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

Homemade Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk (How-To + Recipe)

Let me introduce you to one of my new favorite things to do: making nut milk!!!

Dancing for Donuts | Homemade Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk (How-To + Recipe)

Guys I had been sooo intimidated to try making my own nut milks at home, even though I have friends who do it and they’ve told me how simple it is! Idk what was up with me, but I will tell you, it is SO simple, quick, and honestly just makes me feel better knowing that I made it myself. Have you ever looked at the ingredients list of most non-dairy milks?! Tons of additives. It makes sense though because fresh almond milk only lasts for about 3 days before going bad, so you can only imagine what they need to put in the milks at the store to make them last as long as they do!

To make the actual milk, you only need two ingredients (almonds + water), but I wanted to flavor mine with a touch of natural sweetness, vanilla and lavender. Also, you’ll want to be sure you leave yourself enough time to soak the almonds for 8-12 hours because that is the key! In terms of equipment, this requires a blender, nut milk bag and something to pour the milk into. I use a nut milk bag from Ellie’s Best and it has freakin’ changed my life👏

Dancing for Donuts | Homemade Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk (How-To + Recipe)

In terms of money, I think making your own milk at home can be super economical if you 1) get your almonds or whatever base you’re using from bulk bins or when they’re on sale and 2) make sure you don’t make so much that you waste it. I’m pretty sure one cup of almonds cost me about $3 (not on sale because I wanted to make it asap for this post!), but then I made enough milk for 3 days (for smoothies + coffee), plus the cup of almond meal that came out of it. You can do so many things with almond meal, and that’s something you definitely don’t get when you just buy the milk in store.

Dancing for Donuts | Homemade Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk (How-To + Recipe)

So yeah! It’s better for you since there’s less crap in there, you can customize it to be whatever flavor you’d like, it can be super cost-effective if you get your almonds in bulk/on sale, and there’s less waste overall since you’re not buying cartons on cartons. So many perks you guys! If you’d like, you can try Ellie’s Best nut milk bags (or any of their other items) and take 10% off your entire cart with the code ‘dancingfordonuts’ – they even send you a few of their own recipes to get you started!

Dancing for Donuts | Homemade Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk (How-To + Recipe)

What you’ll need:

1 nut-milk bag or cheesecloth – I’ve been using Ellie’s Best nut milk bags and I’m in LOVE.

A blender – I have a NutriBullet, but any should work fine!

A pitcher (or even vase if you’re desperate) to strain the milk into

An airtight container for storing the milk (like a mason jar or bottle)

Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk

1 cup raw almonds

3 1/2 cups filtered water

2 pitted dates (optional, but recommended!)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp culinary lavender (feel free to add more, but a little goes a long way!)

1. Soak the nuts in water in a large bowl for 8-12 hours (but no longer than 12 ’cause they can actually go bad!).

2. Drain the almonds then add them to your blender with the filtered water, dates, vanilla extract and lavender. You may need to do two batches depending on your blender size! Pulse/blend for 1 minute on high.

3. Take an Ellie’s Best nut milk bag and put it 3/4 of the way inside a pitcher, making sure that the top is secure. I tie the string, but you can also use a rubber band.

4. Pour your nut milk blend into the bag over the pitcher. You’ll see that most of it will drain straight through, but there’s still a ton left in the bag surprisingly! Using your hands, hold the bag over the pitcher and squeeeeeze!!! It takes me about 3 extra minutes and some muscle power to really get the rest of the liquid out of the bag.

5. Transfer the nut milk to an airtight container (unless it’s already in one!) and empty the almond meal from the nut milk bag into another airtight container, if you’d like. You can use this in smoothies, oatmeal, and a ton of other recipes! Note: Your fresh almond milk will only stay fresh for up to 3 days because it doesn’t have preservatives like store-bought brands! Be sure to drink it before then 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Homemade Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk (How-To + Recipe)

So there ya have it! If you have any questions at all, please feel free to ask me – I might make a quick little video of this too, since maybe it’s easier to understand the directions that way? Let me know what you think, and if you make some almond milk of your own! And if you need a new nut milk bag, be sure you use the code ‘dancingfordonuts‘ so you can get 10% off at Ellie’s Best!!

xo Jordan

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

Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

GUYS. We are 5 DAYS from Christmas. I repeat: 5. Days.

Dancing for Donuts | Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

To say I am excited would be the understatement of the century. I’m literally counting down the minutes until I get to see family and friends, bake a crap ton of cookies with my mom, and spend my first holiday ever with my boyfriend. PUMPED.

