Organic Vegan Mocha Frappuccino - That's Actually Thick

Recipe: Organic Mocha Frappuccino "Starbucks style"

Suitable for: Vegans and others.

I recently got sick of buying Starbucks Mocha Frappuccinos for a few reasons...

  • They're expensive.

  • They don't use much Fair Trade coffee and they're not organic.

  • They charge a lot of extra $ for soy milk.

So I tried making homemade fraps. It didn't work out well at first. I was getting the flavor right, but not the consistency. Starbucks' fraps are thick and creamy but still easy to drink with a straw. My first attempts were too watery, not icy enough, not smooth and kind of weird. I looked it up and other people were having the not thick enough issue too.

Then my 11 year old actually suggested I use frozen cubes of milk - I think he got the idea from smoothie making. He was right though, this is the key to a perfect consistency.

Prep work

  • Brew coffee and freeze it in ice cube trays.

  • Freeze soy milk in ice cube trays.

I keep a bin of these frozen cubes in my freezer, so whenever I want a drink I'm ready to go.


  • 5-6 organic soy milk ice cubes

  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup liquid organic soy milk

  • 3-5 Fair Trade, organic coffee ice cubes (depending on how much caffine you need)

  • 2 tablespoons organic vegan chocolate syrup

To make

If you have a powerful blender, add everything all at once, and pulsate to crush the ice coffee and milk cubes up. Once the ice is crushed, blend until smooth and still thick.

If you have a less powerful blender, don’t add all the ice cubes at once. Add about 1/2 of the ice cubes plus all the liquid milk and the chocolate and then pulsate to crush the ice up some. Once the ice cubes seem pretty crunched up, add the rest of the ice cubes and repeat until they’re all crushed then blend until smooth.

This recipe results in a thick and creamy, but still icy frap, just like Starbucks. If you want stick it in your reusable Starbucks cup.


You can also make this with frozen strawberries, if you like berry fraps. I've also made chocolate cookie crunch fraps for my son using organic oreo type cookies - simply add a few cookies to your mixture. You can also add different syrups if you like, but I mainly like chocolate. My friend likes caramel, which isn't vegan so I wouldn't know, but agar or honey could work for that.

By: Jennifer C