Skinny Starbucks Frappuccino!

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If you’ve ever been to Starbucks, then you most likely have heard of a frappuccino. Thick, blended, creamy coffee that is cool and refreshing…What’s not to love!?! Well, the only thing that might turn you off from this tantalizing treat might be the fact that just one blended coffee drink can pack on as many as 600 calories and 25 grams of fat (which is about the same as a Big Mac!) Try this lightened up version, (which also happens to pack a powerful protein punch) and you may never spend your money on another blended drink again.


The estimated total time to make this recipe is 5-10 minutes.


Put all of the ingredients in the blender, and blend until shake is thick and creamy!


1/2 cupCottage cheese 1
1Scoop vanilla protein powder
1-4 pktsStevia (or low calorie sweetener of choice)
1 pktStarbucks Via Instant Coffee (or 1 tsp instant coffee powder)
2 tbsHalf and half coffee creamer
5-10Ice cubes (depending on desired consistency)
1/2-1 cupWater (depending on desired consistency)
Optional: 1/2 tsp xanthan gum 2

1 Instead of the cottage cheese, you could also use 1 additional scoop of protein powder and add low fat milk or (milk substitute) in place of the 1/2-1 cup water in this shake.)

2 You can find xanthan gum in most grocery stores in the gluten free or health foods section! Just a pinch of it makes your shake so thick and creamy!

Katie's Tip!

To make a Mocha Frappuccino, just add 1-2 tbs of cocoa powder!

Nutrition Breakdown

1 Serving
220 Calories
5 g Fat per Shake
6 g Carbohydrate per Shake
3 g Sugar per Shake
40 g Protein per Shake
4 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


Trixie28 said:

Made this today, OMG soo good!!!Please add more shake recipes!

April 26th, 2012 — 10:09am  |  Reply

Amanda Nelson said:

What kind of Stevia do you use?

April 26th, 2012 — 4:13pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

I use NuStevia, which is less bitter than most brands. It doesn’t leave a bad aftertaste and tastes the most like real sugar. I buy NuStevia from Amazon. That’s the only place I’ve found that I can buy it in bulk for cheap. Otherwise, you can find it at GNC and Whole Foods. To Learn More About Stevia Click Here.

April 26th, 2012 — 4:30pm  | 

Lori Lanier said:

This is so good! I made it the other morning! Perfect to get me going in the morning and I loved that all that protein kept me full until lunch!! Making it tomorrow too but this time mocha style!!

May 1st, 2012 — 12:27am  |  Reply

Jyl said:

I added Coconut jello pudding powder to this recipe and cocoa powder and made the Atarbucks Mocha Coconut Frap and it is delicious, better than dessert.

May 1st, 2012 — 5:29pm  |  Reply

Sashanna said:

SUCH a great idea! That is my favorite Frap ever!

September 16th, 2012 — 5:15pm  | 

Brandi said:

I made this this morning for an mid morning pick me up and I loved it!! I have been trying my own variations to try to make this with no luck! Now that I have this recipe I am done looking! Thanks for the great recipe!!

May 4th, 2012 — 2:41pm  |  Reply

Haley @ Fit, Young, and Fabulous said:

OH MY! I just made this delicious Frapp!! I’m in LOVE!! Never buying one at Starbucks again!!! Super protein power!! MMmmm(:

May 4th, 2012 — 5:05pm  |  Reply

AmyB said:

Love Starbucks…can’t wait to try!!

May 10th, 2012 — 8:48pm  |  Reply

Nic said:

Thanks for all these recipes… I used an actual cup of coffee for this that I had made with my Keurig and substituted it for the instant coffee and the water, works just as well!

May 13th, 2012 — 10:21am  |  Reply

Brittany said:

Thanks for sharing, I was just wondering if I could do this!! :D

February 14th, 2013 — 8:07am  | 

Kelly said:

What kind of protein powder do you use??

May 21st, 2012 — 3:15pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

designer whey. i buy it on amazon or trader joes

May 21st, 2012 — 5:07pm  | 

jenn said:

Thanks SO much for this! I will definitely try this since I’m so addicted to those Mickey D Frappes… but I cringe when I think of all the unknown inside + all those calories! Absolutely love that this is made with stevia, too!

Think I could just use Chocolate Protein Powder for the Mocha effect rather than Vanilla protein powder + cocoa powder??

May 21st, 2012 — 11:32pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

sure can! :)

May 22nd, 2012 — 7:13am  | 

Wendy said:

This looks delicious! I’m not sure what you mean by half and half coffee creamer though. Is that just regular half and half, or something else? Thanks.

