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

Hi friends! We’re so close to the long weekend, I can almost taste it!

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

In preparation for what is most likely going to be an indulgent weekend, for both my wallet and stomach, I’ve been focusing extra hard on eating real, unprocessed snacks throughout the day. I decided last weekend to whip up some faux-larabars and have been having about 4 of these each day as a mid-morning snack. As much as I loooooove larabars, they’re not exactly the cheapest things ever, and for good reason! They only contain about 3-6 ingredients and have a ton of healthy fats and protein to keep ya goin’. As far as quick snacks on the go, they’re something I’d recommend to anyone who’s trying to avoid processed, pre-packaged foods!

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

With this in mind, being able to make these little babies (literally in the food processor in 2 minutes or less) and have them on hand for snacks throughout the week, has made life a lot easier, and my grocery bill cheaper! They’re gluten-free, vegan, and have absolutely zero added sugar, though do keep in mind that dates and dried fruit in general have a decent amount of sugar in them already! That being said, you can pop these in a little tupperware and just eat according to how you’re feeling. If you’re hungry and need something to tide you over for at least an hour or two, I’d go with four, but if you just need a little something for your sweet tooth, knock that down to just a couple. You’re call though, of course 🙂

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

Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites

1 1/2 cups roasted, unsalted almonds

10 medjool dates

3/4 cup seedless raisins

1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

1-2 tbsp warm water (if needed)

1. In a food processor or blender, pulse all ingredients until almonds are broken down and ingredients are well combined. Scrape down the sides of the food processor with a spatula periodically and add warm water if the the mixture seems too dry (after ~20 pulses or so). *Don’t be too quick to add the water though, as the oils from the almonds take time to be released and they will moisten the mixture!

2. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and form the batter into 1 inch balls (it should make about 2 dozen, give or take!). Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days, or freeze for one hour to enjoy (almost) immediately!

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

 What are some of your favorite real-food, unprocessed snacks?!

xo jordan

Cocoa Roasted Almonds.

GUYS. It is freezing in LA and I could not be happier. Wait okay it’s only 63 degrees but I’ve been wearing pants and long sleeves and boots for the past two days and haven’t died of heat stroke. Success!

That being said, I am taking a break from my autumn pumpkin frenzy to give you a recipe for a non-seasonal snack. Have I told you that I’m actually sick of almonds? I didn’t even know that was humanly possible but I honestly cannot stand them, which is too bad since they’re so friggin good for you and such a healthy snack! I’ve been buying the flavored Blue Diamond kind (have you tried the pumpkin spice? actual heaven.), but they’re so much cheaper to make at home and have waaaay less sugar.

Dancing for Donuts | Cocoa Roasted Almonds.

These are basically effortless and since they’re not too sweet, they’re not overly addictive to the point of zero portion control, or in other words, my biggest downfall. Just a note though, the cocoa powder does tend to get everywhere, so I wouldn’t exactly recommend eating these while reading important papers or wearing a white shirt… (:

Dancing for Donuts | Cocoa Roasted Almonds.

Cocoa Roasted Almonds

2 cups of raw almonds

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1-2 packets of stevia or truvia

~1 tbsp brown sugar for dusting (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Place the almonds in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast for 5 minutes.

2. Remove the tray from the oven, shake the almonds around so that they bake evenly, and continue to bake them for another 5-7 minutes.

3. Cool the almonds for 2 minutes, and then pour them into a bowl. Add the cocoa powder, truvia or stevia, and brown sugar if using. Using your fingers, toss the almonds around until completely coated.

4. Once cool, move the almonds to an airtight container or eat them! They should last as long as it takes you to eat them. 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Cocoa Roasted Almonds.

Have great days, friends!

xo Jordan

3-Ingredient Blueberry Banana Breakfast Cookies.

Greetings from New York!

I flew home on a red-eye Sunday night and it’s been a little hectic since I got here. I was able to make myself a nice breakfast this morning to enjoy on our patio before the chaos of today begins! When you’re only home for 60 hours there’s not a whole lot of down time, but that’s okay because I’m so happy to be back on the east coast!

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Blueberry Banana Cookies.

I made these 3-ingredient breakfast cookies (4 ingredients, if you count the peanut butter I added on top…) and they were so delicious. They take all of 15 minutes from start to finish, are gluten-free, vegan, and super healthy. If you don’t like blueberries, or just want to try something different, you can pretty much add anything here from chocolate chips to coconut shavings to raisins. And even though they’re healthy enough to eat for breakfast, I promise they don’t taste like it 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Blueberry Banana Cookies.

3-Ingredient Blueberry Banana Breakfast Cookies

2 very ripe bananas (medium-sized)

1/3 cup of blueberries

1 cup rolled oats

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment.

2. In a small bowl, mash the bananas until smooth. Add the oats and blueberries, and stir to combine.

3. Form the dough into 1 inch balls and drop onto the parchment. Make sure blueberries are spread evenly throughout the cookies (about 2-3 blueberries in each) to ensure even baking.

4. Bake for 15 minutes, or until firm to the touch. Let cool for at least 10 minutes. Eat immediately, topping with peanut butter if desired, or store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Blueberry Banana Cookies.

xo Jordan