This sugar free frappuccino is a healthier version of a classic favorite. Sweetened only with dates, you’d never know you were eating something good for you!
If you’ve been following the blog for a decent length of time, you know that each weekend, Alex and I make a Starbucks stop for Frappuccinos. We’re both obsessed with the sweet, icy (completely overpriced) goodness – Alex gets a large espresso one while I stick to an OG caramel Frappuccino.
Well, all of that came to a screeching halt when we discovered that sugar makes me a hot, itchy mess. Now I order a plain iced latte. If I’m feeling risky I’ll order 1 pump of sugar free vanilla. Meanwhile, the hubs is sitting next to me sucking down the world’s largest frappuccino with the perfect amount of fluffy whipped cream sticking out of the top. Pure. Torture.
Since I don’t think I’ll be having one of those for quite some time, I’ve been trying to think of ways to get in the good stuff without breaking out all over. Enter the sugar free frappuccino.
You guys. This thing is amazing. We were driving around when I thought of it and I couldn’t get it out of my mind. So the next day I experimented and made it. And that was all I needed, one shot. While it obviously doesn’t taste exactly like a Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino (come on, everyone, it’s made with dates.) it definitely is so, so good. The strong flavor of the coffee covers up any super date-y flavors. And so much better for you! I looked it up, and a Grande contains SIXTY SIX grams of sugar. How crazy is that? While my version contains some natural sugars, there are no added or refined sugars, plus the dates add in some vitamins and fiber! And it’s much more filling and satisfying – I made mine after my naptime workout (you mommas get me – naptime = time to do allthethings!) and I was barely even hungry for dinner four hours later!
I hope you all try this out for yourself! If you do, let me know if you enjoyed it!
Sugar Free Frappuccino
1 cup water
.5 cup (I used 5) dates, pitted
.25 cup milk of choice (I used whole milk, but I think cashew milk would be perfect)
.5 tsp vanilla
Pinch of salt
Boil the water and add in the dates. Allow to simmer 5 minutes. Pour into a blender and blend until smooth. Add in milk, vanilla, and salt, and blend to combine. Cool completely before using.
Sugar Free Frappuccino
1 cup of ice
.5 cup milk of choice
.5 cup very strong coffee – I used my favorite cold brew, but strong leftover coffee or cooled espresso would work as well.
2-3 TBS date caramel
Optional: heavy cream, stevia
Add ice, milk, coffee, and date caramel (to taste) to your blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately with date caramel drizzle and whipped heavy cream or coconut cream for dairy free.
-If you’d like it sweeter, either add in more date caramel or add in vanilla stevia.
-I enjoyed my whipped cream plain with just the drizzle on top, but if you’d like a sweeter whipped cream, feel free to add stevia of sweetener of your choice.
-This can totally be made dairy free – like I stated above, I think cashew milk would work best because it’s the creamiest and the most neutral, but I think full fat coconut would be crazy good as well!
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So tell me – what’s your favorite frappuccino? Are you as obsessed with them as I am? Sugar free friends – what do you miss the most? Let me know in the comments!
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