Pumpkin Protein Muffins

A new week calls for a new recipe!

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Protein Muffins

This is one I know you’ll love because my boyfriend told me it was a winner😏 I made these Pumpkin Protein Muffins last week because my desire to bake on the daily is in FULL force. I figure, okay so my metabolism and activity level is far lower than they used to be, but I also love food… SO! The resolutions to this are a) exercise better portion control and b) bake things that are better for me. Luckily these muffins don’t taste healthy in the least, though!

Some ways I like to make my treats a touch healthier include using less oil/butter (and subbing in pumpkin/banana instead), using healthier sugar alternatives or less of them altogether (ie. maple syrup, stevia, monk fruit, banana), and adding in some protein for staying power. This recipe does all three!

I actually subbed out part of the flour in this recipe with my Eat Like a Woman Very Vanilla Shake, which is one of my favorite protein powders!! This line was developed with women’s bodies in mind (since our bodies process food and nutrients SO differently!), so this powder has probiotics, plant-based protein (which we absorb more easily), 22 vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and omega 3’s. I promise you I’m not getting paid to post about this, I just truly love it!

With this protein powder, vitamin & fiber rich pumpkin, protein packed greek yogurt and almond flour, and only 2 tablespoons of sweetener, you’ll feel good about snacking on these for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even dessert😊

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Protein Muffins

Pumpkin Protein Muffins

1 cup pumpkin purée

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (I used 2% fat)

1 egg

1 medium ripe banana, mashed

2 tbsp maple syrup

1 cup oat flour or whole wheat flour

1/2 cup almond flour

1/2 cup ELAW Very Vanilla Life Stage Shake (or your favorite protein powder!)

1 1/2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1-2 pinches of sea salt

cacao nibs (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.

2. In a large bowl, combine all the wet ingredients including the pumpkin, egg, greek yogurt, maple syrup and banana.

3. In a small bowl, stir together the dry ingredients including the flours, protein powder, spices, sea salt and baking powder.

4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and fold until completely combined. Do not overmix 🙂

5. Using a spoon, fill silicone muffin liners (these are my favorite!) or a greased muffin tin 3/4 of the way full. Top each muffin with cacao nibs if desired. Bake for 20 minutes or until firm to the touch.

Store in the fridge for up to 5 days!

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Protein Muffins

That’s it for today, loves! Thank you so much for stopping by and I wish you a wonderful week!

xo Jordan

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Friday Finds

Welcome back and helloooo Friday!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds

This week has been, UGH. Just so many ups and downs, yes some personally, but more so with the news. It’s hitting quite close to home this week after the shooting and now extremely serious forest fire in Thousand Oaks where my cousins live. The only good news I can think of is that a recored of 117 women were elected into office and the youngest one is from the town next to mine in New York, so that’s pretty cool! A silver lining to chaos, I suppose.

I just want to share some of my favorites from this week, in case you need to read something other than the news. I know I could use a break!

How to Make a Satisfying Salad Every Single Day – Wait, this is SO HELPFUL. I swear, sometimes I’m hungry an hour after I eat my lunch…

Butternut Squash, Goat Cheese and Prosciutto Strata – If I had a Friendsgiving to go to this year, I would 110% be making this!!

The Many Incredible Benefits of Echinacea – My parents used to take this when I was younger (maybe they still do? Hey mom & dad!) but maybe I need to start taking it, too! Do you guys?

The Health Benefits of Infrared Saunas – If only these weren’t so dang expensive!!! I’m obsessed with them.

5-Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge Squares – I sure as heck don’t trust myself with a bag of chocolate chips in the house but for this recipe? I might just have to try.

Cranberry Apple Sangria – Well THIS sounds like a winner for the holidays😍

Sending you all my love and please, don’t forget to tell the people in your life how grateful you are for them. Life is short❤️

xo Jordan

 

 

Donut Workshop Recap (& My First Time Hosting An Event!)

