Healthy Frappuccino

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.

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If you make this healthy Frappuccino be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting us know how it turned out for you. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and our readers!

Homemade frappuccino topped with whipped cream and cacao nibs.

Healthy Frappuccino

Brittany Mullins
This healthy Frappuccino is cool, creamy and delicious. Made with cold brew coffee, chocolate protein powder, cacao, dates and almond milk.
4.77 from 13 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Smoothie
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 253 kcal


  • 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


  • 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.


Serving: 1drink without toppingsCalories: 253kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 21gFat: 3gSodium: 461mgFiber: 6gSugar: 32g
Keyword healthy frappuccino
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Recipe Rating

    1. Amy B
      June 15, 2021 AT 9:18 am

      5 stars
      Omg this is definitely being added to being one of my faves!! I used a local coffee shops cold brew coffee and it made this smoothie taste spectacular!!!!! Definitely recommend!!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 15, 2021 AT 10:17 am

        Woo! I’m so glad this frappuccino has been such a hit, Amy! Thanks for trying it and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

    2. Nancy
      June 9, 2021 AT 1:00 pm

      5 stars
      Love that this is sweetened with dates, not refined sugar. I made it with 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder instead of the chocolate protein powder and so it only had a hint of chocolate flavor. Next time I will try it with the chocolate protein powder because can you ever have too much chocolate?!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 10, 2021 AT 2:19 pm

        You can never have too much chocolate! So glad you enjoyed this smoothie, Nancy. Thanks for tying it and for the review. I so appreciate it!

    3. Anne Murphy
      June 6, 2021 AT 5:31 pm

      5 stars
      Loved loved this recipe !! What a great afternoon pick me up – the code abs chocolate flavor was delish!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 7, 2021 AT 10:58 am

        So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Anne. Thanks for the review, I appreciate it!

    4. Lara Rogers
      June 5, 2021 AT 4:29 pm

      5 stars
      Absolutely love how I can get my morning coffee into a healthy smoothie for breakfast too. Super filling, thanks for the recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 7, 2021 AT 11:08 am

        So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Lara. Thanks for the review, I appreciate it!

    5. Janice
      June 5, 2021 AT 10:45 am

      5 stars
      This was a great pick me up. Thanks for the recipe.

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.


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