June 28th, 2012 — 11:00pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

regular :)

June 29th, 2012 — 6:29am  | 

Suzy Raabe said:

I just want you to know how much I enjoy your recipes. It’s nice to follow a blog where the host takes the time to answer our questions so quickly. I got the meal plan for a month. I really like. I thought it was for a family of four but only for two. My question. I’m feeding six, which means I have to triple. Does everything triple? Are there any ingredient that you would not triple. Maybe a spice. I know my question is about as clear as mud but hopefully you will understand. Thanks again. You are a true blessing.

July 17th, 2012 — 1:38pm  |  Reply

Amy Andrew said:

OH.MY.GOODNESS!!! Just made this to have after my workout and it was AMAZING!!! So delicious, I can’t believe how good it is! SOOOOO Much better then my normal after-work-out- protein shake w/ protein powder and water. My Blend-Tec will NEVER be back in the cupboard, because I’ll be making these EVERYday!!! THANK YOU!!!!!! Your recipes make me feel like I’m cheating every meal!!

July 17th, 2012 — 2:56pm  |  Reply

Michelle Thompson said:

Tastes great! One question, though…does your protein powder also contain a lot of fiber, because when I calculated points plus for this recipe, assuming there is 0g fiber, I got 6wwp+…?

July 20th, 2012 — 12:43pm  |  Reply

Sashanna said:

WOW! I love frappuccinos but I never get them (for all the obvious reasons). As soon as I found this site I went out and bought cottage cheese and vanilla protein powder, just so I could try this. Had it for breakfast and it was SO delicious! It’s also way bigger than my normal smoothies, so the low calories kept me full for a nice long time. Thanks so much! I’ll be trying lots of others.

September 16th, 2012 — 5:17pm  |  Reply

katie said:

I’ve made a lot of your recipes and loved them all but…I don’t know how you come up with your points! When I put mine in the recipe builder with the EXACT same ingredients mine are often 2 pts higher. I got double the points for this exact shake! I use exactly the same items that you did, so, I’m not sure. I read a lot of fans having the same issue. Just wanted to let you know! :)

September 16th, 2012 — 6:13pm  |  Reply

Stephanie Mulkerin said:

i’m curious about this too!!!

February 10th, 2013 — 11:05am  | 

Dashing Dish said:

Hi Katie, I calculate the points for every recipe by first plugging the nutrition into myfitness pal, and double check every single ingredient, then i use a wwpp calculator to figure the points. It may vary if you are using different brands of ingredients, or different sweeteners.

June 14th, 2015 — 4:34pm  | 

Alyssa said:

Mine tastes very protein shaky, is there a trick or more of something to put in? I really want to like this drink.

October 31st, 2012 — 2:35pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

its probably your protein powder…try designer whey from amazon!

October 31st, 2012 — 3:02pm  | 

Alyssa said:

I did :/

October 31st, 2012 — 3:04pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

try more coffee then :)

October 31st, 2012 — 4:17pm  | 

Lindsay said:

Made this a few days ago it was awesome!!! I just used a cup of coffee instead of the coffee powder. I made myself a cup, and gave each of my 2 kids 1/4 a cup and still had left over. I was able to make myself another full cup the next day. It tasted even better then it the day I made it! My kids have been begging me to make more every day since!

November 7th, 2012 — 10:22am  |  Reply

Charlene said:

Hi Guys just to let you know you can buy fat-free- half and half and fat-free heavy cream, thus reducing fat!!

November 9th, 2012 — 12:39pm  |  Reply

Lori said:

I made this today and it is so very good! I had some left-over coffee that I had made in my French Press, so I used that in place of the water and instant coffee. Thanks!

December 12th, 2012 — 4:51am  |  Reply

vanessa kromer said:

My first attempt at your shakes this morning and it was amazing!!! Love this coffee shake!! Thanks Katie :)

December 19th, 2012 — 9:35am  |  Reply

Stephanie said:

Just made this except made the Caramel Macchiato version, added sugar free vannila and stevia caramel sweetner (zero calorie :D) and it is absolutely delicious! i love fraps and this is a perfect swap and slashes SO many calories. Thanks for the idea, i love all your shake recepies :)

January 5th, 2013 — 6:33pm  |  Reply

Jaime said:

What flavor whey do you use by designer whey? French vanilla?

January 8th, 2013 — 9:58pm  |  Reply

Jaime said:

Also what Nustevia do you buy on amazon? Which do you Find is the best deal? Packets?

January 8th, 2013 — 10:01pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

amazon :) and yes vanilla protein powder

January 10th, 2013 — 10:15am  | 

Brandi Anderson said:

This is AMAZING…feels like I’m cheating!

