There are two kinds of people in this world: those that like cookie dough and cake batter, and those that don’t. I am strongly encamped in the former category. I would much prefer to lick cake batter out of a mixing bowl, like the elegant broad that I’m known to be, that sit down to a piece of cake. Therefore, if you someone who prefers the actual baked good itself, we probably should not be baking buddies…because when I inevitably get food poisoning from the raw eggs in the cake batter/brownie batter/cookie dough that I’ve continually sampled, I’ll need someone to hold my hair back while I’m hurling all day long, and you’ll still be mad that I kept dunking my
spoon finger in the mixing bowl. The fact that I think about these things is probably a sign that I should be committed, so let’s move on.
I realized around age 7 that full-on drinking cake batter would never be a good idea. (This was also about the time I learned about salmonella.) The dream never died, though, and this morning, I brought that dream to fruition. Well, kind of. I made a smoothie that tastes like oatmeal cookie dough. It’s not cake batter, but it’s drinkable and it’s definitely a very good idea. Plus, no raw eggs means no risk of salmonella. So if you’re like me and looking into a bowl of cookie dough is pretty much a spiritual experience, you should probably make this right away. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.
Oatmeal Cookie Dough Smoothie
(Remember, I tend to work “intuitively” in the kitchen, so I did not actually measure anything while making this. These are my estimations of the ratios I used, and you should adjust them to fit your preferences!)
- frozen banana/s (Maybe 1 or 1.5? I cut up my bananas before I freeze them, so I’m just threw in a handful of frozen chunks and called it good.)
- small handful raisins, soaked in equal amount of water for at least 1 hour
- lots of cinnamon, or at least 1/2 tsp (I vote more. Lots more.)
- splash (1/2 tsp?) of vanilla extract
- smaller splash (1/4 tsp?) of almond extract
- spoonful (1-2 Tbs?) sunflower seed butter (I bet you could also use almond butter, etc., but I haven’t tried it with anything else.)
- healthy sprinkle (3 Tbs?) of dry oatmeal
- vanilla protein powder (I didn’t use this because I don’t have any, but I know it would be an excellent addition.)
- Toppings: quick-cooking oatmeal (dry), chopped walnuts/almonds, chocolate chips (this should be obvious), chopped dates, etc.
- Blend everything up. This should take only a few seconds if you have a high-speed blender like my beloved Ninja. (Seriously, though, the Ninja has proven to be the best gift I’ve ever received. If you are in the market for a new blender/food processor, I highly recommend it.)
- Slam some toppings on that bad boy.
- Drink it or dunk your finger/spoon/face in there. I don’t care. Go wild.
I just hope this empowers you to make your childhood dreams come true. And if you didn’t dream about cookie dough as a child, then I don’t know what to say besides “I’m sorry,” or maybe “So what was it like growing up in Soviet Russia?”