When I was a teenager, I spent my summers working with my sister. We worked for our Dad doing office work and bookkeeping. The best part of the day was when we secretly snuck out of the office on those hot afternoons. Giggling the whole way, we’d head to our local Wendy’s, for a thick, chocolatey frosty. Back then, calories, fat and sugar meant nothing to me.
These days…when those cravings hit, this frosty, thick smoothie hits the spot and reminds me of those summer afternoons. This version is completely vegan, gluten-free and is made without any refined sugar. The best part…it’s got some great plant-based protein, kind of making it suitable for breakfast…don’t you think?
I’ve played around with different proportions to the get the texture just right, but the simple ingredients are key to making this so light. Unsweetened almond milk, oat milk or macadamia milk are all great plant-protein options for this frosty smoothie. Unsweetened cocoa powder adds just enough chocolatey goodness and one frozen banana provides sweetness along with a creamy texture. Add a couple of dates, if you’d like some extra sweetness. Lots of ice give this that frosty thickness, but be sure to process on high speed in your blender until nice and smooth. The last trick is to add a bit of your favorite vegan protein powder. That lends some creaminess and adds a bit of flavor.
So, whether you’re sneaking out of your office for some frosty fun or you’re whipping this up as an after-school snack for the kids…enjoy, my friends!
- 1 frozen medium banana broken in half
- 1 cup Unsweetened plant-based milk of choice almond, oat or macadamia are my favorites
- 2 pitted dates optional, for extra sweetness
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup ice cubes
- 1 tablespoon vegan vanilla protein powder
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- pinch of fine sea salt
- Place all of the ingredients into the pitcher of your blender. Process on the smoothie setting or on high speed for about 40 to 45 seconds or until smooth.
- Serve with a spoon or straw.
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I made this today and it turned out great! The only thing is that it turned into more of a smoothie instead of a frosty… it was still delicious!! Would you know what I did wrong? I followed the measurements exactly.
Glad you enjoyed it, Crystal! I’m guessing you mean that it wasn’t as thick as a frosty? I’d say be sure your ingredients are nice and cold and that the banana is completely frozen. You may also need to add more ice. The ice is what really bulks this up to give you a frosty feel without all of the calories or fat. A high speed blender can also help to process this into a really smooth texture. I hope some of those tips help and that it turns out a bit thicker for you next time. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! :)
I just made this for the 5th time! It’s SO good and makes me feel so satisfied. I love how thick it gets, but it’s still so light and low in calories. Thanks. Im trying to lose some holiday weight and this is getting me through. I also made your blueberry smoothie and that is amazing. Love your site.
Wow, Terri! I’m so happy to hear you enjoy this as much as I do! It really is a light and low-cal way to satisfy a chocolate craving. Thanks so much for your kind words and for taking the time to comment! :)
I would like to see nutritional info on your recipes
Thanks for that great feedback, Paula! At this time, I cannot provide nutritional data, but there are some great online resources that will do that for you. Thanks for stopping by!
I want to stick my face in this. So good!
Hahahahaha…love it! xo
Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
A healthy protein filled frosty? Yes, please! I know my kids would love this. And so would mom!
Hahaha…yup…this mom loves it too, Karen! :)