Chocolate Frosty Smoothie

Chocolate Frosty SmoothieOne of my favorite treats growing up was a chocolate Wendy’s frosty. I can’t remember the last time I had one (at least 5 years), but still secretly crave them :)

This smoothie is my best healthy approximation of that naughty fast-food frozen dessert. Taking unhealthy foods and making them healthy is what I’m all about.

This is a fairly basic and easy to make smoothie as long as you have cacao powder on hand. I provided plenty of add-on suggestions to take this smoothie to the next level of  healthiness.

Quick smoothie health info – cacao is a superfood especially high in magnesium and vitamin C. It’s known to aid brain health, boost your mood, improve vision, improve blood flow, prevent cancer, and help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. For the full download on this awesome superfood, see my article What is Cacao and why is it perfect for Smoothies?

Next time your kids ask for a fast-food shake, whip up this smoothie and feel good about feeding them something healthy. Might want to add additional sweetener to satisfy some kids. Enjoy!

Chocolate Frosty Smoothie Recipe

The Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk (raw milk, almond, coconut, hemp)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon cacao nibs (optional – for crunchiness)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder or extract
  • 3-5 ice cubes (adjust for desired consistency)
  • A little honey, stevia, or maple syrup to sweeten (optional)

The Add-ons

  • 1 serving of your preferred chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon dried and powdered down mint leaves, or 5-7 fresh mint leaves (think mint-chocolate)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds or flax seeds

Show Time

Place the ingredients into your high-speed blender and blend for around 30-45 seconds or until nice and smooth.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 295
  • Fat: 10g
  • Protein: 11g
  • Carbohydrates: 43g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 27g
  • Vitamin A: 6% RDA
  • Vitamin C: 17% RDA
  • Calcium: 31% RDA
  • Iron: 5% RDA

I’d love to know if you tried this chocolate frosty smoothie and if you think it compares to the original – please do tell in the comments below. Happy Blending!

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18 Responses to Chocolate Frosty Smoothie

  1. Mary #

    Yum! I’ve made this a few times now. Didn’t like the texture with almond milk – it was just all right as a smoothie, but not exciting and definitely nothing like a Frosty. This last batch was THE BEST so I wanted to tell you about it. I used moo-milk, 2% because that’s what I prefer. Like virtually every smoothie I make it got a scoop of protein powder – Warrior Blend Chocolate this time. I found the banana taste a little intrusive so I doubled the choccy (didn’t have cacao on hand so organic cocoa powder), added a sprinkle of Sucanat because a Frosty is VERY sweet and I did not want the maple or honey flavor or stevia aftertaste, a very small pinch of sea salt, and 1 tsp coconut oil (more was greasy-tasting, and with EVCO the coconut flavor was intrusive). It aerated a great deal just with my super-cheap blender even before I added the 3 cubes of ice, very fluffy with undetectable bubbles, almost meringue-like; ended up with a HUGE smoothie, about 30oz, so I only had about 1c because it was surprisingly filling, and popped about 2/3 in the freezer for later. It was the most Frosty-like of all my attempts, including less-healthy recipes with junk like pudding mix in them.
    Now comes the cool thing. After about 2 hours in the freezer I pulled it out to check on it and it had frozen about 1/4 of the way in from the edges, so I scraped the frozen stuff off the edges with a fork, stirred it up thoroughly and NOW it was REALLY like a Frosty or soft-serve, and I ate about 1c, about the same as a kid-size Frosty. But, I wanted to experiment so I put the remaining ~1.5c back into the freezer and did the stir-up twice more, 2 hours apart. Result: some very tasty, pretty healthy, somewhat scoop-able ice cream! Admittedly, a little bit coarse in texture due to the primitive freezing method. If I get my hands on an ice cream maker that doesn’t involve messy salt and ice, I will try that method and report back. I think it would have made 3 generous and filling servings of ice cream – and at (approx., using the Sparkpeople calculator) 130 calories, 4g fat, 9g protein, 8g net carb, 2.5g fiber each, that’s not too shabby.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Mary,

      Wow, thanks for the detailed account of your smoothie making experiments. I actually use raw milk (goat and cow) quite a bit, which I find results in a smoother, more appealing texture. If you can get your hands on raw milk I recommend you give it whirl. Raw milk kefir is also excellent.

      I hear you on mimicking the extra sweet frosty taste. Sucanat is a great alternative sweetener.

