Vitamix Frappuccinos (as good as Starbucks)!
There are two secrets to making Starbucks-tasting Frappuccinos.
- A Vitamix
- Xanthan gum
Both of these come with some sticker shock. But, being a Vitamix owner, you can appreciate investing in something that lasts a long time.
The formula for making these Frappuccinos is pretty simple.
The real question is what took us so long to make these?
As I’m typing, I’m seeing xanthan gum as a microcosm for getting a Vitamix. We hesitated for so long but feel silly for doing so.
These Frappuccinos Will Get You Out of Bed!
Legendary American television writer and producer Norman Lear loved to say the following about coffee: “I went to bed every night excited about the coffee I was going to have in the morning.”
These frappuccinos, for us, do just that.
These are fun and exciting to make. And wake you up!
And being that they’re a frozen drink, us making them means winter is behind us. Sunshine!
Our spin on the classic Frappuccino
Frappuccinos from Starbucks are delicious. But they’re also loaded with syrups made from you cannot pronounce.
So we simplified and tried to keep it whole-food, plant based:
- Dates (instead of sugar)
- Nut milk (instead of whole dairy milk)
- Cocoa powder (instead of a chocolate syrup)
Not sure if xanthan gum is technically allowed for a strict WFPB diet. But without it, your frapps are going to be far less homogeneous.
A vegan and (mostly) whole-food, plant-based take on Starbucks' Frappuccinos!
- coffee - 1/2 cup, cold, strongly brewed
- nut milk - 1/2 cup (almond, cashew, hemp, soy, whatever you like)
- coconut milk - 1 Tablespoon
- vanilla - 1 teaspoon
- xanthan gum - 1/8 teaspoon
- salt - a pinch
- dates - 2, pitted (plus or minus one to taste)
- ice - 1 cup (heaping)
- (optional) cocoa powder - 1 Tablespoon (for MOCHA frapp!)
- (optional) coconut - 1/2 cup toasted or as-is (for COCONUT frapp!)
- Add ingredients in order listed.
- Blend for 30 seconds on highest speed your Vitamix will do
Useful tips for Frappuccinos!
Mocha frappuccinos: add a tablespoon of cocoa powder!
Toasted coconut frappuccinos: add some toasted coconut! (If it’s unsweetened, you’ll want to add a bit more sweetness to cut some of the coconut’s bitterness)
Container size questions:
We made the single-size, 12-oz recipe in a low-profile 64 ounce container. (No need to double up!)