Easy Air-Fried Tofu & Peanut Shirataki Noodles For One

My friends, please let me introduce you to my new favorite thing to air-fry: tofu.

Dancing for Donuts | Easy Air-Fried Tofu & Shirataki Noodles (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Look, I get it, I thought tofu was gross for like 27 years of my life, but now I’m a freakin’ fan. I seriously think the key is just to make a good sauce and cook it so that it’s not soft and weird and gross – which THIS is not. This? Is awesome.

If you’re rolling your eyes at the fact that I’m posting yet another air-fryer recipe, I also get that. Not everyone has one, let alone the space in their kitchen to have one (these things are BIG). The good news is that you really don’t need an air-fryer for this, you can just as easily make it in your oven, so fret not😉

Dancing for Donuts | Easy Air-Fried Tofu & Shirataki Noodles (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

There are two things, however, that you will need to make this recipe awesome: 1) extra firm tofu that you strain the excess water out of (directions below) and 2) these shirataki or “miracle noodles.” They are gluten-free, vegan, super low-calorie, and zero carb. They sound super bizarre and I’ve known about them for years but was hesitant to try them, but you GUYS. These are GREAT!

I promise they don’t taste weird, my only suggestion would be to rinse them and then let them soak up whatever sauce you’re using. I can’t imagine they’d taste great by themselves, so don’t try that…unless you really want to, of course. And by all means, if regular or whole wheat or chickpea pasta is more your speed, just swap it out for that, but I will say that I feel much better eating this big noodle dish for lunch or before bed since it’s not super heavy. But your call! We don’t judge here😊

Dancing for Donuts | Easy Air-Fried Tofu & Shirataki Noodles (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

^ actual footage of my tofu draining on the kitchen counter under a pile of cookbooks…

Oh! And one more thing – before you go all crazy thinking I’m a liar for saying this recipe is super easy when you see that the ingredients list and directions are kind of long, I promise you this dish requires very minimal actual effort. It just takes a bit of time to do the tofu sitch and the air frying, but the ingredients are mostly the same for the marinade and the sauce, anyway. The really good news, though? The air-fryer (or oven) really does all the work for ya, I promise.

Dancing for Donuts | Easy Air-Fried Tofu & Shirataki Noodles (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Air-Fried Tofu & Shirataki Noodles

1 package shirataki noodles

1 package extra firm tofu

Tofu Marinade:

1/4 cup coconut aminos

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp sea salt

pinch coconut sugar (optional)

Peanut Sauce for the Noodles:

2 tbsp hot water

1 tbsp natural peanut butter

1/2 tbsp sesame oil

2 tbsp coconut aminos

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp coconut sugar

sea salt to taste

green onions, sriracha or any other toppings you might like!

1. Press the water out of the tofu by cutting into thinner strips, placing it between paper towels on a plate, and then using weight to drain the excess water for at least 10 minutes. (I usually do this by putting a cutting board and a bunch of cookbooks on top!)

2. While the tofu is draining, mix together all the ingredients for your marinade in a medium sized bowl.

3. Once the tofu is done, cut it into small cubes. Toss the cubes in the bowl with the marinade and gently shake or use a spoon to coat it completely.

4. Air-fry the tofu for 15 minutes at 390 degrees fahrenheit, taking it out every 5 minutes to shake it up. **If you don’t have an air-fryer, bake your tofu for 20 minutes at 375 degrees fahrenheit.

5. While the tofu is frying, make your peanut sauce by putting all ingredients in a small bowl (or the one you’d like to eat your noodles in!) and whisk until as smooth as possible.

6. Open your shirataki noodles and drain them with a strainer. If you’d like your dish hot, simple put them in a pan and sauté them until warm (or microwave), otherwise put them in the bowl with the peanut sauce and toss to coat.

7. Once your tofu is done aka crispy on the outside by still slightly soft, add it to your bowl. Top with anything you’d like and dig on in!

Dancing for Donuts | Easy Air-Fried Tofu & Shirataki Noodles (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Okay y’all, that is IS for today. I really do hope you try this in whatever form/variety works for you and your kitchen – it’s so delicious. And cheap! Super cheap.

Have a wonderful rest of your week!

xo Jordan

 

Pesto Hummus (Or the Dip/Dressing I’ve Been Putting on EVERYTHING)

Hello hello, beautiful people!!

