I freaking love frappuccinos. I know they are so good, only because they are so bad. They aren’t my go to coffee concoction, but they are definitely on my roster of indulgences.
You can feel a little better about frappuccinos when you make them at home! They can easily be made with skim milk instead of whole and the sweetened condensed milk can be substituted with more milk and a lower calorie sweetener like stevia.
Plus making them at home is WAY cheaper. Why are they so expensive at Starbucks? They’re mostly ice? Cafe Vanilla frappuccinos are my jam. The perfect mix of coffee and intense vanilla flavor. I’ve recreated them here with some vanilla bean and vanilla extract, but if you don’t have vanilla beans, just stick with the vanilla extract. It will still have amazing flavor!
This recipe makes a giant batch of frappuccinos. At first I thought that would be so wasteful cuz I wasn’t going to drink 8 freaking frappuccinos. But then the lightbulb went off…what if I froze them? And freeze them I did! I was skeptical that they would be good eats after coming out of the freezer, but they are perfect. Just let them defrost for about 10-15 minutes. Like while you are taking your morning shower! Then use a re-useable straw or spoon to break up the ice a bit. It comes right back to its OG state, and it’s amazing. I’ve had one once a week without having to drag out the blender. HEAVEN. The first picture is proof! That is after it had been defrosted from a week in the freezer!! Recipe is below! I hope you enjoy!
- 3 cups of strong coffee (use double the amount of coffee grounds)
- 2/3 can of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup of whole milk
- 1/2 vanilla bean
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1. Brew the strong coffee and let it chill.
- 2. Add the coffee, milk, and sweetened condensed milk to a blender.
- 3. Split the vanilla bean and scrape the seeds out. Place the seeds in the blender. Add in the vanilla extract. Fill the blender the rest of the way with ice (leaving a little room at the top for blending)
- 4. Blend until smooth. Serve with whipped cream.
- Can be frozen in mason jars. When ready to drink them, defrost for about 10-15 minutes and stir with a straw!