Cookie Dough Breakfast Ice Cream
Smooth, creamy and sweet, this cookie dough breakfast ice cream is reminiscent of the classic cookie dough ice cream, but without all the added sugar! Made with only wholesome ingredients like bananas, rolled oats and nut butter, this spin on cookie dough ice cream is perfect for a healthy breakfast or snack!
I love all different kinds of desserts: cakes, brownies, cookies, pies….the list is endless! But, do you know what dessert comes out at the top of my “dessert faves” list? You’ve probably already guessed, but I’ll tell you anyway: ice cream. I love ice cream more than any other dessert. There is just something about the sweet, cold creaminess of ice cream that hits the spot for me every time I eat it, whether it’s the middle of summer or the dead of winter. So, naturally, I wanted to figure out a way to eat ice cream every day, without overloading my body with processed sugars. And what is the solution, you may ask?
Breakfast ice cream
Well, in this case, cookie dough breakfast ice cream. Instead of using cream and sugar, this recipe uses only frozen bananas and a splash of milk to create a thick, creamy “ice cream”, and the cookie dough bites are made from oats, nut butter and honey. Healthy yet delicious? Count me in!
Ingredients You Need
Frozen Bananas~ Make sure to use bananas that are very spotted and brown for the best flavor. Cut them into small chunks and freeze the banana until solid, then blend into a super smooth and sweet ice cream!
Milk~ Any type of dairy or non-dairy milk will work here.
Vanilla~ Vanilla adds flavor to the banana ice cream, so I would not omit it. You could also use vanilla bean paste instead.
Rolled Oats~ You can use either old-fashioned oats or quick cooking oats, but do not use steel cut oats.
Almond Butter~ For a more neutral tasting cookie dough, use almond butter, cashew butter or an allergy-friendly alternative. However, if you like peanut butter, I highly recommend using peanut butter instead! Any nut butter works.
Honey~ Honey adds natural sweetness to the cookie dough and helps the dough stick together. If you would prefer, you can use another liquid sweetener or a granulated sugar. If you use granulated sugar, you may need to add another tablespoon or two of nut butter to help the dough stick together.
Salt~ A little salt helps cut the sweetness of the cookie dough and ice cream.
Chocolate Chips~ Although I used regular chocolate chips in the pictures, I highly recommend using mini chocolate chips because the cookie dough bites will be much easier to form (take it from me lol).
This cookie dough breakfast ice cream is super easy to whip up! To make the cookie dough breakfast ice cream, start by adding all of the cookie dough ingredients, minus the chocolate chips, and blend until a dough forms. Stir in the chocolate chips and then shape the dough into little bite-sized balls. Then, in the same food processor, add the ice cream ingredients and blend until thick and smooth. Stir the cookie dough bites into the ice cream before scooping into bowls.
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This delicious new breakfast ice cream recipe will quickly become a favorite breakfast or snack in your house for both kids and adults! It’s creamy, it’s sweet, and the bites of cookie dough just make everything 10x better. I don’t know how you couldn’t like cookie dough, but if you’re not a fan, then try out my recipe for Chocolate & PB Breakfast Ice Cream instead. Both breakfast ice cream recipes are as delicious as they are good for you. I know you’ll be enjoying them all summer (and all winter) long! 😀
Need more healthy ice cream ideas? Check these recipes out:
Cookie Dough Breakfast Ice Cream
For the Cookie Dough
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 3 tbsp almond butter or nut butter of choice
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp chocolate chips (preferably mini chips)
For the Ice Cream
- 2 large bananas, cut into chunks and frozen
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 3-4 tbsp milk
- To a food processor or high speed blender, add the rolled oats, nut butter, honey and salt. Blend until a thick dough is formed. Scoop the dough into a small bowl and stir in the chocolate chips. Form little bite sized balls from the dough, then set aside.
- To the same food processor or blender, add the frozen bananas, vanilla and milk. Depending on how powerful your processor/blender is, you may not need to use any milk, or you might need a little more milk than called for in the recipe. Just use enough milk so that the bananas can blend smoothly into a thick "ice cream".
- Stir the cookie dough bites into the ice cream and then scoop into two bowls. Serve immediately and enjoy!