How to make a vanilla frappuccino

You no longer have to spend time and money to enjoy your favorite Frappuccino treat. This Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappuccino Recipe is easy to make and tastes just like the one from Starbucks.

How to make a vanilla frappuccino

What is in the Vanilla Bean Frappuccino at Starbucks?

A Frappuccino is a term that was created by Starbucks but now I think it’s used by everyone.

A Frappuccino is a cold blended coffee drink that is made with either coffee or a crème base (like ice cream). So you can make a coffee Frappuccino or a crème Frappuccino.

This Vanilla Bean Frappe is a crème base Frappuccino as it’s made with ice cream and not made with coffee so I don’t feel guilty when I give these to my kids.

Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappuccino Recipe is easy!

I love copycat recipes so that I can enjoy my favorite foods for less money but they still have all the great flavors of the original.

You’ll love my other copycat recipes from our copy cat Chick fil A Lemonade to our copycat Starbucks Passion tea lemonade, and our KFC chicken pot pie. I just know you will love this recipe too.

Obviously trying to recreate a recipe at home will save you money.

Today I’m sharing with you a new Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappuccino recipe. This copy cat recipe is so easy to make and tastes amazing!

How to make a vanilla frappuccino

How to make a vanilla frappuccino


I was surprised by how simple this drink was to create. It’s just a few ingredients and I have heard of them all! I promise, it really is easy to make.

You don’t even need the Frappuccino syrup that Starbucks offer that I thought would be needed.

Here is what you’ll need to make this amazing copycat Starbucks drink.

  • Milk and Ice
  • Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Whipped Cream (This is optional but definitely recommended because whipped cream is amazing!)

How to make Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappuccino Recipe.

First, blend all ingredients except whipped cream until blended. Then transfer to serving glass and top with whipped cream.

Serve immediately with your favorite straw! I love giving my kids all a different color straw so they can easily know which drink is theirs.

Tip: If you need a blender, I highly recommend a Vitamix Blender. It does cost more than an average blender, but it’s definitely the best blender I have ever used.

If you’re wanting something a little cheaper, I have this Waring blender as well and it works great. They are really nice and very affordable. I just love mine.

How to make a vanilla frappuccino

My kids love this!

I really love a delicious Starbucks drink every now and then. Sometimes we like to splurge and I take my kids to Starbucks with me. They all usually order a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino because they are delicious!

It’s a fancy drink but doesn’t actually have coffee in it so I don’t have to worry about the extra caffeine in their drink.

However, the cost can really add up when you have a lot of kids like I do (eight if you are counting). Now, we can make these delicious treats at home for my family to enjoy which saves a small fortune if you have a lot of kids like me!

What does the vanilla bean Frappuccino taste like?

Like I said before, my kids love these. I think they taste like a vanilla milkshake but not quite as sweet as a traditional milkshake.

The vanilla bean adds a great vanilla flavor to this recipe.

Can you make a Vanilla Frappuccino without ice cream?

When I make this at home, I usually use vanilla bean ice cream because it’s easy and it gives this copycat Starbucks Vanilla Bean drink a delicious flavor.

However, you can create it without the ice cream as well. I would recommend blending heavy whipping cream with vanilla bean powder so you get that delicious vanilla bean flavor for this recipe.

How to make a vanilla frappuccino

Can you freeze the leftovers?

When I make these for my family, we drink them pretty quickly because they are so tasty. However, if you do have leftovers, I recommend freezing them in mason jars in your freezer.

Then when it’s time to serve your leftover Vanilla Bean Frappe, take them out of the freezer and put them some place warm for approximately 20 minutes to defrost and allow time for the drink to soften.

After this time, they will be ready to drink and enjoy!


I hope you try this easy and delicious recipe with your family soon. You can easily have the indulgence of a Starbucks treat without spending a ton of money.

I hope you try them soon and please leave us a comment to let us know what you think!

