Cookie Dough Nice Cream (Paleo, vegan, fruit-sweetened, dairy + gluten-free)


Yum. Yum. YUM!

I’m still in a banana-induced state of yum after making this Cookie Dough Nice Cream. Wow. I think the pictures speak for themselves – look at that creamy banana goodness laced with gluten-free cookie dough made with almond flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)! My little sister (who is very anti-real food) and I couldn’t stop eating it. This is definitely a sweet treat. Though bananas are fruits and considered quite healthy, they can still raise your blood sugar and contain a lot of fructose. Therefore, this is best enjoyed for special occasions or when you need to treat yo self. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

That said, this Cookie Dough Nice Cream is much healthier than any store-bought ice cream, tastes like heaven, and is suitable for basically everyone’s dietary needs. It’s vegan, it’s made using Paleo ingredients (though I doubt cavemen were bringing out their handy-dandy food processors to puree some frozen nanas), and gluten-, egg, and dairy-free. It does contain nuts, but I will be working on a raw cookie dough batter sans noix in the future, so don’t worry, you nut-allergic peeps! 

Don’t you want to dive in headfirst already??? I sure do!


I received a few comments about my photography of this little cup of delight. I’m sure I’ll write more about this later, but here’s bit of info about how I photograph. I use a 4′ x 6′ board made of hand-painted individual wood planks as a backdrop, and shoot next to a large window with Aperture Priority mode. There you have it! This pic was shot in the late afternoon, which is a good time for photography. Thanks for asking! 


Nice cream is tricky to photograph because it melts so quickly! Have your props and camera ready before you make it – if you are in the business of photographing scrumptious bowls of creamy, cold things ๐Ÿ˜‰ .


Enjoy this! Post a picture of yours on Instagram and tag me if you make it! I love seeing your gorgeous creations. 

Cookie Dough Nice Cream
Serves 4
Way healthier than normal ice cream, yet a decadent treat that nearly everyone can enjoy.
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Raw Cookie Dough
  1. ยพ cup almond flour/meal
  2. 4 pitted Medjool dates
  3. 2 tbsp coconut butter
  4. 1 tbsp coconut oil
  5. ยฝ tsp pure vanilla extract
  6. Pinch sea salt
  7. ยผ cup cacao nibs
Nice Cream
  1. 4 very ripe bananas, peeled, sliced, and frozen
For the Raw Cookie Dough
  1. Blend all the cookie dough ingredients except the cacao nibs until smooth in the small bowl of a food processor. Add the nibs, and pulse until spread throughout the dough. Roll tablespoonfuls into balls, and set aside.
For the Nice Cream
  1. Blend the frozen banana slices with ยผ cup of water until smooth and creamy in the large bowl of a food processor. Add the cookie dough balls to the processor, and pulse a few times. You can leave the balls more chunky or pulse more to streak the nice cream with cookie dough.
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5 thoughts on “Cookie Dough Nice Cream (Paleo, vegan, fruit-sweetened, dairy + gluten-free)

  1. YUM! This looks incredible! Pinned and I definitely want to make this before the weather turns cold (homework load permitting :P). It is SO hard to find a gluten-free and dairy-free ice cream in the store and when I do, it’s usually chock full of nasty preservatives and refined sugar. This is a perfect substitute! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. I absolutely love coconut oil, but I’m just getting in to using dates as a sweetener! They work super well in this nice cream for sure ๐Ÿ˜‰ I really hope you get the chance to try this, Aya!

      – Clover

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