Create a Delicious Copycat Version of Your Favorite Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappuccino

5 min read OCT 15, 2023

We at Lifeboost have a passion for natural and health conscious coffee experiences. Each blend we create is a testament to our dedication to enhancing your coffee moments. However we also understand the appeal of coffeehouse classics that have become a part of many coffee enthusiasts daily routines.

If you've ever found yourself waiting in line at Starbucks yearning for that Vanilla Bean Frappuccino, rest assured that you're not alone. We truly appreciate coffee in all its variations. That's why we want to share a method with you to recreate this beloved beverage right in the comfort of your own home.

Do note that this recipe has a Lifeboost twist in it and we also recommended some of our beverages in the recipe, ensuring that while you get to relish the familiar taste of the Starbucks classic, you're also benefiting from the healthier, organic ingredients that Lifeboost champions.


  • The Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino is a delightful blend of heavy cream milk, vanilla bean paste, Frappuccino base syrup made at home, and ice, creating a rich and creamy texture. Topping it with homemade whipped cream, easily made in seconds, adds a perfect finishing touch.
  • The Vanilla Bean Frappuccino, a caffeine-free drink, is popular among children. So if you're looking for a delicious and suitable beverage for kids, this is the perfect way to go.
  • As for adults who want a caffeine boost with the same Vanilla Bean flavor, try adding a shot of espresso to the drink. Our recommendation is the Blonde Espresso from Lifeboost. It gives a nice caffeine kick without any overpowering flavor.
  • The secret behind Frappuccinos' smooth and creamy texture lies in the Frappuccino base syrup added to every cup at Starbucks. This recipe, however, uses a homemade Frappuccino base syrup to achieve the same velvety texture.
  • Indulge in a delicious homemade version of Starbucks' Vanilla Bean Frappuccino recipe, complete with vanilla whipped cream. This copycat drink recipe yields a grand size (16 ounces) to satisfy your cravings.


Homemade Frappuccino base syrup

Here's the secret to making Frappuccinos just like Starbucks: prepare a batch ahead of time and store it in the fridge. That way, you can enjoy a delicious Frappuccino anytime you want.

Vanilla bean paste

For the Starbucks Frappuccino look, opt for vanilla bean paste with specks of vanilla bean. However, vanilla syrup or vanilla bean powder can be used if you're merely looking for flavor and not concerned with vanilla bean specks.

Heavy cream

This ingredient is used to prepare both the Frappuccino and whipped cream.


While Starbucks uses whole milk in all their Frappuccinos, you can mix and match your preferred milk for a personalized experience.

Vanilla syrup

To create vanilla whipped cream, simply sweeten and flavor heavy cream with vanilla syrup. Whether you prefer homemade or store-bought syrup, it's a delicious addition to any dessert.


If feasible, make sure to use filtered water to create ice.


1. Create a fluffy and smooth whipped cream by whipping together heavy cream and vanilla syrup. You can even use a handheld milk frother to save time - it can whip up your cream in mere seconds! Set it aside for later use.

2. To a delicious Frappuccino, blend heavy cream, vanilla bean paste, milk, homemade Frappuccino base syrup and ice, until the mixture is velvety smooth. Start with low speed and gradually increase to high, ensuring everything is evenly blended. For perfect creaminess, use a tamper tool.

3. Please transfer the Frappuccino to a cup.

4. A delightful drink is one topped with whipped cream.


  • Add the ingredients to the blender following the order of the ingredient list. Avoid adding ice as the first ingredient.
  • To achieve that classic Frappuccino texture, a homemade base syrup can be made using simple syrup (a blend of sugar and water) and xanthan gum. While simple syrup alone will sweeten your drink, it won't provide the velvety smoothness that the gum offers.
  • Use a handheld milk frother for a quick and easy homemade whipped cream. Whisk the heavy cream until peaks form, which should take roughly 30 seconds. For even stiffer peaks, whisk for a few seconds longer.
  • The factor that makes a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino stand out is the vanilla bean paste, which contains the specks of the vanilla bean. Without the specks, it simply becomes a Vanilla Frappuccino.

Frequently asked questions

What is xanthan gum?

Xanthan gum, a versatile food additive derived from corn sugar, enhances the texture and stability of food products, from salad dressings and sauces to ice cream. It's responsible for the velvety texture that characterizes Starbucks Frappuccinos. The unique texture is achieved by adding xanthan gum to the Frappuccino base syrup.

How do I make homemade whipped cream?

Making homemade whipped cream is easy! Start by adding cold heavy cream to a bowl and using a handheld milk frother to whisk it until peaks form. It should take roughly 30 seconds, but whisk for a few seconds longer for stiffer peaks. Once the desired consistency is reached, add some sugar to sweeten the whipped cream.

Can I make a Frappuccino without xanthan gum?

Yes, it is possible to make a Frappuccino without xanthan gum, the texture and consistency of your beverage may be affected. Xanthan gum assists in producing the velvety smooth texture that sets Starbucks Frappuccinos apart.

What other ingredients do I need to make a Vanilla Frappuccino?

In addition to xanthan gum, you'll require ice, syrup, milk, and vanilla extract. For an extra boost of flavor, consider incorporating whipped cream or chocolate powder. And for those in need of a caffeine kick, consider adding a shot of espresso brewed with Lifeboost Blonde Espresso.

Is it possible to customize a Frappuccino?

Frappuccinos can be customized by adding ingredients like fruit purees or flavored syrups. You can also swap regular cow's milk for skimmed, almond, or soy milk to make the drink your own.

Are Starbucks Frappuccinos healthy?

The nutritional value of Starbucks Frappuccinos varies based on the ingredients you choose. A skinny mocha Frappuccino, with its low calorie count, is a relatively healthy option. However, piling on extra syrups and components can quickly turn a Frappuccino into a high-calorie sugar bomb. So, be discerning in your choice!

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