Skinny Caramel Frappe

Hi Everyone,

Boy do I have a treat for you!!  But first I wanted to tell you that I do read all of your comments and even if I don’t get to reply to them, I do read them.  After a few of my coffee drinks, some of you suggested I use Xanthan Gum to prevent my coffee from separating.  It works like a charm!  A little sprinkle and no more coffee separation.  I also asked you what is your favorite kind of coffee is and a few of you said Caramel Frappuccino’s.  I was requested to try to make a skinny version of the drink.  Hmmm, I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it?  I couldn’t find caramel extract in the stores and then one day it hit me, try Amazon!  Sure enough there it was.  I received my package last week, ran out and got the Xanthan Gum and the Skinny Caramel Frappe was born!

This drink tastes amazing!!!  I love that it doesn’t separate and I love that it tastes just like a caramel frappuccino!  I know in my recent pictures I put whip cream on top of my drinks and you ask if it is in the calorie count, normally not.  But this one it is, and I also included the caramel drizzle on top.  How many calories is my 2 1/4 cups of cream goodness?  65 calories!!  Love it!!!!

This drink is so easy to make.  I froze 1 1/2 cups of coffee, and left it on the counter for a few minutes to thaw a little.  In a blender I added the coffee, 1/2 cup milk, 1 teaspoon of caramel extract, 1 packet of stevia and 1/4 teaspoon of Xanthan Gum.  Topped it with 2 tablespoons of Fat Free Redi Whip, Whip Cream and about 1 teaspoon of Caramel  Syrup.  Easy peasy!  A tasty drink to make and under a few minutes.  Beats spending driving to Starbucks!

Don’t mind the pictures, it was warm out and the sun really isn’t very kind to my drink!  It melts pretty quickly!!    You know I like to do my Starbucks Comparison, so lets see how we do.

Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino Light Blend (Grande):  140,  Fat:  0,  Sodium:  190,  Carbs:  30,  Sugar:  29,  Protein:  3

My Skinny Caramel Frappe:  65,  Sodium:  65,  Carbs:  12,  Sugar:  11.8,  Protein:  4

Well, looky, looky!!  For mine you get more drink, more than half the sugar, and carbs.  Plus mine has a pinch more protein.  I’ll take mine thank you very much!!

Skinny Caramel Frappe
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 2.1/4 cups
  • Serving size: 2¼ cups
    Prep time: 
    Total time: 
    A frozen, creamy coffee drink made with non-fat milk, caramel and topped with whip cream and a drizzle of caramel syrup.
    • 1 heaping teaspoon instant coffee
    • 1½ cups water
    • ½ cup skim milk
    • 1 tsp caramel extract
    • 1 packet stevia or 1 tbsp. sugar (to taste)
    • ¼ tsp Xanthan Gum (optional)
    • toppings:
    • 2 tbsp. whip cream, fat free
    • 1 tsp. caramel syrup
    1. In a cup mix coffee and water and stir until combined. Pour into a shallow container, cover and freeze for 4 hours or overnight.
    2. Let the frozen coffee thaw a little if your blender doesn't chop ice well.
    3. In a blender add coffee, milk, caramel extract, stevia and xanthan gum. Blend until combined.
    4. Pour into a glass and top with whip cream and caramel syrup
    Calories for the whole recipe: 65, Sodium: 65, Carbs: 12, Sugar: 11.8, Protein: 4

    I am having so much fun with these coffee drinks!!  What kind should I make next?  Do share!!!  I find it a challenge trying to come up with a healthy or low calorie version of our favorite drinks!!!

    It’s my Sunday and I have lots to do today!  I have to plan, prep and pack for my trip next week!  It’s going to be hard not to cook for over a week.  I’m going to miss that but I’m hoping to come up with new ideas while I’m gone.

    Have a wonderful week!




    UPDATE:  XANTHAN GUM is a gluten free powdered thicker that prevents food from separating.  I bought it at my local grocery store in the health food section.  I used Bob Mills Brand.



    1. This looks exactly what’s needed here inTX, yum! I didn’t xantham would help, but I must try now.

      Thanks for another great post, and I think you mean “less” than half the sugar and carbs in your Starbucks comparison…..right? Have a great Monday!

    2. Caramel fraps were always my favorite but I haven’t had one in at least five years because they’re so high calorie! Love this healthier version.

    3. This looks amazing — how do you come up with the ideas for all your recipes?

    4. Delicious!! I like the idea of xanthan gum to keep it from separating! Going to have to try it!

    5. I can’t wait to make this. what is xanthan gum and where can I find it?

    6. You sure do drinks yummy!!

    7. That looks like the best 65 calories anyone could eat/drink!! YUM! Where does one buy xanthum gum? is it powdered?

    8. I love it! Xanthan gum is for thickening right? Where do you get yours?

    9. MMMMM that looks delicious. I use xantham gum in all of my smoothies and it makes such a difference. I can’t wait to try your creation!

    10. Your drinks are amazingly good! I’m saving all kinds of money by not going to star bucks anymore! Now how about the salted caramel mocha frappuccino or the mint mocha chip frappuccino?

    11. This is my favorite frappe that you’ve shared so far!! I love all caramel coffee drinks. My ultimate favorite is a skinny iced caramel macchiatto from Starbucks. I hate that the macchiatto is my favorite because it’s really particular to Starbucks, I haven’t found anything that tastes the same but there are some drinks that are similar. This one definitely looks like it will be a close runner!!

    12. I knew of the xanthum gum trick, but have never heard of caramel extract. Love this! I’ve been addicted to the coconut cookie crumble mocha from Starbucks lately. My husband laughs every time I order it because it’s such a long name for a drink!

      • I had a hard time finding the caramel extract, thank goodness for Amazon! You can find anything on that site! :)The Cookie Crumble Mocha is my step-daughters favorite. She went to SB the other day to order it and they said they can make it but they were out of the crumble. she was so disappointed, she ended up with a Coconut Frappe.

    13. This looks so refreshing!

      Mrs. Delightful

    14. Jennifer,
      This looks super delish and refreshing. I need one right about now beings as we have FINALLY gotten our summer weather in CA. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday last week. I can’t wait to see what you link up next. Have a great week.


    15. Look delicious!!

    16. Your drinks sound AWESOME! Can’t wait to order the caramel extract and buy the Xanthum Gum to make some asap:) One of my sons is a fitness trainer Wait until I give him these recipes!

    17. Love this recipe and cannot wait to try! But just want to double check…you do NOT have to brew the coffee? You just mix the ground coffe with water?


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