I love the flavors of fall. No matter what time of the year it is they bring me peace and make me feel homely.
Even if you don’t feel the same way, I’m sure you’d love to try out this homemade Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino.
Its recipe is easy-to-follow so if you prefer having your frozen drink at home instead of going to Starbucks, you will probably like what I’m about to share. Here’s the Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino that I’m going to teach you how to make:
It tastes so good. For those who are interested – if you don’t add any whipped cream on top, a serving contains 290 calories.
If you prefer your pumpkin pie Frappuccino with this fluffy white topping, you will consume around 330 calories.
Still, the DIY version has fewer calories than those 450 calories in a grande (16 oz) Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino at Starbucks.
Now that we’ve cleared that out, let’s go ahead.
To make a Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino at home you’ll need:
- Ice Cubes. You need to get the glass you’re going to have your drink in and fill it to the top with ice cubes. This is the amount you’re going to need to achieve the desired icy Frappuccino texture.
- Half-and-half. Have 3 fl oz (90 ml) of half-and-half added to your pumpkin spice frappe.
This will make it creamy and greatly satisfying.
Half-and-half could also be used when making a keto version of the pumpkin spice frappe.
Bear in mind, however, that 3 fl. oz. (90 ml.) of half-and-half contains 3 grams of net carbs.
- Sweetened Condensed Milk.
I add 1 fl oz (30 ml) of sweetened condensed milk to my pumpkin Frappuccino, which enhances the drink with just the right amount of sweetness.
Instead of (or in addition to) the sweetened condensed milk, you can use 1 to 2 tablespoons of Vanilla Syrup. I’m a fan of this Vanilla Syrup by Monin (Amazon Link).
Actually, the Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino at Starbucks, as well as their Pumpkin spice latte (hot & iced), contain both sweetened condensed skim milk and vanilla syrup.
The former is a component of their pumpkin spice sauce, and the latter is a staple ingredient of their pre-sweetened whipped cream.
So if you’re trying to replicate the Starbucks flavor the best way you can, you can include both in the making of your homemade frap.
- Pumpkin Puree. You need 2.5 tablespoons or 1.4 oz (40 g) of pumpkin puree.
I use one that I made at home last fall, but there are pretty good organic pumpkin puree cans out there (you can check this one out on Amazon by clicking here).
It’s worth noting that it’s possible to make a pumpkin spice Frappuccino even without pumpkin puree.
If you don’t have any, you can count on the pumpkin pie spice to bring out the signature fall flavors you’re craving.
You may also have the puree substituted with 2 tablespoons of pumpkin spice syrup like this one.
- Instant Coffee. 2 teaspoons of instant coffee per cup is the amount I recommend adding.
I often substitute the instant coffee with a double espresso shot when making my Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino.
Have in mind though, that this will make the drink a bit more watery.
If you want to use no coffee whatsoever, feel free to do so, and exclude this component when making of your drink. This will result in a Pumpkin Spice Crème Frappuccino that’s non-caffeinated.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice. I add 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice to the mixture before blending.
This is the most essential ingredient that will bring out the flavor you’re aiming for.
Just like my pumpkin puree, I prepare it at home.
To make pumpkin pie spice you should mix 1 tsp of cinnamon, ½ teaspoon of ground ginger, ½ teaspoon of cloves, ½ teaspoon of ground nutmeg and ½ teaspoon of allspice.
Pin the pumpkin spice ingredients picture below, if you find it helpful:
- Xanthan Gum – 1/4 of a teaspoon (optional, as a thickening agent).
As you might’ve noticed, Starbucks Frappuccinos are always nice and thick.
One of the main reasons why you may be struggling to replicate their viscosity is because you don’t use a thickening agent, like xanthan gum.
The latter is used in all Frappuccino blended beverages at Starbucks. You can click here to check out the Xanthan gum by Anthony’s on Amazon. It’s a high-quality product that’s also great for smoothies and milkshakes.
With that being said, you can skip this recipe component, and still enjoy the taste of your homemade Pumpkin Spice Frappe.
- Whipped Cream (optional topping). You can top off your drink with a bit of whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice if you feel the necessity to do so.
The drink looks pretty cool if you add such toppings.
As with all Frappuccinos, the only equipment you’ll need to make your Pumpkin Spice one, is a blender.
If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you might be aware that I usually use NutriBullet for my smoothies and frappes. In my opinion, it’s the best blender for such purposes.
If you visit this Amazon link you can see it’s also quite affordable.
How to Make a Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino?
Here are the Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino recipe directions:
- Pour all of the ingredients (except toppings) in the blender.
- Blend until you get a smooth Frappuccino texture.
- Pour your drink in a glass
As I already mentioned, you can add whipped cream on top.
I prefer skipping this topping and only sprinkle my Pumpkin Frappuccino with a bit of pumpkin pie spice.
You can see the topping options on the photo below:
- Ice Cubes
- Instant coffee powder - 2 teaspoons
- Sweetened Condensed Milk - 1 fl. oz. (30 ml)
- Half-and-half - 3 fl. oz. (90 ml)
- Pumpkin Puree - 2.5 tablespoons or 1.4 oz (40 g)
- Pumpkin Pie Spice - 1 teaspoon
- Xanthan Gum - 1/4 of a teaspoon (optional, as a thickening agent)
- Whipped Cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice (optional, as a topping)
- Add all of the ingredients except for the toppings to a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Pour the Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino into a serving glass.
- Add the toppings of choice.
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Serving Size:12 fl. oz. (350 ml)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 330
Over to You
I believe that you can easily follow my instructions and make your own homemade Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino. I also shared some recipe tips that I’ve gathered over time, so I hope you find them useful.
Tell me in the comments below whether you’ve actually made this frozen Frappuccino drink at home. And most importantly – did you like it?