Homemade Frappuccino

Cafe Vanilla Frappuccino
Leah Maroney
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Chill Time: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Yields: 2 quarts

Frappuccinos are the ultimate Starbucks indulgence. They are full of calories and they also cost a fortune (for something that is mostly ice!!) BUT, when you make them at home, you can control the calorie content and they are far more cost effective. They still might be an indulgence, but at least it's one you can feel better about because you made it yourself!

This recipe makes a whopping 8 frappuccinos. Now I personally cannot drink 8 frappuccinos in one sitting, nor are there enough people in my house to enjoy said frappuccinos. So I found out that they can be frozen in mason jars, thawed, and enjoyed when you want! 

If you are freezing the frappuccinos and are ready to thaw them, just take them out of the freezer and leave them someplace warm for about 20 minutes. It's great to do this as you are getting into the shower or are doing some other morning routines. By the time you are ready to run out of the house with your grab and go breakfast, just grab a large straw, stir the frappuccino a bit and it will be back to its original glory. The sugar will settle, so make sure to mix it up well! 

I love using vanilla beans in this recipe, but if you don't have them on hand, just use a little more vanilla extract. You can also substitute a little chocolate syrup and chocolate chips for a mocha chip frappuccino. Or use caramel syrup for a caramel frappuccino. But, there is something so delicious about the flavor of vanilla with coffee! The sweetened condensed milk means you don't have to worry about dissolving any sugar. It's the perfect easy way to add sweetness!

You want to make sure to brew extra strong coffee because all of the milk and ice will dilute the coffee flavor. It's best to brew the coffee the day before and let it chill in the refrigerator. 


  • 3 cups coffee (strong; use double the amount of coffee grounds when brewing the coffee)
  • 2/3 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 8 cups ice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2.  Brew the strong coffee and let it chill.  Use a refrigerator or freezer to speed up the process, or just let it chill in the fridge overnight. 

  3. Add the strong chilled coffee, milk, and sweetened condensed milk to a blender.

  4. Split the vanilla bean.  Use half of the split 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)

  5. Blend until smooth. Serve with whipped cream.

  6. Frappuccinos can also be frozen in mason jars and kept in the freezer for up to 3 months!

What Is a Frappuccino?

The Frappuccino is a Starbucks branded drink consisting of coffee, ice, a creamy base, and other ingredients.

Recipe Variations

  • Mocha Frappuccino: Add 1/3 cup of chocolate syrup and top the whipped cream with shaved chocolate.
  • Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino: Add 3 tablespoons of peppermint flavored syrup and 1/3 cup of chocolate syrup. top with whipped cream and shaved chocolate or crushed candy canes.
  • Top the Frappuccino with chocolate whipped cream.