Skinny Homemade Frappuccino


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.


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.

~ Marla Meridith

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19 thoughts on “Skinny Homemade Frappuccino

  1. 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.


  2. 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!

  3. 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!

    1. 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 😉