Low-Fat Copycat Wendy’s Frosty

I haven’t had a Frosty in about 15 years but it popped into my head, and I had to have one.

Except I knew I wasn’t going to Wendy’s for one and better make it myself.

Low-Fat Copycat Wendy’s Frosty - 4 ingredients & a blender is all you need for this spot-on, lighter version of the real thing!

It’s fast, dangerously easy, and you don’t need an ice cream maker.

Simply add 4 ingredients to your blender, whiz, divide it between two mugs, freeze for 30 minutes, and enjoy. Way too easy.

Low-Fat Copycat Wendy’s Frosty - 4 ingredients & a blender is all you need for this spot-on, lighter version of the real thing!

The results are every bit as good as Wendy’s and the taste and texture is spot-on.

As a bonus, my version is low-fat and while no one should ever confuse Frosties with healthfood, this version is lighter than the real thing.

Low-Fat Copycat Wendy’s Frosty - 4 ingredients & a blender is all you need for this spot-on, lighter version of the real thing!

I used fat-free versions of whipped topping and sweetened condensed milk, the chocolate milk is low-fat, and there’s no fat in cocoa powder. If you want to use full-fat products, be my guest.

You could likely keep the Frosty vegan by using vegan whipped topping, omit the sweetened condensed milk, and use chocolate almond milk.

Low-Fat Copycat Wendy’s Frosty - 4 ingredients & a blender is all you need for this spot-on, lighter version of the real thing!

It’s smooth, creamy, rich, sweet, and refreshing with nostalgic charm. I used restraint to not down the entire batch.

My 7-year old inhaled about 18 ounces of Frosty in 18 seconds. Wish I still had that metabolism. She requested that I make more of this. Like asap.

Low-Fat Copycat Wendy’s Frosty - 4 ingredients & a blender is all you need for this spot-on, lighter version of the real thing!

I love cold treats even more when they get melty.

Something tells me some Homemade Baileys would make me love the melty parts even that much more.

Low-Fat Copycat Wendy’s Frosty - 4 ingredients & a blender is all you need for this spot-on, lighter version of the real thing!

Low-Fat Copycat Wendy’s Frosty - 4 ingredients & a blender is all you need for this spot-on, lighter version of the real thing!

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Low-Fat Copycat Wendy's Frosty

The taste and texture of this copycat Wendy's Frosty is spot-on and you don't need an ice cream maker. Simply add 4 ingredients to your blender, whiz, freeze for 30 minutes, and enjoy. The recipe is low-fat because it uses fat-free versions of whipped topping and sweetened condensed milk, chocolate milk is low-fat, and there's no fat in cocoa powder. If you want to use full-fat products, be my guest. You could likely keep the recipe vegan by using vegan whipped topping, omit the sweetened condensed milk, and use chocolate almond milk. It's smooth, creamy, rich, sweet, and refreshing with nostalgic charm.

Yield: about 20 ounces (serves 1 generously or 2 more modestly)

Prep Time: 2 mintues

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: about 30 minutes, for chilling

Ingredients:

12 ounces (1 standard tub) whipped topping, keep frozen (I used fat-free Cool Whip; lite, regular, or vegan versions may be substituted)
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1 cup chocolate milk (I used 1% chocolate milk; chocolate almond milk may be substituted)

Directions:

  1. To the canister of a  blender, add the whipped topping, sweetened condensed milk (Tip - make these with the rest of the can), cocoa powder, pour the milk over the top, and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour mixture into 2 glasses and freeze for about 30 to 60 minutes, or until desired consistency is reached. Stir well before serving.
  3. Extra portion will keep airtight in the freezer for up to 1 month (cover glasses with plasticwrap or place inside a ziplock to prevent freezer smells). Allow to come up to room temp for about 30 minutes before serving if frozen solid.

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71 comments

  1. A fitting recipe for the coming warm weather! And inafree, Bailey’s would MAKE this;)

  2. Oh man, Frostys are my FAV! But, I also haven’t had one in years. Yours looks so thick, chocolatey and PERFECT…and way way too easy. I hate and love you for that part! Pinned!

  3. We don’t have a Wendy’s over here (The Netherlands), but this sure does look delicious! So creamy… <3 Should definitely try this out when the weather gets a tad bit warmer over here. I think my boyfriend could devour a whole batch XD

  4. You totally just took me back to my childhood! Loving this recipe and how simple it is! Though you’re right… that could be dangerous!

  5. Oh my goodness. I haven’t had a frosty in years either, but they are SO good!! I’m gonna have to make one of these puppies soon!! :)

  6. Never would have guessed whipped topping was in this…and I prefer partially or fully frozen cool whip over thawed anyway. There is a Wendy’s less than 5 min from my house but it’s been a long time since I’ve had a frosty too….though this sounds really good and would be fun to try!

