Skinny Caramel Frappuccino

This drink is too good to be true.

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

Skinny Caramel Frappuccino - Only 50 Calories Per Serving - Recipe at averiecooks.com

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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Skinny Caramel Frappuccino - Only 50 Calories Per Serving - Recipe at averiecooks.com

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 averiecooks.com

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.

Skinny Caramel Frappuccino - Only 50 Calories Per Serving - Recipe at averiecooks.com

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.

Skinny Caramel Frappuccino - Only 50 Calories Per Serving - Recipe at averiecooks.com

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 averiecooks.com

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 averiecooks.com

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 averiecooks.com

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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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

  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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135 comments

  1. Yes, I need one of these in my life…or one every afternoon.

  2. Holy Stickin moly!! This is so good looking and I can not believe it is only 50 calories. That just crazy and way to good to be true, but I believe you cause you can produce some pretty amazing things!
    Looks awesome, Averie!

    • Thanks, Tieghan. Normally I don’t get too caught up in the stats of things but every once in awhile, if I can make something that even surprises myself, then hey, may as well post about it, loud and proud :)

  3. I am going to need one of these later today to power through work. We’re going to be a bit short on help but very busy…so on second thought, I just might take the whole batch with me! I have everything I need for this except the sf caramel…I think I’ll sub in choc sauce today and try the caramel over the weekend!

    • Ohhhh choc sauce sounds super good! I almost turned this into a mocha frappe – and may be doing that next week :) Enjoy this one and good luck with your day. Sounds shorthanded and busy and like you may need one of these – or a glass of wine :) LKM what you think of it!

    • This was the perfect little boost yesterday afternoon–cold, sweet and creamy with just a little caffeine (my kind of summer comfort beverage)! I went with a drizzle of chocolate sauce and picked up some caramel on my way home so I can have the rest today….yum yum yum!

    • I think chocolate sounds great – I almost made the recipe ‘mocha’ by adding cocoa powder to it. I still may :) Glad you liked it!

  4. Hello! :) You forgot to add the calories of the milk, so its 65 Kcal. No big deal, it still looks amazing!! Unfortunately here in the UK I cant find the fat free topping, so I’ll have to go for something with more calories. I have just recently discovered your blog and already tried a couple of recipes..OMG they were AMAZING! Thank you for sharing all these goodies!! :)

    • The milk is 15 calories for 24+ ounces of finished drink. It’s basically half of one calorie per ounce, or less. It’s so ridiculously small that the value is hardly worth mentioning. You burn more calories fixing the drink that you do ingesting the milk so I just left it off.

      Thanks for finding me – glad you’re enjoying! :)

  5. I have been looking for a recipe like this for the summer. This looks great and I will be trying today!

  6. Oh man, LOVE this! It’s just perfect for this hot weather we’re having right now! Delicious and refreshing but no guilt. Fabulous.

    • I wish it was hot here – but it’s like 75F. Maybe? Coastal breeze and it never seems to get super warm in by the ocean here in San Diego but I guess I shouldn’t complain :)

  7. Oh my GAH do you have my number on this one or what????????????? I am an iced/frozen coffee junkie. I can stay away from most everything else in the summer but coffee drinks are my downfall. This is awesome. I AM MAKING THIS TODAY!!!

  8. Averie, I just love this coffee drink recipe of yours! It is so nice to see unsweetened almond milk and stevia powder going mainstream. This is how I drink my coffee…hot or iced! Well…except for the sugar-free caramel part. Must add that as a treat this summer! Thank you for sharing! xo

    • Well I don’t know if it’s mainstream or not because I know I’ll get plenty of emails and questions about it, but hey, it works and hopefully more people are catching on or will be, too!

  9. Love these homemade frozen coffee drink recipes; thank you for sharing this one! I learned to make homemade mocha fraps recently and haven’t looked back. I figure I’m saving at least $20 a week because I’m hooked on them and would buy the $5 grande a few times a week. Perfect for the hot summer!

  10. I love all your drinks Averie!! And any drink that saves me money and calories is a plus!!! Can’t wait to try this one too!

  11. That looks absolutely sinful! I love caramel and it makes such a pretty “garnish” too.

  12. Mmm what a fabulous treat, Averie! This looks so lovely!

  13. You are too funny, Averie! Inhaling this amazing creation of yours would cause a brain freeze…but I’d totally be getting one! YUM! You always amaze me with your recipes…every single one is my fav!

  14. Wow. That looks so amazing! I have got to try that!

  15. This looks wonderful! Can’t wait to try it on a 3-H day. I’ve been making my own lattes for a while. I use a dark roast Via, reconstituted with about 1/2 cup of hot water. (sometimes I add a little instant espresso powder to make it a little stronger. Then I nuke 1 cup of skim milk for a minute. I have this nifty tool called an “Aero-Latte” to whip the milk. It works great. The Aero Latte is a small, battery-powered whisk. It costs about $20, but, if you drink a lot of lattes, it pays for itself rather quickly. Skim milk actually whips up better than whole milk. Plus, no stopping @ the coffee shop and waiting in line. I even brought my Aero Latte with me when I traveled earlier this year. PS LOVE your blog. I have been reading it for some time, but I think this is my first comment.

  16. Amazing! Sounds delicious. Splurging without splurging, I like it:) I’ve been crushing on AriZona’s Green Tea . . . so good! A homemade version of it really wouldn’t be that hard, I would just would have to experiment. Thank you for figuring this one out for us, it will be a treat to have in the summer!