Okay now that I’ve exploded with holiday cheer, let’s move on to more pressing matters: these COOKIES. Let me express to you just how good they are – I’m rationing them so that I don’t run out before I go home for the holidays. Like instead of shoveling them all in my mouth at once, I’m actually savoring them bite by bite and THAT is saying a lot. And before you go thinking I’m all full of myself and stuff because I made a recipe that is full on inspiring me to possibly open up a bakery someday, I just want you to know that I legitimately set out to make these as an experiment and thought they might turn out terrible and crumbly and dry like lots of healthy desserts are…but! Thank cookies could not be more opposite of that.

Dancing for Donuts | Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

I don’t even know how these have zero dairy in them…it’s kind of mind-blowing. And they 110% do NOT crumble. Isn’t that nuts?! That’s like my biggest pet peeve with some shortbread recipes. I think the best thing about these guys, aside from them being vegan friendly, is that they’re just the riiiiight amount of sweetness. Apparently there are people in this world that don’t love desserts and sugary things (WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE AND WHERE ARE YOU FROM), but these are the perfect cookies for those people.

And I know these are super Christmas-y or seasonal or what have you, but I think that’s what makes them perfect for the holidays. I think we all tend to OD on the rich stuff, the peppermint and chocolate and pecan and all that, so to have something a bit lighter as an option is nice! I know lavender isn’t something people always have on hand, but this recipe coupled with my lavender almond milk latté should give you enough reason to stock up now😉

Dancing for Donuts | Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Vegan Maple Lavender Shortbread Cookies

1/2 cup coconut oil (cooled & hard – pop it in the freezer for a sec if you need to!)

1/3 cup natural powdered sugar (*check this list for vegan sugar brands!)

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp Lavender Flowers *go for culinary grade!

1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

3 tbsp maple syrup

3 tbsp non-milk – coconut, almond, soy, etc.

1. Preheat the oven 350 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (ideal, but if you don’t have any just use lots of coconut oil!).

2. In a large bowl combine the coconut oil, powdered sugar and sea salt with a fork until all the sugar is combined and light & fluffy (might take a minute or so depending on your arm!).

3. Add the lavender flowers, then the flour 1/3 cup at a time and use your hands or the fork to combine. Don’t use an electric mixer for this one!

4. Finally, add the non-dairy milk and the maple syrup one tablespoon at a time and be careful not to not overmix! The dough may seem dry but try not to add any extra liquid here as it will mess with the consistency of the cookies.

5. Lightly dust a cutting board or clean surface with flour. Form the dough into a ball and then roll it out until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter, mason jar, or glass to form the cookies into shapes.

6. Place the cookies on the parchment paper and bake for 10-12 minutes. *Check on them at 10 minutes just in case! You’ll want to take them out when they’re juuuuust starting to brown on the edges. They overbake quickly!

7. Let cool completely before noshing – I promise they’ll taste better this way! Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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So that’s it for today my loves! Thanks for stopping by – I so appreciate every single one of you and I know I don’t say it enough.

Have a Happy Humpday!

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


Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites.

Hi friends! We’re so close to the long weekend, I can almost taste it!

Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites.

In preparation for what is most likely going to be an indulgent weekend, for both my wallet and stomach, I’ve been focusing extra hard on eating real, unprocessed snacks throughout the day. I decided last weekend to whip up some faux-larabars and have been having about 4 of these each day as a mid-morning snack. As much as I loooooove larabars, they’re not exactly the cheapest things ever, and for good reason! They only contain about 3-6 ingredients and have a ton of healthy fats and protein to keep ya goin’. As far as quick snacks on the go, they’re something I’d recommend to anyone who’s trying to avoid processed, pre-packaged foods!

Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites.

With this in mind, being able to make these little babies (literally in the food processor in 2 minutes or less) and have them on hand for snacks throughout the week, has made life a lot easier, and my grocery bill cheaper! They’re gluten-free, vegan, and have absolutely zero added sugar, though do keep in mind that dates and dried fruit in general have a decent amount of sugar in them already! That being said, you can pop these in a little tupperware and just eat according to how you’re feeling. If you’re hungry and need something to tide you over for at least an hour or two, I’d go with four, but if you just need a little something for your sweet tooth, knock that down to just a couple. You’re call though, of course 🙂

Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites.

Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites

1 1/2 cups roasted, unsalted almonds

10 medjool dates

3/4 cup seedless raisins

1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

1-2 tbsp warm water (if needed)

1. In a food processor or blender, pulse all ingredients until almonds are broken down and ingredients are well combined. Scrape down the sides of the food processor with a spatula periodically and add warm water if the the mixture seems too dry (after ~20 pulses or so). *Don’t be too quick to add the water though, as the oils from the almonds take time to be released and they will moisten the mixture!

2. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and form the batter into 1 inch balls (it should make about 2 dozen, give or take!). Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days, or freeze for one hour to enjoy (almost) immediately!

Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites.

 What are some of your favorite real-food, unprocessed snacks?!

xo jordan

Berry Chia Protein Pudding. [Vegan + Gluten-Free!]

Hi friends and Happy Humpday! Is anyone else kind of ecstatic that we’re halfway through the week?!

Dancing for Donut | Berry Protein Chia Pudding. [Vegan + Gluten Free!]

I’ve been running on very little sleep after flying home to NY for a hot second to attend my one of my best friends’ weddings, so I apologize in advance if any of this is incoherent! I landed back in LA super late Sunday night and did a major grocery haul Monday after work since the only things in my fridge were some leftover cashew milk (which comes in handy!), coffee grounds (duh) and my probiotics. Not exactly the makings of a meal my friends.

Dancing for Donut | Berry Protein Chia Pudding. [Vegan + Gluten Free!]

After a long weekend of indulging, I’m really trying to get my a$$ in gear, partially so that I can fit into my old summer clothes and partially because I know that when I eat healthier, my stomach feels so much better. I tried chia pudding way back in the day, and honestly wasn’t the biggest fan, but the other day I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts (Almost 30 – I’m obsessed) and they were talking about a chia pudding made with protein powder for natural sweetness and a more filling snack or meal. The other thing about chia pudding is that it’s really not that many ingredients and fairly cheap now that chia seeds are so common.

Dancing for Donut | Berry Protein Chia Pudding. [Vegan + Gluten Free!]

I’ve had this recipe for breakfast two mornings now, and it’s so delicious. I still need my 11am snack (as per usual), but this is something I can feel good about eating. There’s no added sugar, the berries are nutritious and full of antioxidants, and the chia seeds are loaded with fiber, omega 3’s and protein. You can easily sub out ingredients in this recipe as well, like the berries for another fruit or vanilla protein powder for chocolate, or even none at all. It’s your call, just make whatever works for you! Food should be delicious, so pick your favorite flavor combo and go from there 🙂

Dancing for Donut | Berry Protein Chia Pudding. [Vegan + Gluten Free!]

Berry Chia Protein Pudding

(makes 2 large servings)

1/2 cup chia seeds

2 cups non-dairy milk (I used cashew, it’s super creamy!)

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1 cup mixed berries

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (if you’re vegan, make sure it’s a plant-based protein – I use Garden of Life!)

1. In a large bowl, combine the chia seeds, non-dairy milk, protein powder and coconut flakes. Stir for about one minute and then let sit for for at least 2 hours or overnight. *I make this recipe the night before in a tupperware so it’s ready to take with me to work the next day!

2. Add the berries and enjoy! If not eating right away, the chia pudding will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.

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What about you? What breakfast do you have on repeat these days?! Have you tried chia pudding yet?

xo jordan

Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats.

Okay okay, so I know this recipe is kind of contradictory to my last one in which I claimed that oatmeal doesn’t actually fill me up…however! This one did (thanks to some added protein) and also oats are my favorite forever.

Dancing for Donuts | Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats.

Matcha is totally having a moment right now, and I’m all for it. I’ve been hooked on green tea lattes since a friend introduced them to me a couple years back, so anything matcha related I can get my hands on, I will! I love that it not only tastes amazing (with a touch of added sweetness, otherwise it’s a bit harsh!), but is also super good for you.

Dancing for Donuts | Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats

It’s honestly kind of amazing that this magical powder stuff is packed with antioxidants and vitamins A, B-complex, C, E and K. And that gorgeous green color?! Swoon. And an awesome thing about this recipe is that it’s vegan and gluten-free customizable – just make sure you’re using certified gluten-free oats, non-dairy milk and/or plant-based protein instead of whey. If you’re not dairy-free, you can totally add some greek yogurt in here too (or coconut yogurt if you are). That would bump up the filling-factor and protein even more!

Dancing for Donuts | Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats

Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats

1/3 cup rolled oats

2/3 cup coconut milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 tsp matcha powder

1/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut

1/2 or whole banana, sliced (optional)

1 tsp chia seeds (optional)

1. In a mason jar, tupperware container, or bowl, mix together the oats, coconut milk, protein powder, matcha, and chia seeds if desired.

2. Cover and let sit overnight in the fridge. When ready to eat, top with coconut and banana slices. Dig in!

Dancing for Donuts | Matcha Coconut Overnight Oats

What oatmeal add-ins and combos are you digging lately?! I need some ideas!

Have a great week 🙂

xo Jordan