Thursday, June 23, 2011


Have I ever mentioned how much I love cookie dough?

My favorite summertime activities used to be getting a small cookie dough blizzard from Dairy Queen or to stop by the local Dairy Bar to get a large cone of cookie dough ice cream. And what do you think I listed as my favorite food in elementary school (you remember those "All About Me" projects, right?)...

Because I eat healthier now, I have not been able to enjoy my favorite treat in such a long time. Finally, I decided that I needed to make my own "healthified" version. It turned out so well that I decided to share it with all of you!

To make this ice cream recipe, there are 3 smaller (and super easy) recipes that you have to make first.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

  • 1/2 serving of banana ice cream
  • 1/10 (or small piece) of homemade banana chocolate
  • 4 or more pieces of cookie dough
1. Keep the banana ice cream and the cookie dough in the freezer until the banana chocolate has hardened (you may have to wait a day).
2. When the chocolate is frozen solid, break off a small piece and gather up your banana ice cream and desired amount of cookie dough balls.
3. Break the chocolate into tiny (chocolate-chunk size) pieces and place in the bowl with the banana ice cream. Break the cookie dough balls into even smaller spheres (can you tell I took the Math portion of the ACT yesterday? Fractions and geometry all in one post...). Add the cookie dough to the ice cream as well.
4. Using a spoon or fork, break apart the banana ice cream and mix all the ingredients together until well combined.
5. Serve in a bowl, add some extra milk and cocoa to make a blizzard, or eat it in a cone like me (because cookie dough ice cream is MEANT to be in a cone)

Banana Ice Cream

Serving size: 2 (Makes enough for two cookie dough ice cream recipes)

  • Frozen banana slices (ripe)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 Tbsp skim milk 
  • Vanilla extract (optional)
  • Other desired flavorings (cocoa powder, strawberries, etc.)
1. Place banana slices in food processor. Blend until the pieces are broken up.
2. Add the vanilla protein powder and blend for another minute, scraping the sides so it is all combined.
3. Add the skim milk as needed to get a creamy texture.
4. Continue to blend for another 2 minutes. The ice cream will continue to get fluffier and grow. (More bang for your calorie- buck)
5. Enjoy now, or divide into 2 separate container and place in the freezer for later.

Cookie Dough

Adapted from OhSheGlows!

Serving size: 40 cookie dough balls (or 120 smaller balls)
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds (or other nut)
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup flour (I used whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar (fructose or splenda would work fine here as well)
  • 1/8 tsp salt (I used salt sense)
  • 1/4 cup smashed banana (or 2 Tbsp maple syrup/agave nectar/honey)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1. In a food processor, add the almonds and oatmeal and process until they turn into a fine crumble.
2. Add the flour, sugar and salt and do the same.
3. Add in the banana or syrup and vanilla extract. Process until combined.
4. Make into 40 cookie dough balls or 120 smaller balls (its easier to break the larger ones up later though)

*Store in the freezer until ready to use.

Tip: Spray your hands with nonstick cooking spray so that the cookie dough won't stick to your fingers.

Homemade Banana Chocolate

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1. Break up the banana and puree in a food processor until smooth.
2. Add the cocoa powder and mix in the food processor until completely combined.
3. Place a piece of wax paper or aluminum foil on a cookie sheet and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Scoop the chocolate mixture out onto the paper/foil. Place another piece of paper/foil sprayed with nonstick spray on top. Using a rolling pin, roll out the chocolate mixture until thin.
4. Freeze until hard. 

*Store in the freezer until ready to use.

Here is a picture of the cookie dough ice cream BEFORE it is combined:

 Now, scoop out a big chunk of your cookie dough ice cream... 

and put it on an ice cream cone! (I WILL REPEAT: Ice cream is meant to be on a cone and this recipe will not live up to its full potential if you put it in a bowl.... CONELESS!)


  1. :O Okay... That looks and sounds absolutely delicious... But like soooo much work too.

  2. This looks like itd be fun to make, but does it really taste like ice cream or like a good substitute for ice cream? My husband makes fun of me hardcore whenever i make diet foods that obviously taste like fake versions of whatever they're supposed to be.

  3. I guess it depends on your taste buds. I limit myself on non-natural sugars, so this is really sweet for me and tastes like ice cream. For others though, it may need some sweetening.

    Here are my suggestions for making the transition smoothly:
    - Add a smidge of honey, splenda or stevia for added sweetness
    - Blend in the food processor for longer than you would think necessary, because it actually GROWS and makes a larger quantity for the same amount of calories.

    Hope this helps, and as always, keep it simple by just starting off with the basic recipe.