Our closest cafe to grab a special breakfast before the work day is a Starbucks.
As a result, Ella has developed a taste for the Strawberry Frappuccino (and the Croissant Breakfast Sandwich), so as a special treat on weeks when we can’t nip out for an early breakfast I’ve developed this Easy Copycat Strawberry Frappuccino Recipe.
We’ve played around and experimented with two versions of this Strawberry Frappuccino Recipe:
- a healthier frozen-yogurt based version with a homemade strawberry syrup
- a more indulgent ice-cream based version with store-bought strawberry syrup
Of course, Ella’s favourite is the ice-cream based version, and who could blame her? Today, I’ll share both recipes with you. Both are packed are cool, creamy treats packed with strawberry flavour.
Healthy Strawberry Frappuccino Recipe
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup strawberries (frozen or fresh)
- 1 cup greek yogurt, vanilla or plain
- 1 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons sugar or xylitol
Homemade Strawberry Syrup:
Heat the 1/2 cup strawberries in a small pan over medium heat, along with 1/4 cup of water. You are wanting to extract the flavour from the strawberries as much as possible. Stir frequently and cook until the water becomes thick with the strawberry juice – like a syrup. Remove from heat.
Strain the strawberries using a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth, and mash up the strawberries to extract as much juice as possible – if you get a lot more juice out of the strawberries, you may want to return the syrup to the heat until a thick viscosity returns. Set aside.
Healthy Homemade Strawberry Frappuccino:
Blend the remaining ingredients together in a blender. I start off by adding 1/2 cup of milk and increasing until I reach my desired consistency, just because the amount of water in the strawberries can vary each time you make this.
Optionally, you can add some ice cube to the frappuccino, which is a great way to increase the water content of this drink.
Top with some homemade whipping cream (if desired) and drizzle on the homemade strawberry syrup.
Now onto the more indulgent version. We just use Nesquick Strawberry Syrup for this recipe – nothing fancy or expensive, though I’m sure it would only taste better if you did! I also always add the cup of ice to this recipe to make sure Ella gets a good amount of water to offset any dehydration from the sugar content.
This recipe would pair well with so many of the 80 Easy Healthy Breakfast Recipes we have compiled here.