Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

GUYS. We are 5 DAYS from Christmas. I repeat: 5. Days.

Dancing for Donuts | Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

To say I am excited would be the understatement of the century. I’m literally counting down the minutes until I get to see family and friends, bake a crap ton of cookies with my mom, and spend my first holiday ever with my boyfriend. PUMPED.

Okay now that I’ve exploded with holiday cheer, let’s move on to more pressing matters: these COOKIES. Let me express to you just how good they are – I’m rationing them so that I don’t run out before I go home for the holidays. Like instead of shoveling them all in my mouth at once, I’m actually savoring them bite by bite and THAT is saying a lot. And before you go thinking I’m all full of myself and stuff because I made a recipe that is full on inspiring me to possibly open up a bakery someday, I just want you to know that I legitimately set out to make these as an experiment and thought they might turn out terrible and crumbly and dry like lots of healthy desserts are…but! Thank cookies could not be more opposite of that.

Dancing for Donuts | Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

I don’t even know how these have zero dairy in them…it’s kind of mind-blowing. And they 110% do NOT crumble. Isn’t that nuts?! That’s like my biggest pet peeve with some shortbread recipes. I think the best thing about these guys, aside from them being vegan friendly, is that they’re just the riiiiight amount of sweetness. Apparently there are people in this world that don’t love desserts and sugary things (WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE AND WHERE ARE YOU FROM), but these are the perfect cookies for those people.

And I know these are super Christmas-y or seasonal or what have you, but I think that’s what makes them perfect for the holidays. I think we all tend to OD on the rich stuff, the peppermint and chocolate and pecan and all that, so to have something a bit lighter as an option is nice! I know lavender isn’t something people always have on hand, but this recipe coupled with my lavender almond milk latté should give you enough reason to stock up now😉

Dancing for Donuts | Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

1/2 cup coconut oil (cooled & hard – pop it in the freezer for a sec if you need to!)

1/3 cup natural powdered sugar (*check this list for vegan sugar brands!)

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp Lavender Flowers *go for culinary grade!

1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

3 tbsp maple syrup

3 tbsp non-milk – coconut, almond, soy, etc.

1. Preheat the oven 350 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (ideal, but if you don’t have any just use lots of coconut oil!).

2. In a large bowl combine the coconut oil, powdered sugar and sea salt with a fork until all the sugar is combined and light & fluffy (might take a minute or so depending on your arm!).

3. Add the lavender flowers, then the flour 1/3 cup at a time and use your hands or the fork to combine. Don’t use an electric mixer for this one!

4. Finally, add the non-dairy milk and the maple syrup one tablespoon at a time and be careful not to not overmix! The dough may seem dry but try not to add any extra liquid here as it will mess with the consistency of the cookies.

5. Lightly dust a cutting board or clean surface with flour. Form the dough into a ball and then roll it out until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter, mason jar, or glass to form the cookies into shapes.

6. Place the cookies on the parchment paper and bake for 10-12 minutes. *Check on them at 10 minutes just in case! You’ll want to take them out when they’re juuuuust starting to brown on the edges. They overbake quickly!

7. Let cool completely before noshing – I promise they’ll taste better this way! Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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So that’s it for today my loves! Thanks for stopping by – I so appreciate every single one of you and I know I don’t say it enough.

Have a Happy Humpday!

xo Jordan


Peppermint Brownie Protein Bites

Hello friends!

Dancing for Donuts | Peppermint Protein Brownie Bites with Further Food Collagen

How is everyone doing?! Counting down to the holidays like me? This season tends to be extra crazy at work what with prepping content ahead of time to accommodate everyone’s vacation schedules (I work in social media marketing), so a vacation will be much needed when we finally get to it! I’m not gonna lie though, I always love the weeks leading up to Christmas (and Hanukkah!) because they’re so fun and festive. We went to our first holiday party last weekend and have another this weekend and I don’t think anything beats mulled wine and Christmas cookies.