February 4th, 2013 — 4:42pm  |  Reply

rose monachino alongi said:

Can you use low fat greek yogurt or low fat ricotta cheese as a substitute for the cottage cheese?

February 26th, 2013 — 11:52am  |  Reply

Brandi said:

Oh my this is soooo good! :) LOVE IT! Thanks for the recipes, makes my dieting so much easier to tolerate :) I can eat/drink things that taste like they should be bad for me, but they’re not! Thanks again!

March 14th, 2013 — 12:13pm  |  Reply

Eva said:

I tried this, this morning. It was Okay, but I am wondering if there is a way to lessen the amount of bubbles. Every time I try to make any protein shakes it seems no matter what i put in there are always a lot of bubbles which makes it taste weird.

March 16th, 2013 — 2:43pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

try adding less water so its more thick …that should eliminate all bubbles :)

March 16th, 2013 — 4:29pm  | 

Eva said:

i’ll try that. I only had a cup of water to begin with though. and that was the only liquid.
other than if some of the ice melted from being ground in the blender..

March 17th, 2013 — 12:09am  |  Reply

Grace said:

I have a bad habit of wasting money and calories on coffee drinks, so I though I’d try this recipe. I was a bit thrown off at first by the cottage cheese, but decided to give it a go. I used chocolate protein powder and white chocolate creamer because it was all I had on hand. It was delicious! So thick, smooth and creamy. Loved it! Thanks for the easy recipe! Can’t wait to make more of these, and I’ll definitely be trying some of your others in the future. (:

March 24th, 2013 — 5:50pm  |  Reply

Lisa :) said:

Omg this was heaven !!!!! I will defanately be adding this to
My morning routine :) this may seem weird to add yogurt to a frap
But I switched greek yogurt with the cottage cheese and it was great :)
Thank you so much for the fabulous recepie !!!

April 27th, 2013 — 10:59am  |  Reply

Stacey Bayle said:

I wasn’t sure if it made any difference what type of Via was used. . .

May 20th, 2013 — 3:39pm  |  Reply

Katie said:

Sorry if this posts twice. I can’t wait to try these, but I’m wondering how you’re coming up with 40 grams of protein? when I do it, I get 35 at best. Thanks! :)

June 20th, 2013 — 5:32pm  |  Reply

Amy said:

So, so yummy! Just made one this morning and I’m in LOVE! I didn’t have half and half so I just used 2% milk and I thought it was still good! Might break out some half and half next time and give it a try, but I’m pleased with the results of this. Great recipe, great site! Thanks!!!

June 27th, 2013 — 11:22am  |  Reply

Jennifer said:

Wow, so good! I just use ice, non fat cottage cheese, a little Light Chocolate Silk Milk, water, instant coffee powder, unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 packs of sweet n low, a dash of cinnamon; top with a little fat free whip cream and sugar free chocolate syrup. Fantastic! I was suspicious of the cottage cheese, but it gives it the perfect consistency.

July 29th, 2013 — 7:35pm  |  Reply

Naomi Walker :) said:

Hi Katie,

I love following your blog, I’m just wondering what web host you use? I’m starting a blog and love your set up.
Thanks so much~
God bless you in the future with your website.

Naomi Faith :)

August 7th, 2013 — 3:00pm  |  Reply

Kelsie Conn said:

What kind of protein powder do you use?

September 25th, 2013 — 1:41pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

designer whey :)

September 26th, 2013 — 11:24am  | 

Kelsie Conn said:

Just watched a bunch of the videos! I can’t wait to make some of these shakes! Thanks for all of the great recipes!

September 26th, 2013 — 1:57pm  |  Reply

jenny said:

Just made this… I used a Mocha instant coffee pack and added choc protein powder. Its great!

January 3rd, 2014 — 4:09pm  |  Reply

Cindy said:

Just made this this afternoon, OMG! this is so GOOD!

March 1st, 2014 — 5:33pm  |  Reply

Sharon said:

I just made this with sugar-free hazelnut coffee creamer instead of half & half and stevia….YUM!!

March 19th, 2014 — 5:38pm  |  Reply

Jessica Collett said:

Enjoying this now – it’s DYNO-MITE!

July 11th, 2014 — 9:26am  |  Reply

Jessica Collett said:

I had to come back just to share that I subbed 1/2 an avocado for the cottage cheese and added an additional 1/2 cup of liquid and it is to-die-for!

July 13th, 2014 — 10:50am  |  Reply

Desiree said:

Oh my. A couple of years ago I gave up McDonald’s fraps when I started eating better. I missed them ever since…No more!! Thanks for this and all your amazing shakes.

May 14th, 2015 — 5:05pm  |  Reply

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