THESE. Would you believe me if I told you that these are vegan and pretty much guilt free?
Well… believe it!! And since Trey liked them, I think this is a pretty good milkshake makeover.
Trey and I tend to get on “kicks” where we can’t get enough of a certain type of food. When we first started dating, we were on a nacho kick. Although we grew up about 20 minutes away from each other in Pennsylvania, we didn’t start dating until he moved to New Jersey. (Makes sense, right?) When we would visit each other, we ordered them everywhere we went. After nachos, we were obsessed with raviolis. I even made him homemade heart-shaped braised beef ravioli for our anniversary!
This past spring and summer, we have wanted to drink ALL THE MILKSHAKES. A couple of times a month, we would look at each other after dinner and say, “So…. Milkshake?” We think the best ones in the world are at a small ice cream shop in New Jersey, but we only get to visit there about once a year. We’ve also had some pretty tasty milkshakes in Pennsylvania, but we really shouldn’t spend the money or the calories on a million milkshakes every summer. Trey loves chocolate peanut butter milkshakes, and my favorite ice cream is chocolate chip cookie dough, so this healthy milkshake mashup was born!
Want to know the secret ingredient?
BEANS. I know. Don’t go away! Remember how I said Trey liked these? I think you might, too! I’m guessing your face looks the way his looked when he saw what I was using to make the cookie dough. But look what the beans turn into once they are all blended up!
Beautiful little cookie dough bites! They’re also filled with coconut oil, ground flax seed, peanut butter, maple syrup or honey, vanilla, a pinch of salt, and chocolate chips. Blitz everything together in the food processer, stir in the chocolate chips, then roll them into little bites and freeze them. The dough is a little sticky until it’s frozen, but it keeps really well in the freezer!
For the milkshakes, we blended up frozen bananas with some cold coconut milk and more vanilla and peanut butter. I’m not going to tell you these taste exactly like real milkshakes, but they certainly satisfy a milkshake craving, and they’re super tasty! Not to mention dairy-free and refined sugar-free!
So really, these are pretty much like smoothies. Health food! Maybe you could even have them for breakfast? That might be pushing it, but it sounds like a great way to start the day to me! Breakfast milkshakes should definitely be a thing.
(P.S. Notice that if you click on the ingredients and directions in the recipe while you cook, it crosses them off! I love that feature!!)
Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Peanut Butter Milkshakes
|Prep:||Yield: 2 big milkshakes or 4 small milkshakes (depending on how hungry you are!)||Total:|
This lightened up recipe is dairy-free and refined sugar-free. You don't even have to tell anyone about the secret ingredient in the cookie dough!
- For the chocolate chip cookie dough:
- 1 15.5 oz. can of white beans, drained and rinsed thoroughly
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- 4 Tbsp. maple syrup or honey
- 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp. ground flax seed
- Pinch of salt
- 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips, semi-sweet or dark chocolate
- For the milkshakes:
- 2 bananas, frozen
- ½ can full-fat coconut milk, cold
- 3 Tbsp. peanut butter
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 3 ice cubes
- For the chocolate chip cookie dough, combine all of the ingredients except for the chocolate chips in a food processor and blend it until it's really, really smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet (if you're lazy like me and want it to be easy to clean up). Transfer the cookie dough mixture to a bowl. Mold the cookie dough into little bites and place them on the cookie sheet. Freeze for at least a half an hour.
- For the milkshakes, add the frozen bananas, coconut milk, peanut butter, vanilla, and ice to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Layer the cookie dough bites and the banana milkshake in a glass. Garnish with more cookie dough bites on top. Yum!
Someone’s being nosy.
Chocolate chip cookie dough recipe adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie.