Healthy Frappuccino

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This healthy Frappuccino is made with cold brew coffee, protein powder, cacao powder, dates and almond milk. Cool, creamy, delicious and perfect for breakfast or as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

If you know me, you know that I love coffee and during the spring/summer months, I live for cold brew coffee!

Some days I’m craving more of a frou-frou drink… which is where my take on a Frappuccino comes in! It’s essentially a mocha smoothie made with cold brew coffee, cacao powder and almond milk. It’s sweetened naturally with dates and is packed with protein!

Homemade frappuccino topped with whipped cream and cacao nibs.

The combo of cold brew coffee and protein makes this healthy Frappuccino an excellent breakfast, mid-afternoon snack or pre/post workout treat. It will cool you down and fill you up, all the while giving you a little energy boost.

What is a Frappuccino?

Starbucks coined the term “frappuccino” but what is it? It’s basically a drink that starts with coffee (or cream) as the base and then it’s blended with ice and other flavored ingredients. It is typically topped with whipped cream and occasionally additional toppings as well.

The Starbucks version isn’t the healthiest – even if you get a low-fat or sugar-free version, it’s loaded with ingredients you can’t pronounce! So I wanted to make my version with simple, delicious ingredients.

Ingredients measured out to make a healthy frappuccino.

Healthy Frappuccino Ingredients

This healthier frapp is made with only six simple ingredients and use dates as a natural sweetener! Here’s what you need:

  • cold brew coffee concentrate – you can make your own cold brew, buy store-bought or simply use chilled coffee.
  • unsweetened vanilla almond milk – any dairy-free milk works, but I love the flavor of vanilla almond milk or creamy oat milk!
  • vanilla or chocolate protein powder – my favorite brand is Nuzest, but feel free to use your fave protein powder.
  • medjool datesmedjool dates are the natural sweetener for this drink.
  • ice cubes – adding ice gives this drink that perfect “frappe” texture.
  • cacao powder – cacao or cocoa powder both work! This adds the chocolate-y mocha flavor.
  • optional toppings – whipped cream or coconut whipped cream and cacao nibs.
Cold brew, cocoa powder, protein powder and dates in a blender.

Flavor Variations

One of the best parts about ordering this drink at Starbucks is all of the variations… that doesn’t mean you can’t recreate them at home! Here are some flavor variations to try:

  • Peppermint – add in a little peppermint extract and top with crushed peppermint candy.
  • Peanut butter cup – make the Frappuccino as directed but add in a little nut butter and sprinkle with chopped nuts.
  • Caramel – add a spoonful of this date caramel sauce while blending and drizzle a little extra on top.
  • Coco-chocolate – Use coconut milk in place of almond milk and sprinkle with toasted coconut.
Blended Frappuccino in a blender.

Can You Make in Advance?

Yes! While the consistency will change a little compared to the fresh version, you can make this healthy Frappuccino in advance and store it in the fridge or freezer. If you do freeze it, just let it thaw in the fridge for a couple hours, stir with a straw and enjoy.

Homemade frappuccino topped with whipped cream.

More Blended Drinks to Try:

Healthy Frappuccino

5 from 20 votes
This healthy Frappuccino is cool, creamy and delicious. Made with cold brew coffee, chocolate protein powder, cacao, dates and almond milk.
Homemade frappuccino topped with whipped cream and cacao nibs.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup cold brew coffee concentrate, or chilled coffee
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 – 2 scoops, 25-50 grams total vanilla or chocolate protein powder (I used 2 scoops chocolate Nuzest)
  • 2 pitted medjool dates
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa or cacao powder
  • whipped cream, optional for topping (use coconut whipped cream for vegan option)
  • 1 Teaspoon cacao nibs, optional for topping

Instructions
 

  • Blend: Place all ingredients except cacao nibs into a high powered blend and blend until smooth.
  • Enjoy: Pour into a glass, top with whipped cream and cacao nibs, if using and enjoy.

Nutrition

Serving: 1drink without toppings Calories: 253kcal Carbohydrates: 40g Protein: 21g Fat: 3g Sodium: 461mg Fiber: 6g Sugar: 32g
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy frappuccino

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    59 comments
    1. Sophie
      July 11, 2021 AT 10:46 am

      5 stars
      Just tried it and it was so good ! I was looking for a way to actually enjoy my protein powder and this recipe was perfect!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 12, 2021 AT 11:06 am

        Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed this frappuccino, Sophie! Thanks so much for making it and coming back to leave a review. It means the world to me!

    2. Deb Koker
      June 26, 2021 AT 3:10 pm

      5 stars
      This is a great snack on a hot day. I used chocolate protein powder and 4 ounces of homemade cold brew.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 28, 2021 AT 12:25 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this fappuccino, Deb! Thanks for trying it and coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    3. Jennifer B.
      June 21, 2021 AT 9:26 pm

      5 stars
      I love dates so much, can’t believe it took me this long to try them in a smoothie. PERFECTION! Thank you so much, Brittany! (Used a cup of cold brew & I am flying…!) Remembered to add the stars this time *sigh*

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 22, 2021 AT 11:14 am

        Yay!! I’m so glad this was a hit! Thanks for the review, Jennifer. I really appreciate it 🙂

    4. Jennifer B.
      June 21, 2021 AT 4:24 pm

      I love dates so much, can’t believe it took me this long to try them in a smoothie. PERFECTION! Thank you so much, Brittany! (Used a cup of cold brew & I am flying…!)

    5. Taylor Byers
      June 16, 2021 AT 11:36 am

      5 stars
      This recipe is another winner!! Such a great start to any day or an afternoon pick-me-up! Tastes just like a fancy drink you would get at a fancy coffee shop, but with natural sugar and protein powder too!! Loved it!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 17, 2021 AT 10:54 am

        Woo!! So glad this frappuccino was a hit, Taylor! Thanks for trying it and coming back to leave a review. It means the world to me!

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