Hi guys!! Guess what?!

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

I hosted my first event this past weekend!! Oh man, it was so chaotic but SO much fun.

One of my goals for this year was to host an event and I kind of just assumed that it wouldn’t happen until I met my friend Charlotte at a wellness event early on in the summer. As someone who has thrown events in the past and truly enjoys doing it, Charlotte asked me if I would co-host a donut baking workshop with her and of COURSE I had to say yes!

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

So for the past month of so, we’ve been working together to plan a sort of baking class with sponsors, swag bags, cute decor, and other fun things. I think all in all about 17 people showed up to bake with us and though it was a little crowded, everyone successfully baked a batch of their own donuts!! It was so fun to see their creations😍

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

We started out by making announcements on both of our Instagram pages and the event quickly filled up! It’s actually pretty awesome to be able to bring people together that are literally just from the internet. It makes me want to have a bazillion events just so that I can finally meet & hang with all my insta-friends!! Maybe someday🙏🏼

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

Anyway, from there, Charlotte put together a spreadsheet (because she’s THE most organized person ever) and we started to keep tabs on who was attending, if they had any food allergies, and what kind of donut pan they wanted! For $15, we provided a donut pan, a mini spatula (courtesy of one of our sponsors, GIR!), all the ingredients to bake and frost a batch of donuts, a little swag bag, and some light bites/drinks! We had some mimosas and asked people to bring their own mugs for coffee – I really loved that idea!

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

The event went for about 2 and a half hours and even though it ended with me shattering my phone screen trying to take a photo, it was SUCH a blast. I seriously want to hold these events all over the country, how cool would that be?! Maybe that’s the goal for next year😊

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

Before I go, I just want to say a quick thank you to my beautiful co-host Charlotte, my friend Taylor for coming, helping us set up/clean up, and taking most of these gorgeous photos, and our sponsors including Varieteas, Sun & Swell, Goldsheep Clothing, Bob’s Red Mill, GIR, and Lily’s Sweets!!

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

Thanks so much for stopping by & be back soon!!

xo Jordan

The Ultimate Vegan Mac N’Cheese

Autumn calls for comfort food, don’t ya think?

Dancing for Donuts | The Ultimate Vegan Mac N'Cheese

I recently made this vegan mac n’cheese for a giveaway with Spudsy Foods (I mentioned them in my September favorites!) and knew I had to share the full recipe on here with you guys. It’s quite possibly the easiest sauce to make – it comes together in a blender with minimal chopping – and is fantastic with any kind of pasta, although I rarely eat anything other than Banza’s chickpea pasta these days!

The “cheese” part of the sauce comes from Nutritional Yeast, which is basically a vegan supplement for Vitamin B12 and protein that happens to have a delicious cheesy flavor to it. The creaminess of the sauce comes from the soaked cashews and veggie broth, and then there’s some garlic and paprika in there too, for extra flavor! I topped this dish with Spudsy’s BBQ Sweet Potato Puffs, but you could easily just use regular bread crumbs or panko flakes!

And one last thing I’ll say: this dish even passed the bf test, which for me is a HUGE win since mine doesn’t particularly love the idea of “healthy” versions of things😂

Dancing for Donuts | The Ultimate Vegan Mac N'Cheese

The Ultimate Vegan Mac N’Cheese

your favorite pasta, cooked according to the directions

1/2 cup cashews soaked in water for at least 3 hours (or overnight)

2 tbsp nutritional yeast

1/2 cup veggie broth

1/3 cup non-dairy milk

1/2 tsp paprika

3-4 cloves garlic

3/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup crumbled Spudsy Sweet Potato Puffs (or breadcrumbs)

1. Cook pasta according to directions and while boiling, make the cashew cheese sauce below.

2. In a blender, add the soaked cashews (drained), broth, milk, nutritional yeast, paprika, garlic and salt to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. *If you need to add a little bit of liquid, add either more broth or water tbsp by tbsp – a little goes a long way!

