Homemade Frappe Mix Recipe

by Amanda Hearn · 17 comments

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I admit it.  I am in love with icy mixes of delicious coffee and cocoa.  I use to pick one up when I went to town, even though I knew they were full of awful syrups and who knows what else.

Not only did I not know what I was consuming, it was expensive!  A small frappe, iced capp, etc. can run $2.50-$5 a piece depending on where you buy it.  I was tired of the whole thing, so I decided to play with a recipe of my own.  It took a little trial and error, but I’ve ended up with a recipe that I think is the bees knees.  I actually prefer it over buying one at any place I’ve tried them (no more corn syrup flavor!).  The mix does contain creamer, and I know it’s not the most healthy thing in the world but it’s a small amount and well, I’m shamefully addicted.

I won’t make you wait any longer.  This is my delicious iced capp/frappe recipe.  If you try it out, I’d love to hear what you think and/or how you like to use the mix!

Also, if you’re like me and miss the feel of one of those great cups in your hand, try out a reusable cold cup like this one!  I have two and just love them.

Homemade Frappe Mix
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  1. 1/2 c instant coffee (adjust to taste) (don't do caffeine? use decaf!)
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 cup non-fat dry milk powder (one package)
  4. 1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
  5. 1/3 cup baking cocoa (adjust to taste)
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Mix all ingredients together well (I like to dump them all in my food processor to mix well).
  2. If you like a stronger/weaker coffee or mocha flavor, adjust those two ingredients accordingly.
  3. Stores perfectly in a 1 quart jar for up to a year.
To make a perfect frappe/iced capp.
  1. 1 1/2 cup crushed ice + 1/3 cup mocha mix + 1/4 cup water + 1/4 cup milk = Bliss
  2. I like to toss my crushed ice into my food processor first and blend until it looks a bit like snow, add mix & water, process until well blended and then add in my milk. I blend just until it's mixed (7-10 seconds).
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Other ways to try this mix!

Mocha Milk Shake
1/4 cup mix + splash of milk + vanilla ice cream

Cold Coffee
1 cup of milk + 1 cup of cold water + 1/4 cup mix

Iced Coffee
1 cup water heated, pour in 1/2 cup mix, add 1 cup milk and then pour over ice.

Mix it up!
Use flavored creamers for a twist.

Not a Coffee Lover?
This makes a great mix without the coffee in it.  Use it in any of the above recipe methods for an icy chocolate treat.  My kids love it!

Nutritional Info:
Mix (not including added milk) – 140 Calories & 2g Fat (can be reduced by using non-fat creamer)

Made with Whole Milk – 177 Calories & 4g Fat
Made with 2% Milk – 147.5 Caloreis & 3.25g Fat
Made with 1% Milk – 142.5 Calories & 2.75g Fat
Made with Fat Free Milk – 143 Calories & 2g Fat
Milk nutritional content is based on Stonyfield Organic Milk

For reference:
McDonalds Frappe (16 oz no whipped cream or chocolate drizzle) – 470 Calories & 17g Fat
Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino (16 oz without whipped cream) – 260 Calories & 3.5g Fat
Tim Horton’s Iced Cappuchinno (16 oz without whipped cream) – 250 Calories & 2g Fat


For a little more fun, check out my Low Cal Iced Coffee Recipe.

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Founder of The Eco-Friendly Family, design geek, serial tanktopist, content creator, mother, coffee addict, & lover of fun. I am also a partner at Green Child Magazine & Put A Cup In It!
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JoyfulJ August 24, 2011 at 3:15 am

ooooh yummy…will definitely try the decaf..(nursing a baby who does NOT need caffeine as much as I long for it).

theroadtohomestead August 25, 2011 at 4:41 am

Sounds great if you are into coffee. One suggestion you may want to try, is instead of baking cocoa, try dutch process cocoa. It has less of the bitter taste, and works better in these sorts of applications

Danijela July 14, 2012 at 6:24 am

Even thought I use use traditional frappe recipe, I like the fact that you have made a healthy version of this drink. Looks delicious. Great work!

faith trigg October 4, 2013 at 2:23 pm

This looks delicious!! I love your blogs!!:)

Emily Stewart December 29, 2013 at 12:56 pm

I wish I could stomach instant coffee . . . or does the mix change the taste?

Amanda Hearn December 30, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I don’t like instant coffee either, but I don’t notice the instant flavor in this mix.

Kelly December 4, 2014 at 10:45 am

I just made this mix because I wanted to sample it before possibly making it as a gift for Christmas. I AM IN LOVE!!! This was sooooo delicious!! I cannot wait to package it up, real pretty, in a mason jar and attach a card, with ribbon, with directions on it. All of my friends will be getting this with a reusable double wall tumbler! Thanks so much for sharing!!!,

Natalie Rumpff December 5, 2014 at 9:06 pm

I made as described using Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa and original coffee matte powdered creamer, Walmart instant dry milk. It was very bitter, not sweet and didn’t taste like my mmocha frappe from McDs this morning. Any ideas on how to fix it? Did I use a wrpng ingredient?

Amanda Hearn August 25, 2015 at 9:21 am

Did you add sugar? Even with sugar added, this will probably not be as sweet as chain restaurants. I find them to be a bit too sweet for me.

Courtney August 24, 2015 at 11:46 pm

Sorry but 1 cup of sugar!? Wow a bit excessive

Amanda Hearn August 25, 2015 at 9:20 am

This recipe is for a premade mix, not a single serving. You are also welcome to decrease the amount used.

Millie May 21, 2016 at 6:16 pm

Instant coffee, whole milk, maple syrup, and French vanilla creamer and the ice of course it comes out delicious! *** all organic except for the creamer 😉

Asia July 26, 2016 at 6:30 pm

is it necessary to add the powdered creamer? does it change the consistency if you don’t?

Amanda Hearn July 28, 2016 at 7:41 pm

It would probably be less creamy, but you may be able to sub it out for more powdered milk.

Jeanne May 30, 2017 at 5:31 am

Hello, I made several batches of your wonderful mix last summer. Now it’s time to do some more! I do make a few changes to suit my family–I leave out the cocoa so that the mix is more versatile–you can always add a bit of chocolate or caramel syrup. Instead of sugar, I use Truvia since there are several diabetics in the family. Finally, to get a stronger coffee flavor, I use half instant coffee and half instant espresso. I know it sounds like a lot of changes, but they are minor. Anyway, thanks for the original recipe–it’s a hit around here!

Kai Janders August 8, 2017 at 10:17 am

I tweaked this a little to fit my own preferences (I like a creamy consistency, strong coffee flavor and kind of sweet.) For a single serving I did

1.5 T instant coffee
4 T powdered vanilla creamer
1 T sugar
1/2 c total combined liquid (I use cream and very strong coffee — a ratio to make it the color I would usually drink)
Dash of salt
Ice to blend (I believe my cups are between 8-12 oz and I just filled one up all the way.)

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