I attribute this mostly to nostalgia, as growing up every summer our family would always make it a point to head to the local Dairy Queen for a sweet, cold treat.
While I miss this summer ritual, what I definitely DO NOT miss was how I felt afterwards aka bloated, puffy, lethargic, and cranky, thanks to the high amount of conventional dairy, refined sugar and ultra-processed ingredients.
Thus over the past few summers I’ve been mastering my copycat Dairy Queen techniques, and I gotta say I think I nailed it with this Healthy Butterfinger Blizzard recipe.
It’s thick, frosty, creamy, nutty, slightly salty, slightly sweet and swirled with the most DELICIOUS butterfinger bar chunks, not to mention naturally gluten-free, dairy-free and refined-sugar-free (aka no blizzard bloat here).
So whether you’re looking for a milkshake substitute to satisfy a sweet craving or a healthy breakfast idea to kick off the morning (that your kiddos will love too) this Healthy Copycat Butterfinger Blizzard recipe has you covered. Snag all of the details below.
While yes, this recipe is a recreation of a milkshake/ice cream like dessert, that doesn’t mean it can’t still be rich in nutrients and void of inflammatory agents found in the original Dairy Queen Butterfinger Blizzard (conventional dairy, corn syrup, carrageenan (a known carcinogen), etc.) Here’s a few reasons why my Copycat Butterfinger Blizzard recipe is a much healthier option.
Instead of using processed sugars, syrups and sugar flavorings that can spike your blood sugar and mess with your gut microbiome, this Healthy Butterfinger Blizzard uses only a small amount of dates to sweeten.
The original butterfinger blizzard is loaded with conventional dairy (in the form of milk powder, whey and cream that many people find difficult to digest). This recipe uses frozen banana and peanut butter for an extra creamy factor and dairy-free (but still very rich) oat milk in its place.
One of the reasons milkshakes, ice cream (and desserts in general) have been deemed “unhealthy” is because they typically lack nutrients that work to keep our blood sugar balanced, hormones happy and provide an overall feeling of satiation, hence why most of the time we’re still hungry (and cranky) after consuming. This recipe sneaks in a ton of nutrients to help keep us satisfied (see below for details).
Unlike most milkshakes or even store-bought smoothies, this butterfinger blizzard also sneaks in plenty of high quality fats and fiber, that work in tandem with the protein to give our hormones the building blocks they need to do their jobs effectively.
High quality protein is critical for hormone balance, as hormones are manufactured from amino acids, and without them your hormones aren’t be able to function optimally.
Unfortunately, there’s a lot of junk out there when it comes to protein sources (especially if you’re looking for it in the form of a powder), as most are quite processed and contain inflammatory ingredients like added sugars and shelf-stabilizing chemicals. My favorite clean protein protein powder is this collagen brand, which is rich in gut-healing compounds like glutamine, glycine, collagen and proline that reduce intestinal inflammation and support your thyroid gland.. **Use my code SOGREEN10 to save.
If you’re looking for a vegan protein option, this clean hemp protein powder is my preferred option!
Flaxseeds are high in fiber that support colon detoxification and the elimination of excess estrogen. Estrogen dominance can cause many unwanted symptoms, such as mood swings, insomnia, irritability, depression, brain fog, fatigue, headaches, etc. so it’s important to balance out levels through supporting optimal digestion and elimination.
Cauliflower contains a sulfur compound called diindolylmethane, or DIIM, which helps your body to safely eliminate excess estrogen that can otherwise contribute to period pain, weight gain, PMS, and other hormonal imbalances.
While this shake is already low in sugar (especially compared to the DQ version!) you can make it entirely sugar free by leaving out the dates (the banana and vanilla extract will subtly add some sweetness).
While this blizzard is naturally lower in carbs and high in protein, healthy fats and fiber, you can reduce the net carbohydrates by leaving out the banana (use more frozen cauliflower or 1/2 of an avocado instead) and swapping the dates for monk fruit sweetener.
There’s a lot of junk out there when it comes to protein sources (especially if you’re looking for it in the form of a powder), as most are quite processed and contain inflammatory ingredients like added sugars and shelf-stabilizing chemicals. My favorite clean protein protein powder is this collagen brand, which is rich in gut-healing compounds like glutamine, glycine, collagen and proline that reduce intestinal inflammation and support your thyroid gland.. **Use my code SOGREEN10 to save.
Many plant-based milks on the market like oat, almond, etc. contain processed vegetable oils such as rapeseed, sunflower, canola and palm oil, which act as an emulsifier to help keep the texture creamy, however these oils drive up inflammation and have a negative affect on your gut and hormones as a result. This is my favorite oil-free plant based milk brand and you can use the code Lauren15 to save 15% off your purchase.
Speaking of gut issues, I’m a huge fan of adding in prebiotic fiber to this frosty. It doesn’t affect the taste, but it does promote healthy gut bacteria, which works to optimize digestion and relieve constipation, metabolize fats, regulate blood sugar, manage inflammation and decrease risk factors like obesity, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. This is my go-to brand and you can use the code SOGREEN10 to save 10%.
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This healthy butterfinger blizzard tastes just as good as Dairy Queen’s while being naturally dairy-free, gluten-free + refined-sugar-free.
Author: Lauren Chambers
Recipe Type: smoothie, dessert, breakfast, snack
*I like to make a batch of Healthy Butterfinger Bars and store in chunks in the freezer for convenience whenever a blizzard craving strikes.
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