3. Add the sauce to the drained pasta and keep over low to medium heat to warm the sauce.

4. Spoon the mac n’cheese into bowls or ramekins and top with the breadcrumbs or crumbled Spudsy puffs. Enjoy right away or bake in the oven at 300 degrees fahrenheit for 5-10 minutes. 

*Store leftover cashew cheese sauce in an airtight container for up to 3 days*

Dancing for Donuts | The Ultimate Vegan Mac N'Cheese

Well, that’s it for today!! Have you guys ever made vegan versions of your favorite foods? I’m not vegan, as you know, but I love this idea of re-vamping some of my meals to be more plant-based!

xo Jordan

What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW #4)

Oh, hey! It’s already humpday👏

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW #4)

I’m comin’ atcha today with a good ol’ fashioned WIAW, or what the kids now call a “What I Eat In a Day” on the YouTubes. Back in the day, food bloggers would paint a real picture of what their day looked like in meals with super raw photos and share it on a What-I-At-Wednesday. These posts are not meant for people to compare or anything like that, but more just to get ideas!

As you guys knows, I work a 9-6, so I like to share some of the things I eat to help me get through the day at my desk and then afterwards. Here’s what I truly ate yesterday, and I fully apologize for the smoothie photo which looks less than appetizing, but was actually quite delicious…😂

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW #4)

~7:30am – hot coffee made in a French press with 1/2 serving of collagen, pumpkin pie spice, stevia & frothed cashew milk. Two things: 1) I use 1/2 a serving of collagen instead of a full serving because it makes it last longer and is cheaper😅 2) I highly recommend investing in a frother. It’ll change your life!

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW #4)

~9am – green smoothie (which is what I have like 6/7 days a week for breakfast!!). I switch up what I put in here almost everyday, but it’s generally 1/2 frozen banana with 1-2 frozen strawberries, 1-2 handfuls of greens, cashew milk/filtered water, 1 tsp maca, 1 tbsp peanut butter powder, 1 scoop protein powder. Sometimes I add flax or chia seeds, or my favorite almond butter instead of the powder, since it has a bit more staying power!

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~11am – literally always hungry at this time without fail. I reach for 2 clementines (yay for clem season!) since I’m sick and need some extra Vitamin C. I also heat up the rest of my coffee from this morning and add a little bit more from the pot at work. Shoutout to BAB for the best reusable jars ever!

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW #4)

~12:15Banza chickpea pasta wheels with TJ’s vegan kale pesto, 1/2 mashed avocado, chopped cherry tomatoes and sea salt. This lunch has been on repeat for me!! It’s insanely easy to make, has a ton of protein and fiber, and healthy fat! I also love that I can eat it cold – sometimes the microwave at our office has a line😂

~2pm – a carrot, orange & ginger juice from Marvé! I ran home during lunch after running some errands and found a package from them waiting for me! I know had clementines already, but this juice hit the spot. I love having something sweet after lunch!

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW #4)

~4pm – snack queen strikes again with some celery (which I thought I hated, but actually kind of love?) and hot tea for my throat. I also had 2 un-pictured fig cookies from NatureBox that I shoveled in too quickly to take a photo…

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW #4)

~6:30 – Instead of a workout tonight, I opted to meet up with some other food bloggers who were in town from Michigan!! I finally got to meet my friend Sari, who I talk to on Instagram all the time, her friend Lindsey, and then my friend Hannah who also lives in LA! We went to Gjelina for some of the most delicious food EVER (in Venice).

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW #4)

~7:30 – dessert at Pressed Juicery Freeze! I got half vanilla, half strawberry and it was delish. I don’t usually eat this early, but it was actually kind of nice to be able to digest before bed! I was home by 8:30 and went for a walk with Alex. Such a fun night😊

So there ya have it!! Do you guys work at a desk and bring your food with you, too? Are you big snackers like me?

