Grandma Dottie’s Mandel Bread

My grandma was a fighter.

Dancing for Donuts | Grandma Dottie's Mandel Bread

She was the sassiest person I know, my biggest supporter, she always spoke her mind (and said things like, “don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out,”), and she made a mean batch of mandel bread.

Earlier this week, my mom said to me while she was standing in our kitchen, “all i want to do is bake. This is my happy place,” and after a few hours of mixing & kneading dough, she told me that she had more energy that she’d had in days. We ate a few pieces of mandel bread together (kind of like biscotti, but better!) and remembered my grandma.

And THAT is the power of baking, cooking, and food in my opinion. It’s the memories, its ability to bring people together, and joy that comes from a good recipe, even when you thought there was no joy to be felt. So grandma, this one’s for you.

Dancing for Donuts | Grandma Dottie's Mandel Bread

Grandma Dottie’s Mandel Bread

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup mixed nuts and raisins

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the oil and sugar. Then add the eggs and vanilla, and mix until fully combined. Fold in the flour, baking powder and nuts.

3. Flour the bottom of a baking pan and pour dough into an even layer in the center of the baking sheet (about 1/2 inch thick) *it won’t cover the whole pan, not even close!

4. Bake for 30 minutes then remove from the oven. Slice into 1 inch thick bars (like biscotti) and flip. Bake for another 10 minutes.

5. Let cool and store in an airtight container for up to 5 days – or eat them immediately with a loved one and remember how important family is, how lucky we are to have good people in this world that support us, and how precious life is.

Dancing for Donuts | Grandma Dottie's Mandel Bread

^ Wasn’t she the CUTEST?! Best grandma ever, I’m telling you. And shoutout to my brother for capturing these moments!

xo Jordan

2 Chocolate Recipes for Your Raging Sweet Tooth: Chocolate Cookie Cups & Spiced CBD Truffles

I’m going to share something with you and if you know me at all in person, it probably won’t come as much of a surprise…

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Chocolate Cookie Cups with Emmy's Organics

But I literally eat dessert every single night. If we’re being honest here, I probably eat dessert multiple times a day, but most days I try to limit it to once😅

I used to bake a lot, like a whooole lot, and since I’m no longer an athlete for my day job, I’ve had to cut back a bit. That being said, I’ve found some other ways to make treats for myself without going HAM on a loaf of banana bread or eating 6 cookies at once. These days, I’m trying to make desserts that are slightly less sweet (so I can work on curbing my sugar addiction…) and also don’t tempt me to eat the whole batch at once. Luckily I live with my boyfriend, which means I always have someone who can share with me😊

The good thing about the following two recipes is that 1) there’s portion control built into the first one (since you can actually make them one at a time!) and 2) the CBD truffles actually aren’t super sweet, so you’d probably want to stop after a couple, anyway. Both are delicious, insanely easy to make, and not a ton of ingredients. The first is definitely sweeter, and definitely less healthy, but so worth every calorie (we don’t count those here) and the second has a little twist with some CBD coconut oil, although you could easily swap that out with regular! For more on the benefits of CBD, head here.

And now, onto the recipes!🍫

3-Ingredient Chocolate Cookie Cups

2 cups chocolate chips (regular or vegan!)

2 tbsp 4th and Heart Vanilla Bean Ghee (or coconut oil or regular ghee!)

4 Emmy’s Organics Cookies (or your favorite soft cookie/cookie dough)

1. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the chocolate chips with the ghee in 30 second intervals until completely melted (mine took about 75 seconds!)

 2. Pour a tbsp or so of melted chocolate into silicone cups and pop in the freezer for about 10 minutes to harden.

3. Take your cookies and using using your hands, form into little discs that will fit into the silicone cups (I halved each Emmy’s Organics cookie and it was the perfect size). Press those into the hardened chocolate until they form a nice even layer.

4. Pour another tbsp or so of chocolate on top, put them back in the freezer for another 10, and then dig in!! 

Dancing for Donuts | Spiced CBD Truffles

Spiced CBD Truffles

(inspired by this recipe)

1/2 cup CBD Golden Spice Coconut Oil (or regular coconut oil + 1/8 tsp each cinnamon, turmeric & cardamom)

1/2 cup dark cocoa powder or cacao powder (I did half and half!)

5 tbsp honey or maple syrup

pinch of sea salt

1/4 cup raw, shredded coconut (the unsweetened kind!)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp coconut sugar

1. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave (should take less than 30 seconds) and stir in the cocoa & cacao powders, liquid sweetener and sea salt until smooth.

2. Place the bowl in the fridge for at least an hour, or in the freezer for 20 minutes until it hardens to a ganache-like consistency.

