Skinny Homemade Frappuccino

by Marla on November 17, 2009 · 18 comments

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Frozen sweet coffee shake recipe for the home cook

I love this coffee shake all year round.  It gives a little coffee buzz and of course you could also make it de-caf if you wish. This icy treat is reminiscent to everyone’s favorite Starbucks Frappuccino, but it is a heck of a lot cheaper and kinder to the waistline. You can make it in seconds at home and it’s got no sugar in it. My version has about 20 calories in 12 ounces versus 180 in the coffee shop version. Virtually no carbs in mine versus 36 grams derived from sugar in theirs.  

Frozen sweet coffee shake recipe for the home cook

Nothing  ever stops me from craving ice cream and frozen treats. I say go ahead and treat yourself with a sweet that won’t show up on your hips and tastes great. This anytime shake is sweetened with stevia, has a splash of milk and some instant coffee. How simple is that?

I also did a quick video of this recipe if you want to check it out.


Skinny Homemade Frappuccino

Makes one 12 oz drink


  • 1 heaping tablespoon Instant Coffee (regular or decaf)
  • Splash of your favorite milk – dairy or non-dairy
  • Sweetener to taste: I love my Stevia powder, English Toffee Sweetleaf stevia drops, and Vanilla Stevia drops these add no calories and rate 0% on the glycemic index.  You can also use a bit of honey, agave, maple syrup or raw sugar.
  • Cold Water, roughly 6 oz (You might want less,  you need to gauge how well everything is blending.  You don’t want ice chunks.)
  • Ice, roughly 6 oz

Optional Additions

Top your Frozen Coffee Granita with the following:

  • non dairy soy whip, freshly whipped cream
  • dust with cinnamon or cocoa
  • chopped toasted nuts
  • roasted cacao nibs, chocolate shavings
  • pomegranate arils
  • raspberries


Add coffee, milk, sweetener, ice and water to blender. Blend until all is combined and slushy. Top with optional whipped cream or spices, etc.

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Blender Notes:

I have had great luck with the single serve Rocket Blender by Bella Cucina and the Hamilton Beach version too.  They are simple to clean and there is no guess work as to how much ice and water to add. I just fill the cup to the fill line. Half ice and half water. Done.

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Disclaimer: I frequent Starbucks & love their drinks. I came up with this recipe a while back. This is my own version of the Frappuccino, similar but not the same as Starbucks. “Frappuccino” is a registered trademarked name that belongs to Starbucks.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Victoria November 17, 2009 at 6:51 pm

wow, I think I can actually make this one :)


2 Laura Flowers November 18, 2009 at 9:39 pm

I need this. NEED. I have had the week from hell racing around like crazy. I would so be able to catch up with one or five of these.

Marla I had no idea you even touched caffine. I like you better than ever now lol.



3 penny June 19, 2010 at 9:54 am

This looks fabulous! I love iced coffee in the summer and this drink is ice coffee – only fancy!! Love it! Will try it today – temps may reach 90 degrees – and we have still not turned on the AC – will need some refreshing – for sure!


4 JT July 10, 2010 at 6:02 pm

yummy! I added some fat free French vanilla powder creamer and made a fabulous treat! Just as good as the $4.00 a pop ones…. only much cheaper! TY!


5 Marla July 11, 2010 at 10:14 am

JT, so glad to read you had great success with your homemade “frappuccino!” xo


6 Amanda March 20, 2011 at 7:00 am

This is just mean you know… I only have 8 days until I have baby… but it is eight LONG days till I can drink this!! GORGEOUS!


7 Marla March 20, 2011 at 7:08 am

Amanda: Just eight days until your baby? I met you right after you found out you were pregnant in MN. Amazing girl. Coffee will be a nice indulgence after your baby is born. I am thinking you might need it 😉


8 Shaina March 22, 2011 at 8:47 am

Love it! I’ll make Amanda one in 6 days and bring it when I go to steal…err, I mean see her baby.


9 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. March 22, 2011 at 9:09 am

Yum! this is my kind of drink!


10 SMITH BITES March 22, 2011 at 10:25 am

i make these all. summer. long. LOVE THEM – WAY cheaper at


11 Amanda March 24, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Ohhhhh Lordy! This looks so awesome marla. Love that fun
font you found too!


12 Megan March 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Oh you make that look so good. I need to make this ASAP!


13 Chris C June 8, 2012 at 10:12 am

Yum !! So making this!


14 Debby G. June 9, 2012 at 7:24 am

I’m getting out my blender now! Can’t wait to try this!


15 Christine June 11, 2012 at 12:12 pm



16 Lacey Peach June 12, 2012 at 11:55 am

This looks delish! Love frappachino’s!


17 Meghan @JaMonkey February 10, 2013 at 2:57 pm

I just sent you an email about a site stealing this and your photo. It looks great!


18 Marla February 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Thanks so much Megan. Really appreciate you telling me about this!!


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