Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino Light (Copy-Cat)

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,  Sit down, relax, and enjoy this rich-tasting, chilly treat.  Have fun skinny sipping!
Skinny Caramel Frappuccino

Helpful Tips About this Recipe

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 Tips

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 Tips

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. WW POINTS PLUS 3- made with nonfat milk, no sugar, only Splenda and includes toppings
WW Freestyle SmartPoints-6 Blue w/o topping
WW SmartPoints
6-Green w/o topping
WW POINTS PLUS 3 w/o topping

WW Freestyle SmartPoints-7 Blue with topping
WW SmartPoints
7-Green with topping

WW POINTS PLUS 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


Skinny Caramel Frappuccino

Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino Light (Copy-Cat)

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 133 kcal


Ingredients for Frappuccino:

  • cup double-strength regular or decaf coffee, chilled, see prep tips
  • cup (1%) low-fat milk, see substitution tips
  • 2 tablespoons caramel topping
  • 4 packages Splenda, Stevia, Equal or your favorite sugar substitute
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cups ice

Ingredients for Topping:

  • 4 tablespoons light whipped cream or light vanilla-flavored whipped cream, see shopping tips
  • teaspoons caramel topping


  • 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.
  • Top each glass with 2 tablespoons whipped cream and drizzle about ¾ teaspoon caramel topping over each.
  • Serve at once with a straw, if desired


Serving: 1.5cupsCalories: 133kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 3gFat: 1.8gSaturated Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 94mgSugar: 22gBlue Smart Points: 7Green Smart Points: 7Plus Points: 4
Tried this recipe?Let me know how it was!



  1. Thanks! A suggestion: iSi whipped cream dispenser w/nitrogen cartridges, lets you control the fat & sugar content of your whipped cream & it’s always fresh – ready in just a couple of minutes. I don’t do whipped cream but hubby has killed 3 dispensers in 30 yrs with almost daily use and the local coffee house calls us if they run out of cartridges! I think iSi still makes 2 sizes but “pint” works best.

  2. I’m not familiar with a iSi whipped cream dispenser w/nitrogen cartridges. I’ll check it out. Thanks for sharing Debra!
    My best,

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