Eat Pretty: Raw Cookie Dough “Ice Cream”

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Ingredients
Raw Cookie Dough Bites:
-¾ cup raw cashews
-½ cup rolled oats
-½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
-¼ teaspoon salt
-3 dates, pitted and soaked in hot water
-1 tablespoon vanilla extract
-¼ cup dark chocolate chips

Ice Cream:
-1 frozen banana
-¼ avocado
-½ cup unsweetened almond milk
-handful of spinach
-1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
-dash of cinnamon
-light drizzle of maple syrup

Additional Toppings
-strawberries
-pistachios, chopped
-coconut flakes

Method
Raw cookie dough bites:
1. Line a plate with parchment paper and set aside.
2. Combine the cashews, oats, coconut flakes, and salt in a food processor or Vitamix. Pulse until a fine meal forms.
3. Add the soaked pitted dates, 3 tablespoons of the water the dates have been soaked in, and the vanilla extract. Pulse again until the mixture becomes a dough-like consistency.
4. Remove the dough and place in a small bowl. Gently fold in the chocolate chips until they are incorporated into the mixture.
5. Spread the cookie dough into an even layer on the plate and place in the freezer.
6.  Once frozen, chop into small pieces and store in the freezer in a covered container. (This makes a relatively large batch of cookie dough bites that will last you a while, but if you don’t feel like making them, the ice cream is great with granola instead!)

Chocolate ice cream:
7. Blend all ice cream ingredients until smooth.
8. Top with raw cookie dough bites, strawberries, pistachios, and coconut flakes, or any other fruit, nut, or superfood you have on hand.
9. Enjoy!

—Lily Kunin

Lily Kunin is the voice behind the NYC-based food blog Clean Food Dirty City. Inspired by the chefs in her family as well as her friends who are looking for easy recipes, her mission is to create food that is simple, clean, and flavorful. Follow her blog on Instagram @cleanfooddirtycity.

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  • Mia

    If you have a tree nut and peanut allergy, is there anything you could substitute for the cashews and almond milk?

    • Becky

      almond milk > any other dairy free milk: rice, hemp, oat, soy and so on. I'd try sunflower seeds for cashews, but keep in mind that they have a more pronounced taste than cashews (imo anyway) and have slightly less fat (51% vs 54%) so maybe add a tiny dab of oil

    • Genevieve

      Seems to me that rice/soy/oat milk would be the best sub for the milk (or even dairy if you're ok with that). I'm not sure about the cashews, but I would think either sunflower seeds or coconut flesh.

      • cleanfooddirtycity

        yes - sunflower seeds are a great option! I've made them with sunflower seeds for a friend with an allergy - because of the more pronounced tastes, I added a couple more dates. xxLily

  • holydances

    have this every AM for bkfst :)

  • juliannex

    Sounds like the perfect summer dessert. Love your recipes--your rainbow veggie noodle bowl is huge hit with me and my husband. Both times I've made it, he commandeered the leftovers for lunch!

  • http://blog-de-la-licorne.blogspot.sk/ Gabrielle RoseBonniee

    Yummy !

  • cleanfooddirtycity

    Hi Jennifer! This makes one serving, but can easily be doubled or tripled! xx Lily

  • Justine Reihana

    Raw cookie dough ice cream sounds novel. Might give it a go.

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