3. While the chocolate is in the fridge, make the truffle coating by mixing the coconut and spices in a small bowl or on a plate.

4. When the chocolate has hardened, form small 1/2 inch or so balls with your hands. Then, coat in the balls in the spice, coconut & sugar mix.  *This step is messy, just fyi! I’d definitely do it near a sink 🙂 

5. Let harden again in the fridge until ready to eat. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

 

For more quick & easy recipes or meal idea, be sure to follow me on Instagram!

Have a great rest of your week😊

xo Jordan

Nutty Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies [Gluten-Free!]

Oh, hello there!

Dancing for Donuts | Nutty Gluten-Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

I apologize for being semi-MIA these past few days, I’ve been out on the east coast hanging with my family in my all-time favorite place in the entire world, the Outer Banks in North Carolina!! I’ve been coming here since I was a toddler and I have so many wonderful memories of coming here with friends and family, and being here instantly re-charges my batteries.

Dancing for Donuts | Nutty Gluten-Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

One of my favorite things to do while I’m on vacation, especially when it’s with my mom, is cook or bake! Since we stay in our beach house down here, we have access to a full kitchen (which can be rare on vacations), so home-cooked dinners & desserts are easier and more fun to make. My mom recently came across this recipe for whole-grain chocolate chip cookies in the Wall Street Journal and we knew we needed to make them. I’ll be honest, we don’t usually opt for healthier versions of anything while we’re in OBX (because hey, we’re on vacation!), but we do have someone new joining our family very soon, and she has Celiac’s, so we’re working on incorporating more gluten-free foods when we’re all together. (Wait…did I tell you my brother was engaged?!?!)

Dancing for Donuts | Nutty Gluten-Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Anyway, these cookies are slightly healthier than normal chocolate chip cookies since they’re made with oat and buckwheat flour – both of which are packed with fiber and help improve heart health. A couple of tips: I’d let them cool completely before putting them into a tupperware (unless you’re eating them immediately when they’re warm, which I definitely condone!) otherwise they’ll crumble. Also, if you can remember, leave the butter out the night before you want to bake so that it’s super soft and you won’t even need to use an electric beater! That’s one less dish to clean aka a win-win.

Dancing for Donuts | Nutty Gluten-Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

In any case, I totally suggest making these the next time you need to bring or have dessert for a group, since this recipe makes about 2 dozen good size cookies and I can promise you that they are a crowd-pleaser! Even my very skeptical bf enjoyed them, and that is saying a LOT. They’re the perfect amount of sweetness and have so much more flavor to them than regular cookies. They also have a cool texture too, like a bit crunchy on the outside, but also fluffy on the inside? It’s hard to explain, which essentially means that you’ll just need to make them for yourself and see 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Nutty Gluten-Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nutty Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup oat flour

1 1/2 cups buckwheat flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 egg

1 cup coconut sugar

1 cup softened butter

1/4 cup peanut or almond butter

3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees fahrenheit. In a medium bowl, combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Mix well.

2. In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar and egg until smooth either with an electric beater or wooden spoon and strong arm. Add the dry mixture slowly and continue to mix until well-combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and pecans, if including.

3. Form the dough into 1 to 1 1/2 inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. I did a dozen per sheet since they don’t spread too much, but definitely err on the side of caution when leaving room for them! Bake for 12-14 minutes or until starting to brown on the sides. Let cool for 10 minutes and then store in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Dancing for Donuts | Nutty Gluten-Free Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hope everyone is having a great (short) week! Be back soon 🙂

xo Jordan


No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Cookie Dough Bites.

Because it’s not actually December yet, is it okay that I’m still doing the pumpkin thing?

‘Cause I’m for sure not over it yet…#sorrynotsorry. There’s just something about pumpkin pie spices – the cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger – that make me feel all cozy and ready for the holidays. Thanksgiving was such a wonderful start to the season, and now I’m ready to start counting down until Christmas! I’m not gonna lie to you, I listened to Christmas music during my commute this morning and alllllll day at work…and maybe during my workout, too. Swear, it makes working out SO much more fun.

Dancing for Donuts | No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Cookie Dough Bites.

In any case, these little bites are perfect for treating yourself after your Christmas-music-fueled workout because they’re made with whole wheat flour, pumpkin puree (whaddup fiber), only 1/3 cup of sugar for the whole recipe, and just a few mini chocolate chips to satisfy a sweet tooth. So, when all you want to do is shovel in some Christmas cookies, try reaching for these instead. I’d say about 4 is a good amount to have to without feeling an ounce of guiltiness. Besides, #treatyoself! Just do so in a way that won’t derail all your health goals before our next holiday feast, yeah? 😉

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No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Cookie Dough Bites

(adapted from this recipe)

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp ginger

1/8 tsp cloves

1/8 tsp salt

1 tbsp butter or Earth Balance, melted

heaping 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!)

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, spices, and salt until well combined.

2. In a small bowl, stir together the melted butter, pumpkin, and vanilla. Add in the brown sugar and mix until the lumps are gone.

3. Pour the liquid mixture into the dry ingredients, stirring just until combined.

4. Form the dough into 1in cookie balls and refrigerate for at least one hour. Enjoy!

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Have a wonderful week!!!

xo Jordan

Classic Key-Lime Pie.

I can’t think of a better way to say anything from Thank You to Happy Birthday, or I’m Sorry to I Love You, than with food.

Dancing for Donuts | Classic Key-Lime Pie.

There’s nothing better than giving someone something that reminds them of happiness and makes them nostalgic for a particular season or place. I recently made this key-lime pie for someone’s birthday and it made me smile just knowing that they got to enjoy their favorite thing. I always forget how easy pie is to make, but it really is one of the simplest and most delicious desserts. I have yet to tackle a fruit pie with a lattice top, but I think I may put that on my fall bucket list…

Dancing for Donuts | Classic Key-Lime Pie.

This pie comes together in about 10 minutes of prep-time (juicing the limes takes the longest) and it’s ridiculously satisfying. A tip – roll the limes on a table while firmly pressing down to help get the juices out and cut them lengthwise for easier holding. I also highly recommend buying the real graham crackers for the this crust instead of a generic brand. They just taste better 🙂

Classic Key-Lime Pie

1/4 cups finely ground graham crackers (about 1 sleeve)

5 tbsp butter

1 (14 oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk

4 large egg yolks

1/2 cup lime juice (fresh or from a bottle)

2 tbsp lime zest

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. In a food processor, pulse the graham crackers until finely ground. Add in the butter and pulse until crumbly.

2. Press the graham cracker mixture into a pie pan in an even layer. Use the side of a drinking glass if needed. Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then remove and let cool.

3. While the crust is baking, combine the egg yolks, condensed milk, lime juice and 1 tbsp of lime zest in a bowl and whisk for about 1 minute until slightly thickened. Pour into the baked graham cracker crust and top with the remaining lime zest.

4. Bake for 15 minutes on the middle shelf of the oven, then remove and let cool. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight. Top with whipped cream, if desired!

Dancing for Donuts | Classic Key-Lime Pie.

Hope y’all have a great week 🙂

xo Jordan

Birthday Funfetti Donuts.

Gooooood morning!

Since today is my birthday, I wanted to have something fun for breakfast. Plus, we all know donuts are my favorite, so I made these funfetti donuts as a special treat. They’ve definitely started my day off on a fantastic foot 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Birthday Funfetti Donuts.

They’re surprisingly easy to make, and honestly not terrible for you. They even have some protein in them…but that’s beside the point because on your birthday, or any old morning for that matter, it’s important to treat yoself! And I totally suggest double dipping these in the glaze because it’s quite possibly the best part.

Dancing for Donuts | Birthday Funfetti Donuts.

Birthday Funfetti Donuts

(adapted from this recipe)

for the donuts:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup milk (any kind will do, i used reduced fat)

1/4 cup greek yogurt (your favorite! i used non-fat greek)

2 tbsp melted unsalted butter

1 egg

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles

for the glaze:

1 cup confectioner’s sugar

just under 1/4 cup milk (any will work here, too)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

extra sprinkles for topping (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Spray a donut pan with non-stick spray (I like coconut oil!) and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, greek yogurt, and egg. Add the melted butter and vanilla. Mix until smooth.

4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix with a spatula until combined. Do not over-mix! The batter will be thick. Gently fold in the sprinkles to avoid color bleeding.

5. Spoon batter into the donut pan, making sure to keep the holes clean. *These donuts rise a lot so don’t feel the need to fill the molds all the way to the top! Bake for 10 minutes or until slightly golden.

6. When the donuts have completely cooled, mix the confectioner’s sugar, milk and vanilla in a saucepan over low heat to make the glaze. Once the ingredients are completely combined, turn off the heat. Drop the donuts into the glaze and completely coat one side. Lay on parchment to catch the excess glaze. Once the glaze has set (after about 5 minutes), dip the donuts into the glaze again, stirring the glaze to liquify if necessary. To finish, top the donuts with sprinkles!

*These donuts taste best when eaten the same day they’re made, but you can also store them in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 days! Unglazed donuts can be frozen for up to 2 months and microwaved for a quick thaw!

Dancing for Donuts | Birthday Funfetti Donuts.

Alright y’all, I’m off to do some celebrating before I head to work. Have a great day!

xo Jordan