Chai Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

These Chai Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies are gluten free, vegan, low and sugar, and so perfect for fall!

I felt like baking earlier this week (it was a rough one, and being in the kitchen is like therapy!), but of course had to make something with pumpkinđŸ’đŸ»

I was originally trying to make energy bites, but let’s be honest, everything is better in cookie form! These cookies are also 100% acceptable to eat for breakfast and if it’s still hot af where you are, definitely opt for these instead of a bowl of actual oatmeal.

Chai Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

1 1/2 cups pumpkin purée

4-5 scoops Bob’s Red Mill Chai Protein (or vanilla*)

2 cups oats

1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice

2 packets Pranayums (optional or spices**)

2 tbsp Purely Pecans nut butter (or your favorite)

1 tsp sea salt

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp Lakanto Maple Syrup (or regular maple syrup)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment & non-stick spray (just to be safe!)
  2. In a large bowl, add all ingredients and stir well to fully combine. Add an extra (5th) scoop of protein powder if the batter seems too wet.
  3. Form into semi-flat circles and place on baking sheet. they won’t expand, so pack those babies in!
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes and let cool before drizzling with melted coconut butter! Store in an airtight container and microwave for 10 seconds before enjoying again (just my recommendation😉)

*If using vanilla protein, add an extra pinch each of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom & allspice

**If using spices in place of Pranayums add an extra tsp of turmeric, punch of black pepper, cardamom, ginger & cinnamon

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I’ll catch you back here next week!❀

xo Jordan

8 Recipes to Make for the First Official Day of Fall

FALL HAS ARRIVED.

Definitely not in Los Angeles, but maybe somewhere😂 I talked about this on Instagram this morning, but basically this season is my absolute favorite for so many reasons – it feels like a time of renewal, it reminds me of being a kid, I love the weather, I love the fashion that comes with that weather, the festivities/adventures are fun, and the food is even better.

That being said, we definitely don’t get even a semblance of fall in this city and there hasn’t been a single year since I moved away from the east coast that I haven’t gotten homesick around autumn. But! It’s not all sad, I just try to do what I can to still make it feel like fall, and that usually centers around the eats! Give me allll the pumpkin spice!

So let’s cook, celebrate, and get in the spirit! Here are 8 recipes to bring on the fall flavors 🍂

Pumpkin Spice LattĂ© Donuts – I made this recipe last week and posted the recipe on my Instagram. I’m obsessed, they’re the perfect texture😍

Apple Orchard Punch – Is there anything Jess hasn’t thought of?! I mean this drink combines 2 of my absolute favorite things: Cider & ProseccođŸ™ŒđŸ»

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies – A recipe from one of my og favorite food bloggers, Averie Cooks! Can’t wait to make these – I might try to healthify them a little!

White Bean Pumpkin Hummus – For my savory peeps out there!! I think TJ’s makes pumpkin pita crisps and I bet those with this would be the BEST fall combo.

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apples & Walnuts – Pretty sure I originally pinned this recipe for a Thanksgiving side, but I would have it any time at all in this season!

Apple and White Cheddar Scones – On the side of a butternut squash soup? Uhhh YES PLEASE.

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese – Because fall is for comfort food and this is a slightly healthier version of the most delicious dish on the planet😍

Pumpkin Queso Fundido – I’m not even like, a “queso person” and yet I am HERE FOR THIS.

Okay, it’s time to get cookin’! How are you celebrating the start of fall today?!

xo Jordan

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

Copy of Copy of Copy of Dancing for Donuts

Pumpkin Spice Latté Protein Donuts

Hey y’all! We are BACK with another recipe!! And this time it’s for donuts…of courseđŸ’đŸŒ

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Latté Protein Donuts

And let me tell you – this is easily one of my favorites. It’s so perfect for fall with cozy flavors like pumpkin pie spice and rich coffee, but it’s also packed with good-for-you ingredients like collagen, protein, fiber-rich pumpkin, and coconut butter for healthy fats! So even though they’re a treat (with a touch of caffeine!), you definitely don’t have to feel any guilt whatsoever if you eat a few😊

The recipe here is adapted from this one and you’ll see that I used Ancient Nutrition’s Cold Brew Coffee Multi-Collagen Protein powder. You’re more than welcome to use any collagen or protein you choose if you don’t have this on hand – just know it may change the flavor just a touch!

