Cold Brew Caramel Frappuccino

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Large glass of our homemade gluten-free vegan Caramel Frappuccino with Almond Milk Ice Cubes

I still remember the first time I walked into a coffee shop as a complete newbie and feeling totally dumbfounded as to what to order.

My choice in the colder months was hot chocolate – obviously. But once summer hit, I ventured into blended frozen drink territory.

Enter: my love for the frappuccino.

Almond milk ice cubes, dates, and coffee for making a vegan Caramel Frappuccino

I don’t order frappuccinos anymore at coffee shops. As I’ve said before, they have enough calories and sugar to sink a boat and I’m honestly more into almond milk lattes and straight up drip coffee these days. But every once in a while, when a craving for something cold and indulgent strikes, this is the first thing I reach for. And I can make it way more healthy (and dairy free) at home.

This Cold Brew Caramel Frappuccino is adapted from one of the very first recipes on the blog – my Cold Brew Mocha Frappe. Almond milk ice cubes create a creamy base, cold brew coffee injects a jet-fuel surge of caffeine and bold coffee flavor, and dates puréed into caramel add a sweet caramel finish.

That’s right. Just 3 ingredients, 1 blender, and 5 minutes (minus prep for ice cubes and coffee) to make this dreamy, creamy homemade frappuccino.

Naturally-sweetened date caramel for making homemade Caramel Frappuccinos

While your cold brew coffee is doing its thing, make your date caramel. See my in-depth tutorial here that also includes 1,000,000 ideas for how to use it.

In short, make it, love it, always have it on hand. End of story.

Blender with ingredients for making a healthy homemade Caramel Frappuccino

When your almond milk ice cubes are completely frozen, add them to a blender with your cold brew coffee and blend into creamy, dreamy bliss.

Then add as much date caramel as you’d like to sweeten things up and infuse caramel flavor into the mix. Mmm, I’ll take three, please.
Adding date caramel to the blender for our homemade vegan Caramel Frappuccino recipe

You guys are going to LOVE this drink! It’s:

Creamy
Chilled
Perfectly Sweet
Caramel-infused
Bold in coffee flavor
Simple
Quick
& Seriously delicious

Make this frappuccino for a special morning treat before work. Do what you gotta do to get through the work day – no judgment here. Or, save this as a special treat for lazy weekend mornings (especially when summer is at its peak).

If you make this recipe, let us know what you think! Leave a comment and rate it – it’s so helpful to us and other readers. And while you’re at it, take a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram so we can see what you come up with. Cheers, friends!

Large glass of our vegan cold brew Caramel Frappuccino topped with coconut whipped cream

Cold Brew Caramel Frappuccino

Creamy, caffeine-packed caramel frappuccino made with just 3 ingredients and naturally sweetened with date caramel. The perfect dairy-free morning pick-me-up.
Author Minimalist Baker
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Tall overflowing glass of our Caramel Frappuccino recipe
4.88 from 25 votes
Prep Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours
Servings 2
Course Beverage
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 2-3 Days
Does it keep? 3-4 Hours

Ingredients

ALMOND MILK ICE CUBES

COLD BREW COFFEE

  • 2 cups coarsely ground dark coffee (I recommend French roast)
  • 4 cups filtered water

DATE CARAMEL

  • 15 pitted dates (15 dates equals ~200 g // if not sticky and moist, see notes)
  • 3-6 Tbsp hot water

FRAPPUCCINO

  • 16 standard-size almond milk ice cubes
  • 2 cups cold brew coffee
  • 3-5 Tbsp date caramel

Instructions

  • The night before, pour almond milk into a standard ice cube tray and freeze. You should have about 16 ice cubes (as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size).
  • The night before also make your cold brew coffee by coarsely grinding dark roast coffee beans. Add to a mixing bowl and cover with filtered water, then cover with plastic wrap and set in the refrigerator to brew.
  • The next day, strain cold brew through a coffee filter - I used our Chemex with these filters.
  • While your coffee is straining, make date caramel by adding 15-20 pitted dates (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) to a food processor or blender (in my experience, a food processor works best to get a creamy texture without much water).
  • Pulse/mix on low until small bits remain, then stream in hot water while the blender is on until a paste is made. You will need to scrape down the sides and encourage it along periodically. Only add enough water to form a paste - too much and it will be too liquidy. Set aside.
  • To make 2 frappuccinos, (amounts as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) add all 16 ice cubes and 2 cups (480 ml) cold brew coffee to a blender and blend on high until puréed and smooth (see photo).
  • Add date caramel 1 Tbsp at a time and blend. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more date caramel to sweeten. I found 3 or 4 Tbsp to be the perfect amount (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size). NOTE: you will have leftover date caramel, which can be stored covered in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.
  • Divide between tall serving glasses and top with coconut whipped cream (optional). Best when fresh, though leftovers can be kept in the refrigerator for a few hours, or in the freezer for a few days.

Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without coconut whipped cream.
*Prep time reflects time for freezing ice cubes and preparing cold brew coffee.
*Inspired by / adapted from my 3-ingredient Cold Brew Mocha Frappe.

Nutrition (1 of 2 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 113 Carbohydrates: 20 g Protein: 1.9 g Fat: 3.1 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 185 mg Fiber: 3 g Sugar: 16 g

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    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Miranda. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  1. Rita says

    Hey Dana,
    I was wondering: Could I use soluble coffee for this recipe? What about Nespresso? They have a Caramel variety, but I’m afraid it would end up getting too sweet. I also have a premade date concentrate at home, it’s very similar to date paste. Would that work? In which amount?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, I’m not sure about soluble coffee. But if you try that let us know how it goes. And yes I think the date paste would work. Start with half of the called for amount and work your way up from there! Good luck and let us know how it goes!

  2. Lisa says

    OMG, I just made this recipe—WOW!!! It is unbelievably DECADENT!!! I modified the recipe a little by using premade cold brew coffee (from Trader Joe’s) and fresh made almond milk (1:2 ratio of coffee:almond milk). I blended the coffee, milk, 6 dates and a cup of ice in a high speed blender. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I will make it again, it is sooooo delicious!

  3. Lucinda says

    Yes! I just made this amazing iced cold brew Frappuccino! Amazing! I love that it tastes jut like a Starbucks just without all those syrups and the price tag. This is definitely my to-go- to indulgence! Thank you!

  4. Jessica C. says

    I found this recipe while searching for how to make date paste. This looks devine, and oh so easy! I’m not a big coffee drinker but I do like ice coffee drinks, coffee ice cream, and coffee flavored yogurt so I will try it this summer. I’ll make mine with cold prepared Cafix for two reasons: 1) I’m breastfeeding, and 2) more than one cup of coffee makes me jittery but that wouldn’t be enough to enjoy!

  5. Charlotte says

    Ahhh I’ve made this a few times now and it is so delicious! Such a great solution to my cravings for something sweet and cold along with my need for caffeine. Thank you!

  6. Rosa Slape says

    This is the most delicious caramel frappuccino I have ever tasted!!! My fridge makes ice automatically, so I don’t own an actual ice tray, instead I added about a cup of soy milk and lots of ice. Wasn’t quite a frappuccino as such, but still fantastic! Kudos to you, I’ll be keeping this recipe forever <3

  7. Kathy says

    Looks delishh!! Trader Joe’s now has pre made cold brew coffee. Can I use that? How many cups should I use?? I want to make this tomorrow. Thanks !!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Kathy! Is it the Cold Brew Concentrate? If so, I would recommend following the directions on pack to make 4 cups of cold brew. Hope this helps!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi! I haven’t tried it but that should work! It will change the taste a little but if you try it out, I’d love to hear back on how it goes!

  8. KJ | Omnomherbivore says

    Pinned!! This looks sooooo good!!! I agree with you – I don’t like to order frappes because I don’t want that much sugar and I like a more prominent coffee flavor. :D

  9. Linda says

    I love this recipe even though I didn’t follow it exactly. I used leftover coffee from my French press this morning, chilled. Used fat free milk and only let them freeze 30 mins or so. Made the date caramel exactly as directed. Threw it all together- oh my good! Can’t imagine if I followed the recipe exactly! Thanks!!

  10. Tsabs says

    Hi! I love the idea of date caramel! Usually I use 1-2 tbs cocoa powder for flavor and thickener, but I can’t wait to put this into rotation. I don’t know if you have tried reversing the iced almond milk and cold brew? Make a concentrate with the cold brew, or pour over method if you have less time and just fill selected cup with ice, top 2/3 with almond milk and fill with coffee concentrate of your choosing. So delicious, and I didn’t have to wait on ice cubes or cold brew.

  11. Chioma says

    We gave this recipe a go this morning with home-made cashew milk sub and we were so amazed by how creamy & delicious it was. Just like a Starbucks drink with less calories and all natural sugar. Seriously, what’s not to love about it? We now have a second batch of cashew milk ice cubes in the freezer for the next round. :) I’ve made over a dozen recipes from you and I can’t thank you enough for making being vegan easy, simple and delicious. <3

  12. Crystal says

    This is the best coffee photo I have come across! Wondering if you would share some of your behind the scenes techniques for getting this image? The texture in the drink is very appetizing looking. Did it really look this great straight from the blender and into the glass? Are you using a constant light or natural light? Very nice, quality imagery. Thanks!

  13. Billy Bulmahn says

    Best Frap ever! Wanted a healthier alternative to Starbucks and found this recipe. Beyond amazing (and easy)! Can’t wait to make a pumpkin spice version!

