Ah, cookie dough…
Who on earth can resist it??
I don’t think it would be a total overstatement to say that cookie dough (and anything cookie-related) is a weakness that all humans have in common. I mean, you take a batch of cookies to your workplace or family gathering, and you’re everybody’s best friend. Make cookie dough and your flatmate instantly wants to help you shift it with a spoon. See the word ‘cookies’ on your internet browser and immediately feel your mouth fill with saliva (just mine…?).
You get the picture.
The best part about cookie DOUGH is that there are several ways you can enjoy it. Besides baking it into actual cookies, you can also eat it as is, roll it into little balls and use it to top your ice cream, or turn it into a dip for crackers or pretzels.
And probably best of all, you can sub out a few of the typical cookie dough ingredients to make just-as-amazing-tasting vegan AND healthy cookie dough. Now that’s what I call winning.
Sweet, creamy & vegan
It’s always great when something sweet and delicious is also better for the environment, the animals and your body. Hell, it’s why I created my raw vegan cookie dough ice cream.
This cookie dough smoothie takes the flavour and comfort of raw cookie dough and spins it into a pretty yummy and refreshing drink you can enjoy at a moment’s notice. If you’re looking for a breakfast that tastes like dessert, an energising pre-workout snack, or a quick dessert without the guilt, then this smoothie’s for you.
Of course, sometimes nothing will beat the taste of ACTUAL cookie dough ice cream – homemade or store-bought.
But if you can’t be bothered making banana ice cream or blending cookie dough in your food processor…or maybe you just want a reason not to be tempted by the cookie dough ice cream at the store…then that’s where this recipe comes in.
Sure, there are plenty of cookie dough smoothie recipes out there on the web, and many of them are fabulous.
However, some of them include ingredients that our bodies might not consider so fabulous. Butter? Cream cheese? Greek yoghurt?
I must admit, I didn’t think such things were necessary to create the flavour of cookie dough.
Some recipes also encourage the inclusion of a scoop of vanilla protein powder. Of course, as you may know, I don’t use protein powders in my diet, so this ingredient isn’t included in my recipe. However, if you’re into protein powders, then this is totally a welcome addition and would probably work really well (be sure to choose a vegan brand).
In my recipe, I’ve tried to keep fancy ingredients to a minimum and only include what I think is essential for creating that familiar cookie dough taste.
Frozen bananas bring the creaminess, while oats help to thicken the smoothie and give it a sweet, subtle ‘biscuity’ taste – not to mention being incredibly good for the heart and full of slow-releasing complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.
The vanilla extract and cinnamon add a sweet, ‘freshly baked’ taste, while of course chocolate chips…well, do I really need to explain those? 😉
If you fancy a bit of extra sweetness you can of course add a medjool date (or even a splash of maple syrup). A teaspoon of almond butter can help to add a nice nutty taste (raw almond butter especially will help with that ‘doughy’ flavour).
Should you wish to pack in extra nutrition, a teaspoon of maca powder will go well with the creamy vanilla-ness of this smoothie, and sit quietly in the background, whilst giving you all the health benefits of this powerful adaptogen.
By this point you’re probably done reading all the wonderful benefits of this recipe and are thinking, “Where’s my damn smoothie??”
I hear ya, and I totally don’t blame ya. Here it is below, friends.
Healthy Cookie Dough Smoothie Recipe
- 1.5 frozen bananas
- 1/4 cup oats
- 1 tbsp vegan-friendly chocolate chips (or cacao nibs)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1.5 cups non-dairy milk
- 1 medjool date
- 1 heaped tsp almond butter (I highly recommend Carley’s raw)
- 1 tsp maca powder
- 1 scoop vegan-friendly vanilla protein powder
- Add all ingredients except chocolate chips to a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
- Add the chocolate chips and then pulse gently until they are broken up but not completely blended.
- Top with a sprinkle of chocolate chips/cacao nibs, or a drizzle of almond/peanut butter (I used peanut butter for these pictures).
If you make this recipe, be sure to share it and tag #everythingspeachy so I can see!