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Cookie Dough Smoothie

cookie dough smoothie by Julie Morris from Superfood SmoothiesEven though there’s no real cookie dough in this smoothie, it sure tastes like it! Caramel-like dates, rich and nutty pecans, and cacoa nibs with their hint of chocolate blend perfectly with lucuma powder—which has a natural “cookie dough-like” flavor—making this smoothie recipe all kinds of fabulous. Reprinted with permission from Superfood Smoothies * © 2013 by Julie Morris, Sterling Publishing Co. Photography by Julie Morris.

Cookie Dough Smoothie

Makes two 14 oz servings


  • 1⁄4 cup raw pecans
  • 1⁄4 cup Medjool dates, pitted (about 3–4 large dates)
  • 1 cup very ripe pear, chopped
  • 2 tbsp lucuma powder
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1 1⁄2 cups almond milk
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 2 cups coconut ice (see note)
  • sweetener, to taste (optional)


  1. Blend together all the ingredients except the cacao nibs and coconut ice until creamy and smooth.
  2. Add the nibs and ice and blend until frosty, leaving the nibs to serve as the “chocolate chips” and add a crunchy kick.
  3. This smoothie is inherently dessert-like, so it is unlikely you will need to boost the sweetness—but taste the smoothie and add if desired.

Note: To make coconut ice, freeze pure coconut water in cube trays until solid. (A favorite for adding flavor.)

Superfood Boost: Add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds.

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  • Reply
    December 4, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Hi Julie,

    Would this tasty shake… taste the same without the pecans? Any substitutes? No nuts allowed. 🙁 Thanks!

  • Reply
    December 5, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Leigh, if you can do seeds, I’d say that hemp seeds (2 to 3 T) might be a good substitute. Or 1/4 cup silken tofu. Hope that helps!

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