Healthy Frappuccinos

The thing of it is…

Healthy Frappuccinos | dairy-free and naturally sweetened

…I don’t exactly wake up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy, which is why it takes 2 to 3 cups (5 when no one’s looking) of battery acid-strong coffee to put a little spunk in my stride.

Life for me begins when the coffee ends. As in, it behooves us all to put conversation on hold until all the coffee’s done been drunk.

And since we’re on the topic, I’m not above doing this in order to get my coffee fix. Yes, I own a milk frother. No, I cannot imagine life without it.

But first, coffee

Didyouknow that not all coffees are created equal? The way coffee is brewed plays a large role in how good the end result tastes. Many coffee makers over-extract the oils out of the coffee grinds, leaving you with a bitter tasting cup of Joe. Enter: the Remington iCoffee maker.

Healthy Frappuccinos

The iCoffee maker uses patented SteamBrew technology to create a Joe that tastes similar to French press coffee. It’s programmable, makes coffee in the blink of an eye, and begins and ends the brew cycle with a nice little tune. It’s pretty much the Aston Martin of coffee makers.

You can learn more about iCoffee here, annnnd you can enter my giveaway below for a chance to win one of your own. But first: the frapps.

Healthy Frappuccinos | dairy-free and naturally sweetened
Don’t tell me: you’ve been craving healthy frappuccinos all summer long, too? This is why we’re friends.

Since I’m a control freak about what I put in my body, I have specific frappuccino criteria, with include the following: a.) must be made with almond milk, b.) excludes additives like carrageenan, c.) excludes cane sugar, d.) the stronger the coffee, the better. All of this translates to a frapp that must be made at home.

I pretty much took the smoothie approach to this frappuccino by using a frozen overly-ripe banana and a touch of maple syrup as the sweetening agents. The banana adds volume and creaminess, on top of the sweetness. If you use an un-ripe banana, it will probably taste like un-ripe banana mixed with coffee. Don’t do.

But do do this healthy frappuccino, because it’s easy, healthful, and won’t make you curl up in a sugar coma.

And now, the…


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Put this frapp on repeat.

Healthy Frappuccinos | dairy-free and naturally sweetened

Healthy Frappuccinos

Servings: 1 large frappuccino
Author: Julia



  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Taste for sweetness. Add more pure maple syrup if desired. Pour into a large glass and enjoy!

Note: This is not a sponsored post. I was provided an iCoffee Maker to try on for size, and all opinions in this post are my own.

But first, coffee


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  1. Julie

    OMG! Why are you not here taking care of me?? I want one of these. Like right now. Seriously. Only, I don’t have any coconut milk on hand (too hard to explain to my shopper last week). Also, do you think that you could use cocoa instead of raw cocao powder? I just read something that said that they weren’t the same thing, but I haven’t seen raw cocao powder yet. Also, I seriously need this coffee maker. I could use a little Mozart in the morning. Oh, and dark and strong, just like my men. 😉

    1. Julia Post author

      I wish I could make you a frapp right now, too! They’re seeeeewwwww tasty! Yup, you can use regular cocoa powder, although I do think it tastes slightly differently from raw cacao powder. The difference between the two is that cocoa powder has been heat treated and usually has things such as dehydrated milk, oil, and/or sugar added to it, whereas raw cacao powder is just a fermented bean all ground up.

      I knew you’d like your coffee the way I like my men. < - forgive me, I've only had one cup so far this morning and and am in desperate need of another 3.

  2. Consuelo | Honey & Figs

    I cannot imagine life without coffee either. Truth to be told, I’m sipping on some as I type this hehehe.
    AND I’ve obviously have drunk my fair share of homemade frappucinos this summer…. what else is to do in this 40ºC heat though?? But I haven’t tried using a banana, which sounds like a brilliant idea! I’ll have to try that next! Thanks for the tip and the recipe! xx

  3. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies

    We also have a milk frother! I normally take my coffee black and extra strong. Josh is always playing with different ways to make coffee (french press, cold something or another) so I’m constantly treated to delicious cups I didn’t have to prepare myself, and that’s truly the best kind of coffee.

  4. V Lapierre

    I drink coffee a few times a day, really like my coffee. I drink regular coffee, but prefer flavored coffees and Frappuccinos and cappuccinos and Lattes, so delicious and satisfying.. Especially when you are really able to sit and enjoy it. Thank you for the chance of winning this awesome giveaway!

