Growing up, I used to have a thing for Dairy Queen Blizzards. The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Blizzards, in particular, were my go-to indulgence during the summer when I needed something cold and creamy, especially after hours of running around at softball practice. It also helped that my sister used to work there and she would give me extra scoops of cookie dough when I came in. ;)
Yesterday, I found myself with an insatiable craving for a cookie dough blizzard. It must have been the tropical weather we were experiencing (11 Celsius and sunny- I’ll take it!) and the fact that I had just come back from a 6 mile run. The only thing on my mind was COLD!
Let’s first take a look at the ingredients in the Dairy Queen Cookie Dough Blizzard.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: Unenriched Wheat Flour, Sugar, Margarine (Palm Oil, Water, Soybean Oil, Mono- and Diglycerides, Artificial Flavor[Milk], Colored with Annatto, Calcium Disodium EDTA added as a preservative, Vitamin A Palmitate added), Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin [Emulsifier], Vanilla), Powdered Sugar (Sugar, Corn Starch), Butter (Cream, Salt), Pasteurized Eggs, Brown Sugar, Corn Starch, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Salt.
Dairy Queen Vanilla Soft Serve: Milkfat and nonfat milk, sugar, corn syrup, whey, mono and diglycerides, artificial flavor, guar gum, polysorbate 80, carrageenan, and vitamin A palmitate.
Fudge: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sweetened Condensed Skim Milk (Skim Milk, Sugar, Corn Syrup), Partially Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Water, Fructose, Cocoa processed with Alkali, Cocoa, Sodium Alginate (Algin, Dextrin, Sodium Phosphate), Salt, Mono & Diglycerides (Vegetable), Potassium Sorbate (a preservative), Soy Lecithin, Disodium Phosphate, Artificial & Natural Flavors..
Admittedly, I wasn’t really craving one after reading that crazy list, but I figured that I could make a homemade version using natural ingredients from my kitchen.
This recipe was inspired by the banana soft serve with cookie dough pieces that I made a lot last summer.
The first thing I did was make a batch of cookie dough. This is my third cookie dough recipe, adapted from Chocolate Dipped Cookie Dough Balls and my Raw Cookie Dough Balls.
Cookie Dough Balls III
Yield: 1 cup packed cookie dough
- 1/2 cup unsalted cashews
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup oat flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1.5 tbsp natural cane sugar
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3-4 tbsp pure maple syrup (or a bit more if dough is too dry)
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
Directions: In a food processor, add the cashews and oats and process until it forms a fine crumble. Now add in the salt, sugar, and flour and process for a few seconds more. Add in the maple syrup and vanilla and process until combined. It will be sticky, but this is normal! Add in your chocolate chips and stir by hand or process. Form into balls. Store in freezer.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ‘Blizzard’
Yield: 2 servings
- 3 peeled and frozen bananas, cut into 1 inch chunks for easier processing
- Splash of non-dairy milk (if needed)
- 2 tbsp cookie dough (from above)
Directions: In a large food processor, add in your 3 frozen bananas. I like to cut my bananas into 1 inch chunks before freezing. Process bananas, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Finally, add in your cookie dough and process until combined. You should have a soft serve type consistency when done. To make the blizzard simply stir in your desired amount of mini cookie dough balls, pour into a glass, and serve with a spoon. Makes 2 servings.
This was pretty awesome, not going to lie. :) We will be making this a lot this summer, I can tell.
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Have you ever tried substituting coconut flour or another type of flour for the whole wheat flour? I tried making it with almond meal and while it was “ok” it is better with the whole wheat flour. I found vanilla agave syrup and sub that for the vanilla and omit the cane sugar- delish!
No I have not tried coconut flour in this. I have had really mixed results with coconut flour, so im always hesitant to try it!
The dough balls were really good. I didn’t want to dirty the whole food processor, so I just made this in my Magic Bullet. I needed an extra splash of almond milk to get the dough mixture to come together. They don’t freeze too hard, so they’re great to eat straight out of the freezer.
I also later made the Blizzard using the banana method, and I loved it. Thanks for the trip down memory lane! :)
These are BRILLIANT!!!! I was in heaven with my first bite. I’ve already made 4 batches and am starting to play around with them a bit. Since I have to limit my sugar intake, I omitted the chocolate chips and sugar, just using the 3 Tbsp maple syrup. To make them even healthier for a quick everyday snack, I switched out the whole wheat flour for 1/2 barley flour, 1/2 ground flax. These are so good I’ll be making them every week. Thank you for an amazing recipe!!
I’ve never had a Dairy Queen Blizzard, but this recipe is amazing! I had to be careful not to eat both servings by myself, heh heh. I love eating even the cookie dough all by itself. :) Thanks for such a great recipe! I had to ask myself if or why I would ever eat real ice cream again if I could eat this…
These dough balls are so good! I’m not a vegan, and these really taste like the real nonvegan stuff! Thank you!!
Just made this. It is amazing!! Super creamy and delicious. I can’t believe how easy the fro yo part is.
Amazing recipe! Not a fan of cookie dough but I love bananas. I’m sure the grand kids will love it. They love both! Thanks for the recipe.
I can’t even believe how good this is! I didn’t think it would be good but I might actually like it better than real ice cream!
i am such a fan of your recipes! i could literally live off of these cookie dough balls! my boyfriend and i make them as snacks to have in the freezer every week! we even have created different versions of them! cant get enough!
These are so addicting, but a great way to cure my craving for something sweet :) Thank you for the recipe!
so maybe it’s about a year or two late on this comment, but after making it ten thousand times (or so?) I realized that it’s just rude not to comment. I’ve been pretty finicky about my no-bake cookies/ vegan cookie dough options and constantly try new recipes that just don’t fit. but Angela, you nailed it. this is quickly becoming my go-to, and works perfectly! i feel like i’ll FINALLY go the whole blizzard route soon, but until then these cookies are great. oh and if you put them in a toaster oven for maybe a minute- i don’t know what it is- but they become INCREDIBLE. thank my roommate for that discovery. thank you though!
