Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino Light You Can Now Make at Home

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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.  The skinny for 1 serving is 132 calories, 1.8 grams of fat and 4 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.  This includes a little light whipped cream and caramel drizzle on top.  A Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino Light has 152 calories and 1.3 grams of fat not including whipped cream or caramel drizzle.  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:

Light whipped cream or light vanilla flavored whipped cream, see shopping tip

1½ teaspoons caramel topping


Instructions

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-(12 oz) drinks


Food Fact

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.


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 (old points) 3
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
4

Skinny Facts: for a (12oz) serving including 2 tablespoons light whipped cream and a little caramel drizzle
133 calories, 1.8g fat, 3g protein 26g carbs, 0g fiber, 126mg sodium, 9g sugar
Regular Facts: for a Starbucks (12 oz) Light Caramel Frappuccino
152 calories, 1.3g fat, 6g protein, 30g carbs, 2g fiber,  22g sugar

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

  1. Story Says:

    Wow wow wow…..thank you so so much for this article! I’m a ice cream freak..(since birth)lol
    Well my life goes a lil lke this…… I was in a terrible accident a few back which lead into a wheelchair….and a year stay into the hospital…. (terrible injury’s) being in this wheelchair has cause my weight to go up…..up….and…..up…. I could eat icecream with every meal even if I didn’t have a meal to go with it…….I would have to give up my icecream if i Were serious about my health to recovery….it was hard this was my therpy for all my long days in therpy..I did it but couldn’t hold out any longer! So yes I discovery starbucks……this was my answer to a quick fix…..and yes…..fix is what it did…fix my pockets very low…=(

    So iam so greatful for you……I can make this at home….and kill 2 birds with one stone..less calories and less money! Thank you so much…… one question? How many points with the whip cream? If I buy fat free whip will I get the same taste?

  2. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for stopping by. The WW Points Plus does include 2 tablespoons of light whipped cream. I think fat-free would taste good too. Just not quite as rich.
    Wow what a story you shared. I wish you all the very best!

  3. Mary Ellen Riley Says:

    What is the caramel topping in the recipe exactly? The caramel sauces that I’ve found are 160 calories or so per serving of 2Tbs. So they couldn’t be as low calorie as yours. Just wondering! I’d love to make these at home and keep them low calorie.

  4. admin Says:

    Mary Ellen, I used Smucker’s Sundae Syrup, Caramel. It has 50 calories for one tablespoon and 0 fat.
    Most supermarkets sell it. It comes in a squeeze bottle. Good luck!

  5. Jolene @ Yummy Inspirations Says:

    Yum! This would be a delicious breakfast treat! I’d love you to link up this post at Breakfast Ideas Mondays – http://www.yummyinspirations.net/2012/05/breakfast-ideas-mondays-3.html

  6. The Better Baker Says:

    Girl! You suck me in good with all these amazing skinny recipes you share! Yahooo!! Keep up the good work. This sounds amazing and I can’t wait to make it. Caramel is MY favorite too! =)

  7. Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits Says:

    I can do without the caramel, but I love cold coffee with milk. What a great summer drink!

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  9. Lisa Says:

    I’ve made this twice and it is sooo good! I’m so happy that you shared this at Mix it up Monday!

  10. Lesa Says:

    The 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla-is this vanilla extract or a vanilla syrup used for making coffee drinks? I would love to try this reduced fat & calorie version. Thanks.

  11. admin Says:

    It’s vanilla extract…I hope you enjoy it Lesa!

  12. The Better Baker Says:

    Thanks so much for linking up this fabulous recipe at Weekend Potluck! Wanted you to know I have made this and love it! and will be posting it at my blog during a Drink-a-Thon week – 3rd week of June…just in case I forget to tell you later. *-* Thanks for your many skinny recipes! I’m a big fan of yours!

  13. admin Says:

    That sound wonderful! I’m excited to see my recipe shared on your site. Thank you and thanks so much for hosting Weekend Potluck. It’s so much fun to share recipes there!

  14. Amee Says:

    Nancy, I love this Starbucks makeover recipe! Thank you for sharing at Fit and Fabulous Fridays!

  15. admin Says:

    Thanks Amee. Thanks for hosting Fit and Fabulous Fridays!

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  17. admin Says:

    Great post Martha. Thanks for including my recipe, Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino Light You Can Now Make at Home!

