Tuesday, May 31, 2011

"cookie dough" blizzards

when i was growing up the official start of summer was marked by the opening of dairy queen- you could hear the buzz around town "only 5 more days until dairy queen opens, that means it is almost summer!", the owners would begin the count down until opening day on the marquis for all to see-the line on that first day would be nearly a mile long, everyone looking to get their ice cream fix after a cold & snowy new england winter. ask each person what their favorite first of the season treat is and you are sure to get a different answer from everyone- my dad; peanut buster parfait or a dilly bar, my mom the same, she loves the spanish peanuts that adorn the top of the buster- sometimes she would go with a twist cone, my sister a cone with the red dipped hard candy shell and my choice; almost always a blizzard- snickers, butterfinger or cookie dough!

since becoming a vegan and the dairy queen now opens in February (!?!?)  i have been on the look out for vegan friendly summer treats- i came across this recipe on oh she glows (great blog; if you have a chance to check it out do it!). by the way it just isn't right for dairy queen to open in the middle of the coldest month- it takes away from the "first cone of the summer season experience".
the cookie balls really do taste just like cookie dough- only better, and good for you! they come together really easy and the best part you don't have to turn on the stove or oven- a perfect treat for a hot summer day.

i had the luxury of having a 4 day weekend this past memorial day- on monday it was a sorcher. i had been saving this recipe since march and decided monday was the day to break it out for a trial run. i never know what justin's reaction will be when i try out new recipes. i think he was just happy 3 of the 9 frozen banana's were finally gone from the freezer. he had been asking me for months what was with all the banana's in the freezer- i need them to make blizzards of course; he was so confused.

it is amazing what frozen banana's or actually any banana can morph its self into- banana bread, frozen banana bites, it can be an egg if it wants to, smoothies, no bake cookies- banana's are great in my book, you should eat more banana's- especially when they are made into a cookie dough blizzard!

i won't tell anyone that you licked your cup clean,
your gonna want to after the very first bite

cookie dough "blizzards"

cookie dough balls
makes 1 cup packed cookie dough

you will need:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted cashews
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup spelt flour (any flour will more than likely work)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp natural cane sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp + 1/2 tsp pure maple syrup ( you may need to add a bit more if it is too dry)
  • 1/4 chocolate or dark chocolate chips
  • in a food processor add the cashews & oats until fine crumbs start to form
  • add the salt, sugar & flour. process until just combined
  • add the maple syrup & vanilla, process until combined
  • add chocolate chips; either stir by hand or whirl in the processor
  • form into mini cookie dough balls and store in the freezer
chocolate chip cookie dough "blizzard"
makes 2 servings

  • 3 peeled & frozen bananas cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 2 tbsp of almond milk or any non-dairy milk (more if needed)
  • 2 tbsp cookie dough (from above recipe)
  • in a food processor (a blender or immersion blender would probably work)add your 3 chopped frozen bananas. Process until blended, stopping to scrape down sides
  • while processing add milk until desired consistency is reached
  • add in cookie dough and process until combined, you should have a soft serve consistency  when done
  • stir in as many cookie balls as you'd like & enjoy!
print this recipe!


  1. Umm you're making this for me when I come home again!

  2. Great Job Heather they look yummy... but I was over your house on Monday and did not get to partake in the eating of this..

  3. I would LOVE to make this for you Sa and they are smaller servings too!....Mom you can come over and have one with us to

    for the record you were over at 11:30am in the morning!

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