chocolate cherry vegan frosty

Vegan Chocolate Cherry Frosty

This DIY vegan frosty recipe is creamy, chocolatey, rich and healthy. Not to mention simple and easy. It’s definitely a sit down and enjoy life type of treat. In order to accurately describe this without you having tasted it yet, I am going to need you to use your memories. Food has a profound impact on memories, emotion and feeling. So grab your blender if you are ready to get nostalgic with this vegan frosty experience.

Think back to those childhood memories of going to the drive through at Wendy’s and ordering a chocolate frosty. You pull up to the second window and you’re handed a dense, cool cup. Maybe you were allowed to enjoy it in the car or maybe you had to wait till you got home. But i’m sure the feeling is coming back now, you remember that delicious ice cold, creamy, sweet, thick chocolate frosty. Maybe you were even a bit adventurous, and dipped your french fries into the chocolatey goodness.

Okay, now that you’ve got that memory at the forefront of your mind we’re all on the same page. So now think Wendy’s chocolate frosty but with hints of sweet cherries.

Sounds delicious doesn’t it? We thought so, and we made it vegan.

If you have ever craved this sweet treat, but don’t want the dairy, this recipe is perfect for you.

Although this was a fast food inspiration we’ve managed to make a dairy free, sugar free, nut free, chocolate frosty. Made only with wholesome ingredients and loaded with antioxidants. You will love this indulgent frosty treat, without any guilt!

Ingredient Rundown

The most memorable and indulgent aspect of a frosty is its sweetness, thickness and cool temperature. Without further adieu let’s break down how to make this vegan. According to our culinary research it seems that the original Wendy’s recipe uses condensed milk, chocolate milk and cool whip. At least that’s what the copycat recipes use.

Frozen bananas replaces cool whip

The frozen bananas will give this drink its light but thick texture and also keep it cool. To achieve that thick consistency the key is also the amount of liquid added. The less soy milk the thicker the frosty will be.

Dates and cherries replaces condensed milk

The dates and cherries act as natural sweeteners. No need for extra sugar here, especially when using dates. Not only are dates super sweet but also packed with fiber and nutrients. Including potassium, antioxidants, vitamin A, magnesium, and calcium.

Cacao and soy milk replaces chocolate milk

The cacao and soy milk will make this drink rich and satisfying. Who doesn’t love chocolate (plant) milk?


Note that our intention was to make a nut free recipe. Soy milk is neutral in flavor and has a creamy consistency. We also decided on soy milk for that extra protein boost. If you’re looking to keep this recipe nut free oat, pea and rice milk also qualify. Though almond, hazelnut or coconut milk would also work as delicious substitutes if a nut free recipe isn’t a concern.

How to make this Amazing Frosty

This recipe isn’t just seriously healthy but it can be made in less than 5 minutes. That is, given you already have pre frozen bananas. The biggest tip in going vegan, (if you’re interested) is to always have frozen bananas ready for use. The process is simple and doesn’t take much time.

Given your frozen bananas are in order, place all ingredients into a high speed blender and bam you’ve got a healthy sweet treat. This is our new and improved adult frosty. To which we may or may not still dip our french fries into.

Fast food inspiration but sophisticated presentation, pro tips!

Pro Tip

To make this drink extra special we added some cute and yummy chocolate curls. Even though this is a drink, who said you can’t garnish?
Use a peeler and a bar of dairy-free dark chocolate to shave nice little chocolate curls on the top of your shake. Give the frosty a whole new look and feel. Healthy and sophisticated? Why not 🙂
This will add some calories to your plant based chocolate cherry frosty; however, we think it is totally worth it!

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Luna & Nate

Vegan Chocolate Cherry Frosty

Recipe by Cooking Up Vegan Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Thick, creamy, chocolaty goodness with notes of sweet cherries. Completely nut free!


  • 1 Cup 1 Frozen Banana

  • 1/2 Cup 1/2 Frozen Cherries

  • 1 Cup 1 Unsweetened Vanilla Soy Milk

  • 2 Tbsp 2 Cacao Powder

  • 2 Each 2 Dates, pitted

  • 2 Tbsp 2 Hemp Hearts, Optional


  • Start by cutting bananas and place them in the freezer for a minimum of 4 hour.
  • Remove the pits from the dates.
  • Add the bananas, cherries, cacao powder, optional hemp hearts and pitted dates into blender.
  • Add the soy milk last.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


  • We usually like to buy bananas in bulk. Then freeze them overnight.
  • To remove the date’s pit simply squeeze the date between your thumb and forefinger. This will expose the pit and allow you to remove it easily. Make sure the end of the stem is removed as well.

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Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories131
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 3.2g 5%
    • Saturated Fat .4g 0%
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 28mg 2%
  • Potassium 264mg 8%
  • Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
    • Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
    • Sugars 16g
  • Protein 4g 8%

  • Vitamin A 3%
  • Vitamin C 8%
  • Calcium 13%
  • Iron 8%
  • Vitamin D 7.5%
  • Vitamin E 0.5%
  • Thiamin 6.1%
  • Riboflavin 9.5%
  • Niacin 1%
  • Vitamin B6 10.9%
  • Vitamin B12 12.5%
  • Folate 6.8%
  • Pantothenic Acid 1%
  • Phosphorus 9.4%
  • Magnesium 17.9%
  • Zinc 5.4%
  • Selenium 0.6%
  • Copper 2%
  • Manganese 2.9%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  1. This shake is so rich and creamy and bursting with flavor.! I didn’t have the hemp hearts on hand, but I made it anyway… it was a decadent treat, like dessert and healthy too!

  2. Carol Bryant

    Dede suggested your site, I have made this recipe twice today! Everyone loved it! I can’t wait to try the other recipes.
    Thank you for sharing

    • Cooking Up Vegan

      Hi Carol, we are so happy that you enjoyed this recipe! We look forward to bringing you more delicious plant based recipes!

  3. I love this recipe! My husband made a triple batch and we had extra so I placed in my freezer pop molds, it turned into a delicious frozen treat…like a fudgsicle only much BETTER:)

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