CopyCat Chick-Fil-A Banana Pudding Milkshakes

This one is going to save you calories and money!

Chick-Fil-A has introduced the Banana Pudding Milkshake as a special flavor this summer.  Even though my daughter works there, I rarely go.  However, I couldn’t resist trying this new shake.

And oh my goodness! It is fantastic!

It also rings in at 780 calories for a small.  Gulp.  Not to mention, that it will cost $2.75.  If you’re buying for several people that’s going to add up fast.

So I set about trying to make a lower calorie, lower cost version at home.  This one comes pretty close.


  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3 cups fat-free vanilla ice cream
  • 1 Tbs. banana cream instant pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 8 vanilla wafer cookies, crushed to fine crumbs

Place all ingredients in blender and mix.  Makes 2 servings (12 oz each).

Restaurant and At-Home Comparison

The homemade version will cost about $2 to make the equivalent of 2 small (12 oz) shakes, so about $1 per serving.  That’s the tall glass in the photo.  It has 515 calories, compared to 780 in the Chick-fil-A version.  If you’re watching your calories, go for a half serving for 260 calories.  Still a splurge but not too bad.

Tiffany King writes the blog, Eat at Home.  She shares easy recipes as well as printable menus with complete grocery lists.  There are over two years’ worth of menus available for free.  She focuses on common and frugal ingredients to make meals that are family friendly and quick to fix.  Tiffany is also the author of Feast in 15, an eBook of 15 minute meals.

by Savings Lifestyle: Tiffany on May 02, 2012

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