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. 

Skinny Caramel Frappuccino in glass jar with straw

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.

Skinny Caramel Frappuccino in glass topped with whipped topping and caramel sauce

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: 

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.

copycat starbucks frappuccino in glass jar next to spoon

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. 

Skinny Caramel Frappuccino next to spoon

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. 

Skinny Caramel Frappuccino topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce

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.

half drunk glass of Skinny Caramel Frappuccino

Skinny Caramel Frappuccino

Skinny Caramel Frappuccino

This caramel frappuccino is too good to be true! It's cold, creamy, rich, and satisfying, plus it's only 50 calories per serving. 

Yield: 24 ounces
Prep Time 1 minute
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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 57Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 45mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 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.

139 comments on “Skinny Caramel Frappuccino”

  1. This looked so good I wanted to lick the page!

  2. 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.

    • 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.

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

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

    • 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!

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

    • 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.

      • 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.

  6. 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!

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

  8. You totally got my at 50 calories!

  9. 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?

    • 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.

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

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

  12. 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!

  13. 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

  14. I now have a serious craving :)

  15. “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!!

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

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

  18. 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!!

    • 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!

      • 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)

  19. This would totally hit the spot right now!

  20. 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!

  21. 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!

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

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