That being said, I am trying to make sure I’m taking care of my health before things really ramp up, much like I was before Thanksgiving, because I tend to crave only sweets around this time and unfortunately that just ain’t gonna cut it, sister. I’ve been adding extra greens to my smoothies, extra veggies to my lunch, and trying to get my sweat on in some capacity every single day. Since we all know I’m a big snacker, especially when I need to fuel myself through a workout, ideally I like to combine my sweet tooth with my commitment to my health. And can I tell you? It’s actually reallyyyyy easy to make super delicious “treats” that are full of nourishing ingredients. Just ask my boyfriend – I told him these brownie bites were healthy and his mind was blown. He literally said, “but they don’t taste healthy.” MISSION. ACCOMPLISHED.

Dancing for Donuts | Peppermint Protein Brownie Bites with Further Food Collagen

I know “healthy” is a relative term, but if chia seeds, rolled oats and nut butter aren’t good for you, I’m not sure what is. These are gluten-free (as long as your oats are) and packed with an insane amount of protein. They also take about 6 minutes from start to finish which is kind of outrageous. My absolute favorite part of them, though? The collagen.

I’ve started incorporating Further Food collagen into my diet (as I mentioned in my November favorites!) and this stuff continues to blow my mind. Dairy free, gluten free, non-GMO, sugar free and organic, collagen helps improve gut health, bone strength, and hair/skin/nails. Apparently in our 20’s we start producing less collagen than before, which can lend itself to saggy, wrinkly skin, weak bones, and achey joints. Nooooo thank you. By adding collagen into our diets through supplementation, we can help prevent and reverse this process. AND! And. It has protein, which helps keep you full and can prevent overeating. Yes. Please.

Dancing for Donuts | Peppermint Protein Brownie Bites with Further Food Collagen

I’ve been loving Further Food because it has absolutely no taste and dissolves completely. This means I can put it in my coffee, smoothie, oatmeal, yogurt, hot cocoa, fancy golden milk latté, or even WATER without even noticing. Now that’s something you definitely cannot do with protein powder. If you want to try this stuff, and I promise you won’t be disappointed, you can use my code DANCINGFORDONUTS for 10% off! If you don’t, which is totally cool, I would just swap at the collagen in the recipe below for another tbsp of the chocolate protein powder. You won’t get all the awesome extra benefits, though😉

Anywayssssss, these little babies are basically winter goodness in a ball, and they are perfect for when you’re craving something slightly sweet! They’re kind of like how dark chocolate is – a bit sweet but not too much so. If you like things on the sweeter side, I might add a touch more honey. Up to you, though!

Dancing for Donuts | Peppermint Protein Brownie Bites with Further Food Collagen

Peppermint Brownie Protein Bites

(makes ~12)

1/2 cup oat flour (just pulse oats in a food processor!)

2 tbsp chocolate protein powder (Garden Of Life is my fave)

1 serving collagen

2 tbsp cocoa powder

2 tbsp almond butter

2 tbsp honey

3 tbsp almond milk

1/8 tsp peppermint extract

1 tbsp ground chia seeds (whole works, too!)

1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until wet are completely mixed with dry. Use your fingers if you’ve got to, and if it feels too dry after about 30 seconds of mixing, add a touch more almond milk. You shouldn’t need any, though 🙂

2. Shape into 1 inch balls and let harden in the fridge for at least one hour (or freeze ’em for 30 minutes!). Will keep in the fridge for up to one week in an airtight container.

Dancing for Donuts | Peppermint Protein Brownie Bites with Further Food Collagen

That’s all for today, beauties. Hope you’re having a great week!!

xo Jordan


Carrot-Apple Spice Breakfast Cookies.

I’m switching things up this Friday and sharing one of my new favorite recipes!

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

Here’s the thing about me – I’m pretty much always craving something sweet. All of my closest friends know me as a dessert fiend, which probably isn’t great since most of the desserts I love (cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, donuts, etc.) are filled with not-so-great-for-you ingredients. That being said, I’ve been trying to lower the sugar in my everyday eating (save for natural sugars from fruit), especially during breakfast! As much as I love the sound of starting my day with a huge stack of pancakes (unless they’re these),or sugar-filled smoothie bowl, it’s probably not going to give me the sustained energy I need to get through my busy morning.

