Homemade Mocha Frappuccino
A cool and creamy mocha frappuccino that takes just minutes to make! Includes instructions for a dry mix (just add milk)!
1 large serving (2 1/2 cups)
2 cups milk*
2 tablespoons Dutch process baking cocoa (unsweetened)**
1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
2 tablespoons sugar or other sweetener (we use granulated xylitol)
Optional ingredients: See additional notes below
1. Pour milk in a blender.
2. Add remaining ingredients and blend first on low and then on high for 1-2 minutes, until ingredients look uniform and combined. (A longer blending time will make a more frothy drink.)
3. Pour into a glass and serve!
Using 2 cups of milk will make about 2.5-3 cups of frappuccino after blending. Since it uses baking cocoa, the cocoa does tend to fall to the bottom of the drink after a bit. We use a straw to stir/drink.
You can also make this ahead and store in the fridge in a bottle/jar with a lid. Shake briefly before drinking. :)
*Delicious with whole milk or low fat milks. Joshua uses lactose-free milk for his, and we have noticed that the lactose-free milk gets much more frothy in the blender than regular milk does. A pinch of salt can help reduce the froth if you prefer.
**Joshua's original recipe used 2 tablespoons of cocoa. I love that amount, but he now prefers just 1 tablespoon of cocoa.
A dash of vanilla, or substitute vanilla sugar for the regular sugar...
For more nutrition, we like to add whey protein powder to our mocha frappuccinos. Joshua adds unflavored/unsweetened whey protein and says he can't taste the whey at all. (We ordered this unflavored whey protein from Amazon.com since we couldn't find any locally.) I like vanilla flavored whey protein in mine. (We bought our vanilla flavored whey protein at Costco.)
Ice! If you prefer a colder iced coffee drink, you can replace some of the milk with a few ice cubes. Another option is to freeze coffee in an ice cube tray and use the coffee ice cubes so you're not diluting the drink with plain ice cubes. :)
Making a dry mocha frappuccino mix for later:
Joshua likes to have one of these mocha frappuccinos in the morning at work, and to save time in the mornings he places the dry ingredients in a sandwich-size ziplock bag. We usually make about 5 bags at a time.
In the morning, we empty the dry ingredients from the bag into the blender with 2 cups of milk.
Or even easier -- place a cup of milk into a quart jar (a bottle with a lid would work as well), add the dry ingredients, and shake well. Add the remaining 1 cup of milk and shake until ingredients are dissolved (~3-5 minutes).
This method doesn't even require the use of a blender, and Joshua likes it just as well as the blended version, although I personally prefer the very frothy blender texture. :)
I had actually never had a frappuccino type of drink before Joshua created this recipe, and at first I thought a cold coffee flavor was a little strange. (We basically never drink coffee, though I do like coffee from the times I have tried it!)
After a few sips I figured out what to expect and now I really enjoy this cool (and easy!!) summer drink. :) I prefer to add the whey protein to mine so it will actually fill me up for a while. :)
I've never been to Starbucks but a friend who does drink their frappuccinos said that our homemade version was just as good or better! :) If you try it, leave a review and tell us what you think! :)
This recipe was included in my freezer meal plan of breakfasts and make-ahead mixes when preparing for the birth of my fourth child. Read my update on how this recipe and the others turned out!
This recipe was featured in 10 Fabulous Foods We Make At Home (Not Buy!) :)