  14. Alicia says

    This sound delicious. I may have to try this asap.

    Also I have a recommendation for cold brew that you both should try ! Well 2 recommendations actually.

    Make your cold brew in a french press. It’s the easiest, most effective way. Grind the coffee to the coarsest setting and add the cold filtered water. Steep for 20 hours on the counter, then push the press down, and pour out your delicious cold brew. Do not need to chill till after extracted from the press and it can keep in the fridge for up to 5 days!

    After sharing this, I think I should probably write my next post on cold brew iced coffee…

  15. Toni Rae says

    Got a glass right next to me. So easy to make and my sweet tooth husband loved it too! Gonna try the suggestion from an earlier comment to use Trader Joe’s cold brew. Home run in my book!

    BTW, what is another good use for the date caramel? I’m sure I could figure it out, but recs welcome :)

  16. Terri says

    This is a delicious low fat treat! LOVE the caramel date suggestions, use it all the time!! Thanks for the great recipes!!

  17. Murielle says

    I live in Montreal and right now there is a big heat wave, it’s about 40 degrees so I decided to make this recipe this morning to replace my usual latte & it was the best decision ever!! Amazing recipe! Its a good thing I have some date caramel left over, I will be making this recipe tomorrow again! Thank you so much for sharing :))

  18. renay says

    SPOT ON. if you haven’t made this already, do not hesitate and just get to it, you will not regret it. the flavor is PERFECT, i mean incredible. my husband and i kept saying “this is unbelievable” the entire time it lasted in our glasses, which was only a few minutes (and only that long because we kept getting brain freezes). absolutely flawless recipe (much like others that i’ve tried from here, always winners) with FANTASTIC ingredients (i made cashew milk and froze into ice cubes). the date caramel is perfect and super useful in many recipes. the next time i make this (likely tomorrow!) i will definitely be making whip cream and maybe a chocolate drizzle just for looks, and will instagram this baby with credit to you, dana. i dare say your most brilliant, simple, and perfect recipe yet. bravo!!

  19. Ashley says

    This. Was. So. Good. I am drinking one as I type this sentence. Honestly, I think this tastes better than the Starbucks version, which I find cloyingly sweet. I can’t believe it is so simple– and the use of date caramel?! Genius. Thanks Dana! This is going to be me go-to summer treat from now on! It is recipes like this one that make your blog one of my faves.

  20. Sarah | Well and Full says

    Oh. Mygosh. Dana. This looks AMAZING!! I remember when I went to summer camp at Yale, we always would go to the Starbucks on Chapel Street over by the Museum of British Art. My friends and I lived off of frappuccinos that summer! I always got caramel because, well, caramel. I know that you can get a version at Starbucks that’s vegan but it’s full of all these weird chemicals and additives. I love how your recipe is so simple and (basically) healthy. It even has that perfect frothy iced coffee look too! Absolute perfection. :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      ha! Sounds like a good time at summer camp. But yeah, I don’t trust other people’s “caramel sauces” anymore. Dates do the trick!

  21. Hannah says

    Dear Dana!
    It Looks delicious – it’s very hot summer here at the Moment – so I will try.
    Sometimes I brew my coffee cold – but I always let it out of the fridge brewing over night. Could you tell me why you prefer to brew it in the fridge?
    Thanks a lot!

    Hannah

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      That’s just how I’ve always done it! But you could really do it any way you’d like!

  22. Silvia @ Ribas with Love says

    Dana, I am amazed by this recipe… it looks fantastic and I cannot wait to try this. Thankfully I have all the ingredients at home, which means as soon as the almond milk ice cubes are frozen I can get started! I also very much agree with you about buying these types of drinks elsewhere, they are looooaded with sugar I can’t stand it. Awesome job girl ! xoxo

  23. Julie | Small Green Kitchen says

    STUNNING photos, Dana! Also, I want this drink right now, even though it’s 10pm and I have to go to bed soon! I’ll be having sweet dreams about this frappuccino tonight.

  24. Dawn says

    Delicious! I was a touch skeptical, because I’m not a huge fan of dates. However, I was so impressed that I have already made this twice (and I just saw the recipe yesterday!) A perfect balance of sweetness, creaminess and a little bite from the coffee.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      That’s how you know it’s love, when you make it again! Thanks for sharing, Dawn!

  25. Rebeca says

    Just this morning I was thinking I needed to make some cold brew coffee and you’ve totally convinced me to do it! Coffee in the fridge and almond milk in the freezer – frappuccino happening tomorrow. Oh, and I love that it’s sweetened with dates instead of sugar. Date paste is so versatile, tasty and plain awesome.

    P.S. Your photography is STUNNING. I read quite some food blogs (okay, too many!) but your photos always stand out – love their ‘clean’ look.

