Woman

2. DFD Babe Feature: Staness of Eat Like a Woman – An interview I did for my DFD Babe Feature series – on it, I interview female entrepreneurs that are killing it and Staness is someone I truly look up to!

Dancing for Donuts | Spinach & Goat Cheese Egg White Frittata with AllWhites®

3. Spinach and Egg White Goat Cheese Frittata – A recipe I created in collaboration with AllWhites Egg Whites!

Dancing for Donuts | Easy Air-Fried Tofu & Shirataki Noodles (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

4. Easy Air-Fried Tofu and Shirataki Peanut Noodles for One – Guys I finally found a way I like tofu this year and it’s when it’s made in the air fryer. Total game changer.

Dancing for Donuts | The Smoothie I've Had (Almost) Every Day in 2018 + My 5 Favorite Smoothie Add-Ins

5. The Smoothie I’ve Had (Almost) Every Day in 2018 + 5 Favorite Smoothie Add-Ins – Green smoothies dominated my breakfasts this year. They never get old and make me feel better, even if I don’t get veggies in during lunch or dinner!

Dancing for Donuts | Why & How I Choose Sustainable Nutrition with iWi Omega 3 Supplements #ad

6. Why and How I Choose Sustainable Nutrition – I made a conscious effort to move to a more sustainable lifestyle this year and I hope to be even better about it in 2019.

Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites.

7. Babes on a Budget: 3 Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites – Cheap, healthy recipes will always be my  bread and butter! I think making any kind of energy bite/bar at home is not only cost effective, but better for you ’cause you can control exactly what’s in them.

Dancing for Donuts | January Favorites - Food, Wellness, Fitness & Beauty

8. January Favorites: Food, Wellness, Fitness and Beauty – Favorites posts are some of my favorites (pun not intended!). I’ll be sure to continue these into the new year, even though I’ve been slacking towards the end of this year😬

Dancing for Donuts | What's in My Purse: Dandy Bee Company Organic Lip Balm

9. DFD Babe Feature: Maria of the Dandy Bee Co. – I’m so thankful I connected with Maria this year! Her interview talks about how she started her own clean beauty company after becoming a mom.

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Protein Muffins

10. Pumpkin Protein Muffins – I will definitely be making this recipe well into 2019, I don’t care what you pumpkin-haters say!

And there ya have it!! I hope you all have an absolutely incredible New Year’s – I have a feeling 2019 is going to be absolutely EPIC!!!!! Thank you so much for sticking with me this year. I appreciate each and every one of you so much!

xo Jordan

 

Pumpkin Gingerbread Donuts

Slightly sweet and spiced baked donuts perfect for Christmas morning!

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Gingerbread Donuts

Listen, I know some of you might be done with pumpkin, but I for sure didn’t get my fix in the fall!

Besides, adding pumpkin to baked goods is really just a great way to add moisture and fiber without adding sugar or fat, since there’s enough of that in here, already😅 This recipe is hands down one of my favorites from the year and after getting an A+ from 6 other people who tried it, I’m feeling confident enough to share it with you all!

It’s not “healthy” so if you’re looking for that you can feel free to click away, but it is made with some more wholesome ingredients than other donuts and can be customized to your preferences! Keep scrolling for the recipe – it would make such a great breakfast for Christmas morning!!

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Gingerbread Donuts

Pumpkin Gingerbread Donuts

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 cup pumpkin purée

1/3 cup melted Fourth & Heart Vanilla Bean Ghee (or regular ghee!)

scant 1/2 cup Swerve Sweetener (or brown sugar, coconut sugar, white sugar, etc.)

1 large egg, beaten

1/2 cup molasses

3 tbsp almond milk

coconut butter, for topping

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and grease a donut pan with coconut oil spray (or whatever you prefer!).

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients including the flour, salt, baking powder and spices.

3. In a medium sized bowl, combine the wet ingredients including the pumpkin, ghee, sugar (whichever kind you’re using!), egg, molasses and almond milk.

4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and fold just until completely combined. Be sure not to overmix!

5. Spoon the dough into the donut pan, filling each mold almost to the top (these don’t rise too much). Bake for about 12-14 minutes or until firm, but still soft!

6. While the donuts are cooling, melt coconut butter in 15 second increments. Drizzle or coat the donuts, then dig in!

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Gingerbread Donuts

Hope you’re all having a great last week before holiday vacations!!!

xo Jordan

Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Fudge

Dancing for Donuts | Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Fudge

I’m back today with quite possibly the easiest, tastiest chocolate recipe ever! I made this a few weeks ago and put the recipe on Instagram, but I wanted to share it here, as well😊

This recipe combines 6 ingredients to form insanely delicious discs of chocolate that are actually satisfying because of the protein, so the portion control is kind of built right in! I also used silicone baking cups, which I SWEAR by you guys, but you could also totally just use regular muffin cups, Dixie cups, or just make it in one big rectangle and crack into it to make a bark!

Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Fudge

1/8 cup coconut oil

1/8 cup + 1 tbsp coconut butter (or more coconut oil!)

2 tbsp cocoa powder

1/4 cup creamy almond butter <– use code ‘dancingfordonuts’ for 15% off!

1/4 cup chocolate protein powder (I used Tone It Up!)

1 tbsp maple syrup

1. In a microwave safe bowl, melt together the coconut oil and coconut butter.

2. Add the cocoa powder and stir well before adding the creamy nut butter, protein powder and maple syrup.

3. Once completely combined, spoon into silicone baking cups (I did about 1 tbsp each). Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before eating (or freeze for 15) and store in the refrigerator for up to a week!

Sorry for such a short post today!! Things have been busy over here with the holiday season, but I appreciate you sticking with me. Have a great rest of your week!!

xo Jordan