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I love Wendy’s Frostys. But Frostys are a treat I’m not currently indulging in. My old Weight Watchers recipe folder had a recipe for a Faux Frosty that called for a frozen banana, ice cubes, cocoa powder, and skim milk. I have no frozen bananas right now, so I looked around for another recipe. I came across a number of healthy Frosty and Skinny Shake recipes on Pinterest — some weren’t healthy enough for me, and some looked destined to fail. There’s nothing more disappointing than something that looks good but tastes terrible. Eventually I discovered some recipes that called for xanthan gum, which I know is a thickening agent that my local health food store sells. So I tried a recipe with xanthan and guar gum … and loved it.

Healthy Chocolate “Frosty” Shake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1

Serving Size: 1

Healthy Chocolate “Frosty” Shake


  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces) fat free milk
  • 18 ice cubes
  • 2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/4 tsp guar gum
  • Sweetener (1/2 of a frozen banana, 1 tsp. Xylitol, etc.)


  1. Put everything in your blender
  2. Blend until the ice crystals are no longer visible
  3. Enjoy

I wouldn’t say it tastes just like a Frosty — I taste less creaminess, less fat than is present in a Frosty. But it is VERY good and very satisfying. You can add a scoop of protein powder as well if that works for you.


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