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Healthy Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino

    Once you see how easy it is to make a rich and creamy Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino at home you’ll never miss the fat and calories you’re saving.

    Healthy Mocha Frappucino Recipe 3 glasses

    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 chocolately – what’s not to love?

    Liz Making Frappucino
    Liz Pouring Mocha Frappucino

    Confession: I’ve never actually ordered a Frappuccino at Starbucks before. While there are many unhealthy foods I can’t resist, Frappuccinos fall into my “off limits” category which means I never order them.

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    The same can be said for a McDonald’s Big Mac, General Tso’s Chicken at a mall food court or a donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts.

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    It all goes back to my 80’s childhood during the fat-free craze followed by my overweight adolescence in the 90’s/00’s. I didn’t grow up eating these heavy foods so to eat them now would pretty much be a guaranteed stomach ache.

    Healthy Mocha Frappucino Recipe

    Psychologically, consuming them would immediately bring me to a dark place so for these reasons, I avoid them.

    Liz Garnishing Mocha Frappucino

    The fact is, I’ve worked too hard to achieve weight loss success and I’ve also learned a lot about making smarter food choices over the years. By using ingredients I can pronounce such as cocoa powder, half and half, and strong coffee plus a few drops of my favorite chocolate stevia, I end up with a frothy, decadent frozen drink that is sheer perfection.

    Frequently asked questions:

    What if I don’t have liquid stevia?

    If you don’t have liquid stevia, honey or pure maple syrup work just as well.

    Can you make these drinks ahead of time?

    Yes, they last up to 1 month in the freezer. Put into individual freezer-safe cups with lids before freezing for convenience.

    What other flavors can I make?

    Substitute chocolate stevia for regular, and omit the cocoa powder and you have a vanilla frap. Add crushed peppermints for a peppermint mocha, swap for white chocolate, or toasted coconut shavings.

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    Your straw is waiting.

    Healthy Mocha Frappucino Recipe 3 glasses

    Healthy Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino

    4.42 stars average
    Frothy chocolate and coffee perfection – this healthy knock-off of the Starbucks mocha frappuccino has all the flavor, none of the guilt.
    PREP: 5 mins
    TOTAL: 5 mins
    Servings: 2


    • 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)


    • 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.


    For a thicker consistency, add more ice.
    Stevia has no calories so if you swap with honey or another sweetener please note that the calorie total will increase a bit.


    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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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:


    1. 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!

    2. 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?

    3. 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!!

    4. 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!

    5. 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!

    6. 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

    7. 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. 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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