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  • How to make a vanilla frappuccinoAuthor: Franco Salzillo
  • Updated: July 8, 2021

How to make a vanilla frappuccino

Vanilla Bean Frappuccino Recipe

The pearly Vanilla Bean Frappuccino is white as snow, smooth as silk, and more heartwarming delicious than any other coffee shop drinks ; it’s incredibly easy to make too.

Starbucks states the creamy blend “takes va-va-vanilla flavor to another level.” And whatever that means, it sounds promising, so if you haven’t tried the vanilla bean Frappuccino, please do so. It’s a charmer!

If you’re feeling crafty and what to save some money, then you’re in the right place because today we’re making a copycat version of the Vanilla Bean Frappuccino, and it’s awesome.

There are two ways of getting this right. You can either use vanilla ice cream , preferably one flavored with authentic vanilla bean, or use actual vanilla beans. The first one is all about blending ice cream with milk and ice. The second one is much more interesting.

Vanilla beans are expensive, yes, but they’re worth every cent. Each rugged, thin, chocolate-colored pod, which you can buy at a bakery specialty store or online, is filled with just about a teaspoon of vanilla pulp, which is literally worth its weight in gold.

When you blend vanilla pulp into a Frappuccino, you get the real deal, all-natural vanilla bean flavor that blows you away every time. How does Starbucks do it? They use vanilla bean powder, which comprises vanilla bean and sugar, so we’re not that far off.

In a nutshell, get yourself a few vanilla beans for your vanilla bean Frappuccino, it’s an excellent investment. You can use them in all kinds of baking treats too.

Then we have the milk, and we want to bring out the big guns for the creamiest drink possible. For me, that means using half & half because it’s thicker and more luxurious than whole milk. Of course, use any milk you like.

The last ingredient is the sweetener. And although Starbucks uses its signature Frappuccino syrup, which is nothing more than water, sugar and preservatives, we’ll just use sugar. Now we’re ready. Let’s make a creamy all-natural va-va-vanilla bean Frappuccino!

They may be overpriced, but they’re worth every cent.

Alexandra Maglaras

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Starbucks is home to over-priced coffee beverages, with the Frappuccino being no exclusion. I love the idea of transforming a hot beverage into cold, crushed ice — so I taste tested the top 10 most ordered Frappuccinos on the Starbucks menu, and ranked them by flavor.

Although I harp on the fact that the Dunkin’ in my town is right across the street from Starbucks and sells the same cup of coffee for $4 less, coffee tastes way better when you have thirty different options of add-ins, not to mention secret menu formulations posted on the web.

10. Green Tea Creme

This gorgeous green colored iced beverage was not what I expected. Imagine a plastic cup filled with cut up grass and milk. Interesting, to say the least. This is one of those beverages I prefer hot, but enough people have to like it cold for it to be one of the top sellers at Starbucks.

9. Chai Creme

The smell of a fresh pack of scented pine cones is the perfect way to describe what this Starbucks frappuccino tastes like. If you are ready for Christmas in a cup, this is the drink for you.

#SpoonTip: Add a dollop of whipped cream. Whipped cream makes everything better.

8. White Chocolate Mocha

This Frappuccino is one of the newest additions to the Starbucks family. This iced beverage takes me back to my days as Girl Scout and tastes like a well-done s’more. This would go perfect for a chill night around the fire with some good company.

7. Coffee

#spoontip: If you want a stronger coffee taste ask the barista to add shots of espresso.

Alexandra Maglaras

This Coffee Starbucks frappuccino does not taste as much like coffee as I thought. If you’re in the mood for a mild tasting caffeinated beverage, I would strongly recommend this one.

#SpoonTip: If you want a stronger coffee taste ask the barista to add shots of expresso.

6. Vanilla Bean

This is a personal favorite of mine, but is a basic item on the Starbucks menu. This beverage tastes like a vanilla bean milkshake from your favorite ice cream shop.

#SpoonTip: Ask the barista to blend in chocolate chips and pump in two squirts of peppermint syrup. Shoutout to my best friend Erin for this amazing idea.

