Speckles of vanilla bean make this vanilla bean frappuccino recipe a true delight.
What’s in the Starbucks vanilla bean frappuccino?
According to their website, these are the ingredients.
- creme base syrup
- whipped cream
- vanilla bean powder
What do I need to make this vanilla bean frappuccino recipe?
Not ice cream. Most of the vanilla frappuccino recipes I see online require vanilla bean ice cream. This is a vanilla bean frappuccino recipe without ice cream because that’s a milkshake recipe.
This version is easier and allows you to get creative with your frappuccinos. Check out my post on how to make a frappuccino at home for secret tips.
Here’s what you’ll need instead.
The vanilla bean in this Vanilla bean starbucks frappuccino
For this recipe I used vanilla bean paste, which is a combination of vanilla bean, sugar, and vanilla extract. There are a few ways you can add vanilla bean to your drink.
- Vanilla bean paste: this is the method I chose to get more vanilla flavor and those little black specks
- Vanilla bean Powder: Pure ground Vanilla beans add the specks, but the drink might not be sweet enough for some.
- Vanilla bean frappe base: If you are only going to make vanilla frappuccinos this is an option, but I recommend using a Classic base to give you more flavor freedom.
- Vanilla simple syrup and vanilla bean powder: For extra sweetness, use a vanilla simple syrup with vanilla bean powder. I use Monin brand syrups, but Starbucks has a vanilla syrup you can buy on Amazon.
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The world is your oyster. You can chose to add coffee, syrups, or purees to customize your drink the way you like. Starbucks suggests an affogato which is hot espresso poured over top.
For anyone who wants to make their coffee-house style drinks at home, I highly recommend purchasing an espresso machine because nothing beats freshly pulled espresso. I started out with a cheaper one for $100 (similar to this one) and recently upgraded. Check out my article on buying an espresso machine, here.
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Here are some popular variations to try.
Other popular choices are:
- espresso powder for making this vanilla bean frappuccino recipe with coffee while still keeping it frozen.
- Strawberry puree
- Mocha drizzle
- Caramel drizzle
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- 1 scoop frappe base
- 6 - 8 oz whole milk
- 3 tablespoon Vanilla bean paste, more to taste. *see notes*
- 1.5 cups ice
- Add-ons: Syrups, sauces, purees *see notes*
- In a blender, combine frappe base, espresso powder (if using, see notes), and milk.
- Once mixed, add in vanilla bean paste and ice. Pulse mixture until desired consistency is reached.
- Taste and adjust flavorings by adding more vanilla bean, ice or milk.
There are a few way to make this drink. Personally, I suggest using the Classic (plain) base because it gives you the freedom to experiment with your own flavor combinations.
However, Monin does make a vanilla bean base. If you choose this powder, be sure to use the monin instructions.
I choose to use vanilla bean paste which is vanilla extract, vanilla beans, sugar, and a thickener.
You can purchase pure vanilla bean powder which is whole vanilla beans ground up. This is what creates the flecks, making it different from plain vanilla.
If you are looking to add more vanilla flavor, use a vanilla simple syrup in addition to your vanilla bean. I buy Monin brand vanilla syrup from Amazon, but you can also get Starbucks branded vanilla.
I prefer my drinks with espresso. Starbucks recommends an affogato style drink, which is hot espresso poured over top. If you want to make espresso-based drinks, I highly recommend purchasing an espresso machine. Check out this post for more details.
For those who want to maintain the frozen texture of the vanilla bean frappuccino, use 1 teaspoon of espresso powder. Add the espresso powder with the frappe base.
customize this drink with a drizzle of
- strawberry puree
- caramel sauce
- mocha sauce
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- Stavoren Trading Co - Gourmet Madagascar Vanilla Bean Paste - 4oz. - Baking, Cooking, and Desserts
- Ghirardelli Beverage Mix, Classic White Frappe Mix
- Starbucks Naturally Flavored Vanilla Coffee Syrup, 12.17 Fl Oz
- Slofoodgroup - Tahitian Vanilla Bean Powder
- Ferrara Instant Espresso Coffee 2 oz
- Monin - Strawberry Purée
- Monin - Vanilla Bean Frappé Mix, Natural Frappé Bases, Blend Well with Milk & Water, Frozen Beverage (3 lbs)
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 16
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1335Total Fat: 62gSaturated Fat: 36gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 194mgSodium: 701mgCarbohydrates: 138gFiber: 0gSugar: 140gProtein: 52g
Nutrition facts are for personal reference only as calories may vary on a case by case basis.