Have a great day!!

xo Jordan

 

Weekend Recap (Fun Fitness Events!) + July Favorites

So, I think this is like, the first time in years I’ve done a weekend recap for you guys…right?

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

I know it seems random, especially considering I wasn’t traveling or anything, but I did attend a few fun fitness events that I thought I’d share with you! And since it’s the end of the month, I bundled that with my fitness & foodie favorites from July…which I still cannot believe is nearly over🙀

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

I guess that means I was busy…which is quite possibly the understatement of the century considering these past few weekends have been jam packed (with lots of fun stuff, and a bit of work, too). This past Saturday I met my friend Emily at a launch event for Katie Austin‘s new activewear line, Austin Active. Some of you may know Denise Austin, Katie’s mom, who was a huge fitness personality in the 80’s and 90’s I think, but Katie is SO sweet and I’ve been following her on YouTube for awhile now.

She just launched a line of super cute workout clothes (I splurged for a set…I had to!!!) and to celebrate, she taught a free fitness class in Downtown LA at the most beautiful studio space. There was food and juice from Beaming (best chocolate chip cookies ever, you guys), makeup samples from Smashbox, Babe Rosé, and even a braid bar…although I didn’t opt to get my hair done this time!

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

On Sunday, my friend Keely was teaching her class from ModelFit (aka my favorite class EVER – not kidding, it kicks my butt in the most fun way possible and Keely is the BEST teacher), so I went with a couple friends! The W Hotel here in Westwood is actually doing free fitness classes every Sunday at 9am on their WET deck by the pool (the most gorgeous setting) until the end of September, so if you’re in the LA area, I totally recommend going! Keely is actually teaching again this coming weekend, but there are a ton of other cool classes like boxing and yoga, too! I’m alllll about the free events here, and going with friends makes it 10x more fun😊

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

p.s. how stinkin’ cute is this gif ^ …like i’m sorry but we nailed it💁🏻

Okay NOW onto July favorites!!!

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

Smoked Salmon + Avo Toast – This combo is kind of all I want forever. I splurged on smoked salmon a couple times so far this summer and let me tell you, it is worth every👏🏼damn👏🏼penny👏🏼. I’ve always loved some good lox and schmear on a bagel, but with avocado instead of the cream cheese and a squeeze of lemon on top? Ooohhh baby we are in BUSINESS.

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

AshaPops – So these are probably the coolest thing I tried all month…they’re popped LOTUS seeds!!! Have you guys ever heard of that?! This company (which is run by THE sweetest woman and her son) reached out to me and asked me if I’d like to try these a few weeks ago and since I’d never heard of anything like them, I immediately said yes! Turns out they’re insanely delicious and pack quite a nutritious punch. I don’t know if you can read the front label up there, but AshaPops are low in calories, high in magnesium and protein, and extremely allergen-free (vegan, gluten free, soy free, etc.). My boyfriend and I finished off this chocolate bag in about 10 minutes sitting in traffic, but their other flavors like cinnamon and turmeric, are amazing, too!

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

Beekeeper’s Naturals Bee Pollen – I have been lovingggg adding this stuff to my smoothies lately, mostly because of the crunch, but also because bee pollen is SO good for you. BKN is such an incredible brand anyway, so I know all of their products are high quality, but their bee pollen in particular contains a ton of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and protein. It also tastes kind of nutty/earthy, which I’m sure is also good on oats and yogurt!

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

NüFlo Shoes – Okay HOW cool are these?! I wore these Nüflo shoesies (is that a word I’m allowed to use in my late 20’s?) to pilates last week and they were amazing. There are grips on the bottom which make sure you don’t slip and slide on the Megaformer, but I know they’d also be great for regular or hot yoga, too. Speaking of, I haven’t been back to Y7 since before my broken elbow, so I’ll have to try them out there very soon!! Also they come in other colors or just black too, if that’s more your style😊

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

Miyokos Smoked Farmhouse Vegan Cheese – I first tried this cheese at the Vegan Food Festival here in LA earlier this summer and I was absolutely blown away. If you like smoked gouda, you will LOVE Miyokos Smoked Vegan Cheese. It’s insane. And it’s vegan…which again, is not necessarily something I choose to be at all times, but I do try to eat less dairy for my skin/digestion and being able to eat something like this on a cracker is a serious game changer! It is a little pricey, but I’ve heard Trader Joe’s carries it for slightly cheaper!