Dancing for Donuts | Pesto Hummus (or the Dip/Dressing I've Been Putting on EVERYTHING!)

I know it’s been a minute since I shared a recipe on here – truth be told, I’ve been cooking up a store but 1) it’s mostly been in the dark after work and 2) it was nothing super interesting. I have to say though, I did a huge haul from Thrive Market (not sponsored – oh how I wish😂) and just having some new-to-me ingredients has been fun! Stay tuned for some of those coming in a favorites roundup next week…

Another thing I found myself eating almost on the daily was a version of this homemade pesto hummus. I’ll let you in a on a little secret – when I’m running low on groceries I tend to throw random things together on top of quinoa to bring to work for lunch. Occasionally it’s gross, but usually it’s fine. This time? It was GOLD. Last week I saw that we had a container of hummus and one with pesto and was like DING DING DING LET’S DO THIS. I swirled them together, thinned it out with a little warm water, and boom. Mucho flavor, fiber and protein.

Dancing for Donuts | Pesto Hummus (or the Dip/Dressing I've Been Putting on EVERYTHING!)

While I proceeded to put this dressing/dip situation on every lunch I ate for the following four days, it did occur to me that I could probably make it myself, and with cleaner ingredients to boot. Store-bought pesto can be extremely convenient, but I also know it has a ton of unnecessary sodium and usually some other added business. No bueno. This week I made my own pesto hummus and UGH. It was delicious. I added walnuts instead of pine nuts because that ish is expensive and put a bunch of lemon since warmer weather makes me crave citrus. I think if you wanted to, you could add greek yogurt to this for a thicker, creamier dip, or thin it out for a salad dressing kind of thing. V versatile, v easy, v tasty.

Dancing for Donuts | Pesto Hummus (or the Dip/Dressing I've Been Putting on EVERYTHING!)

Pesto Hummus

juice of 1 lemon

1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves

1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1/4 cup olive oil

1/8 – 1/4 cup water (just add a little at a time!)

1/4 cup walnuts

1 tsp sea salt

1 clove garlic

1. In a food processor or blender, add all ingredients and pulse until as liquified as possible.

2. Store in an airtight container (like a mason jar!) in the fridge for up to one week. Enjoy on salads or with veggies as a dip!

Dancing for Donuts | Pesto Hummus (or the Dip/Dressing I've Been Putting on EVERYTHING!)

Well there ya have it, friends. I’m not much of a condiments person (I can’t tell ya why, honestly) but this sauce I can get behind! What’s your favorite thing to top a salad with?!

xo Jordan

 

5-Ingredient Falafel (Air Fried or Baked!)

I seriously can’t believe it’s already April, you guys. Where is this year going!?!?

Dancing for Donuts | 5-Ingredient Falafel (Air-Fried or Baked!), Gluten-Free, Vegan

Don’t get me wrong, I’m super pumped for summer, but that fact that it’s April means that I’ve already been living with my boyfriend for 5 months, working at my new job for over a month, and this year is already a quarter over. That is nuts!!! In all honesty though, I really love spring because to me, it feels like a fresh start. Y’all know we don’t totally get a winter in LA, but it has been chillier this year than any other year I’ve lived here (all 7 of ’em!), and with a bunch of changes this year I’ve found myself feeling slightly overwhelmed and out of whack. Spring means I can re-visit the goals I set for myself in the new year and establish new intentions for the months ahead. 2018 has been pretty damn wonderful so far, so I’m PUMPED to see what the rest of it has in store!

Dancing for Donuts | 5-Ingredient Falafel (Air-Fried or Baked!), Gluten-Free, Vegan

But in any case, going back to what I was saying about feeling a bit out of sorts, the first thing I turn to when I need to get my a$$ back in gear is my meals. That being said though, the first thing to go when my schedule gets crazy is the grocery shopping (especially since my boyfriend and I usually do our shopping together in one trip). It’s because of this that I’m trying to get more resourceful with healthy, simple meals like my go-to quinoa salad with whatever veggies we’ve got in the fridge or breakfast-for-dinner. Over the weekend, I realized that all we really had for my lunches was some quinoa, bell peppers, and veggie burgers, but then I noticed a can of chickpeas in the pantry! BINGO.

