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.
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 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.
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.
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
- 2 cups ice
- 1 ½ cups coconut milk (from the carton or unsweetened almond milk)
- ½ cup half and half (or ¼ cup heavy cream and an additional ¼ cup coconut milk)
- ¼ cup Joy Filled Eats Sweetener (or see alternatives in recipe notes)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum
- Blend all the ingredients until smooth. Enjoy!
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