Super Easy DIY Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino

homemade frappe

There are few better pick-me-ups than a delicious creamy Jave Chip Frappuccino from Starbucks. However, the cost of getting a frappuccino from Starbucks really adds up, not to mention the calories. Why not try your hand at making your own frappuccino from the comfort of your kitchen? You can save money, plus customize your drink to make it healthy or adapt the recipe to your dietary specifications.  

This creamy concoction features frappuccino chips and the classic mocha sauce that make it so irresistible. For this DIY recipe, we have a great tip for making your own version of the “frappuccino roast” that Starbucks uses in their blended beverages. You’ll want to give it a try!  

All About Our Favorite Substitutes for the Java Chip Frappuccino

java chip frappuccino

The exact recipe that Starbucks has two main ingredients; whole milk and ice. The java chip recipe also calls for mocha sauce, java chips, and coffee. Unfortunately, you aren’t going to be able to use the exact frappuccino chips or coffee that Starbucks uses, as they purchase pre-packaged mixes that are exclusive for the company.

To substitute the java frappuccino chips, simply use semi-sweet chocolate chips! And the mocha sauce can be substituted in a few different ways. We’ve opted for chocolate sauce, which you may already have at home. 

All of Starbucks’ frappuccinos have a whole milk base, to give them the reach and creamy flavor we love. For a healthier swap, you can use alternative milk that will still be creamy and delicious but save some calories along the way. Here are some options to consider when making a homemade Java Chip Frappuccino. 

 

Milk TypeCalories/1 cup ServingAverage Cost 
Whole milk150 cal.$2.19/gallon
2% milk120 cal.$2.19/gallon
Skim milk80 cal.$2.19/gallon
Soy milk100 cal. $3.99/half gallon
Almond milk60 cal.$3.99/gallon
Oat milk90 cal. $5.29/half gallon

 

As you can see, there are plenty of great affordable options that will help you customize your java chip frappuccino and cut the calories. This way you don’t have to feel guilty while enjoying your yummy coffee drink! Even though some of these milk substitutes may cost a bit more per serving, it is still far cheaper than buying just one drink from Starbucks. Plus, purchasing a half-gallon or gallon of milk will allow you to make several drinks for the price of one at Starbucks! 

And here are the recipes!

Copycat Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino Recipe

This recipe is identical to the Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino recipe. Not too sweet and deceptively easy, this drink will have you addicted! We think it’s better than barista-made!

java chip frappuccino

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of coffee, sweetened to taste (you can use leftover coffee from a pot you made earlier in the day)
  • 1 tsp. Chocolate syrup
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup ice
  • Whipped cream or chocolate syrup for topping (optional)

Directions

Step 1: Brew coffee, or warm-up previously-brewed coffee. Sweeten to taste. 

Step 2: Pour into ice cube molds and freeze until solid or overnight. 

Step 3: Pour milk, chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, ice, and coffee ice cubes into the blender. Blend until smooth. Top with whipped cream or drizzle the inside of the cup with chocolate syrup as desired. 

Healthy Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino

It can be tough to make a chocolatey drink healthy, but we’ve given it our best shot! Try your hand at swapping some key ingredients for more healthful substitutions! 

homemade frappe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of coffee, sweetened with Splenda or other alternative sweetener (you can use leftover coffee from a pot you made earlier in the day)
  • 1 tsp. Chocolate syrup
  • ¾ cup low-calorie milk
  • ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup ice
  • Light whipped cream for topping (optional)

Directions

Step 1: Brew coffee, or warm-up previously-brewed coffee. Sweeten to taste (optional). 

Step 2: Pour into ice cube molds and freeze until solid or overnight. 

Step 3: Pour milk, chocolate syrup, chocolate chips, ice, and coffee ice cubes into the blender. Blend until smooth. Top with whipped cream or drizzle inside of the cup with dark chocolate syrup as desired. 

There you have it; go enjoy your Java Chip Frappuccino!

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