Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino (Healthy Copycat)

Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes

This rich and creamy healthy Starbucks mocha Frappuccino copycat has all of the chocolate and coffee flavor you want with none of the guilt!

Healthy Starbucks mocha Frappuccino.

Coffee and chocolate are a flavor match made in heaven which is why it is no surprise that the Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino is so popular. Cool, creamy, rich and chocolatey – what’s not to love? Well, the 370 calories and 51 grams of sugar make it hard for me to love it. As tempting as the flavor combination is, I figured I could just as easily make a similar drink at home without all of the added fats. Saving you calories and money, here is my Healthy Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino Copycat.

Ingredients

  • Coffee: Use your favorite! I typically use a strong brewed coffee that I then chill, but you could use a cold brew from the store as well.
  • Half and half: Helping to give the drink that creamy texture and taste.
  • Cocoa powder: Adds that classic, rich chocolate flavor.
  • Maple syrup: Instead of using a bunch of added processed sugars, I use maple syrup to sweeten the drink in a natural way.
  • Vanilla extract: Sweetens and enhances the chocolate flavor of the drink.
  • Sea salt: Balances out the sweet and rich taste of the Frappuccino.

How to Make Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino (Healthy Copycat)

Adding cold brew to blender

Start your healthy Starbucks mocha Frappuccino by adding your coffee to a blender.

Adding milk to blender

Then add your half and half to the coffee.

Adding cocoa powder

Next add the cocoa powder and a pinch of sea salt.

Adding vanilla to blender

Followed by the vanilla extract.

Adding maple syrup to blender

Drizzle in the maple syrup.

Adding ice to blender

Then finish with some ice cubes.

Blending mocha frappuccino

Put the lid on, then blend until creamy and smooth. If you want a thicker drink, just add more ice!

Garnishing Starbucks mocha Frappuccino (healthy copycat).

Once it reaches your desired consistency, poor into a glass and top with some whipped cream and chocolate chips if you wish. Enjoy your Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino (Healthy Copycat)!

Easy Substitutions

  • Make it dairy-free. You could use almond milk, oat milk, or even coconut milk instead of half and half to make this drink dairy free.
  • Change out the sweetener. Instead of maple syrup, you could use honey, or if you have liquid stevia, you could use that and it would cut the calories even more!

Frequently Asked Qestions:

What is a Starbucks mocha Frappuccino?

It’s a frozen/blended drink from Starbucks that usually uses whole milk, Frappuccino syrup, instant coffee, and chocolate sauce. It’s blended with ice and then topped with whipped cream.

How much caffeine is in a mocha Frappuccino?

From Starbucks, the drink has 110mg of caffeine. When you make it from home, it’ll vary depending on the coffee you use as the base.

Can you make these drinks ahead of time?

Yes, you can keep it in the freezer! For the most convenience, I’d recommend freezing individual servings in freezer safe cups with a lid.

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A delicious way to start your day, or a tasty treat in the afternoon, this healthy Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino will satisfy your craving without any guilt.

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Healthy starbucks mocha frappuccino

Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino (Healthy Copycat)

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This rich and creamy healthy Starbucks mocha Frappuccino copycat has all of the chocolate and coffee flavor you want with none of the guilt!
PREP: 5 minutes
TOTAL: 5 minutes
Servings2

Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups strong brewed coffee (chilled)
  • ¼ cup half and half (or almond milk)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • ice
  • whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings (optional garnish)

Instructions
 

  • Combine coffee, half and half, cocoa powder, vanilla, maple syrup and salt in a blender. Puree until smooth about 30-60 seconds. Add a scoop or two of ice and puree for additional 45-60 seconds on high.
  • Pour into a glass and garnish with whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings.

Notes

For a thicker consistency, add more ice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1glassCalories: 78kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 25mgPotassium: 251mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 107IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 1mg

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82 responses to “Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino (Healthy Copycat)”

  1. Sophia Avatar
    Sophia

    Hello!
    Is it possible to make this without milk and just use water and get it to the same thickness?
    Thank you!
    Sophia

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes absolutely!

  2. Sophia Avatar
    Sophia

    Hello!
    Is it possible to make this without milk and just use water and get it to the same thickness?
    Thank you!
    Sophia

  3. Skye Avatar
    Skye

    I made this a few times with splenda and it’s awesome but I was concerned about having that much cocoa powder and vanilla extract everyday. I changed it to 1 tbsp of cocoa and 1 tsp of vanilla and it tastes almost exactly the same. Thanks for such a tasty coffee alternative!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      So glad you enjoyed it Skye!

  4. MagicMimi Avatar
    MagicMimi

    This sounds great but I don’t care for Almond Milk, and any other kind of milk makes me ill with one exception. Can Coconut Milk be substituted?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes that would be a great alternative!

