Skinny Caramel Frappuccino

This drink is too good to be true.

Cold, creamy, rich, satisfying, and only 50 calories per serving.

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I can suck down iced coffees like nobody’s business and would go broke if I had to buy them out. A $5 dollar drink lasts me maybe 63 seconds.

Plus, if you’re not careful, those drinks can be loaded with hidden, calorically-dense syrups and creamers.

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So not only am I sucking down 5 bucks in a minute, I’m sucking down 300 calories, too. Not ideal.

Which is why this drink is perfect. It’s icy and bulkier, so it takes me longer to inhale.

And from a caloric standpoint, it’s a slam dunk. If I’m going to pound mindless calories, I at least want to chew them rather than slurp them.

Skinny Caramel Frappuccino - Only 50 Calories Per Serving - Recipe at

The recipe makes two large drinks. If you were at Starbucks, we’re talking two venti drinks. Feel free to halve the recipe, or quarter it, if you’re not as much of a java addict or power drinker.

I recommend making the full recipe and putting the extra portion in the freezer, and the next time you want one, it’s ready. No need to dirty the blender. All you have to do is let it unthaw a bit, either 30 minutes at room temp or about 1 minute in the microwave. Or you can kind of pick at it, granita-style.

If you don’t inhale it all right away and let the drink melt while you’re taking too many photos, the coffee will begin to separate and fall to the bottom of the mug. Give it a quick stir and problem solved.

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The full recipe, a good 24+ ounces, is essentially calorie-free, until garnishing.

3 cups ice cubes = 0 calories

1 cup of strong cold coffee = 0 calories

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk = 15 calories for 24+ ounces (almost negligible over the big batch)

sugarfree sweetener (white stevia powder, liquid vanilla stevia drops, Splenda, or your favorite) = 0 calories

optional vanilla extract = o calories

Garnish with 2 tablespoons fat free whipped topping = 5 calories

Garnish with 1 tablespoon sugarfree caramel sauce = 45 calories

= Grand total of 50 calories

If you’re not as concerned about stats, feel free to add extra caramel and whipped topping. You’re worth it.

Even if you double the amounts, we’re still only talking 100 calories total. I’m into doubling.

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Now you can see why I am loving this homemade Starbucks-style Frappuccino. Or comparable to a McDonald’s Caramel Frappe.

It won’t break your budget or your diet.

Skinny Caramel Frappuccino - Only 50 Calories Per Serving - Recipe at

It’s creamy, frothy, foamy, fluffy and satisfying.

It’s ready in under 1 minute, I can quench my thirst, save money, and get my caffeine on, in one fell swoop.

Skinny Caramel Frappuccino - Only 50 Calories Per Serving - Recipe at

Caramel sauce, whipped cream, and coffee are three of my favorite food groups.

Especially when they’re guilt-free.

Skinny Caramel Frappuccino - Only 50 Calories Per Serving - Recipe at

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Skinny Caramel Frappuccino - Only 50 Calories Per Serving (gluten-free)

This drink is too good to be true. Cold, creamy, rich, satisfying, and only 50 calories per serving (see blog post for detailed breakdown). It's creamy, frothy, foamy, fluffy, and easy. No need to break your wallet or your diet, when you can make a Starbucks-style Frappuccino at home in minutes for a faction of the cost and the calories.

Yield: 24+ ounces, 2 generous Frappuccinos

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 1 minute


3 cups ice cubes (3 big handfuls of cubed ice, not crushed ice)
1 cup cold strong coffee, previously brewed and chilled
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or your favorite milk)
sugar-free sweetener (white stevia powder, liquid vanilla stevia drops, Splenda, or your favorite), to taste
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
2 tablespoons fat free whipped topping , for garnishing
1 tablespoon sugarfree caramel sauce , for garnishing


  1. Combine first 5 ingredients in the canister of a blender and blend until smooth, creamy, fluffy, frothy, and combined, less than 1 minute. Taste, and if necessary, adjust with a splash more coffee, milk, dash of sweetener, or a few ice cubes.
  2. Garnish with whipped topping and caramel sauce. Serve immediately.

Tip - Make the full batch and place un-garnished extra portion of frappuccino in a freezer-safe mug. Later on, simply let it unthaw a bit, either 30 minutes at room temp or about 1 minute in the microwave.

