Do you love ordering a icy, blended Starbucks pumpkin spice frappuccino? Save yourself some money and time and make this creamy, delicious pumpkin spice frappuccino recipe at home. Made with just 6 ingredients, this pumpkin spice frappe is done in a matter of moments and tastes just like Starbucks!
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Are you a frappe person? Do you love ordering a pumpkin spice frappe as soon as September hits? Good news – you can now make your own pumpkin spice frappuccino recipe at home with just a few simple ingredients.
When making this frappe at home, you can make it much healthier, and without all the sugar and calories that a Starbucks pumpkin spice frappuccino has. Did you know a grande (16 oz) has 420 calories and over 60 grams of sugar! This recipe has 0 grams of refined sugar and only 108 calories per drink.
In this post I’ll show you how to make this pumpkin spice frappe much healthier, eliminating the sugar but without sacrificing any flavor.
What you’ll need to make a pumpkin spice frappuccino recipe:
- Cold Brew Coffee – I purchased a bottle of Stok Cold Brew Coffee from Target, just for the simple ease of having it ready to go in the morning. You can also make your own cold brew at home.
- Milk – I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk, however, feel free to use any milk of your choosing, either dairy or plant-based.
- Sweetener – to keep the calories and refined sugar low for this frappuccino recipe, I’m using Lakanto Granular Monk Fruit Sweetener, which contains no refined sugar or calories. I also like Whole Earth Sweetener.
- Pumpkin Puree – be sure to look for 100% pumpkin, like Libby’s 100% Pumpkin and NOT pumpkin pie filling. This is available all year in the baking section near the pie fillings.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice – this will add the pumpkin spice flavor that you love. Pumpkin pie spice is made of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger, which add amazing flavor to your frappuccino.
- Whipped Cream – this is optional, but when ordering a frappuccino, it’s almost always a must. Grab a can of Reddi-Whip or your favorite flavored whipped cream for making a frappuccino. Target carries a fantastic Pumpkin Spice Whipped Cream that would be fantastic on this pumpkin spice frappe.
- Ice – ice is essential for blending a smooth and creamy frappuccino.
For exact ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post for the recipe. Thanks!
How do I make a frappuccino?
When making a frappuccino at home, you’ll need a blender with a tight fitting lid.
Ingredients you’ll need are ice, cold brew coffee, milk, pumpkin puree, granulated sweetener, pumpkin pie spice and whipped cream.
To make a pumpkin spice frappuccino recipe, add the ice, coffee, milk, pumpkin, sweetener and spice into a blender. Blend on medium-high speed for 30-45 seconds or until all the ice is pureed and smooth.
Pour into a glass and top with whipped cream and additional pumpkin pie spice. Enjoy right away while cold.
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How do I thicken a frappuccino?
The best way to make a thicken a frappuccino is to add extra ice.
You can also freeze the pumpkin puree into cubes using an ice cube tray or silicone food molds. This are a great way to keep your frappuccino thick without it being watered-down. I use frozen pumpkin cubes in my Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake to keep it extra smooth and creamy without watering it down with ice.
Another way to keep your frappuccino creamy, without extra ice is to add a small amount of Xanthan gum. Add 1 teaspoon to your frappuccino before blending, and it will help keep it smooth and creamy.
Ingredient Substitutions and Recommendations:
- Protein Powder – looking to add some extra protein and nutrients to your frappuccino? Add a serving of your favorite protein powder. I would recommend a vanilla, chai or pumpkin spice flavor. I personally like Orgain Organic Vanilla Protein Powder.
- Espresso – instead of cold brew coffee, try adding a couple shots of freshly brewed espresso. I have a Nespresso Virtuo machine that can easily brew fresh espresso at home. I’ve posted a link to the machine I have below.
- Xanthan gum – Xanthan gum is an ideal thickening agent. It will prevent your frappuccino from separating. Adding just a teaspoon to your drink will help keep it creamy.
For exact ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions be sure to scroll down to the recipe at the bottom of the post. Thanks!
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Frequently asked questions about Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Frappe:
Starbucks does offer a pumpkin spice frappuccino. Most Starbucks only offer pumpkin spice drinks seasonally, August through December.
A pumpkin spice frappuccino is blended with ice and served cold.
A pumpkin spice frappuccino recipe is made with cold brew coffee or espresso.
Because it is made with coffee, a pumpkin spice frappuccino does contain caffeine. A grande (16 oz.) frappuccino will contain approximately 95-100 milligrams of caffeine.
For a grande (16 oz.) Starbucks pumpkin spice frappuccino there is 420 calories, 65 grams of sugar and 14 grams of fat.
Love Starbucks recipes? Check out our other Starbucks snack recipes:
- Starbucks Pumpkin Scones
- Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf
- Better Than Starbucks Pumpkin Loaf
- Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars
- Cream Cheese Pumpkin Bread
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- 1 1/2 cups ice
- 1 cup cold brew coffee
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (any dairy or plant-based milk)
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 tablespoons granular monk fruit sweetener, like Whole Earth or Lakanto
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Whipped Cream
- Cinnamon or Pumpkin Pie Spice
- To a blender jar add the ice, coffee, milk, pumpkin, sweetener and spice.
- Place the lid on the blender and ensure it is well secured. Blend for 30-45 seconds on medium-high speed, or until the ice is completely pureed.
- Pour into a tall glass. Top with whipped cream and an additional sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon.
- Enjoy right away while cold.
To make the drink extra creamy and thick, freeze the pumpkin puree into an ice cube tray or a silicone food mold. You can also add extra ice.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 102Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 27mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 5gSugar: 2gProtein: 3g