This Healthy Homemade Vanilla Frappuccino is life changing! It’s naturally sweetened with dates and a banana and has the best vanilla-pecan-espresso flavor!
Coffee is my life. I mean, I wouldn’t be a functioning human without it. I drink three cups a day.
But when the weather is humid, or I’m sweaty from a workout, a hot beverage is the last thing I crave. And, I’ve never been an iced coffee person (probably because I’ve had to drink way too many cold cups of joe while juggling work and motherhood).
I needed to figure out a refreshing way to get my caffeine fix.
My latest invention is this healthy homemade vanilla Frappuccino. It’s thick, creamy, frothy, icy and has the best vanilla-pecan-espresso flavor.
It tastes like a decadent treat — something you’d pay good money for at Starbucks and then regret the calories. Except, it’s totally guilt free!
This Frappuccino’s essentially a vegan smoothie made with almond milk, a banana, pecans, ground espresso and vanilla extract. Oh, and it’s sugar free, since it’s naturally sweetened with dates.
What’s not to love? It’s the ultimate pick-me-up after exercise or just to get the day started.
I modeled it after my Espresso-Banana Morning Smoothie. That one contains oats and walnuts and is a bit more filling, but you can experiment with adding protein powder to this homemade Frappuccino, if you’re looking for something that counts as breakfast.
If you love coffee, shakes and smoothies, you need to try this healthy homemade vanilla Frappuccino. Run, don’t walk, to your blender!
More delicious smoothies to try
- Healthy Chocolate-Banana Smoothie with Pecans
- Chocolate-Cherry Smoothie with Almond
- Pumpkin Smoothie
- Banana Carrot Smoothie
You also might like this Homemade Starbucks Green Tea Frappuccino or this Cinnamon Mocha Frappuccino.
And, if you love espresso, you have to try this Traditional Tiramisu Recipe!
P.S. If you’re in the market for a blender, I highly recommend a Vitamix (that’s an Amazon affiliate link.) I use mine every day. It’s worth the investment, but you can buy a refurbished one to bring the cost down.
Healthy Homemade Vanilla Frappuccino
- 1 ripe banana (peeled & broken in half)
- ¼ cup pecan halves
- 2 dates, pitted
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 teaspoon ground espresso (or 2 espresso beans)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 sprinkles salt
- ½ cup ice cubes
- Place all ingredients in the blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
(Recipe Source: Cooking with Mamma C. Healthy Homemade Vanilla Frappuccino originally published on Food Fanatic.)
I've never tried almond milk, but this would definitely make me want to give it a try!
You can use regular milk if you wish, Tammy. I really like almond milk though! The one I use is unsweetened and has just 30 calories per cup.
Amy @ The Cook Report
A great idea to make this kind of thing at home, a great way to make it healthier.
Guess what! I have all those ingredients and I haven't had breakfast yet. I am so excited!
Go for it, Ginny! Enjoy!
I can't wait to try it ASAP!!
I approve of that, Lol! Enjoy, Jessie!
I am also a coffee lover and...a smoothie lover! I have to try this out asap 🙂
It really hits the spot. I hope you enjoy this, Linda!
kathi @ laughing spatula
We went from dairy to almond milk about a year ago and have never looked back! This looks so refreshing and good!
My son and I switched from dairy to soy, then to almond, and haven't looked back. I love almond milk in my smoothies! Thanks, Kathi.