Dancing for Donuts | 5-Ingredient Falafel (Air-Fried or Baked!), Gluten-Free, Vegan

With that can of chickpeas, oats (also in my pantry), an onion (something we alwaysssss have on hand!) and some spices, I made myself a meal! Well sort of – when I paired it with the quinoa and veggies, that is😉 I air-fried these falafel, but you can just as easily make them in the oven! I like air frying them because they get that nice crisp on the outside with no oil, but it’s totally up to you – maybe I’ll try baking them next to see what happens! They’re vegan, gluten-free, and I made a super simple sauce to pair them with by taking hummus, watering it down slightly with warm water, and squeezing half a lemon over the top.

Dancing for Donuts | 5-Ingredient Falafel (Air-Fried or Baked!), Gluten-Free, Vegan

5-Ingredient Falafel

(inspired by this recipe!)

1 can can organic chickpeas (rinsed)

1/3 onion, roughly chopped

1/3 cup oat flour (blend gluten-free rolled oats in a food processor/blender)

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp garlic powder

pinch sea salt (optional but recommended!)

1. In a food processor, add the chickpeas, oat flour, onion, cumin, garlic powder, and salt (if desired). Pulse until a sort of dough sorts to form.

2. Form the ‘dough’ into 1 inch balls and place the balls in an even layer in the air fryer basket.

3. Air fry for 15 minutes at 370 degrees fahrenheit (or bake at 375 degrees fahrenheit on a greased baking sheet for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through). Enjoy right away or store for up to 5 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

Dancing for Donuts | 5-Ingredient Falafel (Air-Fried or Baked!), Gluten-Free, Vegan

Well there ya have it folks! What about you – what’s your go-to lunch or dinner when you’re running super low on groceries? I think we all could use a few more ideas!

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

 

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


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


5 Recipes to Make Before Summer Ends.

Hi again, friends!

Dancing for Donuts | Peach Caprese Pasta Salad.

I hope y’all are having a wonderful week so far and enjoying the last few weeks of summer! I know I legitimately say this each and every month, but I honestly can’t believe how quickly August is flying by. Fun fact: this is actually my very first summer working a full-time 9-5 job, which I think is making time pass by even faster since summer didn’t feel all that different from spring. Although, that’s partly just an LA weather thing, which I’m fully aware of…haha

Before the season ends though, I’m trying to take advantage of all the wonderful produce summer brings like berries, watermelon, stone fruit and tomatoes. I wanted to share with you a quick round-up of my favorite recipes with these delicious fruits and veggies so that you can enjoy them, too!

 

Berry Chia Protein Pudding – Make a huge batch and keep it in the fridge for a quick & healthy snack or breakfast!

Dancing for Donuts | Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal Cups.

Banana Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Cups – Another amazing make-ahead recipe for babes on budgets & on-the-go!

Dancing for Donuts | Peach Caprese Pasta Salad.

Peach Caprese Pasta Salad – This one’s quite possibly one of my all-time favorite summer recipes! It’s super fresh and only a few ingredients. Perfect for dinner or lunch on a hot summer day 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Classic Key-Lime Pie.

Classic Key Lime Pie – The perfect mix of sweet and tart, this one’s a crowd-pleaser for sure. Make it for your end-of-summer cookout or to bring to a friend’s house!

Dancing for Donuts | Summer Sips

Sparkling Lemonade – This recipe is super easy, delicious, and just 2 ingredients. Mix your favorite lemonade (I love Hubert’s Diet Strawberry Lemonade!) with sparkling water and you’ve got yourself the perfect summer drink. You could even spike it with vodka if you’re feeling frisky 😉

Alright y’all, that’s it for today! Tell me, what recipes are you planning on making before the summer’s over?!

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


Rainbow Summer Salad with Mango + Black Beans.

Hi friends! I hope everyone is doing well this week and soaking up the summer sun!

Dancing for Donuts | Rainbow Summer Salad with Mango + Black Beans

One of the things I wanted to do more of this summer was take advantage of seasonal produce. I know living in California we get super spoiled, but it doesn’t mean that our fruits and veggies aren’t even better in the warmer months! I honestly can’t think of anything better on a hot day than a cold, juicy peach. Okay maybe ice cream…but you know what I’m sayin’! Since summer also tends to lend itself to more treats (and possibly alcohol because helloooooo rosé), I’ve been using the delicious seasonal produce we have at our fingertips to motivate my healthy eating habits when I’m not indulging. Hey, life is about balance, right?

