Skinny Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappé (McDonald’s Copycat)

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A new and improved healthier version of McDonald’s frappuccino with just 5 ingredients.
Full of real fruit and decadent chocolate, this is one drink you won’t want to miss!

 

A healthy, clean-eating version of McDonald's frappuccino with 621 FEWER calories!! You need to try this decadent drink!

 

For more than a week, my guy and I have wandered into the living room shortly after 8 pm, hunkering down on the sofa and coaxing the TV past its initial green screen of death to finally turn on. When familiar images slowly flicker into view, we relax and lose track of the next few hours while watching our new favorite program…  

 

The 2014 Winter Olympics!

 

Even with knowing the events already occurred earlier in the day, I still spend the entire broadcast white-knuckled, gripping the couch pillows until their stuffing threatens to pop out. With their incredible speed and insane tricks, those skiers, snowboarders, and skeleton racers give me premature gray hair! I gasp, cheer, and grimace my way through their competitions, sometimes shouting loudly enough that our 15-pound dog crawls into my lap to lick my chin and make sure in her motherly doggie way that I’m okay.

 

A healthy, clean-eating version of McDonald's frappuccino with 621 FEWER calories!! You need to try this decadent drink!

 

When I normally watch sports (yes, more often than the Food Network!), the channels wait until a time out, stoppage in play, or end of an inning to cut to commercials, but sometimes NBC Olympic Primetime Coverage barely lasts 5 minutes before they start showing ads! Although I enjoy every heartfelt minute of the “P&G Proud Sponsor of Moms” ones—they always make me smile—I’ve seen others way more than I care to admit.

 

McDonald’s “Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappé” falls at the top of the list. After repeatedly chuckling at the shrunken yellow sweater (that’s why my mom banned my dad from doing laundry for 10+ years!), curiosity finally got the better of me, and I opened up my laptop to check out reviews online.

 

A healthy, clean-eating version of McDonald's frappuccino with 621 FEWER calories!! You need to try this decadent drink!

 

Despite refusing to eat at McDonald’s since I turned 13, the drink’s name intrigued me, especially since my close friend created the best truffle-stuffed chocolate covered strawberries for my blog last Valentine’s Day. But after a few minutes of browsing online, I discovered that this latest frappuccino from the Golden Arches earned almost entirely negative reviews. Nearly everyone agreed on 2 glaring issues:

 

(a) The strawberry flavor tasted completely artificial.

(b) Chunks of chocolate clogged the straw in every sip, making it impossible to drink.

 

Recognizing right away that I could create something better—and healthier!—than that, I pulled my blender off the shelf and starting testing.

 

A healthy, clean-eating version of McDonald's frappuccino with 621 FEWER calories!! You need to try this decadent drink!

 

Soon after, I danced with joy at the first decadent sip of my Skinny Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappé, a new and improved version of McDonald’s frappuccino with none of the problems AND none of the guilt. Containing a full serving of real fruit and bursting with rich chocolaty flavor, this healthy drink is a luscious, clean-eating way to quench your thirst and takes less than 3 minutes to make!

 

This ridiculously easy recipe requires just 5 ingredients: double-strength coffee, milk, cocoa powder, strawberries, and ice. You probably have all of these in your pantry (and fridge) already!

 

A healthy, clean-eating version of McDonald's frappuccino with 621 FEWER calories!! You need to try this decadent drink!

 

To address the first complaint—artificial strawberry flavor—I turned to whole frozen unsweetened strawberries. Avoid using fresh strawberries; their juices would add too much liquid to the frappuccino. Frozen strawberries are generally picked at the peak of ripeness and immediately frozen to preserve their bright fruity taste. In addition to flavor, the frozen strawberries also act as ice and help thicken the drink without watering down the taste.

 

To fix the second problem of chocolate chunks clogging the straw, I opted to mix in cocoa powder to my skinny version instead. It still adds just as much decadence as chocolate chips, but as a fine powder, it won’t plug up the straw! Choosing cocoa powder also greatly reduces the calories and fat without sacrificing any flavor.

 

A healthy, clean-eating version of McDonald's frappuccino with 621 FEWER calories!! You need to try this decadent drink!

 

To make your frappé, first add only the coffee, milk, and cocoa powder to your blender. You want to thoroughly mix those together before adding the frozen ingredients because cocoa powder sometimes tends to clump, so combining it with the liquids prevents the formation of any tiny pockets of cocoa. Then pour in the frozen strawberries and ice (and any sweetener, if desired) and blend until smooth.

 

Doesn’t that look incredible?

 

A healthy, clean-eating version of McDonald's frappuccino with 621 FEWER calories!! You need to try this decadent drink!

 

But wait! I mixed in one more super secret ingredient for aesthetics only. (You don’t need to add this if you aren’t spending 30 minutes photographing your frappuccino like me!) During my frappé research, I discovered Kerry’s copycat Starbucks frappuccino recipe on Squakfox, where she explained that xanthan gum will prevent your drink from separating! An ingredient often used in gluten-free baking to thicken and imitate stretch gluten strands, it also works miracles in coffee beverages. Pretty neat! Just add a tiny pinch along with the frozen ingredients; you can’t taste it at all.

 

A healthy, clean-eating version of McDonald's frappuccino with 621 FEWER calories!! You need to try this decadent drink!