My entire extended family lovessss these cookie dough balls. We all make a double batch and keep them in a freezer for late night snacks and cravings.
Angela – do you know the nutritional information for the cookie dough?
This looks great. Can I do a gluten free version? What if I used almond flour? Or just gf flour? Can that be eaten raw? Thanks!
LOOVVEEEEE this! We make ice pops for our kiddos with the banana ice cream trick! We are chocoholics though so adding 2T dark chocolate cocoa powder makes this a bit more decadent!!! SOOOO making this for hubby!
The cookie dough was so delicious! We barely had any left for the blizzards :) Thanks for sharing.
Partially Hydrogenated Oil is in everything, Soooo scary since most consumers don’t even know what it is. I saw a girl eating Cheez-It’s at work yesterday and wanted to grab the box from her and say NOOOOO! lol! Thanks for sharing, these balls look dreamy! :)
Oh, goodness. I ate all of it. All the cookie dough…all the soft serve… @[email protected]
So. Good. Perfect post-workout nom-nom. Thanks, Angela! ;D
Just made this one, yummy! But actually, I like all your recipes ;)
Looks delicious!! SO gonna make this soon!
LOVE this recipe! Actually I love ALL your recipes! :D
Hi! Just discovered your site and LOVE your recipes! Can’t wait to try! I am newly GF and will be adapting these for that. Quick question though – I do not have a food processor, only a blender. Will that work for your recipes that require a processor? Thank you!!
im sorry but Im not sure Ashley!
Hi, Angela! I just recently started a blog for meals that are ideal for collegiate student-athletes (as I am one myself) and can easily be made in the dorm (involves the microwave and blender…a lot). I tried this recipe for “cookie dough” bites and LOVED it!! Would you mind if I share it on my blog? Thanks!
Having finished most of the Cookie Dough Blizzard just now, I have to write you how unbelievably delicious that is!!! I can’t believe it. Now I have to wait til more of my bananas ripen so I can make it again… Actually, next time it’ll be Peanut butter or chocolate brownie! Thank you so much for these recipes. Amazing.
I just made the cookie dough balls — Good thing at least some of them made it into the freezer since they were so good I couldn’t stop eating the dough!! They taste just like real cookie dough. Can’t wait to make the soft serve part of this to complete the whole recipe!!
P.S. I used buckwheat flour to make it gluten free and it was still very, very good. I also used agave syrup instead of pure maple syrup. It has a slight almond taste, but I love that flavor anyhow so it’s still just as good as far as I am concerned. :-)
How many chocolate chip cookie balls should I get out of that batch? I made 18 but I thought maybe I should make them smaller?
I’ve decided this is the year I go fully vegan. What a wonderful blog this is – like stumbling across Aladdin’s Cave – and what a creative and generous person you are for sharing all your talent and enthusiasm. Thank you so much x
Hi Angela, Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I appreciate it so much :) Good luck with your goals!
omg! you are a woman after my own heart I love cookie dough and because of you have found a love for oats! I’m in the process of making this as we speak my cookie dough just went into the freezer! before they went in they already treated amazing! I can’t wait to try out more of your recipes! thank you!
These are fantastic! Any chance you think these could be kept out of the freezer for a couple days at room temp?
Angela! I just made and consumed this and it was amazing! :) I asked my mom if she wanted me to make her a portion, and she said no. But when she saw it and had a bite, she sure regretted this decision!
i made this with the cookie dough nut butter (because i already had some made) and WOWWWW!!! i think i cried a little its so good!
I love the recipes and I love it even more that is is plant based.
I just made this. Substituted coconut flour for oat flour. So flavorful! This is certainly a keeper!
My husband LOVES cookie dough blizzards, and I know it has been kind of difficult for him to give them up since becoming vegan. So, when I found this recipe, I knew I had to make it for him. I whipped it up today, and it was delicious!!! My husband loved it! Thanks for the recipe!
Hi Angela, I made this recipe when you first posted it in 2011 and I made often through that summer. However, I have moved on to other favorites from your website since then. Anyway, I am 36 weeks pregnant and today I was in the grocery store and got a major craving for this recipe. I looked up the recipe immediately on my phone and found I only needed to buy two ingredients. I had everything else at home. I quickly grabbed those two items and raced home to prepare it so I could have it for dessert tonight. I just finished a serving of the blizzard and it was as good as I remember. The baby is kicking up a storm now. I guess it has his approval too! Thanks.
Love this! Any thoughts on a good substitute for the cashews for my brother’s tree nut allergy?
I’m kind of new to the raw baking idea still… Just checking, would raw whole wheat pastry flour not make one sick? I’ve always been under the impression flour always needs to be cooked.
Wow!! I stumbled across this on your site and woke up early to make this before work!!! It is soooo good. Thanks Angela!!
This recipe sounds amazing!!! Both my boys have nut allergies, can I replace the cashews with something nut free?
Hi Cara, I’d recommend using the recipe for cookie dough balls in my first cookbook (p. 235). They can be made nut-free, using sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter and subbing oat flour for the almond flour. Hope this helps, and that you enjoy the “blizzard” when you get a chance to make it! :)
Loved it! Thank you, you`re so creative!
Oh my goodness these are delicious! Thank you for sharing this so I can make a special treat for my son’s vegan GF.
Aw, I’m sure she’ll appreciate the thoughtful treat, Susan!
Its really nice to read this ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,amazing reacipe.
Its going to try this in dinner