Here's how to make a healthy Unicorn Frappuccino at home
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock the past few weeks, you’ve heard about the Unicorn Frappuccino from Starbucks. This limited-time offer (it ran for only four days) was an Instagrammer’s food dream come true: the Unicorn Frappuccino’s bright colors made it the perfect beverage for a gorgeous photo. Starbucks was pretty much sold out of these must-have drinks, with people clamoring for a taste of the unicorn magic.
Unfortunately, all was not rainbows with this beverage.
While the Unicorn Frappuccino looked amazing, the taste left people polarized. Some thought it was magical, others not so much. Then there’s the nutritional issue: With 59 grams of sugar in a serving, it wasn’t exactly the healthiest option out there. Luckily, there’s a better way. Now you can make a healthy Unicorn Frappuccino at home, with these simple (and tasty) pointers.
Remember, this recipe comes in layers, so be sure to blend each one separately before joining them all together in delicious harmony.
The overwhelming taste of the frap is mango (and, you know, sugar). You can replicate that with far less sugar and far more of that delicious fruity flavor. Blend in a cup of low-calorie mango sorbet and half a cup of low-calorie vanilla sorbet with some chopped ice. Throw in a quarter cup of coconut milk, and toss in a handful of frozen mango chunks for added flavor. For added consistency you can add 1/2 of a chopped banana.
This will all be delicious, but it’s not the pink shade you’re looking for just yet. You can either opt for pink food dye (which is the easiest way to go), or you can use a packet of frozen dragonfruit for that must-have pink consistency. Remember to blend well, adding ice as needed.
For the beautifully bright-blue swirls, add four tablespoons of chilled coconut cream to two tablespoons of coconut milk. Throw in a teaspoon of maple syrup, and a quarter teaspoon of vanilla extract. You can add half a banana if you want to up the potassium power and give it a thicker consistency.
There are two ways to get that vibrant neon color: you can use food dye and adjust it according to your preference, or add in spirulina. This edible algae is packed with nutrients and is an awesome neon green that will add a fun layer of color to your frap. Blend well with some ice until the consistency suits your preference.
After you’ve layered on the blue and purple/pink layers, here’s where you can get really creative. Add a little light or vegan whipped cream, some colored powders and sprays or even some sprinkles if you’re feeling daring. Or you can throw on some pieces of frozen mango for a healthy and beautiful addition. The results are delicious, healthy, and uniquely you!