Make Your Own Healthier Version of A Wendy’s Vanilla Frosty

October 3, 2012   23 Comments

Did you know that there are 15 ingredients and 400 calories in a Wendy’s Frosty? Sad, isn’t it?

Light Vanilla Frosty Recipe

Here is the ingredient list:

Milk, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Cream, Whey, Nonfat Milk, Guar Gum, Mono and Diglycerides, Cellulose Gum, Carrageenan, Calcium Sulfate, Disodium Phosphate, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Annatto Extract, Vitamin A Palmitate

And the nutrition facts for a medium:
400 calories, 10 g fat, 65 g carbohydrates, 56 g sugar, 10 g protein, 0 g fiber, 190 mg sodium, 11 Points+

Ouch! This is a super treat and it if you are hooked, these are tough to give up. Frankly, I stopped drinking fast food shakes a while ago but I saw this “makeover” on Chocolate Covered Katie and I thought I would give it a try.

She used silken tofu to mimic the thick consistency of ice cream. If you think this sounds disgusting, well so did I UNTIL I tried it.

Get this, my “Frosty” is bigger and yet has 250 calories and 14% of your daily value of Iron. Can you taste the tofu? Yes, a little. I did use 3 tablespoons of sugar and 2 teaspoons of vanilla to flavor it, but it works.

This makeover has HALF the sugar as the regular Frosty, too. Be aware that the recipes makes two servings so either make half of the recipe, share it with a friend, or save the other half for later.

This is still in the “treat” category because of all the sugar. Think of it as a lighter treat that will save you from the Monster treat.

Vanilla Frosty Makeover Recipe

4.0 from 1 review

(2 servings)

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5 ounces milk (low-fat, whole, almond - whatever you have)
1 block silken tofu (about 500 grams)
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla


Freeze milk in an ice cube tray. After frozen, place cubes in blender and pulse until crushed. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

For one serving = 252 calories, 7.2 g fat, 28.2 g carbohydrates, 25.6 g sugar, 19 g protein, 0 g fiber, 118 mg sodium, 6 Freestyle SmartPoints+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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Sounds delicious!! I have a question about tofu. Is it true that tofu contains gypsum? I have heard this a few times and don't know whether to believe it or not. Although with you playing food detective and opening my eyes to all the unnecessary and unhealthy additives that are placed in our food, I guess that finding out tofu isn't immune should not be a surprise. P.S. Thank you Snack Girl for all you do!! Your emails are my morning cup of coffee. Meaning I can't get on with my day without reading!! I truly appreciate you.

I agree with Jessica I look forward to your e-mails. I love Wendy's frosty every once in a while but always feel guilty. Now that you give the ingredients I don't think I could bring myself to have another one. Will definitely try yours and maybe add cocoa powder for a chocolate one.

Tofu??? seriously??? Not for me but thanks anyway.

I'm guessing that one ice cube is equal to 1 ounce. Is that accurate? This recipe would call for 5 ice cubes of milk, right?

Try frozen banana instead of sugar for a banana frosty, or add silk light choc too for a twist. It has the same calorie count as skim milk and I love mixing it in frosty drinks.

@ResuMAYDAY - yes, five ice cubes is perfect! Thanks for the question.

Thanks Erin for the great ideas.

We have stainless steel straws - my hubby ordered them from someone on Etsy and they are great! We got them when the kids were chewing on the plastic non-disposable straws, and it solved the problem!

Wondering which type of milk did you use to get the calorie and fat stats for one serving of your frosty? Thanks.

@Maria - I used lowfat milk for the calculation.

Is the tofu used as a thickening agent? If so, could you use Xanthan Gum instead? I keep that on hand for smoothies. It's low glycemic and is great to thicken soups, drinks, etc.

Thanks for sharing. This is really more healthy. One can have this without any guilt feeling.

I can understand the person who freaked out about the tofu. I haven't tried this one myself, but after making several of Katie's recipes I can say with confidence that she's a genius and I trust her judgment! lol My new favorite dessert EVER (healthy or junky) is her cookie pie that's made with beans. Her recipes are just amazing and I'll be trying one of her "milk" shakes soon.

Oops, forgot to add...Joy Bauer (dietician from the Today Show) has a frozen hot chocolate recipe that is one of the best milk shakes I've ever tasted. Super easy too:…. Sorry for all the non-Snack Girl promotions, just thought they might be helpful!

I was wondering if CCK would show up on this site. I used to be an avid reader of her blog, but now that I'm recovering from an ed and am in a right mindset, I stay away from her site. It's very obvious that the girl has her own issues (plus the whole 'i hate sweets but i make desserts for a living' confuses me) and I just hope that she can get some help soon.

The writer of CCK is a vegan and an avid runner who has openly shared (multiple times) that she has always been unable to keep weight on. She actually has an entire section of her website devoted to tips and recipes for eating to gain weight healthily for those who share her struggle. While I don't know the girl personally, she is very transparent about these facts on her site, mainly because of all of the terrible judgments people like the above commenter leave. She also explains frequently that she loves sweets/desserts but does not add a lot of sugar or sweetener to her recipes, as she prefers things to be more rich or chocolatey. If you suffer from an eating disorder and the site is a trigger for you then I commend you for recognizing that and avoiding it (I also wish you well in your recovery - you must be amazingly strong). But twisting bits and pieces from a website is not healthy for anyone and that comment was unsettling for me.

@ I: my comment came off very rude, and I apologize for that. I should have read through it again before posting. I of all people so know better than to accuse anyone of smethibg like that. it's just that i see so many of my ( or rather, my old ) attitudes and habits that i am concerned for her. oh, and thank you very much; it's been cutting down on the carido has been the toughest part, hah. But I'm already up to around 100-105+, which is a far cry from the 79 I was in January.

Jessica on October 3, 2012 wrote, "I have a question about tofu. Is it true that tofu contains gypsum?" I didn't see a response. (I had to google it to find out what is was)I have used tofu one time,(yrs ago) I wasn't following a recipe and wasn't sure how to use it. But was thinking about trying the frosty recipe. So can you clear this up for me please? Thank you for all you do!

What is tofu and where can you get it?

Thanks for your recipes, Snack Girl. I am wondering about the sugar content of this one. 3 tablespoons of sugar would be 37.5 g sugar alone. You list 25.6 total.

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