The Protein Frosty

January 22, 2011

Sometimes when cravings hit, they hit hard. And during those times I try my best not to give into sweet indulgences, especially when I’m on a mission to cut out sugars. But that doesn’t mean I don’t give in to nightly desserts… as long as they are healthy, loaded with protein, and taste amazing!

The Protein Frosty
Not only does this taste just like a Frosty, but it’s nutritional profile beats it’s famous twin, hands down.

Serves 1 (at approx. 2 cups): 150 calories, 18 grams of protein, 10 carbs, 5 grams of fat, and virtually no sugar

  • 1/4 cup tofu
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut water (or more almond milk)
  • 1/2-1 scoop protein powder of choice (I used vanilla whey)
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (and/or maca powder for a malty flavor)
  • 5 (or so) drops Chocolate Stevia (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and chili powder
  • ice as needed (I used about 7 cubes from a tray)

Blend all ingredients with ice, tasting and adjusting as needed. Pour into a glass and serve with a drizzle of tahini (or almond butter) and frozen Flourless Sunflower Butter Cookies (note: these cookies freeze really well and might taste even better cold!).

In my humble opinion, the tahini drizzle and the cookie are spot on this with frosty. But with or without, this was by far one of the best smoothies I’ve had in a while. And really did taste like a Wendy’s Frosty, hence the name. πŸ˜‰ Low in fat, low in carbs, high in protein, sugar free, gluten free, dairy free (depending on protein powder), and completely satisfying! Definitely worth the extra calories with the crumbled cookie and tahini.

Spoon required.

Best smoothie/shake/frosty whatever that I’ve had in a long time. Other variations include ginger and extra maca without the cocoa powder. Still Mmmmm!

In other news:

*For this second, think about how you would feel if you loved your body and yourself truly, without regret, judgment, or negativity. What would happen? Zoe wrote a beautiful and personally touching post on loving your body truly and you are damn right I had to share it.

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Ellie January 16, 2014 at 6:59 PM

I love smoothies!!! -but, I’ve been looking for something lower carb & this fits the bill. I’ve tried tofu smoothies before, but it always has a “soy” flavor behind the sweetness. Does this have that flavor, or any tips to mask it?



Lori January 23, 2014 at 7:04 PM

You shouldn’t even taste the tofu in this… same with adding spinach.. the rest of the ingredients “mask” the tofu or spinach. Added nutrition!


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fartygirl January 24, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Ooooooh… I’m so making this tomorrow… soy-free, of course… my IBS is kickin’… this looks just like what the Dr. ordered!
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Hannah January 24, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Man, does that ever look decadent! I’ve been looking for more protein shakes that don’t taste like grass, and I think this absolutely fits the bill. Consider it bookmarked!


Maggie(livingfoodjunkie) January 24, 2011 at 10:19 AM

OH yum! Great recipe Lori. I’ve never tried blending tofo either, and I have some in my fridge…must go try this for tonights dessert! hehe πŸ™‚

Hope all is well with you my friend!


Christine (The Raw Project) January 23, 2011 at 2:52 PM

The frosty sounds great, I’ve never used tofu in a blender before. And thanks for the links.


Alisa Fleming January 23, 2011 at 1:47 PM

That frosty looks amazing Lori! You are so teasing me … I should have made that instead of what I just ate. Drats.
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Joanne January 23, 2011 at 9:24 AM

A smoothie I can eat with reckless abandon and absolutely ZERO guilt?!?!? Love it! Each component of this sounds amazing!
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Christin@purplebirdblog January 22, 2011 at 7:19 PM

I love frosties, and this sounds pretty dang magical!
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sophia January 22, 2011 at 5:44 PM

I’ve never tried a frosty…I never grew up in that milkshake culture, so I’ve never really craved for one. But yours def looks worthy to slurp and crave!

Hm…I’ve never really felt satisfied with my body. It was always too skinny or too lumpy or too saggy, etc. It’s sad, but I’ve never met a single woman who is completely happy with her body, either.


Pure2raw twins January 22, 2011 at 4:31 PM

YUMMY! I will have to try this…of course in a beer mug too πŸ˜‰


Ela January 22, 2011 at 1:51 PM

I’ve never had a frostie, but am a fiend for smoothies and this one sounds so good! I’d sub the whey because I can’t do it, and maybe use irish moss gel in place of the tofu, but maybe sometime I should try that cookies and drizzle extra decadence…

Thanks for the body love question and sharing the blog: I’ll have to go look at that. I’ve been struggling with that lately and blogged about that a couple days ago, may not be very uplifting, but true as true…

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Amber Shea @Almost Vegan January 22, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Very nice! I like that you mentioned the option of maca, I bet it tastes amazing with that.
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Kelly Michelle January 22, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Thanks for posting the organics link πŸ™‚


Katie January 22, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Awesome recipe! I wonder if it would blend well in my magic bullet? haha

I need to make those pb cookies soon!
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Lauren @ WWoB January 22, 2011 at 7:39 AM

Oh sh*t. You just wooped Wendy’s ass with that recipe.

And your sunflower butter cookies look crispy, which means that mine aren’t overcooked! They turned out SO well, I will let you know when I blog ’em! <3
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april January 22, 2011 at 7:19 AM

Mmmm!! I love making fake frostys! Although I’ve never tried it with tofu- I may have to venture out!


Kat January 22, 2011 at 7:18 AM

Yum!! Question, I have never used tofu before, so when you use it in a recipe like this do you need to press all the liquid out first?
.-= Kat´s last blog ..Instant Froyo =-.


Lindsay Cotter January 22, 2011 at 7:16 AM

the guinness cup is the best feature! And I love the protein frosty. I think I make one everynight. hehe. They are better than the real frostys in my opinion.
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Katie January 22, 2011 at 6:57 AM

I eat dessert every night. And every afternoon. I couldn’t go without the twice (at least) daily desserts. For real.

I make my smoothies more like pudding, so this one – I’m on it. Might have to ease my way into the tofu though. haven’t had soy in quite some time.
.-= Katie´s last blog ..Times flies So- let’s go back back in time =-.


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