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Cookie Dough Blizzards : Homemade, Gluten-Free, and Delicious

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I can make a delicious salad. I love beans, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and gluten-free grains like quinoa and brown rice.

The burrito bowl from my last blog definitely works well with plain Greek yogurt, by the way.

But sometimes all I want is something sweet.

That, my friends, is a homemade, gluten-free cookie dough blizzard inspired by Angela’s blizzard recipe ohsheglows.com/2011/03/1
and Averie’s cookie dough recipe www.loveveggiesandyoga.c

I decided to try out some new recipes this week since I have been in a food rut for far too long. And I knew that one of the first things I would try would be something sweet. Especially after seeing the cookie dough blizzard recipe on Angela’s blog. I knew I had to recreate that!

I also knew I’d need a gluten-free cookie dough though. That’s where Averie’s blog really came in handy. She has a million recipes for gluten-free treats.

After reading through the recipe for making her cookie dough balls I noticed something fairly quickly. Uh-oh it calls for patience! That is sooo not my strong suit. But good things come to those who wait.

Other changes: I halved the recipe because I was only planning on making enough for my husband, Aubrey, and me. I didn’t have any cashews so I subbed in peanuts and I didn’t have any maple syrup so I had to use honey otherwise these would have been vegan as well (if you use vegan choc. chips).

I quickly grabbed everything I needed so I could get the ball rolling.

That would be 1/3 cup peanuts (48g), 1/6 cup oats (14g), 1 tbsp honey, ½ tsp vanilla and 2 tbsp chocolate chips. And don’t mind the fact that my tablespoon has seen better days ;)

First up I blended the peanuts and oats together to make the flour.

Then I added in the honey and vanilla and ran again until it was fully blended. After stirring in the chocolate chips I shaped it into a cookie.

For no other reason except that I was seriously tempted to scrap all other plans and just eat all of the dough. But…I didn’t. *sigh* I knew I would be bummed if I didn’t finish what I had started, as would Aubrey who knew what I was making.

I was able to form 18 cookie dough balls out of the dough.

There are only 16 in the picture because we both had to immediately shove one in our mouths. You know…to make sure it was good!

Off to the fridge they went to harden up. I knew I would be more patient if we did something other than sitting down on our hands wondering if we could just eat them already. So we ended up leaving the house and running a couple of errands.

About an hour later they were much less sticky so I broke out the food processer to make the banana soft serve.

I made sure the banana was fully blended before adding a few of the cookie dough balls.

Next time I’m going to add some vanilla almond milk, because it turned out really thick with just the banana. Plus I think it would make it taste more blizzard like. I love bananas, but I was hoping for more of a soft serve taste and consistency.

I decided to be fancy and grab a martini glass.

Garnished my snack with another cookie dough ball. Delicious! I would have eaten more, but by the time we were done waiting and making everything it was basically dinner time.

Oh well, there will be many hot days to come where this recipe will come in handy!

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