It’s time to talk frappuccinos. Is there any better coffee shop drink than a cold and creamy frappuccino? This creamy frosted coffee drink is a crowd favorite, and now you can make it at home using your blender. Stop driving to the store and spending $40 a day on frappuccinos when you can easily make them at home for basically nothing!
Many people think blending a frappuccino is hard work, that you can’t get the consistency right, and that you just end up making a smoothie. But this is not the case at all. It is actually very simple to make a frappuccino in your blender and have the texture come out just the way it does at your local coffee shop.
Plus, when you make your own frappuccino, you are in full control of how much sugar goes into it. There are going to be no artificial flavors, no preservatives, and no disgusting xanthan gum! But you do get the same flavors! All the creaminess and yumminess of a café frappuccino can be replicated at home in your blender using your own ingredients.
And did I mention the lower price? My favorite frappuccino at my local cafe costs about $5. It gets hot in the summer, and I definitely need at least one frappuccino a day. That can cost upwards of $40 a week! By making your own at home in under 5 minutes, you save yourself a car ride and you can save yourself a heck of a lot of money.
For me to break it down, you can make a homemade frappuccino every day for a week and it will only cost you about $3 total. That is a pretty good argument for making your own frappuccino. Plus, you can tweak recipes so that they are either vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, nut-free and even friendly for keto.
One of the great things about frappuccinos is the abundance of flavors they come in. You can get a frappuccino in almost any flavor. I’m talking chocolate, vanilla, pumpkin, and everything else under the sun.
Once you have mastered how to make frappuccinos in your blender, you can begin experimenting with lots of different types of frappuccino flavors. I will detail some to you here for experimentation, but you can always pick and choose your own preferred flavors.
Salted Caramel Frappuccino: For this, simply add a spoonful of caramel sauce into the original recipe. Either that or you can swirl it over the top after the blending is complete. This will give your frappuccino a delicious salted caramel flavor that will leave you addicted and eager for more.
Mocha Frappuccino: To create a delicious mocha frappuccino, all you need is to add 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder into the original recipe before you start the blending. You will see the frappuccino change into a beautiful mocha color, and the taste is truly unbelievable.
Chocolate Chip Frappuccino: To make a delicious chocolate chip frappuccino, simply blend a handful of chocolate chips into the base recipe. This will be like drinking a chocolate chip cookie, and I guarantee you and your friends will love it.
Pumpkin Frappuccino: Frappuccinos are still great in the fall. Unless you live somewhere in the Arctic Circle, you can still drink a cold frappuccino in October when pumpkin is all the rage.
To do this, simply blend half a cup of pumpkin puree + 1/4 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice directly into the original recipe. Blend to perfection and don’t forget to top it with whipped cream. This is definitely my favorite frappuccino flavor from between September to November.
How to Make a Frappuccino at Home with a Blender
This is a standard frappuccino recipe like anything you might purchase from a cafe. It does call for using instant coffee, but if you want a decaf frappuccino you can always use decaf instant coffee instead. This recipe is smooth, it is creamy, and it will leave you wanting more.
These exact ingredients will yield two servings, but it is closer to one large mug of yumminess. If you are willing, you can probably divide the contents of your blender into 2 cups for you and a friend. You could also try making a double serving if you have a large enough blender. Doubling the ingredients will yield enough frappuccino for any afternoon get together. If there is some extra leftover, you can always freeze it for later drinking!
Keep in mind that this particular recipe involves freezing the ingredients prior to blending to get the ultimate frappuccino texture. You will need to set aside some time to allow your ingredients to freeze before making the frappuccino.
- 2 Cups Milk
- ½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 Tablespoons Instant Coffee
- 1/16 Tablespoon Salt
- 3 Tablespoons Sugar or Sweetener
- First, you need to whisk together all the ingredients. This includes the milk, vanilla extract, instant coffee, salt, and sugar. Whisk everything together until it is blended nicely. You can easily do this with a whisk and a medium bowl.
- Next, freeze the contents of the bowl in the freezer. Alternatively, you can distribute the liquid into an ice cube tray. This will make it easier for the next step, as you can just pop the individual blocks out and then blend them.
- Freeze your liquid until it is almost completely frozen, but just soft enough that your blender will be able to easily break it apart and blend it.
- Take your slightly frozen mixture and blend it inside your blender until you have reached optimum slushiness. Anyone who loves frappuccinos knows exactly the texture I’m talking about.
- Give a taste and add extra sweetener if it’s needed. However, I do not recommend adding any extra ice because it will dilute the flavor. You can also add cocoa, berries, cinnamon, banana, chai, or any other flavor that you feel will enhance your frappuccino experience.