Now that I live in a city, I often forget what it was like living in a small town where the nearest Walmart was 25 minutes way. It wasn’t until college until I tried Starbucks for the first time and even then, it was never something I got hooked on. I’m not a big coffee drinker, so I’d get the occasional shaken iced tea and call it day. That is, however, until someone introduced me to the glories of the vanilla bean frappuccino and since that day, I’ve never looked back. Up until about a year ago, I thought frappuccinos were purely coffee flavored so you can imagine the excitement when little sheltered me realized that was not the case. I tried recreating these this summer with no luck, until I came across a new vanilla simple syrup that gave me high hopes of succeeding.
At first, I created them to be purely vanilla bean without the strawberries. And it was a success (recipe coming soon). But I wasn’t about to stop the successful recipe testing just yet, so I threw in some strawberries to give it that Valentine’s Day look. And the result? Even tastier than the first. Pretty much tastes like a strawberry Creamsaver candy. The secret? Vanilla Bean simple syrup and vanilla bean crushed extracts. When I made these this summer I was using a vanilla flavored coffee creamer and it was real bad. The amount of creamer I had to add to even get them to taste vaguely vanilla was enough to set your caloric intake through the roofs, and enough to get my gag reflexes churning. (Okay, so that’s slightly dramatic but they were no bueno and definitely not blog worthy.)
Using my handy dandy Nutri Bullet, I added in the ingredients and whipped up this homemade strawberry vanilla bean frappuccinno faster than I could dash to the nearest Starbucks across the street. It’s got that creamy, yet slightly icy texture like the famous ones at Starbucks, while having a hint of strawberry to give it that taste of freshness.
- 2/3 cup milk I used 1%
- 2 tablespoons Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup
- 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream this is different than whipped topping and can be found by the milk at the store
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup frozen whole strawberries
- 1 1/2 tablespoon sugar
- 1 1/4 cup ice
- Whipped Cream for topping
- Combine all ingredients in a blender (I use my single serve NutriBullet) and blend for 20-30 seconds until ice is crushed and mixture is incorporated. You may need to stop the blender and stir the mixture to help it incorporate. If mixture is more than runny that you like, add more ice and blend until it is the consistency you like. If mixture is not runny enough, add milk until it reaches the consistency you like.
- Pour in glass cup and serve immediately for best consistency. (Mixture will lose the frappuccino texture the longer it sits and turn into more of a creamy drink, so I recommend enjoying right away!)
- Recipe makes 1 serving, but you may double, triple, or quadruple the recipe to serve more people.
Just writing about it makes me want one all over again, so I’m off to make another. I’m pretty excited that I finally managed to replicate this famous concoction, and even more excited to try other variations of it in the coming months. Anyone else out there a fan of these frapps or have suggestions for other non-coffee drinks at Starbucks? I haven’t been brave enough to branch out from these since, but would love to hear your suggestions!