5. Strawberries N’ Creme

There are fresh slices of strawberries in this drink! Yes please—unless you’re my roommate who is allergic to strawberries.

This is something I would kick back with at the beach on a sunny summer afternoon. I would highly recommend this if you want a Starbucks rendition of a Strawberry Daiquiri. You’ll give it a 10/10.

4. Caramel

This kind of frappuccino leaves a delicious salty coffee aftertaste in our mouth. This caramel syrup flavor is the perfect of balance of sweet and salty. Whipped cream is a must for the frapp too, it brings all of the combining flavors perfectly together.

3. Mocha

Maybe it is due to the exquisite ice blending skills of Long Island Starbucks’ baristas, but this light milk chocolate drink goes down super smooth. I couldn’t stop drinking it and I had already drank seven other frappuccinos.

2. Pumpkin Spice

This is the moment we have all been waiting for! As a pumpkin spice virgin, I was apprehensive about tasting this Starbucks frapp. The only thing missing from this sweet treat is some more cinnamon, other that that it was a total explosion of Halloween and Thanksgiving in my mouth.

#SpoonTip: You can’t call yourself a loyal Starbucks member if you haven’t tried anything PS. I don’t care how many stars you have.

1. Java Chip

For obvious reasons, Java Chip, is the top ranking Starbucks frappuccino. This mousse tasting chocolate chip milkshake is the perfect combination of happiness and comfort. This frapp caters to any needs: a bad breakup, a pre-birthday drink, a surprise for your roommate, or even a Netflix and chill sesh.

How to make a vanilla frappuccino

There is a new drink bursting onto the menu of your local Starbucks today, and boy, does it look heavenly. As someone who depends (a little too much) on a caffeine boost to keep her sharp throughout the day, I can’t help but wonder, does the new Starbucks Affogato-Style Frappuccino have caffeine? And if so, does it have enough to get me through that 2:30 p.m. feeling?

While I love a cup of cold brew coffee to help squelch the summer heat and give me a little pick-me-up, sometimes you just want to treat yo’ self. This new Frappuccino may be the answer to my prayers, giving me exactly the shot of energy I’m looking for (but not so much that I’m buzzing). Named after the classic Italian dessert, an affogato is traditionally a scoop of creamy vanilla gelato with a velvety shot of bitter espresso drizzled over top. The hot espresso melts the cold ice cream slowly, creating a pool of deliciousness in the bottom of your bowl. As an ardent fan and a bit of an affogato aficionado, it is way better than coffee ice cream — trust me. Starbucks, in all its infinite wisdom, is recreating this magic with its new take on this old favorite, and here it is:

When ordering this drink, you will choose a base of Vanilla Bean (pictured above), Caramel, or Mocha Frapp flavors. The barista will then pour a rich shot of hot espresso over the top before handing it over the counter. The tall cup will allow the espresso to trickle down through the Frappuccino, creating a chain reaction of hot meets cold, with pockets of coffee and cream mingling happily (excuse my drool).

If you want just a small boost of caffeine, then a tall Affogato-Style Vanilla Bean Frappuccino is the choice for you. It contains only 75 mg of caffeine, all from the espresso shot. If you need a bit more energy to get you through the day, a tall Affogato-Style Caramel Frappuccino contains 125 mg of caffeine, which is about as much as a tall Starbucks iced coffee. Finally, if you want to turn things up to 11, then a tall Affogato-Style Mocha Frappuccino contains 130 mg, so it will give you a little more of a boost caffeine-wise.

Thankfully, these drinks will not stop you from getting a good night’s rest — comparatively, a tall hot coffee will still give you the most caffeine at 260 mg. But for those who do crave more of a pick-me-up, adding an extra shot to your Affogato-Style Frapp is always an option! You can also add a shot of espresso to any Frapp of your choice, so feel free to experiment. Java chip with a shot of espresso, where have you been all my life?

