Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino Light You Can Now Make at Home



This Starbucks creation, which cuts the fat, carbs and calories of the original Frappuccino is a top-seller with coffee house regulars.  Starbucks says their light version is 54% fewer calories per serving than the original Frappuccino.  Sounds pretty good so I decided to tackle a skinny recipe to enjoy at home. My favorite is their caramel one.  I’ve cut the fat and calories by using 1% milk, mostly Splenda or Stevia and a little sugar.  Adding just a small amount of  sugar really adds to the taste. You really don’t need much. Each skinny remake has 109 calories, 1 gram of fat and 6 Weight Watchers SmartPoints without topping andSmartPoints including a little light whipped cream and caramel drizzle on top. Sit down, relax and enjoy this rich tasting, chilly treat.  Have fun skinny sipping!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients for Frappuccino:

⅔ cup double-strength regular or decaf coffee, chilled, see prep tip

⅔ cup (1%) low-fat milk, see substitution tip

2 tablespoons caramel topping

4 packages Splenda, Stevia, Equal or your favorite sugar substitute

2 teaspoons sugar

1½ teaspoons vanilla extract

2¾ cups ice

Ingredients for Topping:

4 tablespoons light whipped cream or light vanilla flavored whipped cream, see shopping tip

1½ teaspoons caramel topping


1. Combine chilled coffee, milk, 2 tablespoons caramel topping, Splenda, sugar, vanilla and ice in a blender. Blend on high speed until ice is crushed and drink is smooth. Pour into 2 glasses.

2. Top each glass with 2 tablespoons whipped cream and drizzle about ¾ teaspoon caramel topping over each.

3. Serve at once with a straw, if desired

Makes 2 drinks. Each (1½ cups)

Food Facts

In 2004, Starbucks created a “Light” version which according to the company has 54% of the calories, 15% of the fat and 52% of the carbohydrates of the original.  Frappuccino is a trademarked line of blended coffee drinks sold by Starbucks.  It consists of coffee blended with ice and various other ingredients, usually topped with whipped cream.

One Starbucks (12 oz) Light Caramel Frappuccino:
152 calories, 1.3g fat, 6g protein, 30g carbs, 2g fiber,  22g sugar

Shopping Tip

New to some supermarkets is a light vanilla flavored whipped cream.  The vanilla makes it a creamy color. instead of white.  I found it at Safeway/Vons.  If you can’t find it use any brand of light whipped cream.

Prep Tips

Make double-strength regular or decaf coffee by brewing with twice the coffee required by your coffee maker.  Use 2 tablespoons of ground coffee per each cup of coffee.  Chill before using.  Make extra, if desired, to keep on hand in the refrigerator.

I like to used fresh brewed hazelnut flavored coffee for this recipe because I love hazelnut coffee but any regular or decaf coffee will work.

Substitution Tip

To cut the calories and fat further, use nonfat milk instead of 1% and all Splenda, no sugar. These Skinny Facts still include the topping- 109 calories, 1g fat, 3g protein, 22g carbs, 133mg sodium 0g fiber, 1g sugar. Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 3- made with nonfat milk, no sugar, only Splenda and includes toppings

Weight Watchers SmartPoints 6 w/o topping
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 3 w/o topping
Weight Watchers
(old points) 2 w/o topping

Weight Watchers SmartPoints 7 with topping
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS with topping
Weight Watchers
(old points) with topping

Skinny Facts: for 1 (1½ cups) (w/out toppings)
109 calories, 1g fat, 0.5g sat. fat, 4mg chol, 3g prot, 21g carbs, 0g fiber, 87mg sod, 20g sugar
Skinny Facts: for 1 (1½ cups) including 2 tablespoons light whipped cream and a little caramel drizzle
133 calories, 1.8g fat, 0.5g sat, 4mg chol, 3g prot, 24g carbs, 0g fiber, 94mg sodium, 22g sugar

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67 Responses to “Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino Light You Can Now Make at Home”

  1. Evelyn @ My Turn for us Says:

    OH YUM!!! I am totally grabbing this to share on FB!


    PS Pinned!

  2. admin Says:

    That’s so nice of you. Thanks for sharing Evelyn!

  3. admin Says:

    So nice of you Evelyn. Thank you for sharing this one!

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  5. admin Says:

    I hope you enjoy it Andy!

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  8. admin Says:

    I’m so excited to see your shared my Starbucks Caramel Frappuchino Light. Thanks so much Nic!!! And, perfect timing since it’s International Coffee Day!

    I LOVE sharing one of my recipes each week at your Munching Mondays link party!!!

  9. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for including my copycat caramel frappuccino recipe in your yummy collection!
    All the best,

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    I make them all the time.
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  14. Kim Says:

    Why when I try and share your recipes on my WW site the pictures always show up different than what I am posting?

  15. admin Says:

    Hmmm…I have know idea Kim. This is the first time I’ve heard of this problem. Sorry!

  16. Shay Says:

    Tasted quite good but the liquid separates, even with lots of blending. A bit unhappy with the outcome. 🙁

  17. admin Says:

    Shay, you might enjoy it better with a bit less ice.

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  21. Ed M Says:

    What a wonderful yummy looking recipe.

    For me personally I try to keep everything I consume to single didget grams of sugar and this has 20 or 22 gr. Still, if I were to make this, if you added a scop of your favorite vanilla or non-flavored protein powder this could turn into a meal!


  22. admin Says:

    Great idea Ed. Thanks for sharing!
    My best,

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