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

Enter: the breakfast cookie. Now this recipe isn’t just some imposter parading around as “healthy” when really it’s filled with sugar and chocolate. These carrot-apple spice cookies legitimately are packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and healthy fats, aka the nutrients your body needs to function. That being said, they don’t even taste that healthy…like, you know that weird taste when baked goods have too much greek yogurt instead of oil? Yeah.

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

What I love about these cookies is that they’re moist (ugh, sorry I know everyone hates that word) from the carrots and apple, and genuinely substantial. You can think of them as oatmeal really, just baked and in tiny servings 🙂 The best part about cookies, too, is that you can take them on the go, which is essential for us busy babes. I keep them in the fridge and take 2-3 to snack on during the workday. That’s probably too many, but whatever, it’s way better than eating on processed food or snacks, and you know exactly what’s in them.

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

I based my carrot-apple cookies on this recipe and used only coconut oil (no butter). These are 100% gluten-free as long as you use gluten-free oats, and if you wanted to make them vegan, you could use a chia or flax egg! Don’t be scared by all the ingredients below, this is one of the easiest recipes for a baked good I’ve ever seen. If you want to make your life even easier, use a food processor and pulse your carrots and apples in there a couple of times. Then you pretty much throw everything in a couple bowls and call it a day. You know me, I like to keep things efficient!

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

Carrot-Apple Spiced Breakfast Cookies

2 1/4 cups rolled oats

1 cup whole wheat flour (or oat flour if you’re gluten-free!)

1/2 cup ground flaxseed

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 large egg

1/2 cup maple syrup or honey

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 cup grated carrot

1 cup grated or finely diced apple (I used a Fuji!)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and spray or coat a baking sheet with coconut oil.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients – oats, flour, flaxseed, spices and salt.

3. In a medium bowl, mix together the wet ingredients – applesauce, egg, maple syrup or honey, vanilla, and coconut oil.

4. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients in the large bowl and stir well. Add in the carrot and apple, and mix to combine completely.

5. Spoon the batter onto the baking sheet in about 1 1/2 in size balls. Flatten with your finger or the spoon, as these cookies won’t spread or rise! You can put them very close together on the baking sheet because of this, as well.

6. Bake for 15 minutes and then let cool. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Dancing for Donuts | Carrot-Apple Spice Cookies.

Have a beautiful Friday, friends!!

xo Jordan


3-Ingredient Protein Pancakes with Peanut Butter Frosting.

Okay, so it’s becoming clear now that I like recipes that don’t require a ton of ingredients, isn’t it? 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Protein Pancakes with Peanut Butter Frosting. [Gluten Free]

From my 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles to my 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites, I’ve now moved on to 3-ingredient meals! This recipe is a riff off of my 2-Ingredient Pancakes, but with a bit more staying power. Lately I’ve been eating breakfast later than usual (aka at my desk at 9am as opposed to before my commute at 8am), but having something more substantial so that I don’t have to have such a big mid-morning snack.

There really isn’t a reason for this, and you should always listen to your body of course, but I personally am trying to cut back on eating out of boredom. Sitting at a desk all day definitely lends itself to shoveling in handfuls of nuts mindlessly and convincing myself I’m starving an hour after a nutritious lunch, even if I’m definitely not. Anyone else have this problem!?

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Protein Pancakes with Peanut Butter Frosting. [Gluten Free]

Now these pancakes can’t exactly be made too far in advance and brought to work, unless you have crazy amounts of extra time in the morning, but sticking with my eating schedule even on weekends helps to keep me on track. Though this breakfast may look super decadent, it’s really just bananas, eggs and protein powder! How easy is that?! The frosting is also just peanut butter and almond milk, but if you’re not feeling that you could leave it out or opt for something else like plain greek yogurt or fruit!

Keep 2 things in mind about this recipe:

1. It’s best to give yourself about 20 minutes to whip these up – the key is to have the heat on medium and not hotter otherwise the outside will burn and the inside won’t cook, which will cause your pancakes to stick to the pan (and be inedible!)