Year of Yes – So full disclosure, I’m not actually finished with this book just yet, but I’m pretty close. I’ve recommended it to every single person I’ve talked books with since i’ve opened it up and I’ve been raving about it to everyone because Shonda Rhimes is a freakin’ GENIUS. Aside from being positive and real and authentic and awesome, which is all the things I want to read about, this book is just straight up hilarious. I literally laughed out loud by myself while reading it on the beach, and that’s a rarity so you KNOW it’s good. If you’re already a Shonda fan, I’d recommend picking this up immediately, but even if you aren’t, this woman is my idol. Such a good beach read!

Dancing for Donuts | Weekend Recap + July Foodie Favorites

Amazing Grass Protein Superfood in Chocolate Peanut Butter – If this protein powder blended up with a little frozen banana and almond milk were all I’d get to eat for breakfast for the rest of time, I think I’d be okay with that.This protein powder is hands down the BEST protein I’ve ever had. It’s vegan, has two full servings of fruits and veggies per serving, and contains alfalfa, spirulina, chlorella and açai…none of which you actually taste because the pb & chocolate takes over in the best way possible. I’ve been taking half a scoop (they’re biiiig scoops!), adding a couple frozen strawberries with a 1/2 frozen banana and a handful of spinach, and blending it up every single morning these days. I’m obsessed with this stuff!!

OMFG okay did you get to the end of this post?!?! I think this is the longest thing I’ve ever written, I’m so sorry for blabbing😅 If you made it, thank you and if not, I appreciate the effort.

Love you all and have an amazing rest of your week!!!

xo Jordan

Poolside Snackin’ with My/Mochi Ice Cream

This post is sponsored by My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream but the content and opinions expressed here are my own!

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Happy Tuesday, friends! I just landed back in LA from a weekend in DC for a wedding and ooooohhh baby was it HOT. We were planning on spending Sunday out and about and we actually just ended up hanging out poolside all day with my boyfriend’s friends and family!

Whether I’m at the beach or the pool, I alwaysss like to bring snacks. I mean, let’s be real, I always like to bring snacks no matter where I am😅 And though I try to bring foods that will fill me up (like protein & fiber-filled fruit/veggies/bars), summer to me basically means ICE CREAM. Life is about balance, right you guys?

Dancing for Donuts | Poolside Snackin' With My/Mochi Ice Cream #ad

Mochi is one of my favorite ways to eat ice cream (it’s contained when it starts to melt, I don’t need a spoon, it’s pre-portioned, etc.) and My/Mochi Ice Cream is easily my go-to brand. They have 7 different flavors and judging from how insanely creamy and delicious the Sweet Mango and Mint Chip My/Mochi Ice Cream flavors were, I can only imagine what the others are like (I’m lookin’ at you, Salted Caramel & Strawberry).

If you’ve never had mochi before, it can be kind of hard to describe, but I’ll do my best and tell you that it’s like sinking your teeth into a magical ice cream pillow. For serious. I grabbed my boxes of My/Mochi Ice Cream at Safeway, but you can find them all over (just double check their Store Locator first!).

Dancing for Donuts | Poolside Snackin' With My/Mochi Ice Cream #ad

Aside from the convenience and ridiculously tasty flavors, My/Mochi Ice Cream is only 110 calories per serving, which makes it the perfect little sweet snack when you’re schvitzing through summer. They’re also kind of just, fun? I don’t know if that makes sense, but I personally think food is more enjoyable to eat when it offers some kind of experience, y’know what I mean?