 

My Skinny Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappé recipe makes one huge drink—at least 16 oz! It filled two of those glasses with a little more left over (that I accidentally forgot about in the freezer…), and I drank every single decadent sip myself. Its rich chocolaty flavor, accentuated by the earthy coffee background and naturally sweet strawberries, completely captivated me, and I immediately decided to blend another one the next morning!

 

Still full of curiosity, I decided to compare the Nutrition Information of my skinny version to McDonald’s original frappuccino. Go ahead, click the link and check it out. I’ll wait for you to come back.

 

A healthy, clean-eating version of McDonald's frappuccino with 621 FEWER calories!! You need to try this decadent drink!

 

I nearly had a heart attack and fell off my chair when I saw that. My healthy frappé contains 621 fewer calories, 26.6 fewer grams of fat, 89.9 fewer grams of carbs, and 89.8 fewer grams of sugar!

 

When I phoned my mom and revealed that to her, she replied, “Your version won’t clog people’s straws OR their arteries!”

 

I love her. 

 

So skip the drive-thru and make your healthier new and improved Skinny Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappé!

 

A healthy, clean-eating version of McDonald's frappuccino with 621 FEWER calories!! You need to try this decadent drink!

 

Skinny Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappé (McDonald’s Copycat)

Yield: 1 frappé

Skinny Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frappé (McDonald’s Copycat)

This decadent frappuccino is really rich and flavorful, for just a fraction of the cost and calories of McDonald’s!

¾ c double-strength coffee, chilled
½ c skim milk, chilled
1 ½ tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 c frozen unsweetened strawberries
½ c ice cubes
sweetener (agave, honey, etc.), to taste

  1. Add coffee, milk, and cocoa powder to a blender. Pulse until well combined, scraping down the sides as necessary. Add the frozen strawberries, ice, and sweetener (if using). Blend until smooth and no large ice chunks remain. Serve immediately.

Notes: To prepare the double-strength coffee, I used 2 teaspoons of instant coffee crystals mixed with ¾ cup water.

For a vegan version, substitute your favorite non-dairy milk (soy, almond, coconut, etc.).

Super secret ingredient: To prevent your frappuccino from separating, add a scant 1/16 teaspoon of xanthan gum along with the frozen ingredients.

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Comments

  1. Joanna says on February 19, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Fantastic! :)

    • Amy says on February 19, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      Thanks Joanna! :)

  2. Kim says on February 19, 2014 at 7:55 am

    That’s a smoothy I could really love! Pinned it! :-)
    Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

    • Amy says on February 19, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      Thanks so much for the pin Kim! I know how much you love your coffee, so I hope you get a chance to try it. :)

  3. Brittany says on February 19, 2014 at 11:59 am

    You couldn’t PAY me to drink one of those crap bombs from Macd’s. NO! This version is SO simple and easy. YUM!

    • Amy says on February 19, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      I knew we were friends for a reason! ;) I bet every small sip has at least 30 calories and an entire sugar cube. No thank you!

  4. Andrea says on February 19, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Seriously, you are the sweetest, mentioning my strawberries! :) This smoothie looks fantastic! Mickey D’s ain’t got NOTHIN on you, girl!

    • Amy says on February 19, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      Thank you Andrea! :) And YOU were so sweet to create those delicious treats for our blog swap. I still wish I could’ve tried them in person though — Chris is SO lucky to live with you!!

  5. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says on February 19, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    This is an amazing recipe! I, too, refuse to eat McDonalds. I hate even going in the restaurant!

    • Amy says on February 19, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      Thanks Dorothy! I’m the same way. I basically only enter the restaurant for two reasons: (a) to use the restroom when driving down to LA or SD on I-5 and (b) when my guy has a humongous craving and the drive-thru line is too long. (McD’s and Burger King are two of his favorites… Sigh. I haven’t eaten regular fast food since 8th grade!)

  6. Joanna says on February 20, 2014 at 8:44 am

    I made this today and it turned out great! I really liked it! I even blogged about it!! http://foodgurly.com/2014/02/20/chocolate-strawberry-frappe/

    • Amy says on February 20, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      I’m so happy you liked it Joanna!! Your picture makes it look so refreshing. :)

      • Joanna says on February 20, 2014 at 2:06 pm

        Thanks, Amy! It really hit the spot!! Thanks for a great recipe!

        • Amy says on February 20, 2014 at 2:17 pm

          You’re welcome Joanna! :)

  7. Manhattan Image and Style says on February 20, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Perfection! It sounds so yummy!! You have such a lovely blog!

    Feel free to visit my blog as well! There are tons of tips on fashion, beauty, style, health, personal growth and more! <3

    Diana
    http://www.ManhattanImageandStyle.com
    New Blog Post: How To Look Well-Rested

    • Amy says on February 20, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      Thanks Diana; you’re very kind! :) It sounds like you cover lots of fun topics on your own blog too!

  8. Jeanna says on May 29, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Fabulous! I hate artificial strawberry flavor stuff but I love real strawberries. I am definitely going to make this one.

    • Amy says on May 30, 2014 at 10:50 am

      I really hope you enjoy both this frappuccino and the double chocolaty chip one too! :)

  9. katie says on July 25, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    So yummy! I added a scoop of vanilla protein powder for a meal replacement and it was delicious!

    • Amy says on July 25, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the frappé Katie! Adding vanilla protein powder sounds like an amazing idea. I definitely need to try that! :)

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