      1. Amber Avatar
        Amber

        Do we use original almond milk or unsweetened? Sorry for the dumb question :-)

        1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
          Liz DellaCroce

          I like unsweetened. :) ENJOY!

  5. sarah Avatar
    sarah

    Hi! Im curious about the chocolate stevia, ive never heard of it before, this looks so good and I will try it tomorrow with another sweetener for now but im debating buying the stevia you suggested. My only worry is that I bought some powered stevia a while back to try and it had a really strong licorice after taste that I did not care for at all! I was wondering if the chocolate flavor has any of this taste since it is still stevia? I swore I wouldn’t buy stevia again but this chocolate flavor is really tempting!!! thanks!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I really enjoy it – you should try it!

  6. Meredith Avatar
    Meredith

    Love this recipe! I used to drink Starbucks Frappuccino’s, but my grown-up taste buds can’t take that amount of sweetness anymore. I didn’t have any stevia, so I just made the recipe with no sweetener at all, and it was still delicious!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so happy Meredith!

  7. JOSEFINE Avatar
    JOSEFINE

    My goodness, nothing so simple and so satisfying as this healthy frappuccino esp. from Starbucks. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so glad you like!

  8. JanP Avatar
    JanP

    This is great! Thank you, thank you!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Enjoy!!

  9. Theresa C Avatar
    Theresa C

    For someone who’s never had one…unbelievable! This is EXACTLY like Starbucks! Gotta get crushed ice, cubes in a blender worked but I can only imagine and look forward to using the right ice! You are a MOCHA FRAPPICINO genius! (I added 3 tbsp sugar free Torani hazelnut just like I used to order. Only Starbucks coffee I ever liked/loved.) THANK YOU!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh my gosh I’m so happy to hear this!!!!!! Enjoy!

      1. Theresa Avatar
        Theresa

        Now I’ll have to get a second small freezer…for bags of crushed ice! Again, brilliant! Thanks!

        1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
          Liz DellaCroce

          Enjoy!! :)

  10. Passade Avatar
    Passade

    Such an easy & tasty recipe! Thank you for sharing this.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you love it!

  11. Shannon Avatar
    Shannon

    Is there a way to make this a cherry mocha frapp? Maybe just add some kind of sugar free cherry flavor?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      How about you add frozen pitted cherries?

      1. Addrianne Day Avatar
        Addrianne Day

        I know this is an older question but cherry flavor extract would work!

        1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
          Liz DellaCroce

          Ohhhh great idea!!!

  12. Maggie W. Avatar
    Maggie W.

    Hi! Great recipe. Any idea on how many shots of espresso to use in place of the cooled coffee?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I would do one shot per serving!

  13. Gypsy Rhodes Avatar
    Gypsy Rhodes

    I am always looking for new ways to make this, love the stevia idea, too bad it makes me sick…I’ve been making these for 10+ years and one thing I do differently is instead of ice cubes, I make coffee ice cubes, just pour coffee in a cube tray (that you might get a the $ store because sometimes they do stain the plastic). It makes the drink last longer, no watered down last few sips. Also recently, and rarely because of the calories, I’ve used a little sweetened condensed milk, it makes the drink a little more creamier, and is also the sweetener. Great job with this. Now I wanna look into the chocolate stevia for friends…lol

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      The coffee ice cubes idea is brilliant!! I want to try that!

  14. Kelsey Avatar
    Kelsey

    Best ever!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      YAY!!

  15. Farzana Avatar
    Farzana

    What does Stevia taste like?? Is it bitter?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It depends on the brand but the one I link to (that I use and love) is NOT bitter at all!

  16. Shannon Rogers Avatar
    Shannon Rogers

    Hi Liz!

    This looks yummy!! I notice that on the recipe that the whipped cream and chocolate shavings are optional. Are the whipped cream and chocolate shavings included in the 72 calories, or should I add the calories for the whipped cream and chocolate shavings on top of the 72 calories? I’d love it if you would answer my question.

    Thanks :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Hi Shannon – No it does not include the optional whipped cream and chocolate shavings! To be fair, I didn’t include whipped cream in the Starbucks calorie count either. :)

  17. patti Avatar
    patti

    This looks fabby! If I use honey-how much would you reccommend? Thanks, p

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Hi Patti – I would start out with one or two tablespoons then add more to taste. I don’t like my drinks overly sweet so it certainly varies to taste. :) Let me know what you think!!

  18. Nutmeg Nanny Avatar
    Nutmeg Nanny

    Oh yes! I definitely needed this recipe :) coffee addict over here!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Same here sista!! And chocolate… :)

  19. Megan {Country Cleaver} Avatar
    Megan {Country Cleaver}

    Liz I love this a million times over. I always get light frapps at Starbucks, but I still feel guilty – I have to give yours a try!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes!! You will love this and you will also love not feeling guilty for spending $5 on a drink – lol. xoxo

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