2. If you’ve got one, I definitely suggest using a food processor or blender to make the pancake batter, that way it’s nice and smooth. If you don’t have one, it’s totally fine, just make sure you take a few extra minutes and are ready to use some muscle power to get the lumps out of the bananas and protein powder!

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Protein Pancakes with Peanut Butter Frosting. [Gluten Free]

3-Ingredient Protein Pancakes

1 egg + 1 egg white

1 medium ripe banana (I like mine with just a touch of brown spots!)

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I like Garden of Life!)

1. Spray a small or medium size pan with coconut oil spray and heat over medium on the stovetop.

2. As your pan is heating, combine all 3 ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth (it shouldn’t take long!).

3. Pour the batter onto the heated pan, or spoon for better leverage! I like to make a bunch of small pancakes, but feel free to do a few larger ones! You’ll find that the batter will spread pretty quickly, so a little will go a long way. Heat for about 3 minutes a side, or until you start to see tiny bubbles in the pancake. I also like to check by trying to slide my flipper (is that what it’s called?!) underneath and if it pops up no problem, it’s ready to flip!

4. Cook the pancake on the other side for 2-3 more minutes. Place on a plate, then cover, so it stays warm while the others are cookin’! Repeat with the rest of the batter and keep in mind the first and sometimes second pancakes never come out perfectly! You’ll get the hang of it, and know that you may need to adjust the heat throughout so that they don’t burn.

Peanut Butter Frosting

1 tbsp peanut butter (I love Nuts N’More!)

2 tbsp almond milk or water

1. In a small bowl, heat the peanut butter and almond butter in the microwave for ~10 seconds, until they’re easy to stir together. *If your peanut butter is drippy, you can probably skip this step!

2. Drizzle on top of your pancakes and sprinkle on some cinnamon too, if you’d like! Dig in 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Protein Pancakes with Peanut Butter Frosting. [Gluten Free]

What’s your favorite way to fuel-up?

xo jordan


3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles [or Slushies!]

This 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicle recipe is sponsored by my friends over at Sparkling Ice, but all words, photos and opinions are mine!

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

Okay so I guess it’s like, legitimately summer now, huh?

This is my first summer in 3 years that I’m not on break from grad school, and it honestly feels pretty weird. Like I still have to go to work everyday and nothing actually changes at all, especially because it’s pretty much summer in LA all year round, #letsbehonest. The one thing I do every single summer though, is go visit my family’s beach house in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I’m constantly counting down the days until I get to go to my favorite place on the planet and just take all of the summer-y, beachy bliss.

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

One of my favorite things to do there is sit by our pool in the afternoon (after some beach time, of course) with a cold drink and some snacks. Since ice water gets a little old, we like to stock our fridge with flavored sparkling water so that it’s still healthy, but feels fancy. And then you can feel gangster AF on your unicorn float, know what I mean?

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

(s/o to Mama & Papa D for snapping this photo in NC!)

Sparkling Ice has been an old favorite of ours, since it comes in a bajillion flavors and has zero calories (!!). Now that I live in a place where it’s warm enough to drink cold drinks all the time, I like to keep it on hand for when I want something that’s more refreshing than water but isn’t soda. Trust me, I know it sounds crazy to think there could be something more refreshing than water, but sometimes it just doesn’t hit the spot. Especially when you’re also kind of hungry, which is generally me always…

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

I wanted to find a way to combine my favorite summertime beverage with my other favorite thing in the world: DESSERT. And can you literally come up with anything better than an ice cold popsicle when you’ve just come back from a sweaty a$$ workout or just need an afternoon snack to cool you down? Didn’t think so 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

I think the absolute best thing about these popsicles, aside from the fact that they’re insanely refreshing and the perfect amount of sweetness with zero-added sugar, is that you can customize them with any of Sparkling Ice’s 15 flavors, which are all available on Amazon Prime (in case you decide that you need to make these in no more than 48 hours  because trust me, you do). You essentially just take half a bottle of your favorite Sparkling Ice flavor, some canned coconut milk, and whatever frozen fruit you’d like and mix ’em together.

