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Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappuccino {dairy free}

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:

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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 ;) , 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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Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

25 comments on “Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappuccino {dairy free}”

  1. Eek! This looks SO GOOD! I love Starbucks drinks, but I hate the price tag that comes along with ’em. We use a lot of almond/coconut milk at our house, so I’m going to try this out SOON. And thanks for linking up my Biscoff Cookie Dough Milkshake – made my day! :-)

  2. What do you mean scrap the vanilla bean? I’ve never bought vanilla beans before so I have no idea how to use them — or where to get them.Thanks!

    • You can always use Vanilla Paste– it’s a lot easier to work with :) But if you use the vanilla bean, just cut about a quarter of the fruit (the long dried strand in the jar) off and cut a slit down the side, so it opens up. Then use the knife to scrape out the beans that are inside.

  3. This means a lot you did this. I so appreciate it! Fabulous post…as always :)

  4. I love the fraps! One of Jordan’s BFFs is allergic to dairy, so I’m always trying to find fun recipes to try when she’s over. :)

  5. Love frappuccinos in the summer! So great now that I can make them at home!

  6. Love this. One of my favorite things at Starbucks (as if I really have that many choices ;-) is this! And I love that you did this for Food Allergy Awareness Week. Jack has a severe lactose and fructose intolerance, and while it isn’t life threatening (thankfully) it is still so hard, and it’s nice to find recipes like this that Jack can have (and myself, because we discovered I have a lactose intolerance as well, which doesn’t fare well for my love of all things creamy.) Definitely pinning this one!

  7. YUM! I order this all.the.time. I have been wanting to make it at home for ages! Thanks so much for posting this recipe!

  8. I have a very slight milk intolerance due to eczema, so it’s great to have a recipe that will not only save a ton of money, but also keep my skin looking nice and rash- free!

  9. Oh my gosh I need one of these!!

  10. I am lactose intolerant and my son is allergic to dairy, so I am always looking for new recipes! I hope you don’t mind, but this would be even creamier it you used a can of chilled coconut milk, and no, it will not taste like coconut:) I might have to make one of these today!!!

  11. I really appreciate your bringing attention to food allergies, Ashton. I have had severe reactions to tree nuts and my daughter has had severe reactions to shell fish. People lucky enough not to be affected don’t realize how sensitive allergies can be and how quickly they can turn into a life threatening situation. We have a friend who ate peanuts on an airplane coming home from a business trip. Hours later, he kissed his peanut sensitive daughter on the cheek when he returned home. She had such a bad reaction, she had to be rushed to the e.r. ! Scientists are close to a cure. Hopefully soon. This frappuccino looks like an amazing summer time treat!

  12. WoW! Thanks for another great and healthier idea.
    Who doesn’t like a frap now and again. :-)

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  14. A few things… I think it’s awesome the way the classroom handles someone with an allergy. It’s great to hear schools are thinking like that and showing kids that just because someone else has a bad reaction doesn’t mean you’re free to enjoy it.

    Second, I’d like to blame you for my current supply of almond milk in my fridge. Holy crap, that stuff is good. I used to make my smoothies with milk with no problems but now regular milk tastes like water compared to almond milk.

    Lastly, the frap sounds great! I love the idea of freezing the actual frap to use the cubes as the blending ice. That’s just pure genius!!

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  19. Just found this post via your peanut butter moo’d post :) Quick question: Could you make a bunch of frozen cubes and store them in a freezer bag for later use? I loooove vanilla bean fraps, but I’m not particularly patient. Once I want it I want it now :)

  20. Jason and I have been blessed not to have food allergies in our family too. But even so, we’ll be making these dairy free frappuccinos for sure!

  21. Thanks for the recipe. You state above the recipe that there is no cure for food allergies. If you take measures to heal your gut, most allergies can be cured. There is an online class that I took called Heal Your Gut by Lydia Shatney. Amazing information. Odds are your doctor doesn’t know any of this as they are not trained to heal most things just suppress the symptoms with drugs of course.

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  23. I appreciate you bringing more awareness to food allergies. As someone who has anaphylaxis, any increased awareness is appreciated. However, you should be mindful that many who suffer a peanut allergy, or tree nut allergy, are also allergic to or avoid almonds for simplicity. I’d love to see a recipe even more inclusive.

  24. Ooh, I’m looking forward to making this! Can’t wait to try it.

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