Homemade Chai Frappuccino – Skip the lines and make your own coffee house special at home! This healthy frappe is just a simple, creamy blend of spicy chai flavours, dairy-free milk and a handful of ice! Blend and sweeten as needed and enjoy on a hot day or as an afternoon pick-me-up! | Gluten Free + Paleo + Vegan + Low FODMAP
Silky, Creamy, sweet & spicy – what more could you possibly want in a refreshing summer treat?
This healthy chai frappe is the perfect way to cool down this summer!
Chai Frappe Ingredient Breakdown
Chai Tea Concentrate
Not too long ago I shared a recipe for a homemade, Starbucks chai tea concentrate copy cat. If you’re just looking for an easy, homemade chai frappuccino recipe then feel free to any store bought chai concentrate.
However if you’re interested in making a more healthy frappe with paleo, vegan and low fodmap diets in mind then I recommend making your own concentrate from scratch. Many chai concentrates are made with sugar and honey. Making them incompatible with vegan/low fodmap lifestyles.
You can use any type of milk you’d like, dairy or non dairy. I think coconut milk makes for a nice, creamy frappuccino thanks to its higher fat content, but feel free to your your favourite milk here.
You can use sweetened or unsweetened milk – either will work. I don’t recommend using homemade nut milk though as those tend to be too watered down which will make your drink also watered down.
Use whole ice cubes or crushed – it doesn’t really matter! If you have time and foresight when making this you can freeze some of the chai concentrate as ice cubes.
I recommend waiting until after you’ve blended up your drink to add sweetener. You might find that it’s sweet enough from the concentrate. Keep in mind that dates are not low fodmap so if you’re adhering to a low fodmap diet use maple syrup as your sweetener.
I list xanthan gum as an optional ingredient because I know a lot of people on allergy conscious diets like to avoid it but it’s a great ingredient to use if you can. Xathan gum does a couple things in the recipe:
- It works to bind everything together so they the ice and coconut milk (if you’re using coconut milk) don’t separate after blending.
- It creates a silky smooth texture.
Xanthan gum can often be found in either the baking section or the gluten free section of major grocery stores. If all else fails, Amazon is always a great place to look for tricky ingredients.
In general, it’s just a handy ingredient to hand in your kitchen if you do a lot of gluten free baking because it’s great for binding ingredients and holding on to moisture.
If you like this healthy chai frappuccino then check out these recipes:
- Golden Milk Frappuccino
- Warm Chai Chia Pudding
- Chai Tea Latte – two ways
- Mango Lassi
- Golden Turmeric Latte
- Ginger Turmeric Tea With Lime (Herbal Tisane)
- Salted Cashew Latte
- 1 cup (240 ml)Chai Concentrate
- 1 cup (24 ml) Coconut milk (or another milk of your choice)
- 1 cup ice
- 1/4 tsp xanthan gum (optional)
- 1 medjool date, pit removed (or 1 teaspoon sweetener of your choice) optional*
- Add the concentrate, milk, ice and xanthan to a blender and blend until the ice has blended up.
- Taste and add sweetener if you feel like it needs it - the concentrate already has sugar in it so you might not want any additional sweetness added.
- Top with diary free whipped cream if desired and a pinch of cinnamon and enjoy!