Sunday, July 24, 2011

Oatmeal Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Oatmeal cookie dough ice cream is...a healthy snack? Really?

Yes, really. And it's so delicious, too!

Oatmeal Cookie Dough Ice Cream
Ingredients (for 1 serving):
1 frozen banana
1 tablespoon oats
1 tablespoon oat flour
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
1 teaspoon agave nectar
1 teaspoon almond butter

1. Combine oats, oat flour, flaxseed meal, agave, and almond butter in a food processor or mini chopper. Process until the mixture holds together when pressed--it won't look like traditional cookie dough
2. Either clean out the food processor or mini chopper that you just used or use another one to process the banana (this will become the 'ice cream').
3. Break the frozen banana into a few chunks and then process until smooth and creamy. It will look exactly like soft-serve ice cream. This takes maybe 2 minutes in a processor, and you may have to scrape down the edges once or twice.
4. Stir half of the cookie dough into the ice cream and then top with the other half.

Tips and ideas
-use peanut butter instead of almond butter for peanut butter cookie dough
-add cinnamon and/or ginger to the cookie dough for spice cookie dough
-mix 1/4 to 1/3 cup of other frozen fruit with the banana to make a fruit ice cream/sorbet treat
-make sure you process the banana long enough for it to be creamy, but don't process for too long or it will melt. If the finished product is softer than you want, just stick it in the freezer for a few minutes to firm up. (although I find it too difficult to wait any longer than I need to)

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