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

AND if you’re feeling extra fancy, you can even throw some liquor in there (Strawberry Daquiri popsicles, anyone?). Okay last point though for real, if you don’t have a popsicle maker, just put the mixture into ice cube trays and blend that sh*t up with a few tablespoons of water to get things going. Then BOOM, slushies.

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

Fizzy Mango Pineapple Coconut Popsicles

1/2 Bottle of Sparkling Ice Coconut Pineapple (save the rest for a drink!)

1/2 cup canned lite coconut milk

1/2 cup frozen mango chunks

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until mango has completely broken down.

2. Pour mixture into a popsicle maker (or ice cube trays to blend up into slushie!) for at least 2 hours. If you’re blending your ice cubes for a slushie, just add a couple of tablespoons of water to get things moving, and keep some ice cubes whole to keep your drink cold! Dig in and pretend you’re on a tropical island in a giant sun hat being fabulous (unless you actually are, and then no need to pretend. Get it, girl.)

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

Fizzy Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

1/2 Bottle of Sparkling Ice Lemonade (save the rest for a drink!)

1/2 cup canned lite coconut milk

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until strawberries have completely broken down.

2. Pour mixture into a popsicle maker (or ice cube trays to blend up into slushie!) for at least 2 hours. Enjoy!

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

If you’d like to make your own popsicles to have on hand for hot days, head over here so that you can grab a variety pack of Sparkling Ice. You can save up to 15% and get free delivery with Subscribe & Save as a Prime member, or find all 15 Sparkling Ice flavors at at your local retail store.

Which flavor combo will you make first?!

xo jordan

Apple Spice Blondies [Dairy + Gluten Free!].

Ahh Monday, we meet again. Am I ready for you? I’m not sure…

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What I am sure about, however, is a weekend that’s the perfect combination of relaxing and productive makes it easier to head back to work when it’s all over. I’ve recently gotten back into meal-prepping and it is making my life about a billion times better! Just less to worry about during the week, like knowing I already have a healthy lunch packed to take with me or dinner all ready in the fridge when I get home.

One key part of meal-prepping for me is making healthy snacks and treats. If I don’t have snacks ready to go, I will 100% reach for the candy at work instead or impulse-purchase the chocolate bars that are just kind of waiting for you while you check out at Trader Joe’s…don’t tell me you don’t know what I’m talking about. Those things are goooooood! And we all know I’m about balance aka shoveling in some chocolate every once in awhile, but I also like to eat things that satisfy my sweet tooth without making me feel like crap afterwards.

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This week I went with a recipe I’ve had pinned for at least a year, but could never make because I didn’t have coconut flour. This morning on my way back from the farmer’s market though, I finally got it!! I went with Bob’s Red Mill, since I know their products are super high-quality, and so far I can tell you it does not disappoint! That, peanut butter, unsweetened applesauce and  maple syrup basically make up this entire recipe. That’s it! No butter, oil, milk, sugar or eggs. How awesome is that?! You literally throw everything in a bowl, plus some spices, and call it a day. Then 30 minutes in the fridge and BOOM. Blondies. *drops mic*

Dancing for Donuts | Apple Spice Blondies [Gluten + Dairy Free!].

Apple Spice Blondies

(adapted from this recipe)

1/4 cup coconut flour

1/2 cup peanut butter* (choose one with just peanuts, nothing else!)

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

3 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

*you can use almond butter here, but I went with peanut because it’s cheaper!

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and grease a muffin tin with coconut oil or vegetable oil spray.

2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until completely combined. The batter will be thick, which is a good thing!

3. Spoon the batter into the muffin tin so that each cup is about halfway full (these don’t rise, so you can always fill them more, but you’ll make fewer blondies and will need to cook them for longer!).

4. Bake for 30 minutes, then cool for 15. Carefully spoon the blondies out of the tin (they crumble easily!) and eat right away or store in an airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Apple Spice Blondies [Gluten + Dairy Free!].

Have a beautiful week, friends!

xo Jordan

Blueberry Power Smoothie.

Have you all been seeing this thing about putting cauliflower in smoothies yet!? Wait wait, don’t leave just yet, I promise this’ll be good!

Dancing for Donuts | Blueberry Power Smoothie.

So here’s what’s up. My favorite health and wellness experts(the Tone It Up girls, Jeannette from Shut the Kale Up, etc.) have all been posting about this new trend and it’s been popping up all over my Instagram too – people are literally putting frozen cauliflower in their smoothies. Like what. The. F. So, obviously, I had to jump on board and see what all the fuss was about, not to mention that I had to try it for you all first so I could relay my honest opinion…

Do you want it?

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Okay, I’m not going to lie, before I perfected this smoothie recipe there was a very, very slight hint of cauliflower detected. BUT! That was before I added the necessary ingredients (aka those listed below) to make this taste super delicious! And truthfully, like scouts honor, this cauliflower business makes for a smoothie that is unbelievably creamy. We’re talking milkshake levels of creaminess over here. It’s legit. Not to mention that cauliflower has about a bazillion health benefits from boosting heart and digestive health to anti-inflammatory properties, plus vitamins, minerals and antioxidants galore.

So. if there’s one piece of advice I can offer you today, it would be to try adding cauliflower to your smoothies. And hey, if you hate it (which trust, you will not), you don’t ever have to do it again. But like, you totally will. You’re welcome 😉

Dancing for Donuts | Blueberry Power Smoothie.

Blueberry Power Smoothie

1 small handful frozen cauliflower florets (or 1/4 cup frozen riced caulflower)

1 small handful kale or spinach

1/4 cup milk (any kind, pick your favorite!)

1/4 cup cold water

1/2 frozen banana

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 tbsp peanut butter powder or nut butter of your choice

  1. Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. My trick is to start with less liquid and then add if I need more, but I like my smoothies super thick. You do you!

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Thanks for stopping by, friends. Hope everyone is having a fabulous week!

xo Jordan

Golden Milk Quinoa with Roasted Chickpeas.

Happy Friday, y’all!

I’ve made a promise to myself that after a busy December and January, I would make more of an effort to cook healthy meals at home. I made this recipe Tuesday night, and it’s all I want to eat for lunch every single day. I don’t know if you guys have heard about golden milk yet, but it’s all the rage in the health and wellness community, which I fortunately make a living researching and creating content for 😉

Dancing for Donuts | Golden Milk Quinoa with Roasted Chickpeas.

Golden milk is essentially a warm drink made with just turmeric and milk (non-dairy is preferable, from what I’ve seen!), and a bit of black pepper and sweetener. Turmeric is blowing up right now, even though it’s been used for hundreds of years throughout  eastern parts of the world. It has a ton of benefits, like a crazy amount, but the top ones include its anti-inflammatory properties, immunity boosting power, ability to regulate metabolism and weight (because it suppresses the growth of fat tissue), and promotion of digestive health. The black pepper is essential here because it enhances these properties by 1,000x (!) increasing your body’s absorption of its benefits by 2000%! (via Healthy Holistic Living)

Dancing for Donuts | Golden Milk Quinoa with Roasted Chickpeas.

The recipe below is loosely based on this one, and I call it Golden Milk Quinoa because it has all of the properties of the beverage plus extra protein from the quinoa and chickpeas! If you know me at all, you know I’m obsessed with roasted chickpeas – they’re literally the tastiest, easiest, and probably cheapest healthy source of protein out there, and I eat them almost every day. If you’re feeling fancy, serve this dish with a side of sliced avocado for a boost of color, flavor and healthy fats!

Dancing for Donuts | Golden Milk Quinoa with Roasted Chickpeas.

Golden Milk Quinoa with Roasted Chickpeas

2 cups coconut milk

1 cup dried quinoa

1 can chickpeas

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 1/2 tbsp ground turmeric

1/2 lemon, zest + juice

sea salt + black pepper to taste

scallions (for garnish)

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas and then toss them on a baking sheet with the coconut oil and a dash of salt. Roast for ~20 minutes, or until starting to brown and crisp.

3. While the chickpeas are roasting In a saucepan, bring the quinoa and coconut milk to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer for ~10 minutes, or until water is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy.

