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Eat Well Oct. 31. 2013
Desserts

Spiced Cookie Dough Pumpkin Ice-NOcream

Oct. 31. 2013
Desserts
McKel Hill

McKel Hill

MS, RDN, LDN, Dietitian

Happy Halloween everyone, you’re all in for a treat today, no tricks here! Spiced Cookie Dough Pumpkin Ice-NOcream is a delicious high raw, non-dairy (it’s called NO cream for a reason) dessert made with only fresh, natural, and nutrient dense whole food ingredients. I mean, do I really have to do much convincing here for you all to run to your kitchens right now and make this recipe? It’s so delicious and the title and vibrant color of this Nocream says it all!

I first brought you Banana Nocream, which is a basic and classic non-dairy ice cream alternative to dairy ice creams; today I combine this classic recipe with some fall flavors to get in the spirit of Halloween and Thanksgiving around the corner. Pumpkin Ice-NOcream is perfect all on it’s own, but with the added sweet and chewy raw cookie dough balls made from less than 5 ingredients, it takes this ice cream recipe to a whole new level! I love pumpkin ice-Nocream around this time of year when I’m craving something sweet and want to treat myself, but also continue to nourish my body with whole foods. This recipe is also perfect for anyone who may want a healthier alternative to refined sugar loaded candies, sweet, and other treats around this time of year.

Spiced Cookie Dough Pumpkin Ice-NOcream is loaded with nutrients in comparison to any store bought pumpkin ice-cream! It contains vitamin A (especially from the pumpkin puree), B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, healthy fats, simple fruit sugars, zinc, iron, manganese, fiber, antioxidants,and plant-based protein; unlike store bought pumpkin ice creams which typically are loaded with refined sugars, artificial colorings, preservatives, hydrogenated oils (especially in cookie dough types of ice cream). Even if you’re not dairy-free, I promise you’ll love this recipe and give it a try! You can even “save” this recipe for when Thanksgiving rolls around too!

Below, these are the Spice Cookie Dough balls you will be making as a part of this recipe. These are optional if you want to make this a lower calorie option or if you simply dislike cashews. If you’re allergic to cashew nuts you may try using macadamia nuts instead although the flavor will be a bit different. You also have the option to make these Spiced Cookie Dough balls into smaller balls or even cut them into small pieces and stir them in, however you choose!

    

Spiced Cookie Dough Pumpkin Ice-NOcream
Author: McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 frozen bananas, peeled and very ripe/spotted
  • 1 15 ounce can organic pumpkin puree
  • 2/3 cup raw cashews
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats, gluten free
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon raw almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. COOKIE DOUGH //
  2. Combine all dry ingredients (except “wet”, bananas, pumpkin, and maple syrup), in a high speed blender/Vitamix/ food processor until well combined. This texture will resemble a very fine flour.
  3. Add maple syrup and almond butter to this fine flour mixture and combine until a dough texture has been achieved.
  4. Freeze for about 20 minutes or until hardened.
  5. Roll about 1 teaspoon of the cookie dough in the palm of your hands creating bite sized balls.
  6. Lay these cookie dough balls on a baking sheet or flat surface and put back into the freezer to set (at least 20 minutes).
  7. PUMPKIN ICE NOCREAM //
  8. Combine the only two ingredients for the ice cream- pumpkin and frozen bananas- into the Vitamix/high speed blender until thick and creamy.
  9. Add the cookie dough balls you’ve made (that were in the freezer), into this pumpkin ice cream mix.
  10. Stir until the cookie dough balls have become spread out throughout the pumpkin ice cream.
  11. Serve immediately and enjoy!
  12. Top with additional pumpkin seeds and a dash of cinnamon.
Notes
almond milk optional to thin out to your desired consistency.

I hope you all love this recipe as much as I do, share below and let me know what you think!

Have a delicious day,

xo McKel

The Recipe

Serves 4

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Ingredients:

  • 3 frozen bananas, peeled and very ripe/spotted
  • 1 15 ounce can organic pumpkin puree
  • 2/3 cup raw cashews
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats, gluten free
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon raw almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • pinch of sea salt

Directions:

  1. COOKIE DOUGH //
  2. Combine all dry ingredients (except “wet”, bananas, pumpkin, and maple syrup), in a high speed blender/Vitamix/ food processor until well combined. This texture will resemble a very fine flour.
  3. Add maple syrup and almond butter to this fine flour mixture and combine until a dough texture has been achieved.
  4. Freeze for about 20 minutes or until hardened.
  5. Roll about 1 teaspoon of the cookie dough in the palm of your hands creating bite sized balls.
  6. Lay these cookie dough balls on a baking sheet or flat surface and put back into the freezer to set (at least 20 minutes).
  7. PUMPKIN ICE NOCREAM //
  8. Combine the only two ingredients for the ice cream- pumpkin and frozen bananas- into the Vitamix/high speed blender until thick and creamy.
  9. Add the cookie dough balls you’ve made (that were in the freezer), into this pumpkin ice cream mix.
  10. Stir until the cookie dough balls have become spread out throughout the pumpkin ice cream.
  11. Serve immediately and enjoy!
  12. Top with additional pumpkin seeds and a dash of cinnamon.

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  • Gina

    There is no almond milk listed in the ingredients

    • Hi Gina! In the notes, it’s an optional ingredient to thin out as much as you need to for your desired consistency. I personally didn’t use any in mine because I like it very thick! I hope you enjoy it 🙂

  • Jen

    I love your blog & will try this.

  • Where do you put the
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
    pinch of sea salt
    ?

    • Hi Jasmine, The only ingredients used for the pumpkin ice cream are just frozen bananas and pumpkin- all other ingredients are used for the cookie dough balls! 🙂

  • Misty

    This is why I love you!!!!

  • Woah this looks great! I love pumpkin and put it in everything so I’ll have to try this!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Haley (egginon.wordpress.com)

    • I love pumpkin too and put it on EVERYTHING… I can’t help it haha. Thanks for stopping by 😉

  • This looks so great.. I can try this recipe even for the thanksgiving dinner. Thanks for sharing such beautiful recipe. The photographs actually made me hungry!!

    • Hi Stacy! Thank you so much, that’s incredibly sweet of you. I hope you enjoy it! It’s such a nice treat 🙂

  • Christina

    Wow! The cookie dough balls were so good! I wonder if you could specify the size of the can of pumpkin puree you used. The can I used was quite large and I’m wondering if perhaps your was smaller. Thanks so much for the recipe!