Healthy Cookie Dough Milkshake (Vegan, Paleo, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free)

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RoastedChickpeas-3There are two types of people in this world: those who prefer the cookie, and those who prefer the dough.  While I ADORE cookies, I fall definitively into the latter camp.  In college, I kept a log of Tollhouse chocolate chip in my dorm room fridge, available whenever I needed to pinch off a bite (or three).  In my later, more healthy years, I’ve been known to keep a glass container full of this stuff in my freezer, digging into it with a spoon on Bachelorette nights (anyone else Team Luke?) or even a few sneaky mornings.

And now, in the spirit of summer, I’ve translated my addiction into a milkshake.  A completely vegan, paleo, refined sugar free, healthy cookie dough milkshake.  You could call this a smoothie and drink it for breakfast, if you wanted – it’s that good for you.  But the flavor – the flavor is all decadence.  It’s rich, buttery, filled with vanilla smoothness and bursting with bites of chocolate.  Beyond freezing a bit of nondairy milk in ice cube trays the night before, the whole thing also comes together in about two minutes flat.

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There are a few secret ingredients here that give it that supreme cookie dough flavor.  Almond butter brings that rich butteriness, while an abundance of vanilla extract ensures that chocolate chip cookie essence.  I also swapped chocolate chips for cacao nibs, which are completely unprocessed crushed cacao beans and thus retain more of chocolate’s amazing nutrients.  You know when people talk about chocolate being a super food?  They’re talking about raw cacao, which is packed with theobromine, magnesium, and antioxidants that give you a mellow energy and loads of immune-boosting power.  They completely satisfy my chocolate cravings, and I love the faint crunch they give when pulsed into the milkshake, but if you prefer, you can also use dark chocolate chips or shavings.

Cookie Dough Milkshake


Healthy Cookie Dough Milkshake (Vegan, Paleo, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free)

  • Author: Liz Moody
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Shakes 1x


  • 1.5 cups non-dairy milk of choice (I prefer homemade coconut cashew but store bought canned coconut milk would be my second choice – the thicker your milk, the thicker and creamier your milkshake will be)
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder (can sub 2 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 6 tbsp raw cacao nibs (these can be found online, at most Whole Foods and other natural grocery stories, but you can sub dark chocolate chips or shavings if desired)


  1. Pour 3/4 cup milk into ice cube tray; freeze 6 hours, or until completely solid.
  2. Blend remaining 3/4 cup liquid milk with almond butter, vanilla, sea salt and maple syrup until very smooth.
  3. Add milk ice cubes and blend until just smooth and no ice cube chunks remain (don’t overblend, or the ice will begin to melt, and you’ll lose that delicious milkshake consistency).
  4. Pulse in cacao nibs until they’re evenly distributed and flecked throughout milkshake, but not completely incorporated.


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  1. Suzanne says:

    Being keto by choice (and doc reccomend) has not been easy. And I’ve MISSED cookies. Especially cookie dough. So, when I came across your recipe, I Pinned it with mild interest. Mostly as a quick breakfast idea or snack and not expecting much, honestly.
    With a fee changes, I made half of this today. SO YUMMY!!!!
    I used Sun Butter instead of Almond (cuz I had it and it’s less irritating to me than pnut butter), cashew milk and straight ice, and sugar free maple syrup…plus some extract and liquid stevia. This is one of the best on-plan smoothie/blender drinks ever. Thank you so much!!

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  3. KarI says:

    I just made this and the flavor was amazimg but it didn’t get thick at all. 🙁 I used canned coconut milk, froze 3/4 cup for 12 hours, and blended it with 3/4 cup coconut milk, and the rest of the ingredients. My blender is kind of cheap so I had to blend it for a few to get all the milk cubes blended..and by that point it was very runny. What could I have done wrong?

    1. Liz Moody says:

      I think blending it too long made the difference! Maybe next time start with even more frozen parts and less liquid!

  4. Jen says:

    Oh my stars! This milkshake is life. I didn’t have any frozen milk and I also needed the shake right away so I used canned (not cold) coconut milk and added some ice cubes. It didn’t have that texture you speak of from the frozen milk, but it didn’t matter. Yum yum yum!

  5. Heidi Kokborg says:

    Oh my! I need to make this! It looks absolutely amazing! And I love cookie dough too – it’s the best! Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe. I know what I’ll be sipping on this weekend 😉

    1. Liz Moody says:

      Woot! Stop back and lemme know what you think! <3

  6. Paula says:

    I have a almond allergies how can substitute the almond butter. I really want to give it a try

    1. Liz Moody says:

      Hi Paula! Roasted cashew butter would also work really well, and so would walnut butter. Are you okay with either of those?

  7. Hilary says:

    Meant to rate it a 5 on my original comment!

  8. Hilary says:

    I had all of the ingredients but the frozen milk when I read this recipe and really wanted to make it anyways. Subbed the frozen milk for frozen banana and just reduced the maple syrup to about 1.5 tbsps so it wouldn’t be too sweet. I blended half of the cacao more thoroughly and left the rest whole. I also added a little chia to beef up the protein a bit more. It came out super delicious! I’ve been gluten free for 4 years now, and vegan for the last 6 months.. so needless to say I haven’t had good cookies/cookie dough in ages. This totally satisfied those cravings. The consistency was so yummy, and the ‘batter’ tastes salty and buttery. The dark chocolatey taste from the cacao made it even more decadent. Thanks so much for sharing! This is my new favorite healthy dessert!!

    1. Liz Moody says:

      Yay!! I’m so glad you liked it! Your tweaks sound awesome – I’ll have to try it that way! <3

  9. Dawn says:

    Question: recipe calls for 3 cups milk, but instructions only account for 1.5 cups (3/4 frozen + 3/4 blended)?? Looks great, though!

    1. Liz Moody says:

      sorry – updated to reflect! I doubled it in one of my testing sessions, and forgot to change it back! Thanks for pointing it out.

  10. M says:

    Doesn’t 3/4 plus 3/4 equal 1.5 cups, rather than 3 cups?

  11. Pam says:

    Made this for a special weekend breakfast and it is super delicious. Thanks for sharing!