recreate what i ate: vegan chocolate chip cookie “blizzard”

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as we’ve established from the shredded brussels sprouts & kale salad post, and many previous other allusions, too, serving sizes are completely lost on me. which, when you’re consuming a bunch of greens isn’t a big deal, but when you’re consuming, say, cookies or a mock version of dairy queen’s infamous “blizzard” frozen treat, could pose a bigger issue. so stumbling upon this recipe for a single serving of “dessert” was right up my alley. i use the term “dessert” loosely because this isn’t actual ice cream or cookie dough in nest-leh toolhouseh standards, but it does involve chocolate so i think it at least earns it the right to be in the same category.

the making of this treat was a four-grocery-store fete. i know, seems excessive. but i was on a mission and nothing was going to come between me and my right to a fake dessert. so you’re welcome for my patronage, trader joe’s, sprouts, jimbo’s, and whole foods. it took venturing to all four establishments to gather the necessary ingredients. who knew dates were so hard to find? (actually, i did. see what i did there?).

i’m no stranger to the wonders that are banana soft-serve, or as i like to refer to it as frozen faux-gurtbut this was my first attempt at making vegan cookie dough. truth be told, they resembled lara bars more than anything, but holy moly frijole, did they taste amazing. so amazing that i was remiss in taking a personal photo of my handiwork because i literally shoved them in my face with them as soon as they formed in the food processor. they just tasted so good once they hit my lips.

vegan cookie dough “blizzard” (adapted from damy health blog)

ingredients:
for banana soft serve:
1 frozen banana
1 packet stevia
1 Tbs. vanilla extract

for cookie dough:
1/4 c. cashews
1/4 c. pitted dates
1/4 c. semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla extract

directions:
throw cashews, dates, and vanilla into the food processor and pulse on high until the ingredients are well-combined. the mixture will form a giant ball. remove the “dough” from the processor and break into smaller bite-sized pieces. roll the bite-sized pieces into smaller balls with your palms, working in the chocolate chips, too. set the dough balls aside, give your food processor a quick rinse, and throw in the frozen banana pieces. let the frozen bananas swirl around for a while, it will take some time for them to break down to resemble soft-serve. stop to scrape down the sides from time to time and to add in the stevia and vanilla extract. once it has reached your desired consistency, scrape down the processor and scoop the frozen treat into a bowl. top with the cookie dough bites and enjoy.

you’re welcome.

image via damy health

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