Instead of buying a vanilla bean Frappuccino from Starbucks, why not make one yourself? I almost never buy Starbucks since I can make almost all of their products right here in my home. I’ll show how to make a vanilla bean Frappuccino by using just a few ingredients and a blender. I also have a way of making this delicious drink without a blender.

Frappuccino may sound fancy, but overall, it is just vanilla flavored coffee with milk. You can also add other ingredients to it like mint and chocolate. Basically, anybody who can brew a cup of coffee can make this drink.

One thing to remember is that this is an imitation recipe. Starbucks uses a premade base for Frappuccinos, and they will not disclose the ingredients they use. In any case, the taste that you will get should be very similar. In fact, it is almost impossible to tell the difference.

Let’s get started making a Starbucks vanilla bean Frappuccino!

What You’ll Need:

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The only tools or machines that you need to make this drink are a blender or an espresso machine if you want to use espresso. If you do not have a blender, you can simply mix the ingredients by stirring them into a big bowl. I’ll explain how in the next section.

The Ingredients

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  • 1 ½ cups of coffee
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 1/3 cup of sweetened condensed milk (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream for topping
  • Ice or vanilla ice cream
  • Chocolate chips (optional)

Step 1: Brew a strong cup of coffee or espresso

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You can use your favorite brand of coffee. One thing to note is that the vanilla flavor can overpower the coffee taste.
Usually, most coffee brands have a “forte” version that is much stronger. Another option is to brew a pot of your everyday coffee and then run it again through the machine.

Remember to add some water when you add your coffee to the machine as a part of the liquid will evaporate.

Espresso has a higher caffeine concentration and a stronger taste, but to make it, you’ll need an espresso machine. A double espresso should be strong enough.

If you do not have a coffee or espresso machine, you can use instant coffee. Just heat up some water and add a few teaspoons.

Remember: It has to be quite strong.

Step 2: Put it in the blender

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After you brew the coffee, leave it a few minutes to cool down or else it may damage your blender.

Add the coffee with the milk and vanilla extract to your blender. You can also use sweetened condensed milk. I like eating sweets so I always add it, but if you are on a diet, you can make a great Frappuccino without it.

Step 3: Fill your blender with ice

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For an authentic Frappuccino, you need a lot of ice. Also, your blender should be able to crush it. Make sure you read the manual. Otherwise, the ice can really damage your tool.
If your blender cannot crush ice, try substituting the ice with vanilla ice cream. The drink will be creamier, and the vanilla flavor will be more potent now.

Take the ice and fill the blender ¾ of the way to the top. Ice will affect the texture of your drink. If you want your Frappuccino to be slushier, use more ice. If you want it to be more like a milkshake, use less. A good strategy is to put less ice in the blender and then add more if you think you need it.

Step 4: Run the blender

We do not want any ice cubes left intact, leaving you with the option of running the blender for around thirty seconds. You should have a smooth drink with tiny pieces of ice.

Step 5: Add straw and enjoy

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Pour your tasty Frappuccino into a cup of coffee and add a straw for the whole Starbucks experience.

Tips: Use your whipped cream as a topping. I also recommend adding some ground cinnamon for extra flavor.

If you want a more visual step-by-step of how to make a vanilla bean Frappuccino, try the video below:


How to Make a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino Without a Blender

You do not need a blender to make a Frappuccino. By combining and mixing the ingredients manually, you can create the same taste and texture. Of course, some things will be a bit different, but you will still be able to enjoy your Frappuccino.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of coffee
  • 2 ½ cups of 2% skin milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream for topping
  • A tray of ice
  • ¼ cup of sugar

Step 1: Combine the main ingredients

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Add the coffee, milk, and sugar to a bowl. You will have to stir for a long time so make sure you pick a wide mixing bowl to avoid splashes.

Again, the coffee that you use is essential. Since you are pouring it into a bowl, you do not have to leave it to cool. Using hot coffee will help dissolve the sugar a lot faster.

Step 2: Stir, stir and stir

Without a blender, you will have to do things manually, which means that you will have to stir the mixture for a few minutes. Make sure that all the sugar is dissolved. You can also use sugar syrup to make things easier.

Step 3: Serve cold

Add the mixture into your favorite cup. You can add ice at this stage to cool your drink. I recommend using a straw because the ice cubes can be a nuisance. Again, you can use whipped cream as a topping with, my favorite, cinnamon!

An alternative way to make a frappe without a blender can be seen below.


These two recipes are easy to make and can save you a lot of time and money. You can now enjoy your favorite drink in just a few minutes and for less than $1. You do not need a blender, although that can make things easier. I also encourage you to experiment with different flavors. Remember that the base is always the same coffee and milk (plus sugar to taste) and you can combine it with any ingredients that you want.

Frappuccino’s work best during hot summer days, but if you take out the ice, they can also be enjoyable during colder periods.

In conclusion, you do not have to spend a fortune to enjoy a vanilla bean Frappuccino. I hope this guide was useful to you and let me know how your Frappuccino turned out in the comment section bellow!