I love all things ice cream, but after I had my daughter Reese, she was extremely colicky and I found that eliminating dairy from my diet seemed to help. Since she was born in July and we live in Arizona, frozen treats are a must to survive the summer! Around this time, Jamba Juice came out with a new Cookies ‘n Creme Protein Smoothie that I had to try! After all, cookies n’ cream anything is usually my go-to ice cream combo. I first tried the smoothie by subbing almond milk to make it dairy-free and it was great! I could rationalize that this was a much healthier alternative to the Oreo Cookie Blizzard I really wanted 🙂 Even though the non-dairy alternative was great, I knew I couldn’t spend $5 a day on smoothies. Let alone considering the fact that even leaving the house was a monumental task with a very fussy newborn. So, I looked at the ingredients and decided I could easily make my own copycat smoothie at home. I also wanted to make it gluten-free, which I could easily do by subbing out gluten-free sandwich cookies. And I must say, this been my go to homemade frozen treat for months! It’s so easy to just throw in the blender and takes only five minutes! You could easily swap in other flavors too, but this one is currently my favorite.
This recipe really couldn’t be any easier. Just place all the ingredients in a blender and go! I use the Smoothie setting on my Vitamix and the consistency comes out great. I’ve been keeping frozen bananas on-hand for whenever I need a frozen treat. It’s the perfect base for a shake, smoothie, sorbet or any frozen treat. Once they’re ripe, just throw it in a plastic baggy in the freezer and use when needed! I also really like using this coconut milk from Trader Joe’s, but you could use any non-dairy milk you like best. I’ve also been using their Gluten Free Joe-Joe’s and have found you can get away with even using one or two cookies and you’ll still get a chocolate cookie taste and save on some of the sugar and calories. Of course, the more you use, the richer the taste. And lastly, if you want to add a little protein to your treat, throw in a scoop of your favorite protein powder. I use vanilla, but I think chocolate would taste great too.
And I highly recommend you drink this treat with a straw! It makes it feel more like a real milkshake. I often split this recipe with my husband and we each get about 8 oz, but you could easily drink this delicious treat all by yourself.
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 c non-dairy milk of choice
- 3-4 gluten-free sandwich cookies
- 1 scoop protein powder (optional)
- 5-6 ice cubes
- Mix all ingredients in blender until smooth.