Friday, October 15, 2010

Let's shake it up baby

For the last few days I have really been craving a milkshake, my favorite of course is just a plain ole chocolate milkshake.  Knowing how cravings can turn into trouble I asked some of my fellow bloggers for suggestions.  I got quite a few replies but one really sounded yummy so I decided to give it a try.  This recipe came from Charlotte at and I have to say a big thank you to her.  Its very simple as you will see and it makes about a 16 oz milkshake.  Here is the recipe:

1 cup skim milk
8 ice cubes
2 tbls fat-free sugar-free instant chocolate pudding mix
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbls fat-free cool whip

Place everything in a blender and blend for 3-4 minutes.  Pour into a glass and enjoy or you can place in freezer for 4-5 minutes to thicken and chill.

I didn't use the vanilla in mine only because I forgot to buy any but it was still delicious and definitely filled my craving.  I also didn't chill mine in the freezer because honestly once I seen that thick, creamy, chocolatey shake sitting there my mind completely forgot about that part.  I wish I had taken a picture just so you could have seen that it looked just like the real thing. 

Charlotte also said "you can use any flavor of pudding mix you like, and you can change up the flavoring extract as well to create your own versions of this recipe. Try it. The pudding mix helps it thicken up more than with just milk. It's yummy and cold and can help with that craving".   She was absolutely right!!!

I also decided to list the nutritonal information for a regular shake and this lighter version.

                  Regular Chocolate Shake(16 oz)        Lighter Version(16 oz)
Calories                  650                                                180
Fat                          16g                                                  0g
Sodium                  530mg                                           760mg
Carbs                     119g                                               33g
Fiber                        0g                                                  0g
Sugar                      103g                                               14g
Protein                     12g                                                 8g

So as you can see Charlotte's version is definitely a much better alternative except for the sodium but I can live with that to have my chocolate shake on rare occassions.  I also plain on trying a cheesecake shake and whatever other flavors of pudding I can find at the store. 

This got me to thinking I'm wondering if I can make a shake the same way but use jello mix instead so I could have all kinds of fruity shakes to.  Do you think it would work?


  1. Ooh. Thanks for the sharing the healthy shake version. I'd love to try it w/ banana. I love banana pudding. YUM!

  2. That sounds really good, I'm not sure if you have this restaurant where you live or not but here we have a Cookout restaurant and they have a banana pudding shake that is to die for. They use vanilla ice cream, banana and vanilla wafers, it is so good. Of course I can't have that now but maybe I can make a healthy version of that, I think they sell reduced fat vanilla wafers and then of course we can have bananas and then maybe use this shake recipe with vanilla pudding instead of chocolate. Thanks for the inspiration, if I make one soon I'll post how it was and the nutritional info on it.

  3. Like you I get the cravings for chocolate, sugar, and milkshakes. The temptation is pretty hard to resist. However, this recipe is a great replacement and sounds so good! I can't wait to try it! Thanks for the post!

  4. When I am craving a chocolate milkshake I just go order a non-fat chocolate banana vivanno smoothie at Starbucks - I figured the whey protein and banana make it OK at 250 cals :)

  5. Thanks for figuring out the nutrition info on that. Would you mind if I use those figures on my blog, giving you credit, of course?

  6. I don't mind at all Charlotte and it doesn't matter if you give me credit its nothing you couldn't have figured out for yourself. Feel free to use it.

  7. Love this recipe!! I will try it. Thanks for including the nutrition info, too. Looks YUM-YUM!