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130 Responses to “Skinny Caramel Frappuccino”

  1. Heather @ French Press — June 27, 2013 at 9:09 pm (#

    I love iced coffee, and the skinnier the better; this looks over the top Averie

  2. tracy {pale yellow} — June 28, 2013 at 6:37 am (#

    Since it’s summer and I no longer have to work (love being a teacher!), I imagine myself making these daily! And I could totally swap out the caramel for chocolate or hazelnut or whatever I’m into that day! Great recipe!

  3. vanillasugarblog — June 28, 2013 at 7:38 am (#

    I love my iced coffee but hate sugar.
    BUT every once in a while I will get my iced latte with a drizzle of hazelnut syrup.
    So good.
    So I can see how and why these are far better!

    • Averie Sunshine — June 28, 2013 at 5:45 pm (#

      Mmm, hazelnut syrup would be delish! Or just chocolate sauce :)

  4. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — June 28, 2013 at 8:21 am (#

    This would totally hit the spot right now!

  5. Lindsay — June 28, 2013 at 10:25 am (#

    This looks DELIGHTFUL! We are trying your could be a muffin-could be a pancake blueberry cake today! And you made us VERY happy in whilst we were stationed in Seoul, S. Korea because no cafes would serve the pumpkin latte in the fall, but we followed your recipe to pumpkin bliss.
    Now we are living in Hawaii and I think this cold, yummy drink will serve perfectly also! Thanks for the inspiration!!

    • Averie Sunshine — June 28, 2013 at 5:46 pm (#

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed that recipe while you were in Seoul! You are right – very few places get as excited about pumpkin as the USA does and glad the recipe came in handy for you!

    • Lindsay — June 29, 2013 at 1:29 am (#

      SO true. Koreans were all about the “Sweet Potato Latte”, and we learned the hard way that if you were at a mom and pop coffee shop, “latte” meant only flavored milk, not coffee! Oh the adventures of overseas living;) (I love it)

  6. Isadora — June 28, 2013 at 11:50 am (#

    For the frappuccino:
    you could use sugar free caramel syrup. It’s 0 calories and adds a wonderful caramel flavor to it

  7. Natasha @ The Cake Merchant — June 28, 2013 at 12:25 pm (#

    Oh my gosh, this does sound too good to be true!

  8. Jocelyn — June 28, 2013 at 1:59 pm (#

    “If I’m going to pound mindless calories, I at least want to chew them rather than slurp them.”-This line made me laugh out loud for real! And oh man, this drink? YES PLEEEEEASE!!

  9. Nessa — June 28, 2013 at 3:26 pm (#

    I now have a serious craving :)

  10. Jackie @ Marin mama cooks — June 28, 2013 at 5:36 pm (#

    Ok, this looks AMAZING and the perfect afternoon treat for weather like today. It’s 100 degrees up here, can you believe it? Your photo is absolutely gorgeous and makes me totally want to inhale one of these right now! ;) xoxo, Jackie

    • Averie Sunshine — June 28, 2013 at 5:47 pm (#

      I wish it was 100F here! Not even. Maybe 78F? “Perfect” weather. But I wouldn’t mind yours either :)

  11. Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) — June 28, 2013 at 6:19 pm (#

    I’m not sure why, but I’ve always been a simple coffee/americano (hot or iced) kind of girl, which I guess I should be thankful for since those options tend to be much more affordable. These pictures make me want to give frappuccinos a try, though!

  12. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — June 28, 2013 at 8:16 pm (#

    The caramel frapps are my favorite and like you, iced drinks usually last me all of 2 minutes. This is a great alternative!

  13. Sheila @ Sweet Baked Life — June 28, 2013 at 8:36 pm (#

    Oh my, I must try!

  14. Valerie — June 30, 2013 at 10:01 am (#

    Delish! Would it be okay if I added as *splash* of Kahlua to mine? :D

  15. Jessie — June 30, 2013 at 12:48 pm (#

    I love the Carmel drinks but I don’t like the coffee. So usally I just ask to use cream base instead. But I don’t know how to make it myself. Anyone know?

    • Averie Sunshine — June 30, 2013 at 4:56 pm (#

      If you don’t like coffee and you’re asking for a cream base, likely they are just fixing you a cream (or milk) + caramel drink with some ice. Probably pretty rich and decadent :) Very easy to duplicate at home. Cream, caramel, ice, blend. Done.

