source: Tiffany Marie Tran
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How to Make 5 Healthy Versions of a Starbucks Frappuccino

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In June, Starbucks announced that it will close 400 sit-in store locations and move towards a more convenient "to-go" model. Starbucks's focus on convenience has been driving customers to their doors for years, with the ice-blended Frappuccinos being their most iconic and popular drink. But as companies and individuals are transitioning through the pandemic, picking up a Starbucks Frappuccino is not as convenient as it used to be. Paying DoorDash fees or driving to Starbucks (just to drive right back home) is too much of a hassle to justify the $5 price tag of a frappe. 
 
That's why I've come up with five Frappuccino recipes that will fulfill your Starbucks craving at home. Making these delicious Frappuccinos will not only save you money, but you'll be able to cut back on more than 100 calories per drink! These recipes have the perfect balance of coffee, flavor, and sweetness. There's just enough sweetness to smooth out the coffees and teas' bitterness, without being excessively sweet. Each recipe is approximately equal to a grande drink at Starbucks, but I've found that cutting the recipe in half is enough to satisfy my sweet tooth! Try out my easy Frappuccinos recipes below:
 

1. Java Chip Frappuccino

Ingredients:

½ cup ice
1 tbsp sugar-free chocolate chips (70 cal)
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (10 cal)
1 tbsp coffee creamer (35 cal)
1 cup 2% milk (130 cal)
½ cup brewed coffee (~5 cal)
½  tsp vanilla extract (6 cal)
 
This recipe only has 256 calories, while the official Starbucks recipe has 440 calories. 

Directions:

1) Brew a 1/2 cup serving of your favorite coffee beans. Let the coffee chill completely in the fridge.
2) Blend the chilled coffee with the rest of the ingredients until smooth. 
3) Pour out into a cup & enjoy!

2. Caramel Frappuccino

Ingredients:

1 ½  cups ice
1 cup 2% milk (130 cal)
¼ cup brewed coffee (~3 cal)
3 tsp sugar (45 cal)
1 tbsp caramel (50 cal)
1 tsp vanilla extract (12 cal)
 
This recipe only has 240 calories, while the official Starbucks recipe has 370 calories. 

Directions:

1) Brew a 1/4 cup serving of your favorite coffee beans. Let the coffee chill completely in the fridge.
2) Blend the chilled coffee with the rest of the ingredients until smooth. 
3) Pour out into a cup & enjoy! 


3. Matcha Green Tea Frappuccino

Ingredients:

½ cup ice 
1 cup 2% milk (130 cal)
3 tsp Matcha sweet powder, dissolved in ⅛ cup water (60 cal)
¼ tsp vanilla (3 cal)
 
This recipe only has 193 calories, while the official Starbucks recipe has 410 calories.

Directions:

1) Heat 1/8 cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl for 1 minute.
2) Mix 3 tsp of Matcha sweet powder in the hot water.
3) Blend the matcha mixture with the rest of the ingredients until smooth.
4) Pour out into a cup & enjoy!

4. White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino

My personal favorite! The white chocolate complements the coffee perfectly.

Ingredients:

1 cup ice
½ cup coffee (~5 cal)
2 tbsp white chocolate melted (160 cal)
⅔  2% cup milk (87 cal)
 
This recipe only has 252 calories, while the official Starbucks recipe has 410 calories.

Directions:

1) Melt 2 tbsp of white chocolate by heating it in the microwave for 1 minute.
2) Pour 2/3 cup of milk on to melted white chocolate and stir until combined.
3) Blend the white chocolate mixture with the rest of the ingredients until smooth.
4) Pour out into a cup & enjoy!

5. Strawberry Creme Frappuccino

Ingredients:

½ cup ice
8-10 frozen strawberries (4 cal per strawberry)
1 cup 2% milk (130 cal)
2 tbsp creamer (70 cal)
1 tsp vanilla extract (12 cal)
 
This recipe only has 216 calories, while the official Starbucks recipe has 370 calories. 

Directions

1) Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth.
2) Pour out into a cup & enjoy!


 

After crafting and testing each Frappuccino recipe, I shared samples with my family. They loved every flavor!

Which Frappuccino recipe are you going to try out first? Let us know in the comments below!

Tiffany Marie Tran is currently a high school senior in San Jose, CA. She loves the challenge of writing: her poetry is in the Articulation is Power anthology, and she writes monthly activism articles as the Editor-In-Chief of Youth Art Magazine. Hoping to become a political journalist, she spends her time preparing for policy debate tournaments, organizing community events as a city council intern, and participating in the Santa Clara Office of Women's Policy Girls Advisory Team. To stay healthy during a busy week, Tiffany Marie enjoys figure skating or gardening.