Images: Courtesy of Starbucks; Giphy

Some days you just need a really cold drink to help you cool off. And since we’re all grown ups here, we certainly want something more adult than a milkshake (those are for kids, right?). A Vanilla Bean Frappuccino is a much more sophisticated choice.

When you discover how easily you can make your own Vanilla Bean Frappuccino like Starbucks at home, you may never purchase another one again. Think of how smart you’ll feel because of all that money you’re saving!

Vanilla Bean Frappuccino (like Starbucks)

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
milk, sugar, vanilla ice cream, vanilla extract, and some ice (not pictured).

Blend all ingredients together until smooth.

Add a little whipped cream (or a lot!) to top it off.

This Vanilla Bean Frappuccino recipe also makes a great base to experiment with. Try blending in any of these ingredients for a totally new flavor:

  • fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries, bananas
  • frozen fruit like mango chunks
  • cold coffee
  • chocolate syrup
  • caramel syrup
  • coconut extract

How to make a vanilla frappuccino

One of the tastiest coffee beverages that is lacking coffee is a vanilla bean frappuccino. These delicious, creamy drinks are a popular favorite, but they typically require a drive to the nearest Starbucks or other location that sells this ice cream wonder.

What if we could make it at home, though? Well, we can! In this article, we have found a great copy-cat recipe for the famous vanilla bean frappuccino. We will share some little-known facts about the drink, plus two great recipes you can make in the comfort of your own home.

If that was not enough, we have also given a few variations on this half frappe that will take it from your favorite specialty drink to your ride or die for life. Keep scrolling to find out the scoop!

What Is a Frappuccino?

Did you notice that we mentioned above that the vanilla bean frappuccino doesn’t have any caffeine in it? Many people that are not familiar with the drink are unaware of this fact, and it’s probably because it’s typically sold in coffee houses.

Another fun fact is that there is no such thing as a frappuccino in Italian coffee circles. The term “frappuccino” actually comes from the New England word “frappe” (pronounced frap) which means milkshake and the word cappuccino.

How to make a vanilla frappuccino

The original frappuccino was made in a small coffee house in Boston where the term was coined. In 1994, however, Starbucks bought the shop and trademarked the name. This is likely why most people associate the drink with coffee.

Making a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino

There are a lot of variations of this popular drink. We have outlined a good one below that will be easy to make at home with a few simple ingredients and appliances.

How to make a vanilla frappuccino

French vanilla may be a flavor you see more in ice cream, but it can also make for a delicious coffee drink. Combine velvety steamed milk with a whole vanilla bean and a sprinkle of brown sugar for a cappuccino that just might knock your socks off.

The French vanilla cappuccino is easily one of the most popular coffee drinks. Even people who prefer tea over coffee have likely heard of French vanilla cappuccino and love its frothy and sweet taste. As we are in the throes of winter, you may be looking for the perfect French vanilla cappuccino recipe to make from the comfort of your home.

In this article, we’re going to give you the most delicious French vanilla cappuccino recipe that will make you feel like an at-home barista. At the end, we offer different variations to this recipe in case you don’t have the needed machines or ingredients. This French vanilla cappuccino recipe is easy to make and customize. Plus, it’s much more affordable than heading to your local coffee shop. Bon appetit!

What is French vanilla?

Before we get into the recipe, let’s back up for a moment. What does French vanilla mean, anyway? It’s not the vanilla bean — vanilla, like coffee, only grows in a few specific parts of the world like Madagascar — and it’s not an especially French flavor, either.

As everyone knows, French vanilla ice cream is far superior to regular vanilla ice cream. It’s richer, smoother, and creamier — thanks to a special ingredient! Here’s the secret: French vanilla ice cream contains egg yolks. That’s where the creamy texture and light yellow color come from.

Although you can make some pretty delicious egg coffee drinks, we’re not going to make our French vanilla cappuccino using egg yolks. Instead, we’re making a creamy vanilla treat with just a hint of brown sugar. It’s not ice cream, but it’s pretty darn good!

