Vanilla Bean Frappuccino Recipe

Do your kids beg for a Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappuccino every time you go like mine do? Ugh. And those things are like $4/each!

Being a homeschooler I quickly figured out that $4.00 x 4 kids = way more than I want to spend on drinks!

Since I’m a softy and have a hard time saying no, we decided to come up with our own recipe so we could make them at home and save about a zillion dollars.




  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk (We used whole, but half-n-half is great too!)
  • 1 T. Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup (You can add another tablespoon if you like.)
  • 3 large scoops vanilla bean ice cream
  • 1/2 tsp sugar (can omit)
  • A blender
  • Optional: Whipped Cream topping



Blend and top with whipped Cream!



BAM! Just like that I saved myself about $16 by making them myself! Yipee!

If it’s still not sweet enough you can add in a tablespoon of sugar, but we didn’t think it needed it.

You can also add in a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but again, the flavoring and ice were enough for us so we’re keeping it simple.

And that’s it.




I think that was one of the shortest posts I’ve ever written.

But no joke people! That’s about how long it took to make four smiling faces and four Vanilla Bean Frappuccino’s!

Hope you enjoy!


  • Luke Holzmann May 22, 2014 at 6:12 am

    I’m totally going to have to try this. I’d rather not spend a zillion dollars on blended ice and sugar… but I do far too often. This seems much better. Thanks!


  • Leighanne May 22, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Where do you find the Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup?

    • erica May 22, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      I just bought it at our local grocery store. Here it’s King Soopers, but I’ve even seen it at walmart.

  • Minette May 22, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    so there is no coffee in it? can you make them with coffee in them? I need to find a good blender that will chop ice…mine never seems to work for stuff like that… Sounds YUMMY!!!

    • erica May 22, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      Hi Minette,
      No, no coffee, but you could probably put some in there and make it more like a frappuccino! I have a Vitamix and it will blend just about anything :o)

    • Peggy February 21, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      ^^^ That’s what I thought, too! 🙂 Although, I often freeze leftover coffee in ice cube trays so I may use those! 🙂

    • erica February 22, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      Sure! Coffee would be good!

  • Mary May 26, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    My girls usually request Vanilla Creams and Vanilla Steamers, but I can totally see them wanting a vanilla bean frappucino. We’ll have to try this recipe out. Thanks for sharing!


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