    • Semi frozen cool whip is so good! I mean, it’s empty calories at their finest but so good! And funny, in San Diego, I don’t even know where there IS a Wendy’s. In 10+ years of living here, I swear, I’ve never seen one! (or I just don’t pay attention…LOL)

  7. Isn’t it funny how sometimes an old memory just pops into your head like that? I love that this is the way you satisfied your craving! Beautiful pictures Averie. Pinning :)

  8. I haven’t had a frosty in about 1o years. Love that you came up with a copycat- love when you know exactly what you are eating, I just don’t trust most fast food restaurants… but you, I do ;)

    • You’re sweet, thank you! And honestly in San Diego, I don’t even know where there IS a Wendy’s. In 10+ years of living here, I swear, I’ve never seen one! (or I just don’t pay attention…LOL)

  9. Yeah, I remember the last time I had a frosty…a LONG time ago. This will definitely help me from succumbing. ;)

  10. That looks amazing! So yummy looking :-)

  11. I love a FROSTY!!! Omg. I need this Averie! Totally will be indulging in one of these soon.

  12. Oh, gosh do these frosty’s look amazing. Love how yours call for so few basic ingredients, whereas the fast-food frosty’s are so full of nasty stuff.
    And so perfect for the approaching warm weather! Definitely going to have to try these babies this summer (or possibly even sooner) pinned!

  13. Oh man, I haven’t had a Frosty in yearsss. Looks awesome, Averie. Pinned!

  14. This is wayyyyy too easy- I’ll probably be making a lot of these this summer! Love that this is four ingredients and low fat- and probably much cheaper than Wendy’s too!

  15. YUM! This looks like a totally authentic frosty too! Love that it’s so chocolatey and low-fat. My kind of shake – so it will pass for breakfast right? ;) Also, I love that it’s only 4 ingredients and nothing crazy that I don’t have! Pinned!

  16. Yum! I need to get a blender so I can make this frothy, frosty treat!

  17. I have been craving a frosty for weeks now. I love this idea!!

  18. I love Frosty’s!! I need to try this soon!

  19. I used to get frosty’s all the time, and it’s been a while. This may be low-fat, but it still looks amazingly rich and creamy!

  20. We always make an assortment of smoothies put them in sealed mason jars and stick them in a big tub of ice on pool days, for super easy entertaining. This will be a perfect addition!

    • I do the same thing you do with pre-making smoothies. Except I actually freeze them in plastic cups and about an hour or so before we’re ready, just pull them out of the freezer. As long as the blender is dirty, may as well blend in batches, right!

  21. I would love to try this with TruWhip!

  22. Just give me a a straw! Need this! Pinned!

  23. Being able to add Baileys is yet another reason why you shouldn’t run to Wendy’s ;) its always better homemade!

  24. Something tells me Pinterest is going to love this recipe! The 30 minutes in the freezer is the trick I’ve been looking for – getting the thick creaminess without adding a bunch of ice (bleh) Looks chocolatey-, refreshing, and easy aka perfect!

  25. Oh my gosh, yes to Bailey’s in Frosties. Love that there are only 4 ingredients and that this recipe makes about 2 servings. If it made any more than that I would be in serious trouble, haha. Your version definitely looks better than the original!

  26. Have been seeing this on Pinterest but wasn’t sure how it would turn out but have to say your recipes have never failed me in the past so will have to try this one out too! Luckily I have half a can of sweetened condensed milk to use anyways. It seems like the only flavoring this is missing compared to the homemade baileys is a tiny bit of coffee + whiskey right? Might have to add a little bit in and see how it turns out!

  27. I have been craving a Wendy’s frosting like crazy! And now I can make my own, that’s scary. All I need are some french fries to dip. :)

  28. wow, this is what I want. Weather is dipping here and today it’s in 40’s.

  29. This drink might be a teeny weeny too easy even for a low fat drink.
    What a sneaky and excellent recipe detective job that you did.

  30. I haven’t had a Wendy’s frosty in forever! This homemade version calls for a side of fries and a burger…or maybe a grilled chicken sandwich to keep it on the healthier side. :)

  31. Brilliant! This could be for reals dangerous. 4 ingredients. No ice cream maker. Hello, Frosty every night. Pinned.

  32. This frosty is just what I need, love your skinny version!

  33. OOOOOh! Now I wanna make this and feed it to Michael and see if he can tell the difference! Awesome idea Averie!

  34. Yum Averie! This sounds amazing and so creamy!! What a creative recipe!!!

  35. I love this Frosty’s but I don’t indulge. Now though I will be able to have a frosty and eat it too!

  36. This looks so good- I hate Wendy’s, but I actually really love their frostys!!

  37. I’ve never actually had a Wendy’s frosty, but I don’t think I’m going to start anytime soon! Not with how easy and light your recipe is. As a chocoholic, I’d totally devour the entire batch. No shame. And then as your daughter for her metabolism so I could have another. ;)

  38. Frosty’s are so good!! It would be dangerous making them at home but I guess healthier too. AHh! Such a treat to have this recipe in hand.

  39. Just a heads up, Truwhip DOES contain milk. It has sodium caseinate (milk protein) in it. http://www.truwhip.com/nutritionalInfo/index.php

  40. You may have answered a deep craving! One question though, can you recommend a substitution for the Cool Whip for those of us in countries where it’s not available? I’m a missionary in Wales and have been dreaming of Frosties (sad, I know).

  41. I’m sorry to spoil this but….there is no way that this is healthier than an original frosty, if you use the right ingredients, maybe, but not these…

    Lite cool whip has 1 gram of saturated fat and 1 gram of fat per serving. By using a whole 12 oz container, you’re having roughly 37.5 servings….
    That equates to 37.5 grams of fat or 76% of total fat for the day and 189% (WOW) of daily saturated fat. Not to mention a mere 945 calories alone in the coolwhip.
    That is only for that one ingredient.

    Fast: Yes
    Copycat: Yes
    Easy: Yes
    Healthy: No

    • Then again, that would be using lite cool whip. So I advise anyone trying to make this to use fat-free for a much healthier version.

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