Dancing for Donuts | Rainbow Summer Salad with Mango + Black Beans

This salad has been one of my favorites this past week paired with a grilled steak or some chicken! I’m hoping I’m not the only one who loves fruit in their salads, because the ripe mango in this is booooooomb. I added black beans for extra staying power, but they add a nice texture, too. I think if you were trying to make this a full meal, you could add avocado and maybe some quinoa or farro! A super easy dressing (lemon + balsamic + EVOO) makes this salad so refreshing on a hot day! I definitely recommend making this salad with heirloom tomatoes – they’re the BEST and nothing beats the flavor. Arugula was also my green of choice because its bitterness goes perfectly with the mango, but you could totally do kale or spinach instead!

Dancing for Donuts | Rainbow Summer Salad with Mango + Black Beans

Rainbow Summer Salad

4 cups rinsed arugula

1/2 can black beans

1 ripe mango, chopped

1 cup chopped heirloom tomatoes

4-6 sweet mini peppers, chopped

1/4 red onion, halved and thinly sliced

1 juice of 1 lemon

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

sea salt to taste

1. In a large bowl, toss together all ingredients except for lemon juice, oil and vinegar.

2. In a small cup or bowl, whisk together the lemon juice olive oil, and balsamic. Drizzle over the salad an toss to coat evenly.

3. Eat immediately and enjoy! *If you’d like to make this salad ahead of time, just keep the dressing separate (in a mason jar or airtight container) and dress when ready to eat.

Dancing for Donuts | Rainbow Summer Salad with Mango + Black Beans

What seasonal produce are you loving lately?!

xo Jordan

Easiest Coconut Almond Granola.

Man, it has been a week.

Dancing for Donuts | Easiest Coconut Almond Granola.

I think maybe coming back from vacation hit me harder than I thought it would…anyone else with me? I’ve been in a bit of a funk, but I’ll tell you, there are definitely things keeping my head up these days – having my boyfriend back in town, journaling, inspiring podcasts, yummy food, and this blog! I was also pretty good about meal-prepping last weekend, and it’s made this hectic week soooooo much easier. Nothing makes the day a bit brighter than a delicious breakfast or lunch that’s already ready and waiting in the fridge, + maybe a trip or 2 to Starbucks if I’m being honest 😉

Dancing for Donuts | Easiest Coconut Almond Granola.

One of the things I made last Saturday was a batch of homemade granola to put on top of my 2% greek yogurt in the morning (as I mentioned in my last post!). I’ve definitely found a few brands I like that are low in sugar (Kind, Bear Naked, Love Grown), but nothing beats homemade. You can completely control what the ingredients are, how much sugar is in them, and which add-ins you want.

Dancing for Donuts | Easiest Coconut Almond Granola.

This recipe (inspired by Eating Bird Food) took all of 5 minutes to put together and then boom, into the oven for forty. Easy peasy! This granola is the perfect amount of sweetness paired with plain yogurt, and it has that crunch to compliment the creaminess! I also love that it clumps up a little bit, just like those clusters that are always at the top of a fresh bag of granola. The. Best.

Dancing for Donuts | Easiest Coconut Almond Granola.

Coconut Almond Granola

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup shredded coconut or coconut shavings

3/4 cup slivered almonds

1 tbsp ground flaxseed + 3 tbsp water

3 tbsp maple syrup

3 tbsp coconut oil

1/8 tsp sea salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp chia seeds

 

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Whisk the flaxseed and water together in a small bowl and let sit for a few minutes.

2. In a large bowl, stir together all remaining ingredients. Once combined, add the flaxseed mixture and toss again to coat.

3. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper (highly recommended for easy removal!) and pour the oat mix on top. Press into an even layer to cover the parchment completely.

4. Bake for 40 minutes, pausing at the halfway mark after 20 to stir. Press back down into an even layer and bake for the remaining 20 minutes.

5. Remove from oven, let cool, and then store in an airtight container until ready to eat!

Dancing for Donuts | Easiest Coconut Almond Granola.

Do you ever make homemade granola? What are your favorite add-ins?!

xo Jordan