  26. Nicole {VeganShowOff.com} says

    This is such a beautiful sight on this hot and humid summer day! I’ve never made cold-brew, I’ve only bought it, but this looks super easy!

  27. sanghamitra chowdhury says

    I simply loved it!1st of all frappucino is always my favorite..and here you have explained the steps so well..perfect caramelised one more over..and the photos you took are just so perfect<3

  28. Kaitlin @ Heaps of Me says

    If you haven’t yet discovered Trader Joes cold brew coffee concentrate it’s a must! It would be perfect in this recipe! I use it to make copycat blueprint cleanse cashew coffee! Xx

  29. Danielle says

    My son just made a batch of cold brew for me, an I couldn’t wait to prep almond milk for this frappe. Instead of almond milk cubes, I added a handful of raw cashews + ice. Yum!! Love that caramel paste! Thanks so much! I love all your recipes!

  30. s.e. says

    I’ve got leftover coffee frozen as cubes in my freezer:) I’m going to try this with cold almond milk and a bit of frozen banana as well as the date caramel for extra creaminess:)

  31. Loretta says

    Hi, I stay in Nigeria! Really love this recipe nd I would like to try it. Can I replace almond milk with normal milk because I don’t know where I could get almond milk in Nigeria.

  32. Allie Lindstrom says

    I just made this and it was great! But it was also super strong (my sister and I, the tasters, aren’t regular coffee drinkers). Was I supposed to use two cups of coffee grounds or enough coffee grounds for two cups of regular coffee?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      two cups coffee grounds + 4 cups water. If it was too strong, Scale back and make a bit weaker coffee next time, such as 1 cup coffee grounds + 4 cups water.

  33. Sara @ Oats & Rows says

    This looks amazing! I’ve got a fresh batch of cold brew in my fridge sOoOo it looks like these will be happening today :)

  34. Kim says

    As I live in southern Spain frappé coffee is a necessity; LOVE this récipe with the addition of dates! I would also sprinkle cinammon on top for an extra twist.

  35. Valerie Robertson says

    Sounds really good except the prunes due to a stomach problem (being dainty…)
    What can a person use instead of prunes PLEASE

  36. Samantha Clarke says

    Seriously Dana, like, how are you such a genius?

    Also I moved home to Portland. If you ever want to have a little blogger’s meeting or something. Just throwing that out there.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      haha, not at all! I just dream in food ;D

      So cool you’re in PDX! We do intend to do more meet ups this summer. Stay tuned on social media for any announcements!

  37. Velvet & Vinegar says

    Oh this really looks refreshing and even better as it comes with coffee in it. I just love coffee…
    Definitely need to try this, although I`m a little bit concerned the icecubes will damage my mixer.
    xoxo

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      The ice cubes shouldn’t do any damage. But if you’re concerned, let them thaw a little first.

  38. Tammy Thiele says

    This looks so amazing…cooling & decadent! My daughter and I are drooling over it right now! Can not wait to try it…hoping to do it tomorrow since we are in for another hot day! Thank you for another healthy take on a favorite.

    ps. Can I ask where you found those cool metal straws?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! Hi tammy – I feel like you’re our most faithful and long-time reader! So much love for you and your daughter. The metal straws were from an online shop that I don’t recall the name of! I’m sure if you google it, you’ll find it!

  39. Emily says

    Looks great! I will be actually caramelizing the date paste with a bit of coconut oil and a pinch of salt over low heat until the paste is extra fragrant.

  40. Leah M @ love me, feed me says

    I can’t wait to make this as soon as I get home, it looks too good to be true! Yum!!

  41. Eve @ Baking the Day says

    Wow, this looks amazing! I have never had a frappe from a coffee shop, the amount of sugar and cals makes me a bit queasy. However, this frappe looks delicious, especially with the date caramel, I love date caramel so much! Pinned!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Right? Love how this one’s naturally sweetened, which allows the coffee to really shine. Hope you love it!

  42. Laur says

    This looks SO amazing. I’m not a cold coffee person, but I want to make this for my mom SO badly. It would be nice for her to come home to it after work. :)

  43. Sam ~ it doesn't taste like chicken says

    Oh this looks heavenly!! Perfect for a hot summer day. So when is it you are inviting me over for frappuccinos again? Haha ;)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      haha, soon! I have leftover cold brew and almond milk ice cubes in the fridge/freezer right now! ;D

  44. Geanna says

    This looks so good! I just got into making cold brew, so this recipe looks like the logical next step.

  45. Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop says

    Such a great idea! Making the ice cubes is simply brilliant! This looks so perfectly refreshing!

  46. Liz @ Floating Kitchen says

    This looks awesome! I love making ice cubes from almond milk. Such a great trick. I am definitely going to need one of these to cool off today!