DIY Frappuccino-Like Real Food Drink

A DIY Frappuccino-like recipe made with real food ingredients. This homemade DIY drink is even better than the original and it all comes together in 60 seconds.

I wasn’t ever a huge fan of the classic Frappuccino.

I was in high-school around the time Starbucks introduced their icy and sweet version of blended coffee. As any high-school freshmen knows, it doesn’t hurt to score a bit of popularity by walking around with a coffee drink in your hand (and this was before coffee was all the rage like it is today). While I didn’t care for the taste, I loved the cool image bought by this sweet treat.  I also realized $4-6 Frappuccinos were not in a high-school student’s budget.

Gas money or popularity? I may have been sixteen, but I still had some wisdom.

A DIY Frappuccino-like recipe made with real food ingredients. This homemade DIY drink is even better than the original and it all comes together in 60 seconds.

Fast forward many years later…

A DIY Frappuccino-like recipe made with real food ingredients. This homemade DIY drink is even better than the original and it all comes together in 60 seconds.

Piper started soccer last weekend at 8am. As I sat on the bleachers, with a coffee mug in my hand, I noticed a huge trend amongst the parents: the Frappuccino was back. For some odd reason, despite my dislike for the Frappuccino, the craving hit: I need a Frappuccino in my life!

My real food commonsense woke up just moments later: Just think of the yucky ingredients lurking inside that icy treat. I instantly knew the answer to my intense craving: homemade! After all, everything is better when it’s homemade. Don’t believe me? Just try this homemade mayo (life-changing), and then this chai latte (homemade for the win). But first, you really should make a homemade Frappuccino!

A DIY Frappuccino-like recipe made with real food ingredients. This homemade DIY drink is even better than the original and it all comes together in 60 seconds.

My homemade DIY Frappuccino was an instant success: cold brew coffee, cream, milk, a bit of natural sweetener, pure vanilla extract, and a dollop of homemade whipped cream.

Of course, I didn’t stop there. A bit of homemade caramel was added for authenticity purposes. As Dustin noted, “It’s not a Frappuccino without caramel!”  I learned something about Dustin that day: He’s pretty serious about caramel and his specialty coffee drinks! Don’t even think about skipping it!

A DIY Frappuccino-like recipe made with real food ingredients. This homemade DIY drink is even better than the original and it all comes together in 60 seconds.

Since my first blend last weekend, I’ve recreated this drink 1,2,3,4,5….well, numbers don’t really matter, do they?

The only thing that really matters is just how amazingly awesome this homemade version tastes. Plus, this DIY Frappuccino only takes 60 seconds to create and contains 100% real food ingredients. Need more proof? Just take a look…

DIY Frappuccino Real Food Recipe. This drink is even better than the real thing (and healthier).
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DIY Frappuccino-Like Real Food Drink

Servings 2 -3 servings
Author Kristin Marr

Ingredients

Frappuccino

  • 2 cups crushed ice increase this amount for an extra icy drink
  • 1 cup cold brew coffee I purchase Stumptown from Whole Foods or you can make your own.
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3-6 TB sucanat or coconut sugar - The amount used will vary on your desired sweetness.
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Homemade Whipped Cream

  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp sucanat or coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Optional Extra Toppings

  • caramel or chocolate syrup *

Instructions

  1. In a blender jar, add all the Frappuccino ingredients. Blend for 40-50 seconds until thick and creamy. Pour into glasses.
  2. For the whipped cream: Place all the whipped cream ingredients in the bowl of a stand-mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk on medium speed for 2-3 minutes, until the cream is thick. Add the whipped cream to the top of each Frappuccino. Note: You can also use a hand-mixer to make homemade whipped cream.
  3. If desired, add the caramel and/or chocolate syrup.

Recipe Notes

The “where to buy” links provide links to the actual products I use. As always, I recommend shopping around online and at local stores for the best prices and products you love.

*Both recipes make more than you’ll need for the drink recipe provided. Reheat the caramel (it will harden in the fridge) before using it in future drinks. Add 1 tablespoon of caramel or chocolate syrup to the blender (with the coffee ingredients) to create a mocha or caramel drink.

A DIY Frappuccino-like recipe made with real food ingredients. This homemade DIY drink is even better than the original and it all comes together in 60 seconds.

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8 Comments

  • Debbie says:

    I make homemade iced coffee all the time. I found Pioneer Woman’s recipe a few years ago. For sweetener I use honey syrup that I learned how to make from Jessica Fisher over at Good cheap eats! I’m learning so much from all of you wonderful bloggers! Can’t wait to try this one since I just looked up the ingredients in a Starbucks Frap…not so good.

  • Rachel says:

    Oo, this sounds like one for me to try. I love fraps, but I can’t have them often, as caffeine and I don’t get along. Think I could use a decaf coffee with this recipe to get around that?

  • Christine Teagarden says:

    Do you know what the calorie count is for this drink?

  • Rachel says:

    Oh, wow. Oh wow oh wow. I finally managed to find a whole bean decaff coffee. I just made one of these, oh so tasty. I’m almost scared of how tasty they are, since before I could limit myself on how much I would drink because of the caffeine in the drink, and now, that’s not an issue anymore. Very nice recipe, well done indeed.

  • Kerry says:

    I didn’t notice the number of servings, so I doubled the recipe for me and my husband and almost exploded the top off my blender, but it turned out so tastey! Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

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