Healthy Chocolate-Chip Cookie-Dough Protein “Blizzard”

Healthy Chocolate-Chip Cookie-Dough Protein "Blizzard" via Nutritionist in the Kitch*This recipe was originally posted in June 2013 but has been revamped and rephotographed for quality and relevancy.*

I know right?

A chocolate-chip cookie-dough blizzard that I’m calling “healthy”, “packed with protein”, “gluten free”... and can be easily made “vegan”?

Nope, I’m not losing it. I promise. With a mix of whole, healthy, unrefined, good-for-you ingredients, combined with a dash of Nutritionist (in the Kitch) love, this Chocolate-Chip Cookie-Dough Protein ‘Blizzard’ (or wanna-be Blizzard…) has been born.

Healthy Chocolate-Chip Cookie-Dough Protein "Blizzard" via Nutritionist in the Kitch

A few years back, I used to drive past this one particular Dairy Queen to and from work ever day, and every single time… I would dream of a Blizzard.

It had been ages since I had eaten a Blizzard because they have a trillion calories coming from processed ingredients, are loaded with refined sugar, and just have always made me feel super sick.

However, they taste hella good! So, naturally my solution was to make my own ‘Blizzard’ that would leave me feeling happy and not frantically searching for the nearest porcelain throne. (TMI? sorry.) 

Healthy Chocolate-Chip Cookie-Dough Protein "Blizzard" via Nutritionist in the Kitch

This healthy Blizzard recipe is not “low calorie”, just FYI. Because really, “low calorie” doesn’t always mean “healthy”. Calorie content does not determine the nutritional value of foods. The benefit is in the fact that my recipe, versus a typical Blizzard, contains healthy, whole-food ingredients that support the body and overall health, and it’s also allergen friendly for those who can’t eat gluten, eggs, soy, or dairy.

While I wouldn’t eat this Blizzard every single day, I definitely recommend enjoying it as an occasional snack, post workout meal, or dessert.

Healthy Chocolate-Chip Cookie-Dough Protein "Blizzard" via Nutritionist in the Kitch

The key component to this Blizzard is the “Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough” balls. They are super easy to make with a simple and healthy combination of raw cashews, cashew butter, gluten free oats, almond milk, natural protein powder, pure maple syrup, dates, and dark chocolate.

These little cookie dough balls are also great on their own as a little energy snack, and you’ll only need a couple for your Blizzard, so you can leave the rest in the freezer to enjoy here and there.

Healthy Chocolate-Chip Cookie-Dough Protein "Blizzard" via Nutritionist in the Kitch

The “ice cream” component of this cookie-dough Blizzard is an adaptation from an old recipe I made when I first started the blog… Vegan Peanut Butter & Banana Ice CreamI also chose to add cashew butter instead of the peanut butter as it has a better “cookie-dough” flavour in my opinion, and natural vanilla protein powder for an extra dose of blood sugar balancing protein.

I’m not kidding when I say this recipe tastes a whole lot like the real thing!

Healthy Chocolate-Chip Cookie-Dough Protein "Blizzard" via Nutritionist in the Kitch

And of course, there’s a substantial difference between the two. Here’s the ingredients list of the Dairy Queen Cookie-Dough Blizzard taken right from the DQ website:

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: Modified milk ingredients, sugar, glucose, mono and diglycerides, guar gum, polysorbate 80, carrageenan and artificial flavour.Fudge: Glucose-fructose, concentrated skim milk, hydrogenated coconut oil, fructose, water, cocoa (processed with alkali), cocoa, algin, salt, mono and diglycerides, potassium sorbate, dextrin, sodium phosphate, disodium phosphate, soy lecithin, artificial flavour.

Compare that to the Healthy Chocolate-Chip Cookie-Dough Protein “Blizzard” that I made:

Raw cashews, gluten free oats, unsweetened almond milk, natural vanilla protein powder, dates, pure maple syrup, 70% dark chocolate, bananas, natural cashew butter. 

I like mine better.

Healthy Chocolate-Chip Cookie-Dough Protein "Blizzard" via Nutritionist in the Kitch

The proof is in the puddin’, or should I say… ice cream?

Do you have a fast-food treat that you love and have recreated to be healthier? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below! 

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Healthy Chocolate-Chip Cookie-Dough Protein "Blizzard" ... for real!!! (gluten free & can be vegan too!)
Serves: 2
  1. Peel bananas and cut into quarters and freeze. (You will need to use frozen banana chunks for this recipe)
  2. In a ]food processor combine all of the cookie-dough ball ingredients except for the almond milk.
  3. Process on low for 30 seconds, then use a spatula to scrap the sides, and process again for 30 seconds.
  4. While processing, pour in the almond milk through the top opening and the mixture will begin to clump together.
  5. Using a spatula, remove the cookie-dough batter and transfer to a bowl.
  6. On a cutting board, cut the dark chocolate chips or chunks into smaller pieces.
  7. Fold the chocolate into the cookie-dough batter.
  8. With slightly wet, clean hands (very important your hands are slightly wet as this will prevent the cookie dough from sticking, and it will roll easier), roll the cookie dough into small marble-sized round balls. Place on a plate or cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.
  9. Make 20 balls total.
  10. Place the balls in the fridge.
  11. Once the banana chunks are frozen you can make the 'ice cream'.
  12. In a blender combine the frozen banana, almond milk, ice cubes, protein powder, and cashew butter. Blend until smooth.
  13. Transfer to a tupperware and freeze for 30 minutes to firm up, you can also use it right away but the ice cream will just be a softer consistency.
  14. Once your 'ice cream' is thick and scoopable, divide between 2 glasses.
  15. Add in a two cookie dough balls to each glass, and enjoy!
Makes 20 cookie dough balls - use 2 per Blizzard
'Ice Cream' makes 2 servings.
Nutritional Information
Serving size: ½ of the Ice Cream + 2 Cookie-Dough Balls Calories: 368 kcal Fat: 11g Carbohydrates: 49g Sugar: 25g Fiber: 6g Protein: 21g

*Recipe inspired by DAMY Health 

Have a wonderful rest of your Sunday,


Nutritionist in the Kitch

Author: Christal Sczebel

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!

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