4. Once the quinoa is done, stir in the turmeric, lemon zest and juice, and salt and pepper until fully combined. Toss in the chickpeas once finished roasting and top with scallions. Dig in!

5. (This recipe is perfect for leftovers and stays fresh in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.)

Dancing for Donuts | Golden Milk Quinoa with Roasted Chickpeas.

Let me know what you’ve been cooking in the comments – I need new recipes! 🙂

Have a great weekend!!

xo Jordan

Banana & Greek Yogurt Oat Muffins.

I can’t think of a better occasion to make muffins than a Friday.

And I don’t know about you, but it feels like I’m constantly trying to come up with new recipes for food that I can take on the go. My usual breakfast is plain, nonfat greek yogurt with a sliced banana and a (giant) tablespoon of peanut butter, but let’s be honest, that’s not the easiest (or safest) thing to eat while driving. So, when I came across these muffins on one of my favorite food blogs, I quickly ran to the kitchen to check if I had all the ingredients to make them

Dancing for Donuts | Banana & Greek Yogurt Oat Muffins.

Not only are these bad boys made with things you most likely already have, but they’re unbelievably easy to make (hello, blender), gluten-free, and packed with protein. They’re perfect for a pre or post-workout snack, a mid-afternoon treat, or even dessert. My suggestion? Smother the crap outta them with peanut butter and pretend they’re cupcakes. You can thank me later.

Dancing for Donuts | Banana & Greek Yogurt Oat Muffins.

Banana & Greek Yogurt Oat Muffins

(adapted from this recipe)

2 medium, ripe bananas

2 cups oats (gluten-free if necessary)

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup plain, nonfat greek yogurt

2 eggs

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/3 cup coconut flakes (optional)

peanut butter (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and grease a muffin tin with coconut oil or canola oil spray.

2. In a blender (or large food processor), add all of the ingredients and blend just until smooth.

3. Pour into the muffin tin and fill each mold 3/4 full. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until starting to brown just slightly.

4. Cool for 15 minutes. Top with peanut butter if desired and eat immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. *You can also freeze these and pop them in the microwave when you’re ready to eat them!

Dancing for Donuts | Banana & Greek Yogurt Oat Muffins.

Enjoy your weekends!!

xo Jordan

Sweet Potato Nachos.

Umm ok it’s almost April. How is that possible?

The past 2 weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind, and to be honest I’m not even sure what day it is. After a fantastic trip to San Francisco and eating my bodyweight in pastries, seafood, chinese, bbq and chocolate, I’m definitely still working to get back on track. I’m still steering clear of bread/grains other than quinoa and trying to shovel in as many greens as possible. But, let’s be honest, stress and healthy eating aren’t exactly the most likely combo. Enter healthy comfort food.

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These sweet potato nachos are only 5 ingredients and the hardest part is probably just waiting for the sweet potatoes to roast. Hint: slice them as thinly as possible! These could also be vegan if you omit the cheese (or use Daiya) and are easily customizable. They’re also packed with nutrients (like protein!) and flavor (what is it about cheddar?). If you’re in need of some warm, hearty food but don’t want to sacrifice your hard work tonight, I highly suggest whipping these bad boys up.

Dancing for Donuts | Sweet Potato Nachos.

Sweet Potato Nachos

1 medium sweet potato

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup black beans (canned or cooked)

2 tbsp your favorite salsa

1/2 avocado, diced

 3-4 tbsp part-skim cheddar cheese

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Peel and slice your sweet potato as thinly as possible (without chopping off a finger). Move the sweet potatoes to a rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with the olive oil and toss to evenly coat. Place the discs in an even layer and bake for 20 minutes or until soft.

2. Layer the sweet potatoes on a plate or in a bowl with the beans. Top with the cheddar cheese and pop in the microwave for ~30 seconds or until the cheese melts. *If you don’t have a microwave, just put the cheese on the potatoes for a few minutes before you take them out of the oven.

3. Top with the salsa and avocado. Dig in!

Dancing for Donuts | Sweet Potato Nachos.

xo Jordan