Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cooke Dough Blizzards

 

Back in the day, blizzards were my jam.  Creamy soft serve loaded with chunks of my favorite candy, chocolate sauce, or cookie dough bits— say no more! Sugar rush, here I come! I guess you can say I have a bit of a sweet tooth…

But as I became more health conscious and aware of what I was putting in my body, blizzards were no longer something I wanted to eat. All it took was reading the list of ingredients in my old favorites. Well, trying to read. Most of the ingredients were words I couldn’t even pretend to pronounce, which we all know is red flag number one. Not to mention to amount of sugar packed into those puppies. Somehow, they didn’t seem quite as appealing anymore.

 

 

Obviously, my eating habits have taken a 180 since my long lost blizzard days, but I still love indulging in sweets. I’m a firm believer in balance, and dessert totally fits into that balance, sometimes every day for me. And the idea of the blizzard is still a genius one, so why not lighten it up with whole ingredients to make a semi-healthy dessert that doesn’t make your body hate you after!? I have no reasons.

I originally played around with these Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Blizzards on New Year’s, but just finally got around to perfecting it this weekend. The timing was perfect because Saturday happened to be pumpkin & peanut butter’s 6-month blog anniversary! What better way to celebrate than with a homemade, oatmeal peanut butter cookie dough blizzard?!

 

 

So to all you ex-blizzard lovers like me out there, I insist you try this cookie dough blizzard. It has all those perfect blizzard qualities: creamy, sweet, loaded with mix-ins, but is made with a list of whole, healthy ingredients that your body will thank you for. I promise, you won’t be disappointed one bit!

Have a great week everyone 🙂

 

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookie Dough “Blizzards”

Serves 2
Prep time 20 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan
Meal type Dessert

Ingredients

for the cookie dough balls

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal, ground
  • 1/4 cup almond meal or almond flour (both work)
  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oatmeal, whole
  • 2 tablespoons mini dark chocolate chips

for the blizzard

  • 2-3 frozen bananas
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter or powdered peanut butter (ex: PB2)
  • 1/3-1/2 cup milk of choice

Directions

For the cookie dough balls
Step 1
In a high speed blender or food processor, grind up 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats. Once they are finely ground, add in almond meal, vanilla extract, peanut butter, and maple syrup (or agave). Blend on medium speed until the dough forms.
Step 2
Pulse in 1/4 cup of oats and dark chocolate chips. Once combined, roll dough into small, 1-inch balls and freeze for at least 10-15 minutes. This recipe makes about 12 small cookie dough balls.
For the blizzard
Step 3
Place 2-3 frozen bananas into a high speed blender or food processor. Add in 1-2 tbsp of peanut butter (based on your liking) and 2 tsp of pure vanilla extract. Blend until smooth.
Step 4
Pop 3 of your frozen cookie dough balls into the food processor with the banana puree and pulse until they break up and combine. Pour the blizzard mixture into two glasses and top with additional cookie dough balls. Dig in!

pumpkinandpb

Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!

29 Comments

  1. Looks AMAZING! Honestly the ONLY thing I miss since becoming vegan is flurries! Thank goodness for this recipe. Now I can still have flurries!!!

    • Ellie, let me tell you, you’re going to love it! I used a little extra milk to make it in between a milkshake and soft serve ice cream consistency and it was PERFECT! Let me know what you think after you’ve tried it 😉

    • I wish I had thought of it earlier! So glad you like it 🙂

    • Thanks Casey! I SO appreciate you sharing them on facebook— I still have yet to get one :/

  2. Love this idea! I’ve been toying around with the idea of oatmeal chocolate chip smoothies for quite some time now – I may just have to try out your recipe this weekend!

    • Thanks Jen! If you add a little extra milk I think it will be right at that thick smoothie consistency, too. Hope you like them 🙂

  3. This recipe looks so good. I like that it’s a much healthier version of a blizzard. Making this as a snack some time soon. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks so much Bhiravi! Definitely much healthier— which means you can eat two and not feel bad at all 🙂

  4. This looks great! I used to love blizzards as a kid, but I can’t imagine going near them now. Great idea.

    • I’m totally on the same page as you— so glad you like it!

  5. This looks so yummy, Liz! I am so drooling over this natural rendition of a blizzard! When you pop the cookie dough balls into the blender with the puréed bananas and peanut butter, I was pretty much sold. Peanut butter is like the best thing ever in my book, so I am LOVING this recipe. Beautiful photos too! 🙂

  6. Brilliant way to create a blizzard, Liz. Your mix-ins are pretty spectacular, too =) I can see how almond butter with the oatmeal would be wonderful cookie dough also. Pinning! Cheers from the CCN =)

    • Thanks so much!! I’m sure almond butter would taste just as good 🙂

  7. Oh this takes me way back to my own blizzard-guzzling days!! I love the addition of the cookie dough balls to this!

    • Right?!? It kinda grosses me out how quickly I devoured those things back in the day haha. These are definitely more my style today 😉

  8. There was a Dairy Queen across the street from the pool I worked at in the summers! My best friend and I would get a blizzard daily some weeks! YIKES and YUCK! These look amazing and SO much healthier!!!

    • I’m totally with you! My grandma used to take us to Dairy Queen every time we went to visit her. They were my favorite treat back then— but now that I know what they’re made out of, I’ll stick with these healthified homemade ones 😉

    • Thanks so much!! You don’t be disappointed 😉

  9. Oh. My. Gosh. You’re making me want to skip lunch and dinner and head straight for dessert– this seriously looks AMAZING! Need to try this ASAP!

    • You are too sweet Karly! Thanks so much 🙂 You’ll have to let me know what you think!

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