  5. Christy

    I cannot live without coffee. I had to go on an elimination diet for health reasons and couldn’t have coffee for a month. It was so horrible, I didn’t care about food just my 2 cups of coffee that I need in the morning. My coffee machine is almost at its end, I would love to win this! Thanks for a great blog. Love the recipe, I will try it without sweetener. 🙂

  6. Erin H

    I’ve drinking black coffee for years now after eliminating sugar and dairy (among others), but this past weekend I was snooping the interwebs for a frappe recipe … this one is worth the wait I can tell!

  7. Ashley

    Bahaha! I am soooo the same way in the morning! My husband has even stopped trying to talk to me until after I have at least 1 cup of coffee in me! I really need a milk frother … I’ve been debating buying one for years now but haven’t done it yet! And these frappuccinos sound amazing!

  8. Kari@Loaves n Dishes

    I don’t drink a ton of caffeine, yet still I can’t even think until I’ve had a cup O Morning Joe. I love that this gives me another use for the bags of over ripe bananas that are always in my freezer!

  9. Letty

    Coffee is a treat for me. But it must have rice, almond or soy milk and maple syrup. (or honey if there is no maple syrup available.) And those cold frappuccinos–for road trips they are hard to resist. So much sugar etc. in them that I didn’t even treat myself to one on my long drive. I should just order (iced) coffee as described above!

  10. Alyssa

    This recipe looks like the solution to all frapp problems. Having control over what we put in our bodies is the best. Can’t wait to try! Looks like a treat 🙂

  11. Tina

    I have been looking for something to replace my totally unhealthy Starbucks addiction. I like a plain tall mocha or peppermint mocha in the mornings. I am also tired of having to get dressed in the morning to go out and get one. These homemade recipes look devine. I have always thought that coffee was quite bitter unless chocolate was added. I seem to have been making them all wrong! cheap coffee makers be gone! I need an icoffee STAT…

  12. CL

    I’ve always been a flat white or long black girl, but I’ve recently discovered piccolos, which are good for something smaller.

  13. Brek

    Almond and/or coconut milk with coffee = the easy go-to. However, if this concoction was my daily java kick, I’m pretty sure I could accomplish anything and everything in the entire world. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Tammy

    i’ve never seen this maker… but ohhh how i can relate to the longing for a good cup of joe to get me moving in the morn!

  15. Jennifer

    I like it strong,but I ease into it. I start with strong coffee and add a good bit of milk. Half way through the first cup, I top it off with more coffee.

  16. Pamela Heady

    I love coffee but prefer it either black or as espresso or with milk in some way….I just don’t want much sugar…that’s my deal. This healthy frapp looks great and a must try!!! Thank you for sharing this!

  17. Dailey

    I’ve been drinking cold-brew coffee with almond milk. Whenever I get a frappucino craving, I add in a frozen banana and cocoa powder- I haven’t thought to add cinnamon! I hope you’ll come up with a good version of pumpkin spice latte come fall (if you haven’t already)!

  18. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    I actually don’t drink coffee because I have to load with cream to enjoy it. But with all of the almond milk froth on top, I might start singing a different tune! And Brandon LOVES battery acid strong coffee so I know he would be stoked for a new coffee maker. Not that I’m being greedy or anything, seeing how I just won an ice cream maker from you. 😉

  19. Traci | Vanilla And Bean

    This is on my agenda for the afternoon. However, I have a jar of caramel that *NEEDS* attention, so I am thinking about nixing the banana and maple syrup and putting a few TBS of that sweet sauce in there…. Thanks for the recipe, Julia and your beautiful photographs!

  20. Rose

    How do I take my coffee? Well, as soon as my feet hit the floor in the morning, I head straight to the coffeemaker. No stops, no detours. We’re lucky to have my daughter living at home because she owns a sweet Jura machine. When she leaves I’m really going to miss it. (Uhh, I mean her–miss “her.”) I grab a big mug and push “strong,” listen to the beans grinding, then stare trance-like at the two ribbons of coffee streaming from the nozzles. Add a little bit of sweetener, then for a moment it’s just me and my crema mustache. It’s a ritual.

  21. Joanne

    I can’t do a damn thing in the morning without my coffee…and every once in a while I do love a fancy extra special drink like this to make the morning all the better. Kind of love that this is pretty much HEALTH FOOD too. That’s just an excuse to make it on the reg.


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