This Copy Cat Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino may just be my new favorite summertime drink! Not only is it a low calorie treat, it's also dairy free!

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Did you know it's Food Allergy Awareness Week?

I didn't. In fact, I didn't even know FAAW was even a thing. Turns out that it is. And it's a big thing. Every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room. Food allergies are also responsible for over 300,000 abulatory-care visits a year for young children!

Here are some other lesser-known facts regarding food allergies:

  • Teenagers and young adults with food allergies are at the highest risk of fatal food-induced anaphylaxis.
  • Individuals with food allergies who also have asthma may be at increased risk for severe/fatal food allergy reactions.
  • Food allergies affect children and adults of all races and ethnicity.
  • A food allergy can begin at any age.
  • Your risk of having food allergies is higher if you have a parent who suffers from any type of allergic disease (asthma, eczema, food allergies, or environmental allergies such as hay fever).
  • Children with food allergy are 2-4 times more likely to have other related conditions such as asthma and other allergies, compared with children who do not have food allergies.
  • Food allergies may be a trigger for or associated with other allergic conditions, such as atopic dermatitis and eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases.
  • There is no cure for food allergies. Strict avoidance of food allergens and early recognition and management of allergic reactions to food are important measures to prevent serious health consequences.

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We've been blessed so far to not have any major food allergies or sensitivities in our family. But there's at least one peanut allergy and one gluten intolerance in Emma's preschool class, and I've been able to see how those conditions have really affected those kids lives already! We're expected to be on alert just because our child is in the class with children who have allergies. Absolutely no peanut butter is allowed in the room and the play dough needs to be homemade.

Not that I mind, I'm just saying that these allergies and intolerances reach more than just those who suffer from them. We all need to be aware of the foods that can trigger an attack– especially those of us with young children. Be aware when other children visit your home, or when you send your kids to school, or when you're eating a picnic at the park around other families. Always exercise caution when it comes to giving food to a child who is not your own!

And familiarize yourself with these allergens:

Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappuccio |

One of my contributors and personal friends, Megan, has been thrown head first into the deep end of parenting a child with a serious food allergy condition. I encourage you to read all about her experience so far. I think you'll find hers is an enlightening and inspirational story, just as I have!

In honor of Food Allergy Awareness Week, Megan asked me to come up with a dessert sans at least one of the top 8 allergens. I decided that fish and shell fish weren't super applicable here ๐Ÿ˜‰ , and went for something a little tougher– dairy.

I actually suffer from a mild case of dairy intolerance, so I like to use Almond Milk where I can! This is a perfect recipe for using Almond Milk– maybe even better than regular milk, because you can buy Vanilla flavored Almond Milk.

I also added a swirl of this dairy free Homemade Chocolate Syrup, just because that's how I like to get my frappuccinos at Starbucks! Enjoy!

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Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappuccino {dairy free}


  • 1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 vanilla bean or 1 tbsp vanilla paste
  • 1 tsp vanilla (omit if using vanilla paste)
  • pinch of salt


  1. Scrape the vanilla bean into the cup of milk (or add vanilla paste).
  2. Whisk in remaining ingredients. Don't worry about the sugar dissolving 100%. It will all blend up together in the end, so it's not a big deal right now.
  3. Freeze 1/2 cup of the mixture in a silicon ice cube tray. Cover the remaining 1/2 cup and chill until the ice cubes are ready.
  4. Use a single serve blender (or a mason jar and a standard blender) and blend the ice cubes and remaining almond milk mixture until smooth. Add 1-2 tsp milk as needed to make the drink thinner.
  5. Serve immediately. Serves 1.

Notes about this recipe:

  • Check out this recipe to see how to use a mason jar with a standard blender to create a single-serve blender.
  • Optional (but yummy): whip up a batch of this chocolate syrup and pour a little inside your glass before filling with the frappuccino!


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