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Latté Protein Donuts

And one more thing! These donuts can be kind of crumbly when you first take them out of the donut pan so 1) be sure to spray that coconut oil or ghee or whatever you’re using before each batch, and 2) let them cool for about 5-10 minutes before removing them from the pan. Gently take a spoon to insert around the edges, then lift up slowly.

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Latté Protein Donuts

Pumpkin Spice Latté Donuts

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 2/3 cups whole wheat or all-purpose flour

1/3 cup Ancient Nutrition Cold Brew Collagen Protein (or more flour)

1/2 cup Swerve Sweetener (or brown sugar)

2 tsp baking powder

2 eggs

1 cup pumpkin purée

1/2 cup cashew or almond milk

1/4 cup ghee or butter (soft, but not melted)

2 tbsp espresso (optional)

Pumpkin Frosting

equal parts coconut butter and pumpkin purée

(I did about 4 tbsp each for 1/3 of the donuts)

1. For the donuts: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit. Grease a donut pan with ghee or coconut oil (a spray works easiest for this!).

2. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, collagen powder if using, sweetener/sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. 

3. Add in pumpin purée, eggs, milk and ghee and stir to mix completely until batter is thick.

4. Using a spoon or piping bag, fill the donut trays almost to the top (about 3/4 of the way). 

5. Bake for about 12-14 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out dry. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before gently pressing a spoon around the edges of each mold, and lifting up slowly.

6. For the frosting: Melt the coconut butter in a bowl in the microwave in 20 second increments until soft. Stir in the pumpkin purée until completely combined. Spoon onto donuts and press down firmly to coat. *Frosting will be pretty thick and maybe even hard to handle! Coconut butter softens with touch, so I used my fingers to press it down onto the donuts.

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Latté Protein Donuts

Have a great rest of your week!!!

xo Jordan

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Latté Protein Donuts

Easiest Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls [for an Immaculate Thanksgiving!]

This post is sponsored by my friends over at Immaculate Baking Co, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own, as always!

Dancing for Donuts | Easiest Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls for an Immaculate Thanksgiving

At first I thought it was crazy to even be thinking about anything having to do with Thanksgiving, but like…it’s in 2 weeks guys.

For the first time in SIX years, I’ll be heading home for Thanksgiving and I seriously cannot WAIT. One of my favorite things in the entire world is cooking/baking with my mom, but since we don’t get to do it very often anymore, we literally start planning our menu weeks (and sometimes months…) in advance. I usually test out a few recipes before my trips home and pick the one or two I really love so that I can make them for my family. And, as much as I hate to toot my own horn, these crescent rolls are kiiiiind of out of control.

And by kind of, I mean they are melt-in-your-mouth, “give me a 2nd one stat”, make your kitchen smell amaaaazing, out of control.

(For $1 off your next purchase of Immaculate Baking Co. products, head here!)

Dancing for Donuts | Easiest Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls for an Immaculate Thanksgiving

If you’re really looking for the convenience factor this holiday season (and let’s face it, who isn’t?!) you seriously need to pick up some of Immaculate Baking Co’s cookie dough, crescent roll dough or pie crust because they make it so stinkin’ easy, guys. They even have gluten-free cookie dough, so when I’m home and need to bake for my gluten-free (almost)sister-in-law, my stress levels will be at an all-time low. We’re talkin’ basically zero which is RARE when it comes to holiday baking, #amiright?

Dancing for Donuts | Easiest Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls for an Immaculate Thanksgiving

Made with the Immaculate Baking Co organic crescent roll dough, these pumpkin-pie rolls come together in just a few minutes and all things considered, aren’t all that bad for you! I love that the dough is organic because certain family members of mine really value eating organic foods, and in comparison to other crescent roll doughs I’ve tried, these are super soft and ever-so-slightly sweet. Paired with organic cream cheese, canned pumpkin, and coconut sugar, these make the perfect treat for breakfast, a mid-afternoon snack, or post-dinner sweet. If you have a ton of guests, or just want extras for seconds, this recipe is also really easy to double or even triple!

Dancing for Donuts | Easiest Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls for an Immaculate Thanksgiving

Easiest Pumpkin-Pie Crescent Rolls 

1 tube of Immaculate Baking Organic Crescent Roll Dough (makes 8)

2 oz. organic cream cheese (can be low-fat if you really want, but also #treatyoself)

1/2 cup organic canned pumpkin – not pumpkin pie mix!

7 tbsp coconut sugar – 4 for the filling, 3 for the topping

1 tbsp cinnamon (+ 1 tsp for the topping)

1 tbsp pumpkin pie mix (+1 tsp for the topping)

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit. Roll the crescent roll dough onto an un-greased baking sheet covered in parchment (if you have it!) and separate the triangles.