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How to make a vanilla frappuccino

Nothing is better than an icy glass of this Vanilla Bean Frappuccino Recipe! After the first sip of this homemade frappuccino, you will be craving the next. Made with just five simple ingredients plus ice, you can’t help but keep going back for more. This easy vanilla frappe recipe is sugar-free, keto, low carb, gluten-free, grain-free, and Trim Healthy Mama friendly.

How to make a vanilla frappuccino

Raise your hand if you love those yummy drinks at your local coffee shop. Many people love Starbucks and are addicted to the flavors, aroma, and textures of those super pricy drinks. But the great news is that you can still have your cake and eat it to. or rather, have your frappuccino and drink it too. And it tastes just like a Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frap.

With this homemade vanilla bean frappuccino recipe, you can get amazing flavors without the huge price tag. Even more than the money, my version of this famous drink is that you will save TONS of carbs! A typical Starbucks frappuccino has close to 40 grams of carbs. That is more than most of us allow ourselves in an entire day. There is no sugar or other unhealthy ingredients. So, it’s a much better alternative if you are cutting back carbs. Plus, it has healthy fats so you can feel good about sipping on a glass of this much healthier version.

So, next time you are in the mood for a cold treat, whip up your own vanilla frappuccino instead of heading to a coffee shop. I promise you won’t regret making this copycat Starbucks vanilla bean frappe!

How to make a vanilla frappuccino

How To Make Vanilla Bean Frappuccino

You aren’t going to believe how easy this vanilla bean frappuccino recipe truly is. There is only one easy step.

Step 1: Combine the ice cubes, half and half (or heavy whipping cream), sweetener, coconut milk, vanilla, and xanthan gum in a high-quality blender. Mix until smooth and creamy. Drink right away and enjoy!

Yep! You read that right, just one step, and you will be sipping on this amazing drink.

Expert Tip: The xanthan gum helps keep the drink smooth and prevent separation. You can leave it out but I really recommend using t!

Why Use A High-Quality Blender?

Buying and using a high-quality blender is worth the money! Not only will it give you the very best drinks, but you can also use it to make smoothies, purees, and even soups. When you use a high-quality blender over a cheap one, you will notice that there aren’t giant chunks of un-blended items. Ice, for example, isn’t easy for a lot of blenders. It will leave pieces and chunks instead of blending it smooth. So, if you are looking for a creamy drink without all the large pieces, I highly recommend a good blender. I have a Vitamix I use almost every day and love it.

How to make a vanilla frappuccino

Vanilla Extract vs Vanilla Beans

I decided to make this recipe with regular vanilla extract. Most vanilla bean paste has sugar in it and vanilla beans are pricey to use on a regular basis. If you’d like to make your own sugar-free vanilla bean paste and use that instead so you get the pretty little black specks click here for a great recipe!

Is There Coffee In This Frappuccino Recipe?

While some frappuccino’s do have coffee, my recipe for this vanilla bean frappuccino does not. Don’t worry, though! If you want to have that yummy coffee flavor in your drink, you can easily add some in.

You would just need to brew and cool some strong coffee of your choice. Decaf or regular both work great. Then add in ¼ – ½ cup of iced coffee in place of some of the coconut milk. Check out my copycat recipe for a sugar-free Starbucks Vanilla Latte & Frappuccino if you’d like a coffee version of this recipe.

Can I Swap The Coconut Milk?

Yes, technically, you can swap the coconut milk for any of your favorite dairy free milk substitutes. However, I need to warn you that coconut milk is rich and creamy and is a key ingredient in these homemade frappuccinos. If you swap the coconut milk, you may need to add in a little bit more ice or even a tablespoon or so of heavy cream.

How to make a vanilla frappuccino

Can I Save Leftovers?

Yep! If you end up with leftover vanilla bean frappuccino, there is no reason to pour it down the drain. Instead, put it in an airtight container. Place it in the freezer, and it will last up to one month. Before serving, thaw on the counter or in the fridge for a few minutes.