  17. Stop it. Only 50 calories? I cant even…

  18. Seriously dying over here. I need this RIGHT now. Love the caramel, the almond milk, the whipped cream. I could just drink these straight through the day. I have all of the ingredients on hand – even the SF caramel sauce and whipped cream. I avoid going to the coffee shop to get those overpriced drinks. I got Kevin and I drinks a few weeks ago – iced coffee for me and iced chai tea latte for him. TEN DOLLARS. Not kidding. Seriously? I could buy about 20 lbs of bananas for that price. Crazy, isn’t it.

    I always love your drink photography. I want to reach right through the screen. Luckily, it’s easier than pie to make.

    • Girl I know. I can’t go in coffee shops, either. I am not even back to my car with the door unlocked and seatbelt on, and I will already have my drink guzzled! It’s all ice and they go down FAST. I can drink $5 dollars in 1 minute. As you said, 20 lbs of bananas for that price!

  19. Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous.

  20. Only 50 calories! Thank you so much for this! I crave iced coffee in the summer, this is going to be my new drink in the morning!

  21. So amazing, Averie! I can’t believe it’s so low in calories, and still looks and tastes SO decadent! I love that!

  22. This is my sister’s favorite Starbuck’s beverage. I will definitely pass this recipe along to her–she will love it!

  23. 50 calories?! Heaven! This looks like such a great summer treat. And with all the baking I do, I need to be having more 50 calorie snacks! What a great Starbucks swap, thanks for sharing!

  24. I normally don’t partake in frozen coffee drinks because they contain way too many calories. This looks like something that I could definitely try without adding too many calories to my diet!

  25. Woah! This can be dangerous around me! Love the flavors in this tempting drink!

  26. You are brilliant! I don’t drink those because of the calories, a venti with whole milk is 510 calories! That’s like eating a burrito! This is so much easier on the diet plan :)

    • a venti with whole milk is 510 calories! <-- OMG THAT's INSANE! I had no idea they were THAT much. I guessed 300. 500+ is...just...beyond words. And I am not kidding when I say the 50 cal version gives me every bit the satisfaction I've ever had from the storebought. Which for 500...is...just insanity.

  27. I stopped drinking all those sweet Starbuck’s drinks long ago because honestly, I want coffee flavor and not all that sugar. When I don’t make my own, it’s normally a double tall nonfat latte for me. This, however, will sway me on a hot day. It looks delicious! You were making me laugh talking about inhaling those $5 drinks, BTW. Isn’t it the truth!

  28. I want one of these so badly! :)

  29. I’ve been over starbucks drinks for a while now (so much $$$!) but omg, I would slurp down like 5 of these!!!!

  30. I already drank my coffee today, but I really want to make this. Now. In fact…screw it. I’m doing it.

  31. Oh wow I love this!! I too can drink a coffee in a minuscule amount of time and I just love my coffee cold! Be making this tomorrow instead of my usual Mocha Frapp!

  32. Averie, I don’t know how you do it, every time I check your site there is something amazing that I want to eat there and then, or in this case drink/inhale! This looks divine and without all the fat and calories or cost of the usual shop bought versions.

  33. Alll of your ice coffee drinks look ooo sooo delicious! Love that this is low on the calories as well. Great recipe Averie! :)

  34. Looking forward to trying this recipe 50 calories per serving cant beat that!

  35. I looove Starbuck’s fraps! I get mine made with soy milk and have to pass on the whipped cream and toppings, but they are so delicious every single time. The mocha coconut is to die for.

  36. This is one gorgeous frap, I’d happily suck one (ok two!) down as I’m reading by the pool :).

  37. Oh my gosh, lady! Not only you know your brownies and cookies — these cold drinks are simply tempting!!

  38. Really?! 50 calories?! I’m in!! This looks drooling good to me, and I’m totally with you – I wanna chew rather than slurp my calories!

  39. Whaaaaaat?! This needs to happen in my kitchen rather quickly! Oh my word! It looks amazing, Averie!

  40. Caramel frappuccinos are the best! And the fact that this one is only 50 calories, even more perfect ;) Thanks for sharing another goodie!
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  41. This stuff looks amazing!!! I can’t believe it’s only 50 calories, that’s like way too good to be true. I need to make this as soon as possible. It actually looks better than Starbucks’ Oh My-

  42. This looks absolutely DIVINE and only 50 calories! This means we can have 2 – 3 at least a day. It does look much prettier then Starbuck’s :)
    Cheers,
    J+C

  43. I’m a starbucks addict and I seriously cry when I fork over the money. I could drink these all day, every day! Especially during the summer, so I can save my money for starbucks trips when I’m back at school with no kitchen or blender. :)

  44. I want to marry this. Seriously.

  45. I don’t own a coffee maker but if I did I would be whipping this up right now! It looks creamy and refreshing.

  46. Try adding a pinch of xanthan gum to the mix – it’s Starbuck’s secret to keeping their drinks from separating.

    • Good idea – I have them, but most people don’t keep them on hand, so I didn’t want to include something that many wouldn’t have or even know what they were :) But since I do have them both, I’ll try it!

  47. oh yum. definitely trying this!!

  48. I love coming up with skinny coffee drinks and this one does sound too good to be true!

  49. Wow! So few calories, there’s no excuse not to make it!! I love frappuccinos!

  50. Mmm…granita style sounds perfect for summer!

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