Dancing for Donuts | Poolside Snackin' With My/Mochi Ice Cream #ad

So yeah, my ideal poolside summer essentials list would probably contain the following:

some SPF for my face/body

a v large water bottle

My/Mochi Ice Cream

a good book

cute sunnies

good company

Dancing for Donuts | Poolside Snackin' With My/Mochi Ice Cream #ad

And there ya have it my friends! If you haven’t tried mochi before, or even if you have, I highly recommend trying My/Mochi Ice Cream because I promise you will fall in love. I can’t wait to try the other flavors – which one would you try first?!

xo Jordan

 

Friday Finds

Yaaassssss another Friday is here!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds

Do you guys remember the days when I’d work weekends so Friday wasn’t actually a thing? Man, that was a long time ago…

I haven’t done one of these link roundups in a hot minute, but we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming today! This week has been a busy one, but surprisingly gloomy and chilly here in LA, so I’m looking forward to some down time and sunshine. Let me know in the comments what you’re up to this weekend – I feel like spring is always when people start getting up to fun adventures!

Caramelized Figs and Ravioli with Rosemary Brown Butter & Crispy Prosciutto – I can’t even.

10 Hydrating Foods That Are Almost As Good As a Glass of Water – Eat your water, folks!

The Popular Sugar Substitute That’s “Even Worse Than White Sugar” – Honestly I never know what to believe anymore, but this is pretty interesting.

10 Ways to Get Healthier if You Hate Working Out – While I don’t hate working out, I’m definitely not in the mood to do it every single day. These tips are perfect for all days, but especially those when you’re off!

6-Step Workout For Wherever, Whenever – This actually looks really fun…

A Ranking of the Best Cheeses at Trader Joe’s – Reasons why I could never be a vegan😅

The Secret to Making Smooth, Delicious Oat Milk – Ok I reallyyyyyy want to start doing this!! Have you tried making oat milk before?! I feel like it’s so much cheaper than trying to buy it all the time.

That’s it for today friends, thanks for reading as always and have a great weekend!

xo Jordan

AB & J Bites

Hello Hello! Man, it’s been awhile since I posted a recipe on here…

Dancing for Donuts | AB & J Energy Bits - Gluten-Free, Vegan

I know I’ve posted recipes for energy bites in the past, but they’re literally the easiest things to make ever AND can be a zillion different flavors. As I get into the swing of things with my new job and my schedule, I’m also getting back into meal prep and packing my lunches. As always, snacks are literally my best friend. Like when I tell you that every single day I make sure I have at least two snacks in my lunch bag, I am not kidding, guys😅

I’ve gotten pretty good at making a filling enough breakfast to last me until lunch, but some days I still get hungry around 11:30, or want a sweet treat at around 3pm. They have some snacks at work, but you know me, I like to pack my own so I know exactly what I’m eating and don’t get tempted to raid the cereal or candy!

Dancing for Donuts | AB & J Energy Bits - Gluten-Free, Vegan

I’ve also learned that if I don’t have a snack that has protein in it, I’m screwed. So the aforementioned candy/cereal/crackers/whatever is out in the kitchen? Yeah, probably not going to cut it for me even if I do decide to indulge. Therefore, I either bring an energy bar (which is generally the norm) or I bring my own homemade version (which I’m trying to make the new norm). I know the prices for energy bars and such can actually be pretty great when they’re on sale, but they all have six thousand ingredients. Have you ever noticed that?! Larabars are definitely the cleanest (or RxBars, but I’m not a fan of the texture) aaaaand they’re also the easiest to make.

Some people have an issue with the dates in these things and look, I know they’re packed with sugar, but they’re also rich in fiber, vitamins, and iron, PLUS they help boost energy. There are obviously energy bite recipes made with oats and fewer dates, but I personally love the texture of these. They’re actually not all that sweet, I promise, and since they’re more filling, you’ll feel satisfied after just two or three.