You can also scoop it back into the blender when it’s pretty frozen and add a tablespoon or so of coconut milk or half and half. It will liven it back up. Or you can pour it into an ice pop maker and make it into popsicles. My kids love these!

Whatever you do, I don’t recommend saving the vanilla bean frappuccino in the fridge. The ice will melt, and it will become very watered down. Then it loses its flavor, and your next experience won’t be as good.

Vanilla Bean Frappuccino Topping Ideas

When it comes to adding toppings to this homemade frappuccino recipe, there are many options. Here are a few to get your mind wandering a little. Feel free to try out other ideas that you think would be good as well.

  • Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips – Sprinkle on a few sugar-free chocolate chips or white chocolate chips and munch away!
  • Caramel – Drizzle on some sugar free caramel sauce for a fun and gourmet flavor.
  • Hot Fudge – Another way to add some extra pizzazz is by including a little drizzle of hot fudge on top right before serving.
  • Whipped Cream – Add your favorite low-carb whipped cream to the top right before drinking.
  • Spices – Sprinkle some cinnamon, nutmeg, or even pumpkin pie spice on top to add a burst of color and vibrant flavor as well.
  • Vanilla Bean Ice Cream – Want to drop in a scoop of my keto vanilla ice cream? Go for it! This is the perfect base for an indulgent keto vanilla milkshake or float.

Too cold for a frap? Make some White Hot Chocolate Mix

How to make a vanilla frappuccino

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A Keto Coffee Frappuccino just like Starbucks, but with less than 2 carbs! This is one of the best low-carb coffee drinks EVER!

How to make a vanilla frappuccino

You guys! I am loving this Keto Coffee Frappuccino. It is just like a Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino but without loads of carbs! I am generally a regular coffee drinker, but sometimes I get a craving for a delicious, creamy, sweet frappuccino.

I have played around with this keto-friendly coffee frappuccino and it is a perfect low-carb frappuccino base recipe, meaning that you can add other flavorings such as cocoa powder, sugar free caramel sauce, mint or vanilla extract or more sweetener if you prefer yours more dessert-like.

Personally, I like mine a bit stronger and enjoy it with something sweet, like my favorite Keto Cheesecake Brownies!

Ingredients Needed for a Keto Frappuccino

This keto coffee drink contains five real ingredients. You can probably guess what they are:

  • Strongly brewed coffee
  • Unsweetened almond milk
  • Heavy cream
  • Keto-friendly sweetener (such as Swerve or Monkfruit)
  • Vanilla extract

You also need ice and I am not including MCT oil in the recipe because it is not necessary to create a great low-carb coffee drink.

What Type of Coffee Should I Use?

Any kind you like! You can use flavored coffee beans, decaf coffee, you name it.

Can I Omit the Heavy Cream?

You can substitute the heavy cream with additional almond milk, half and half, or even whole milk. However, the coffee frappuccino won’t be as thick and creamy. Also, the carb count listed below may be altered.

How Many Carbs Are in a Coffee Frappuccino?

A 16-ounce blended coffee Frappuccino at Starbucks contains a whopping 50 grams of carbs. That one drink contains nearly 3 days worth of carbs on a keto diet! I don’t know about you, but those numbers really blow my mind!

My 16-ounce Keto Coffee Frappuccino contains less than 2 carbs. It is crazy the difference that some simple ingredient swaps can make.

How to Make a Coffee Frappuccino

Not only is this keto frappuccino super low it carbs, but it is also very easy to make! Simply add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

How to make a vanilla frappuccino

Can I Prep Frappuccinos in Advance?

A few readers have asked if they can prep a big batch of this copycat Starbucks coffee frappuccino and store leftovers in the fridge for later. I don’t recommend doing that, as the ice will melt and you’ll lose the unique frappuccino consistency.

Can This Recipe Be Made Without a Blender?

Unfortunately, no. You need to have a blender of some kind to make this keto frappuccino recipe. Do NOT try to make it in a food processor, that will likely ruin your machine.