This super easy vegan homemade blizzard tastes just like the classic Dairy Queen version! You’ll never know that it’s dairy free, vegan, and easily gluten free as well. Stuffed and loaded with cookie dough pieces in every bite, this homemade cookie dough blizzard even passes the flip test!

vegan cookie dough blizzard with cookie dough pieces

If you’re looking for the perfect summer vegan dessert recipe to chill out, then you need to make this homemade blizzard recipe. It’s entirely dairy free, vegan, and even gluten free, yet tastes just like the classic Dairy Queen Blizzard we all know.

I love a good scoop of vegan vanilla ice cream or vegan chocolate ice cream, but if you’re looking for something a bit more fun and maybe nostalgic, you have to try this vegan blizzard recipe.

It’s super creamy, thick, and even passes the flip test.

You’re just going to love this easy vegan homemade blizzard!

flipping the blizzard upside down

Overview: How to make a homemade blizzard:

There are two methods for making this homemade blizzard (the full recipe is found down below in the recipe card).

You’ll start your homemade blizzard by making the dairy free custard base, and allowing it to fully cool. Then you have two options:

Ice cream machine: This is my personal favorite method. After you’ve chilled the custard, you’ll pour your homemade blizzard base into the bowl of the chilled ice cream maker. Then churn the ice cream as you would regular ice cream according to the manufactures instructions. However, you’ll churn a bit longer to ensure that your ice cream is super thick (I recommend 35-40 minutes). Add in the mix ins, and stir. Then spoon your homemade cookie dough blizzard into cups and enjoy!

Blender: Alternatively, you can use a high speed blender. Simply pour the custard into a glass dish and freeze until hardened. Then scoop the hardened ice cream into the blender bowl, and blend WITHOUT any liquid. It will be super thick. Finally, stir in your mix ins, and spoon into serving jars!

Homemade blizzard tips & tricks:

  • Make sure that the custard is completely chilled: This is crucial, as adding in hot liquid to your chilled ice cream container will instantly heat the chilled ice cream bowl, as heat transfers. This will prevent your ice cream from churning.
  • Churn until the ice cream is super thick: It took mine about 35-40 minutes, which is a little longer than I typically churn my vegan ice cream because I wanted it to be super thick without further chilling it.
  • If you don’t have an ice cream maker: You can easily use the blender trick in the recipe card to make your homemade blizzard!
  • Want to flip your blizzard? You’re going to really need to make sure that it’s super thick! That’s again why I churn mine for 35-40 minutes. The blended version might not flip as well, but if you churn your ice cream enough so that it’s between the soft serve and the super hard phase AND your glass is cold, it’s possible!

Vegan blizzard mix-ins:

If you don’t want to make this a vegan cookie dough blizzard, you can also add in:

Or any of your favorite vegan toppings for your own custom homemade blizzard that’s better than DQ 😉 !

spoonful of homemade blizzard

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vegan cookie dough blizzard with cookie dough pieces

Vegan Homemade Cookie Dough Blizzard (Gluten Free!)

  • Author: Britt Berlin
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cooling Time: 240
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 4 hours 40 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Ice cream maker
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This super easy vegan homemade blizzard tastes just like the classic Dairy Queen version! You’ll never know that it’s dairy free, vegan, and easily gluten free as well. Stuffed and loaded with cookie dough pieces in every bite, this homemade cookie dough blizzard even passes the flip test!


Ingredients

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  • 1 13.5-ounce can Heavy Coconut Cream (I used Let’s Do Organic heavy coconut cream)
  • 1/3 cup organic granulated sugar or maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot starch
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla paste or vanilla powder
  • 2 batches edible vegan gluten free cookie dough
  • 1/2 cup additional vegan chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Prep: I recommend using an ice cream machine. However, we also provide an option for making this with just a blender (though the best results will be with an ice cream machine!). Please read through all instructions before beginning.  If you’re using an ice cream machine, make sure that your ice cream container has been chilled overnight.
  2. Make the ice cream custard first: In a medium saucepan, whisk together the coconut cream, sugar, arrowroot starch, vanilla extract, and vanilla bean paste. Then bring the mixture to a boil on medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, and continue to whisk until the mixture just begins to thicken. Once thickening, remove from heat. Allow the coconut custard to cool entirely before using in your ice cream machine. This will take a minimum of 4 hours in the fridge.
  3. Churn the ice cream: Once your ice cream is cool, you can begin to churn the ice cream. Pour your custard into your ice cream machine per the instructions of the maker. Churn the ice cream according to the maker’s instructions. We recommend at least 30 minutes until it really begins to thicken. See notes for an alternative option using a blender.
  4. Make the cookie dough: While the ice cream is churning, make the edible cookie dough according to instructions (you may swap in all purpose flour if you are not gluten free).
  5. Mix: Once the ice cream has thickened, scoop the cookie dough into teaspoon-sized globs, and stir into the churned ice cream, along with the chocolate chips.
  6. Serve: Spoon the cookie dough blizzard into serving glasses, and top with additional cookie dough pieces. Serve and enjoy immediately!

Notes

Ice Cream Maker alternative: Instead of using an ice cream machine, you can make the custard, then pour the custard into a glass baking dish. Freeze until hardened, about 4-6 hours in the freezer. Once frozen, scoop the ice cream into a high-speed blender, and blend WITHOUT any additional liquids. Once blended and creamy, stir in the cookie dough pieces along with the chocolate chips.

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