  18. Recipe of the Month: Caramel Frappuccino Light | Cars Travel Food Says:

    […] 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. The skinny for 1 serving is 132 calories, 1.8 grams of fat and 4 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. This includes a little light whipped cream and caramel drizzle on top. A Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino Light has 152 calories and 1.3 grams of fat not including whipped cream or caramel drizzle. Sit down, relax and enjoy this rich tasting, chilly treat. Have fun skinny sipping! Here is the recipe originally on Skinny Kitchen. […]

  19. Lois Christensen Says:

    This looks great and refreshing! I didn’t know that they sell a vanilla flavored whipping cream! I will have to look for it the next time I’m shopping! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back to VOTE on Sunday!

  20. Angie Says:

    I am always looking for skinny ideas. This sounds wonderful, and with no guilt. Perfect share at Foodie Friends Friday. Thank you!

  21. admin Says:

    Thanks so much Angie. Enjoy!

  22. admin Says:

    Thanks Lois. The vanilla flavored light whipped cream comes in a aerosol can. I hope that’s what you’re thinking of. I’ve never seen vanilla flavored whipping cream! Thanks for hosting!

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  24. admin Says:

    Thanks for letting me know this Alexis. I’ll have it checked out!

  25. Vicki Says:

    Wow ! My friend just told me about your site. I have just finished my food shopping list. I can’t wait to try out your awesome ideas. Thanks so much I’m a current Weight Watchers member and this site is so helpful.

  26. admin Says:

    I’m so glad your friend told you about my site…Welcome Vicki and have fun cooking!
    Best of luck to you,
    Nancy

  27. Sandy M Says:

    Thank You!! Love this recipe! One of my weaknesses is Starbuck’s Caramel Frappuccinos .. now I can make one that is so close to the original and without all the calories.. Love love love this!!

  28. admin Says:

    Oh good Sandy. I’m so happy this recipe is working for you! Thank you for your feedback.

  29. kirstie Says:

    hi cant find it anywhere have you got the not light version of the caramel cream frappuccino without coffee all i can seem to find is the light version thank you x

  30. admin Says:

    Kirstie, I only have my light version of Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino. Sorry!
    Maybe you saw it on another website.

  31. Miz Helen Says:

    Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

  32. Diane Balch Says:

    I love this drink and I love that I can make it less expensive at home with your recipe. thanks for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

  33. admin Says:

    Thanks Diane…And thank you as always for hosting such a terrific link party each week!
    simplelivingeating.com

  34. admin Says:

    My pleasure Miz Helen.
    Thanks for hosting each week!
    With my best wishes,
    Nancy

  35. Miz Helen Says:

    Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  36. admin Says:

    I’m so excited…Thanks so much Miz Helen!!! I love your link party each week. Thanks for hosting!
    mizhelenscountrycottage.blogspot.com/

    With my very best wishes,
    Nancy

  37. Traci Says:

    You have no idea how much money you are saving my husband and I on our evening runs to Starbucks. Thanks for posting this recipe!

  38. admin Says:

    My great pleasure Traci. So glad this recipe you working for you guys!
    With my very best wishes,
    Nancy

  39. Miz Helen Says:

    This is what I order at Starbucks, my favorite! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  40. Erica Says:

    Nancy this is so good! I thought you couldn’t top the vanilla bean ice coffee. But you scored a home run with this one. Carmel frappucino light + iPad time + a sleeping toddler = priceless ! Thanks for a great afternoon!

  41. admin Says:

    Wow, thanks Erica. Sounds heavenly to me!

  42. jen Says:

    Tasted good, however it turned out into a milkshake liquid substance. :(

  43. admin Says:

    I’m sorry to hear that Jen. Next time try adding more ice. Enough ice so that it blends into a thicker shake.

  44. ThePrestoShow Says:

    I will need to give this recipe a try, I took a stab at making my own, I think it tastes better than Starbucks, its by know means light lol but damn does it taste good lol https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVp0J9l1UQQ

  45. admin Says:

    Best of luck on making my skinny version…Enjoy!

  46. Evelyn @ My Turn for us Says:

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

    Hugs

    PS Pinned!

  47. admin Says:

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

  48. admin Says:

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

  49. Andy Olson Says:

    Wow!

  50. admin Says:

    I hope you enjoy it Andy!

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  53. 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!!!http://www.nibblesbynic.com/

  54. admin Says:

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

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