Skinny Caramel Frappuccino
Skinny Caramel Frappuccino — This drink is too good to be true! It’s cold, creamy, rich, and satisfying, plus it’s only 50 calories per serving.
Copycat Starbucks Frappuccino Recipe
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.
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 copycat Starbucks Frappuccino recipe 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. This caramel frappuccino 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.
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.
What’s in This Frappuccino?
The full frappuccino recipe, a good 24+ ounces, is essentially calorie-free, until garnishing. To make this caramel frappuccinno recipe, you’ll need:
- 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)
- Sugar-free 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 sugar-free caramel sauce = 45 calories
Which clocks in for a 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.
Now you can see why I am loving this homemade copycat Starbucks Frappuccino (it’s also comparable to a McDonald’s Caramel Frappe). It won’t break your budget or your diet. 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.
Caramel sauce, whipped cream, and coffee are three of my favorite food groups. Especially when they’re guilt-free.
How to Make a Frappuccino
To make this caramel frappuccino, simply combine all the ingredients (minus the two garnishes) in a blender and blend until smooth. Give it a taste and adjust the flavors as needed, adding more milk or coffee as you see fit.
Pour your frappuccino into a large glass and dollop whipped topping on top, followed by a drizzle of caramel sauce. This caramel frappuccino is best enjoyed right away, but it’s still delicious even after it melts a bit.
Can I Make This With Regular Milk?
Of course! You can also make this with your favorite non-dairy milk. I just recommend using unsweetened milk, otherwise your drink will come out far too sweet.
Can I Sweeten This With Regular Sugar?
Yep! You can use any sweetener you’d like. Just add in a little at a time until you figure out exactly how much you like. And if you don’t like sweet drinks, you can always omit the sweetener and make a blended iced coffee instead.
Tips for the Best Frappuccino
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.
Just note that if you plan on freezing part of your caramel frappuccino, you should wait to top it with whipped topping and caramel sauce until just before you eat it.
You can also freeze leftover coffee in an ice cube tray and use coffee cubes instead of some of the ice cubes. Your frappuccino would be incredibly strong, but some people may like that!
Also, you can find cold brew coffee in most stores now, so feel free to use that instead of coffee you brewed and chilled yourself. Again, just double check that your store-bought coffee has no sugar in it, as that may make your drink too sweet.
More Copycat Drink Recipes:
- Copycat Starbucks Caramel Macchiato — An EASY, at-home recipe for the beloved coffee shop drink!! It tastes AMAZING and your wallet will thank you! No espresso maker or milk frother required!!
- Copycat Wendy’s Frosty — This Wendy’s Frosty recipe is low-fat and so easy to whip up! It tastes like a lighter chocolate milkshake, but it’s still super creamy and delicious.
- Homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream — Homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream comes together in less than 1 minute, with ingredients you likely already have on hand. Rich, smooth, creamy, and the flavor is a dead ringer for the store-bought stuff.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 57 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 1mg Sodium: 45mg Carbohydrates: 13g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 10g Protein: 1g
Even More Easy Drink Recipes:
Skinny Piña Colada Smoothie — This Piña Colada Smoothie requires just four ingredients and is naturally vegan and gluten-free. It makes for a quick breakfast or a delicious poolside treat!
Flavored Water — Flavored water is so easy to make and helps me stay hydrated during the summer! I’ve shared two of my favorite flavored water recipes in this post — a cucumber water and a berry water — but the flavor options are endless!
Creamy Boozy Iced Coffee — This is the fastest and easiest method way to make iced coffee that I’ve tried, and I’ve tried plenty. As long as you keep a stash of chilled coffee in your fridge, you can make a smooth, creamy, rich, and fancy-tasting drink in just one minute.