Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappuccino

Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappuccino is perfect for summer. Everyone loves a vanilla frappuccino. This treat tastes just like the original at Starbucks.

homemade Starbucks vanilla bean frappuccino drinks.

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Starbucks Frappuccino Drinks

Starbucks offers a complete line of blended cream-based frappuccinos for its patrons to enjoy. They range from coffee-based favorites like the chocolatey mocha frappuccino to extreme non-coffee drinks like the s’mores frappuccino and the new caramel waffle cone.

The vanilla bean falls into the mild range of blended cream drinks but is still wildly popular.

Creamy Vanilla Frappuccino

Everything old is new again. While sock hops and ice cream socials may be a thing of the past, today, we have coffee shops and frappuccinos! Think of this Vanilla Frappuccino recipe as a slightly more sophisticated version of a vanilla shake, and you pretty much know what you are getting.

It’s a delicious cream-based drink that is like melted ice cream heaven in a cup. It’s one of Starbucks’ most favorite frappuccinos on the menu.

What Makes This Copycat Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappuccino So Good 

A few quality ingredients make this version of the homemade Vanilla Bean Frappuccino so gosh darn delicious. There is absolutely nothing complicated about it, but the flavor is rich and satisfying. Enjoy it as a snack, dessert, or with your favorite meal.

Vanilla Bean Frappuccino Ingredients

One of the great things about the vanilla bean frappuccino is that is oh so easy to make at home! All you need is a few simple ingredients and you are ready to be sipping pretty.

If you are wondering what is in a vanilla bean frappuccino, you will need the following to make this recipe:

  • Milk
  • Ice
  • Vanilla bean ice cream
  • Vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream
Starbucks vanilla bean frappuccino ingredients.

Ingredient Notes

For the best results of this copycat Starbucks vanilla bean frappuccino recipe, use the highest quality ingredients you can find. That means premium ice cream and vanilla extract.

Breyer’s Extra Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream is excellent mid-priced ice cream, and Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract is definitely an affordable luxury that will make your homemade Vanilla Bean Creme Frappuccino beat the ones they serve at the local coffee shop hands down. 

Sure, you can use Reddi-wip or Cool Whip, but why not make your own homemade whipped cream if you have the time?

Using whole milk will result in a creamier consistency.

Instead of vanilla extract, you can use vanilla bean paste. Do not use vanilla flavoring as it will not give the best flavor.

Regular ice cubes can water this drink down, but freezing milk and using the frozen milk instead of typical ice cubes keeps this drink extra creamy.

How to Make a Vanilla Bean Frappe

Here are the steps to make this vanilla frappuccino recipe:

  1. Whisk together the milk and vanilla extract. Add the milk mixture to the pitcher of a blender. Ensure you have a powerful blender to crush the ice into tiny pieces. You can’t go wrong with a Vitamix, but any good blender should do the trick. 
  2. Dump in the ice (pre-crushed, if possible).
adding ice to a blender to make a vanilla frappuccino.
  1. Add the slightly softened vanilla ice cream. 
adding vanilla bean ice cream to a blender to make a frappuccino.
  1. Blend until smooth on the smoothie setting. The frappuccino should not be entirely smooth, but it shouldn’t have large ice chunks, either. However, if you want a smooth frappuccino, continue blending until it reaches your desired consistency.
blended vanilla bean frappuccino in a blender.
  1. Pour the blended mixture into tall glasses.
  2. Top with whipped cream and serve immediately.

What can you serve with a vanilla frappuccino?

This blended ice-cold beverage can be enjoyed independently, but I think it is great to pair with our Starbucks Cake Pops, or some sliced Starbucks Banana Bread.

homemade Starbucks vanilla bean frappuccino drinks with brown straws in them.

Does the Vanilla Bean Frappuccino Have Coffee In It?

No, this Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappuccino recipe does not contain any coffee. However, if you find yourself craving a coffee kick, you certainly can add a teaspoon of Medaglia D’Oro Espresso Style Instant Coffee to the milk mixture.

What Goes With a Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappuccino?

You don’t need anything to enjoy a homemade Vanilla Bean Frappuccino, but it goes well with typical diner foods like hot dogs and hamburgers. And, don’t forget to have French fries on the side so you can revive another long-lost tradition of dipping them in your shake! Crispy onion rings go nicely with this frappe too.

How to Store Leftovers

If you have leftover frappuccino, you can store it in the refrigerator for a few hours. It is best to pour the frappuccino into an airtight container, such as a Mason jar, to keep it fresh and prevent any spills or leaks.

If the frappuccino has been sitting for a while, you may notice some separation, but a quick stir should bring it back together.

When you’re ready to enjoy your leftover frappuccino, give it another quick stir and pour it over ice if desired. Keep in mind that the texture may be slightly different than when it was freshly made, but it should still be delicious.

For longer storage, pour the frappuccino into a freezer-safe container and freeze it for up to 3 months. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight.

two homemade Starbucks vanilla bean frappuccino drinks topped with whipped cream.

You are going to love the vanilla bean frappuccino taste in this drink! If you love a vanilla milkshake, you are going to love this coffee-free beverage without caffeine.

Do you love Starbucks? Try these copycat Starbucks recipes!

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homemade Starbucks vanilla bean frappuccino drinks.

Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappuccino

Recreate the famous Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappuccino at home. 
4.95 from 18 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Starbucks Recipes, Vanilla Bean Frappuccino, Vanilla Frappuccino
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 163kcal


  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup vanilla bean ice cream
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream


  • Pour the milk and vanilla extract into a blender.
  • Add ice and ice cream. Blend until smooth.
  • Pour the blended mixture into glasses.
  • Top with whipped cream.


Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 119mg | Potassium: 358mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 595IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 200mg | Iron: 0.1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Sarah McClure

    5 stars
    I love this drink, and is easy to make. I would also like to know how to make a Cafe Java Chip Frappucicino.

  2. Becca

    I am not sure about all the comments about being confused about the vanilla. It states…Add ALL ingredients… that’s all…EXCEPT the whip cream. It states TOP WITH WHIP CREAM. the instructions.

    Have a nice day

  3. kinsey

    4 stars
    it tastes milky DO NOT put in 1 cup of milk put in 1/2 cup of milk in and then add the rest of the stuff and it tastes much better

  4. Grace

    Thanks i needed that recipe, but what do you do with all of the ingredients, it just says that you need them doesn’t tell what to do

    • Naomi

      She’s recommending ice cream because Starbucks uses a vanilla bean powder that they don’t sell. Vanilla bean ice cream is way easier to obtain than powder.

  5. tasteaholics

    Such a simple recipe. I’ll give it a try. I’ve been wanting to make starbucks style frapps at home! Thanks for posting this

  6. LIz

    why do you list vanilla but then say do not add to ingredients and never mention it again. Thanks it sounds delicious.

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