Healthy Vanilla Frappuccino

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Another awesome Copycat Starbucks Recipe, this Healthy Vanilla Frappuccino tastes just like the real thing but without all the sugar!

A delicious and healthy Vanilla Frappuccino recipe that your kids will love! Mix things up to make a mocha frappe or a coffee frapp just like Starbucks

Healthy Vanilla Frappuccino Recipe

My daughter doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth but she goes crazy for Starbucks Frappuccinos.

Yup, guilty. I bought her one for her birthday one year and for some reason, it became her go-to request on road trips or special occasions where treats were in order. It was easy to give in because a trip to Starbucks also meant a half-sweet Cinnamon Dolce Latte for me.

I don’t hit the drive-thru nearly as much anymore now that I have my own latte/espresso maker (super highly recommended by the way if you’re a fellow espresso drinker – I did a full review here) and even if I did, handing a $7 cup of sugar over to a 6 year old is probably not one of the smarter things I could do for my sanity…

So, making this healthier version at home is the perfect solution! It’s deliciously creamy with the perfect amount of vanilla and sweetness. Add on some sprinkles, a sprinkling of fruit – or do as we did and go all out with a squirt of whipped cream, a drizzle of chocolate syrup and a maraschino cherry. (Hey, it’s still less sugar than the original!)

I basically keep one ice cube tray dedicated for our frappe cubes – I make at least one a week as a special treat. (And you can freeze milk for 3-6 months before any issues arise.) One tray makes approximately two frappes, so double the recipe (and the amount of milk cubes you make) as needed.

I’ve also made this recipe using frozen almond milk and it worked perfectly – just check to ensure that your almond milk is unsweetened.

You can also use this recipe as a “base” and add other flavors or colors into the mix. You can swap out some of the milk cubes for frozen fruit for a fruit-flavored frappe (like our Homemade Strawberry Frappuccino), or do half-milk and half-frozen coffee cubes for a coffee frappuccino. For chocolate, I just add a scoop of cocoa but you could also add chocolate protein powder, if you’re so inclined!

No matter what you mix in (within reason…) the results are smooth and creamy, with the perfect amount of sweetness and flavor. Feel free to taste and adjust before pouring into your serving glasses in case you need a touch more sweetness than we do!

This vanilla frappuccino is a delicious, cool treat for hot summer days – the perfect creamy alternative to milkshakes or sugar-filled frappes.

Ingredients for Copycat Vanilla Frappuccino

  • 2 1/2 cups milk, approximately
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons sugar or maple syrup, to taste *can use a sugar substitute like stevia
  • 2 maraschino cherries, garnish

Tip: if you don’t have time to prep the milk cubes ahead of time, you can use milk and regular ice cubes, the final result will just be less creamy and a bit less flavorful.

Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful

  • Smoothie-style blender
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Ice cube tray

How to Make a Vanilla Frappuccino

2 hours (or the night) before you want to enjoy your frappe, fill a ice cube tray with milk and freeze.*

Place the milk cubes, 1/2 cup of milk, vanilla extract and sugar in a high-powered smoothie blender.

Puree until all cubes are broken down into a smooth milkshake-like consistency. Add more milk as needed to achieve a smooth texture.

Pour into your serving glass and garnish as desired. Enjoy immediately.

Makes 2 small to medium-sized servings.

 

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups milk, approximately
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons sugar or maple syrup, to taste *can use a sugar substitute like stevia
  • 2 maraschino cherries, garnish

Instructions

  1. 2 hours (or the night) before you want to enjoy your frappe, fill a ice cube tray with milk and freeze.*
  2. Place the milk cubes, 1/2 cup of milk, vanilla extract and sugar in a high-powered smoothie blender.
  3. Puree until all cubes are broken down into a smooth milkshake-like consistency.
  4. Pour into your serving glass and garnish as desired. Enjoy immediately.
  5. Makes 2 small to medium-sized servings.

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This healthy, homemade vanilla frappuccino is a smooth and creamy treat for hot days – and a sugar-free alternative to the Starbucks standard. It’s perfect for kids, or just when you feel like indulging without the guilt.

For more delicious Starbucks Copycat recipes, check out our collection of 50 Starbucks Copycat Recipes or our popular Lemon Poppyseed Muffins recipe.

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