  16. Patricia @ ButterYum — July 1, 2013 at 10:42 pm (#

    You totally got my at 50 calories!

  17. Nutmeg Nanny — July 10, 2013 at 9:48 am (#

    This is perfect, it has my name written all over it!! Must make soon :)

  18. Natalie — July 16, 2013 at 9:07 am (#

    I had to have one of these this morning, and with no leftover coffee, had to improvise. I had some Starbucks VIA packets, so I used them with my Almond Milk, truvia packets, Torani sugar free chocolate syrup, ice, and blended away. Whipped cream on top and I was in heaven.
    Thanks for making my day!

    • Averie Sunshine — July 16, 2013 at 9:09 am (#

      Great job on improvising and so glad you loved it – and that it made your day. That’s awesome :)

  19. JF — July 26, 2013 at 1:10 am (#

    If you add a pinch of xantham gum it will not separate and get a bit thicker.

    • Averie Sunshine — July 26, 2013 at 1:30 am (#

      I am familiar with XG but I cannot digest it. There is something in it that gives me a horrible reaction. I’ll spare you the details :) Same with Guar Gum.

    • JF — July 26, 2013 at 1:32 am (#

      That is too bad that you can’t tolerate it. I use it in tiny quantities and only occasionally since I heard it is not the healthiest.

  20. Lizthechef — July 27, 2013 at 3:00 pm (#

    How did I miss THIS?!

  21. K Widner — August 25, 2013 at 2:24 pm (#

    I am allergic to almond. Is there another milk I can use that would be just as good?

    • Averie Sunshine — August 25, 2013 at 5:46 pm (#

      Use whatever milk you like and can have then – rice, soy, cow’s, etc. It may not be as ‘skinny’ but I wouldn’t worry about the slight difference that using another milk may change the stats. Enjoy!

  22. stephanie — September 12, 2013 at 1:31 pm (#

    how much of the sugar free sweetener do you use?!

    • Averie Sunshine — September 12, 2013 at 1:57 pm (#

      Enough to get it sweet enough to taste. Everyone’s different and so are brands/types, i.e. stevia vs. Splenda, etc.

  23. Erin — September 18, 2013 at 2:48 pm (#

    I tried this, and I was sorely disappointed. I had to throw it out. :( I would much rather have a simple iced coffee over this.

    • Averie Sunshine — September 18, 2013 at 6:15 pm (#

      Sorry that you didn’t like it. It’s just coffee blended with ice, milk, and sweetener. But if you prefer just coffee over ice, now you know you own preference. Maybe the ratios you used of milk/sweetener/coffee/ice weren’t spot-on for your taste preferences and maybe they may require some tweaking if you’re ever game to try again.

  24. Eva Suzuki — October 15, 2013 at 11:08 pm (#

    This looked so good I wanted to lick the page!

  25. Lexi @ Lexi's Clean Kitchen — January 10, 2014 at 7:15 am (#

    Looks so awesome Averie!

  26. Hannah — March 18, 2014 at 4:01 pm (#

    Hi everyone,
    I wanted to let you all know about my healthy lifestyle blog

  27. Margarita Bell — April 15, 2014 at 4:41 am (#

    This is a work of art! love it:-)

  28. Mambo liz — June 9, 2014 at 10:56 am (#

    If you add a pinch of pectin or xantham gum it won’t separate- that’s the Starbucks trick. I also add a smudge of unsweetened cocoa powder bc I’m a mocha girl.

    • Mambo liz — June 9, 2014 at 11:06 am (#

      Just saw your earlier x gum response, pectin is easier for most people. I know another person who can’t tolerate xg either and that’s who turned me on to pectin.

  29. Jodi — June 25, 2014 at 5:49 am (#

    Yummmm! This is perfect for a hot summer day!

  30. susan — July 20, 2014 at 10:15 pm (#

    I freeze my strong coffee in ice trays, so when it starts to melt. You get coffee instead of weak water.

  31. Theresa — December 15, 2014 at 2:39 am (#

    Umm… If it is possible can you convert the cups to ml?
    I’m confused as how much because the cups differs between countries…
    And I really want to make these so it would really help. Thank you :)

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