2. In a medium sized bowl, beat together the cream cheese, pumpkin, 4 tbsp of coconut sugar, and spices until creamy. Spoon one tbsp of filling onto each triangle of dough and spread into an even layer in the middle.

3. Roll the triangles up from the wider end to the skinnier end. Don’t be afraid if some of the filling seeps out, it’s all good!

4. In a small bowl, combine the remaining spices and coconut sugar. Using a tablespoon, carefully shake the topping mix onto each roll (about 1/2 tablespoon of coating for each).

5. Pop ’em in the oven for 15 minutes then remove and let cool for 5 minutes. Enjoy immediately, or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 day. *I’d reheat them for 10 seconds or so in the microwave if they’ve been chilled!

Dancing for Donuts | Easiest Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls for an Immaculate Thanksgiving

I hope y’all get to make these soon! I honestly may make them again this weekend because they were a major crowd pleaser when I made them the first-time. For $1 off your next purchase of Immaculate Baking Co. products, head here! They have a store locator on their page too, so it makes it easy to track them down. I got mine at Sprouts (aka my favorite grocery store of all time).

That’s all for today friends, have a great rest of your week!!

xo Jordan


 

 

Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Latte

I’m baaaaaack!!!

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Latte - Dairy-free, packed with Fiber & Vitamin C, and the perfect drink for autumn!

Apologies for the brief hiatus – Vegas really took it out of me (not shocking for this grandma-at-heart). It is not feeling anythingggggg like fall here in LA and if you know me at all, you know I get homesick without fail every year at this time. I’m a New Yorker at heart, so of course all I want to do is go apple picking and see the leaves change colors, although from the looks of it, it doesn’t seem as though it’s feeling like fall anywhere on the east coast these days. #globalwarming

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Latte - Dairy-free, packed with Fiber & Vitamin C, and the perfect drink for autumn!

But even though I can’t wear my cozy sweaters yet, I’m going to do everything in my power to make this season feel like the one I love so much, and that means starting with PUMPKIN. Please don’t hate me, I know I’m basic as anything sometimes, but there really is just something so comforting about fall spices like cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and nutmeg. I riffed off of these golden milk (aka turmeric) lattes everyone is raving about and added a little fall flare. The combination is UNREAL, if I do say so myself.

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Latte - Dairy-free, packed with Fiber & Vitamin C, and the perfect drink for autumn!

I absolutely love sipping on this before bed since it has no caffeine and feels a bit more decadent than tea. You could even add a tablespoon of coconut oil to make it more filling if it’s a morning or afternoon kind of drink, but I like to keep things light around here right before going to sleep! This recipe actually makes 2 servings too, so you can have one at night and then pop the rest in a mason jar for the next day. I actually had my second serving today at work and it made me SO damn happy. It just like, cozied things up a bit, you know?

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Latte - Dairy-free, packed with Fiber & Vitamin C, and the perfect drink for autumn!

Another thing to note – this recipe includes real pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!), which makes this drink super creamy and adds fiber, potassium and vitamin C. Not to mention it also has tryptophan (the stuff in turkey that makes you sleepy after Thanksgiving!), which makes it literally the BEST thing to drink before bed.

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Latte - Dairy Free, Packed with Fiber & Vitamin C, and the perfect drink for autumn!

Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Latte

(makes 2 servings)

2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk

2 tbsp canned pumpkin puree

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp pumpkin spice

pinch black pepper (freshly cracked if you can swing it!)

1-2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey

1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

1. Put almond milk in a saucepan and heat on the stove over low to medium heat. Add the remaining ingredients and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring about every 30 minute or so to make sure the flavors really combine and any clumps of pumpkin puree are broken up.

2. Carefully pour pumpkin spice golden milk into a mug and use a milk frother, if desired. *You can totally just drink this as is too, but if you like that part of lattes best and don’t have a frother, you can even put this in a blender (as long as it’s not too hot!) and blend it up for a sec. I also shook mine in a mason jar for couple of minutes with a strong arm and it had the same effect!

3. Store remaining mix in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Shake before drinking.

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Spice Golden Milk Latte - Dairy-free, packed with Fiber & Vitamin C, and the perfect drink for autumn!

Alright y’all, I hope you have a wonderful weekend that’s filled with seemingly fall-ish things, even if it’s 80 degrees where you are, too!!

xo Jordan