This sugar free frappuccino is a healthier version of a classic favorite. Sweetened only with a homemade date caramel, you’d never know you were eating something good for you! Be able to cool down with a cold blended coffee drink without sacrificing your health of that summer bod you worked so hard on.
When Alex and I first started dating, he’d never had a Frappuccino. I was shocked – wasn’t that a right of something? Turning 15 and being a mall rat sipping frapps and pretending you’re super cool? (just me? please tell it wasn’t just me.)
Either way, I forced him to try one the first summer we were together – not only did I get him addicted to Starbucks over Dunkin Donuts, but I got him into Frappucinos. After at least a year (or more, if we’re being honest, guys.) of making fun of me for sipping on the intoxicatingly sweet icy drinks, I convinced him to try one and he was hooked too.
The problem is that they’re pretty much the worst for you. Especially if you’re like me and love the ones with the gooey caramel sauce and whipped cream on top. If you try to limit your sugar intake, it’s pretty much impossible to justify slurping one down on any given day. And while they have a “reduced sugar” version, it’s really just a normal frappuccino made with the sugar free syrup and skim milk – it still had the sugary frappuccino base they use in a full sugar one. With that in mind, I went to work trying to figure out how on Earth to have my frapp and drink it too.
Enter the sugar free frappuccino.
You guys. This thing is amazing. When I first figured out how I thought I could make this work, Alex and I were driving around and I couldn’t get it out of my mind. I was so excited that that night I went out and bought everything I would need and the next day I started experimenting. 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 Caramel Frappuccino 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 making it much more filling and satisfying.
The trick really does lie in the homemade date caramel – it’s buttery and sweet without any refined sugars or artificial sweeteners. It adds that sticky caramel taste you love in a caramel frappuccino, but sugar free – yes, a sugar free caramel frappuccino. Doesn’t that just sound like the heavens opened up and sang?
Tips for making homemade date caramel
- If your dates seem a little dry, you might need to simmer a bit longer.
- Any milk will work here – I used whole milk since it’s what we always have on hand, but if you’re looking for a dairy free frappuccino you could definitely use a milk alternative. Cashew and coconut milk would be a smart addition for the creaminess.
- If you want to add even more sweetness, add a few drops of stevia – if you use vanilla stevia omit the vanilla and just do a few drops of the vanilla stevia.
- This homemade date caramel is so, so good on everything from yogurt or ice cream to stirred into oatmeal.
If you decide to give this sugar free frappuccino a try, make sure you let me know what you think by tagging me on instagram @morganmanages and rating the recipe 5 stars below!
Sugar Free Frappuccino with Date Caramel
Sugar Free Frappuccino with Date Caramel
- 1 cup water
- .5 cup dates about 5
- .25 cup milk of choice I used whole milk, but I think cashew milk would be perfect
- .5 tsp vanilla
- Pinch of salt
Sugar Free Frappuccino
- 1 cup ice
- .5 cup milk of choice
- .5 cup very strong coffee
- 2-3 TBS date caramel
- heavy cream, stevia optional
For the date caramel
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.
For the sugar free frappuccino
Add ice, milk, coffee, and date caramel (start with 2 tablespoons and increase 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!
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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