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


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

Banana Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Cups.

Hello & Happy Valentine’s Day!

Dancing for Donuts | Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and Monday! The sun finally came out in LA and I was able to spend a bit of time outside and on the beach. It was glorious. I also wanted to take some time to meal-prep for the week and whip up something new, so I decided to riff off this customizable baked oatmeal recipe. I loved so many things about these – they’re insanely cheap and easy to make, gluten-free, packed with protein, and they only have one tablespoon of honey in the entire recipe. That’s it! No other sugar whatsoever except natural sugars from the fruit.

You can absolutely customize these if you’re not feeling the blueberries. I’m honestly planning on making them again next week with carrots and raisins (I’m a big carrot-cake fan!), and maybe raspberries and chocolate chips the week after that…I have big plans 🙂 I also highly recommend smothering the crap out of these in peanut butter. It adds a bit of protein and a loooooot of yumminess.

Dancing for Donuts | Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups.

Banana Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Cups

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 large eggs

1 medium, ripe banana mashed

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 tbsp raw honey

2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/3 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 cup blueberries

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

2. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, mashed banana, applesauce, vanilla extract and honey.

3. In a smaller bowl, mix oats, cinnamon, and baking powder. Pour into banana mixture and combine. Stir in almond milk and then add blueberries.

4. Divide the batter evenly into muffin cups (mine made ~16 so I had to do this twice!) and bake for 25-30 minutes or until slightly brown. Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days!

Dancing for Donuts | Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups.

If you’re looking for a last minute dessert for tonight, this recipe I made last year is perfect. Warning: it’s highly addictive. But whatever you choose to eat or make today, I hope you do something you love 🙂

xo Jordan

Slow-Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken.

To say that things have been busy around here is an understatement.

Tonight I start class back up again (last first day of school EVER!) and work has been a total circus. I knew my meals would get totally out of whack from running around, so I made sure to prep this super easy chicken to have for leftovers throughout the week. I can honestly say that I made it more out of convenience than anything else, but when I tried it and it tasted like heaven I was very pleased.

Dancing for Donuts | Slow-Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken.

This versatile meal comes together in about 10 minutes of prep time. Throw everything in the crockpot and go about your business until 3ish hours later when you can dig in! It’s healthy, inexpensive, and if you’re a peanut butter lover like me you’re going to need to make this asap. My favorite is putting it in a collard wrap (who knew those were so delicious?!), just make sure you shave down the stem with a knife before you try to bend it otherwise it’ll snap! (Legally Blonde reference, anyone?)

Dancing for Donuts | Slow-Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken.

Slow-Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken

(adapted from this recipe)

1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 cup canned lite coconut milk

4 cloves garlic, minced

3/4 cup chunky natural peanut butter

2 tbsp honey

3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce

2 tbsp lime juice

2 tbsp cider or rice vinegar

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

fresh cilantro

quinoa or collard wraps for serving

  1. In a slow-cooker, arrange the chicken breasts. In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, peanut butter, garlic, honey, soy sauce, lime juice, vinegar and red pepper. Pour over chicken.

2. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or HIGH for 3-4 hours, or until the chicken is tender. Reduce the heat on the slow-cooker to warm and shred the chicken. Let cook for 15 more minutes to allow the chicken to absorb the sauce.

3. Serve the chicken over quinoa and top with cilantro, or inside a collard wrap! Just be sure to trim the stem of the collard down to the same level as the leaf to make it easier to wrap. (I actually use 2 collard leaves in case one has holes so the sauce doesn’t seep through!)

Dancing for Donuts | Slow-Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken.

Be back soon, friends. Have a great week!

xo Jordan