TL;DR – Make these. They are cheap, and filling, and have lots of good-for-you ingredients😉

Dancing for Donuts | AB & J Energy Bits - Gluten-Free, Vegan

Almond Butter & Jelly Bites 

5-7 large pitted dates (best if fresh – I used Medjool)

1 1/2 cups raw almonds

2 tablespoons nut butter (I used peanut butter, just because I love it, but you can’t really taste it!)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 cup freeze-dried strawberries, crushed finely (I used my fingers)

up to 5 tbsp water (only as needed and add one tbsp at a time!)

1tsp Moon Deli Energy Tonic (optional)

1. In a food processor or high powered blender, add all ingredients except for freeze-dried strawberries and water. Pulse 2-3 times and then scrape down the sides of the blender with a spatula.

2. Repeat until a dough-like consistency forms and feel free to add the water one tablespoon at a time if you’re having trouble blending the mixture, but be sure not to over-blend as some crunch will add texture!

3. Put the crushed strawberries on a plate and form the dough into 1 inch balls. Roll each ball into the fruit to coat it and then softly press the strawberries into the bites so they don’t fall right off. Refrigerate in an air-tight container for up to 10 days. 

Dancing for Donuts | AB & J Energy Bits - Gluten-Free, Vegan

More of my energy bite recipes:

Funfetti Protein Bites

Peppermint Brownie Protein Bites

Gingerbread Bites

3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Bites

What snacks have you been loving lately? Are you someone who likes to make snacks or buy pre-made ones? I’m a mix of both – just depends on the week! Have a great rest of yours😊

xo Jordan

 

Recent Eats

How is it actually the end of February already, guys?!

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This month absolutely flew by, even faster than January, I honestly can’t believe it. I guess I had a few notable things happen – I left my old jobs (and friends! Miss you guys so much), took a few days to re-group, started my new job, and left to meet my parents in Colorado for vacation. It’s my last day here and tomorrow I go back to reality, so I’m going to try and soak up as much time in the snow as possible!

Since it was a short month that was full of changes and running around, I don’t have too many foodie favorites to share with you like I usually do! Instead, I figured I’d just share some of my recent notable eats since I’ve eaten a ton of really delicious things this month! Hopefully this can give you some ideas if you’re in a food rut😉

Dancing for Donuts | Recent Eats (February 2018)

English muffin with mashed avocado, pink himalayan sea salt + TJ’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning – I’d be lying to you if I said I didn’t eat this at 3/7 days a week (and usually with an egg on top). I am obsessed with this combo and that is not an exaggeration! I’ve always been a fan of avocado toast (like the true millenial I am), but on a soft and fluffy english muffin with seasonings it is NEXT. LEVEL. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, I found this recipe so you can make their everything bagel seasoning at home!

Dancing for Donuts | Recent Eats (February 2018)

Kale salad with sriracha greek yogurt dressing (a slightly watered down version of this dip recipe), leftover tri-tip, mini peppers, 1/4 avocado and a slice of garlic bread  – So I’m making a pact with myself to eat one salad a day in March and my lunch at work is generally a good time to make this happen. After indulging hard over Valentine’s Day, I threw some leftover tri-tip (it was on sale and holy smokes was it good) over some kale and peppers. We’d eaten the tri-tip the night before with some air-fried tater tots, so naturally I made my spicy greek yogurt mustard dip. We had some leftovers of that too, so I watered it down and poured it over the salad as a dressing. I am 100% doing that again – SO good!!

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds

SquareOrganics plant-based protein bars – I am allllll about the bars and I’ve pretty much tried every bar under the sun, but these are different!! I love the texture so much – a little crunchy as opposed to some of the bars that are really soft and gooey, and the flavors are to die for. I also love that they’re plant-based (something I’m trying to be more of!) and they donate part of their proceeds to fight human trafficking. SO awesome. If you want to try a sampler pack for yourself for $12.99 + tax, just text SAMPLER to 33222!