      Now that I think of it, I haven’t frozen a smoothie in ages. I used to fill small popsicle molds and occasionally make smoothie ice cream similar to you what you described. I know what I’ll be doing soon :)


  2. Vivienne #

    I love the flavor, but it came out in a more liquid form rather than a smoothie form…

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Vivienne, try using a little less milk and a little more frozen banana and ice. You could also try freezing for a while like Mary. Cheers!

  3. Sam #

    I have made a similar concoction many times. You might enjoy this slight twist…

    Vanilla Almond Milk (unsweetened)
    Add another half of frozen banana
    1tbs Almond Butter

    and forgo the vanilla extract and ice cubes! The almond butter delivers the goods on this one!

    • Liz #

      Hi Ryan,
      Fellow alumna of IIN, class of 2005 here. Loved the chocolate smoothie!!!! Thank you to Sam who suggested adding the almond butter YUM. I also added 1/2T chia & 1/2T flax seed, ground together. I did not add ice, vanilla or sweetener. The frozen banana was chill enough and the almond butter, . . . . sweet! Definitely adding this as a regular to my diet since I’m a serious chocoholic. next time, I may try some avocado to make it more “pudding-like.” works for Chocolate Decadence Pudding (dates, avocado, cacao). Love the website by the way. well-done. Joshua would be proud :)
      peace & blessings, Liz

      • Ryan Carmody #

        Hi Liz,

        Always nice to hear from a fellow IIN alum :) It appears I never replied to Sam’s comment and to my own detriment because I haven’t tried this smoothie with almond butter. I’ll have to grab some on my next co-op trip and give it a blend. Fellow chocoholic here too :) You can’t beat the creamy consistency (and healthy fats) from avocado. Thanks for the kinds words.


  4. Patti #

    I also add a couple of pitted dates to sweeten this smoothie. I have made it several times and I also add a few more ice cubes to make it frosty and thick.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Nice, Patti, dates will definitely sweeten it up. I wish I could taste all the smoothies people leave comments about :)

  5. Liane #

    i really liked this recipe! but i think you should change the title.. it reminded me more of a chocolate milkshake than a frosty…
    not that it was bad or anything, but its just misleading if people expect a frosty. i think this would be better if i had used regular cows milk instead of almond milk… just a heads up to the others!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Liane,

      Thanks for the input. You’re right, if you don’t add several ice cubes the consistency is more milkshake like than frosty. I use raw cow milk when I make this :)


  6. Noelle #

    I made this smoothie exactly as it’s written. It has a disgusting aftertaste. Does anyone else have that problem, or know how to fix that? Thanks.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hey Noelle,

      Sorry to hear you didn’t find this smoothie very tasty. Maybe the banana wasn’t ripe? I’d make sure to use a ripe banana and enough sweetener if you try it again.


    • Susan #

      Noelle I made it for the first time today and I completely agree. I thought maybe my banana was not quite right. I added mint powder and followed the basic recipe exactly. It was inedible. I am trying to figure out what did not work for me because I would love to make a healthy shake the it reminiscent of a frosty.

  7. Mary #

    Perhaps you could be more specific about what it was about the flavor you didn’t like? “Disgusting” really isn’t very helpful – was it a bitter aftertaste, musty, rancid, stale, sour, bland? Also, since there are multiple options for the liquid and the sweetener, and then all the optional add-ons, there are many different ways you could have made it “exactly as it’s written”… with some clarification as to just what ingredients you used we could do a better job of identifying where the problem might have been for you. Especially if any of the ingredients were new to you – for example, if you’re used to Hershey’s-type cocoa powder, raw cacao and cacao nibs can be a bit less than tasty. I find raw cacao musty-tasting and a bit too earthy for my palate, so I just keep on using regular cocoa powder, from Penzey’s, Frontier, or good ol’ Trader Joe’s. And in my book stevia definitely has a “disgusting aftertaste” (very bitter and too sweet at the same time, but an “off” kind of sweet – kind of reminds me a little of saccharin) but a lot of people think it’s the greatest thing going and they’re certainly entitled to their opinion. ;)

    • Susan #

      I wonder if it was the raw cacao powder – musty and earthy tasting is a great way to describe what this tasted like. Thanks Mary!!

  8. Ella #

    DELICIOUS i am definitely making this chocolate smoothie again just needed to add a few more ice cubes in it to make it more like a smoothie not a juice

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Great to hear you enjoyed this smoothie, Ella :)

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