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Ladies and gentlemen, what I am about to do is bound to amaze you, and I assure you that I have nothing up my sleeves.  I am about to tell you two introductory stories without a segue…

When I was in high school I had a friend who worked at Wendy’s.  Sadly, this very rarely meant a discounted meal for me, but there were stories.  Stories including a kid on a bike setting off the drive through sensors calibrated for cars, and stories about the the Frosty machine.  It would seem, according to lore, that teenagers and slushy machines mean all sorts of trouble. My friend’s Wendy’s co-workers liked to add things to the Frosty mix, things like beer and liquor. While I myself am no teetotaler, that little tidbit put me off Frostys (I looked it up, that’s how you pluralize Frosty in regard to the fast food beverage/dessert). I don’t think I’ve had one since.  Every time I see an ad for them I imagine toddlers getting their first buzz unbeknownst to their parents.

I like cookbooks…a lot (see what I did there, this is the second story, no segue. TADA!) In fact, I’m always plotting to make things from them, and then blog about the results.  Since The Fella has volunteered to do the dishes tonight I figured today was as good a day as any to get as many kitchen appliances dirty as possible.

Don’t worry, I went pretty easy on him.  All I needed was the blender…because I made a Frosty!  Without alcohol…and it was all natural…and vegan.

I was just sitting on the couch reading Everyday Happy Herbivore by Lindsay S. Nixon, when I spotted my very first cookbook adventure of the new year.  It’s important for me to state that I am ALWAYS sitting on the couch reading a cookbook of some sort, it’s a fetish really.

I chose this recipe because I had all the ingredients on hand, which is somewhat amazing since we currently possess a refrigerator containing only condiments.

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This recipe makes one serving, so adjust accordingly if you plan on sharing.

Ingredients:
2  Frozen Bananas
1  Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 – 3/4 cups of non-dairy milk (the original recipe called for 1/4 cup and my blender couldn’t process it, so I added more almond milk)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Directions:
Blend
Marvel at your awesomeness and then reminisce about your high school years

Nutritional Info: 217 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 52.7g carbohydrates, 7.3g fiber, 28.1g. sugar, 5.3g protein

How did it taste? Honestly, I can’t remember what a “real” Frosty tastes like, but this version was super tasty.  I particularly liked the lil kick the cinnamon added. It’s not exactly a low calorie treat, but it is definitely my new go to when I’m craving a milkshake.

For comparison’s sake, here are the ingredients in the fast food version:
Milk, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Cream, Whey, Nonfat Dry Milk, Cocoa, Guar Gum, Mono and Diglycerides, Cellulose Gum, Carrageenan, Calcium Sulfate, Disodium Phosphate, Artificial and Natural Flavoring and Vitamin A Palmitate. In a small Frosty there is 250 calories and 6 grams of fat.