Dancing for Donuts | Recent Eats (February 2018)

Rubio’s wild-caught red shrimp bowl – You know me guys, I don’t usually eat “fast food,” which I totally thought Rubio’s was, but to be honest it’s more just fast casual like a Panera. I went for lunch with my boyfriend recently and tried their new red shrimp bowl and it. was. GOOD. I was so impressed by how fresh their ingredients are and I was able to get my bowl with their ancient grain mix instead of white rice. I’m alllllll about healthy options and they make it really easy to customize the dishes. You can even get a BOGO at Rubio’s with this coupon, which’ll save you about $10 on their delicious and fresh food. Highly recommend!!

Dancing for Donuts | Recent Eats (February 2018)

Green Smoothie with Huel – I won’t go into too much detail about this one since the full post can be found here, but this smoothie has been a go-to for me since it legitimately keeps me satiated until lunch time! And, if you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I’m usually someone who needs a snack at 11am to calm my growling stomach…these days I don’t have to do that, which is nice😊

Dancing for Donuts | Recent Eats (February 2018)

Air-fried donuts – So I was suuuper excited to make these since I’ve been looking for all kinds of yummy things to make in my new air fryer, but I accidentally picked up the wrong kind of biscuits! Essentially, you just take biscuit dough from the refrigerated section at the grocery store and cut a hole in the center, but make sure it’s NOT the flaky kind! I’ll put an actually recipe up here soon once I’ve got it down perfectly, but regardless, these were delicious. They were pretty much just biscuits that I covered in butter, cinnamon and sugar, so what’s not to like?😂 P.s. My air fryer can be found here and it is magical!!

Dancing for Donuts | Recent Eats (February 2018)

Dark Chocolate Eclipse Cake with cream cheese frosting – When I tell you that my boyfriend had to hold me back from getting thirds (yes, thirds) of this every night after Valentine’s Day, I am dead serious. This cake is THAT good. I grabbed the cake recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie (looooove her stuff!), which is fairly healthy for a chocolate cake, and then smothered it in cream cheese frosting (which is essentially just butter, cream cheese and sugar…oops!). While I have zero regrets of covering this cake in frosting, I will say that if I made this again in the near future, I’d probably try to come up with a healthier frosting😅 I can tell you that the cake itself was super fudgy, regardless of it being dairy free. Obsessed!!

Dancing for Donuts | Recent Eats (February 2018)

Green juice from Kreation – I know most of you probably don’t live in Los Angeles, but if you do, run don’t walk to the nearest Kreation (there are a few around town!). They’re a little pricey but literally everything tastes delicious, which is pretty impressive when it’s packed with vegetables and all kinds of healthy things. The one I had, Green #2, tastes AMAZING and you can see up there that it has all kinds of greens (hence the name…) and my friend had one of their green smoothies, which was also delish. I’m kind of glad I don’t live too closely to one of these, they’d take all my money for sure!

Dancing for Donuts | Recent Eats (February 2018)

Perfect Bar in Dark Chocolate Almond – Told ya I was a bar girl😏 I’d only tried one of these bars previously and I have NO idea why it took me so long to try another!! These are definitely different than the Square Organics bars, but I love them both! You can find them in the refrigerator section, which actually appeals to me since it means they’re not  packed with preservatives. They’re also higher in calories, so they’re the perfect mid-afternoon snack when you need to say full until a late dinner or even pre-workout if you’re getting ready to sweat it out hard. This flavor was phenomenal, but they honestly all sound good. Can’t wait to try more!

Alright lovers, that’s it for now! I hope everyone had a fantastic February – I have a feeling March is going to be pretty great either way. Let me know in the comments if you’ve eaten anything delicious lately!! I need to get back into meal prep and cooking as soon as I’m back from the mountains!

xo Jordan