If you love an early morning energy boost or a mid-afternoon cold refreshing drink, you may consider getting yourself a refreshing and energy-packed Starbucks berry vanilla smoothie.
I work long hours that involve early mornings and at times I have to get refreshments on the go. I have tried several morning smoothies that have been said to boost energy and moods in the morning, but none of the smoothies worked magic for me. This left me in a position where I had to look for something tasty, healthy, and refreshing. I discovered that Starbucks has very good drinks on their secret menu and from the social media sites, I came across a few drinks that I wanted to try. That is when I sampled a few but one drink was so awesome that I kept going back for it. That drink was Starbucks berry vanilla and it was so great that I had to find a home recipe for when I am indoors. In this article, I will share all the information that you need to know about the drink and how you can make yours at home. Read to the end to find out more.
A brief history of the drink
Like all drinks on the Starbucks secret menu, the Starbucks berry vanilla smoothie was developed by curious Starbucks customers who try to make their drinks personal by mixing up their favorite ingredients. The Starbucks berry vanilla smoothie was posted on Instagram and it trended like wildfire as most people tried it and found it to be very good.
Is Starbucks berry vanilla smoothie still available at Starbucks?
The drink is still available at Starbucks but you have to know how to order it by giving the recipe to the Starbucks barista who will be happy to mix it up for you. Remember to use the Starbucks ordering etiquette so that it will be easier for the barista too to make your drink fast. The etiquette dictates you start with your drink temperature and in this case, it’s cold, then choose a cup size. Note that for most secret menu drinks the smallest size you can get is a Grande cup (16 Oz.) from there you can choose everything that makes your drink special that is any syrup, type of milk, customizations to the drink, then finally mention the type of the drink whether it’s a Frappuccino, cold brew, latte, smoothie, refresher and so on. Customization will include any additives and their portions for example extra scoop of berries or two pumps of vanilla sweet cream. Just be precise.
Starbucks berry vanilla smoothie (Ingredients, Taste, Variations, Sizes, Caffeine, Calories, Dairy Content
What’s in a Starbucks berry vanilla smoothie – (ingredients)
Starbucks berry vanilla smoothie has been developed from vanilla bean crème Frappuccino. The main ingredients are vanilla and berries but there are other additives to the smoothie. A good thing is that all these ingredients are readily available and you don’t need special equipment to make this smoothie at home. Let’s take a look at some of these ingredients:
Milk – the first ingredient will be milk. The basic Starbucks berry vanilla smoothie is made with coconut milk which is a variation of vanilla bean crème Frappuccino that uses dairy milk. You can still use dairy milk if you prefer and for healthier choices or a vegan diet, you can opt for other types of milk like almond milk. The milk type will not have adverse changes in the taste of your final product. I would recommend though you go with coconut milk.
Crème base – Starbucks uses Frappuccino crème to make this drink. People have also tried to use whipped thick crème and it also worked well. Since the drink is based on vanilla bean crème Frappuccino, you can swap Frappuccino crème with vanilla bean ice cream and you will get the same consistency of the drink.
Berries – Starbucks uses real dried berries to make this drink. While making it, you are free to use mixed berries of just one type of favorite berries. You can go by strawberries, blueberries, red berries, etc. rem this will affect the final taste of the drink.
Vanilla bean powder – at the Starbucks store, ask for three scoops of vanilla bean powder and this is based on the Grande-sized cup. For the larger cups you can adjust the amount of vanilla and also you can reduce depending on the level of vanilla taste you need in your drink.
Bananas – This is another healthy addition to the drink. Starbucks uses a whole banana for a Grande size cup. Be sure to mention 1 banana when you make your order. The banana brings on a very fruity taste and also makes the smooth super heavy.
Ice cubes – ice cubes give the drink a cold feel. The small pieces of blended ice melt away in your mouth giving you a cool-down effect that is very refreshing.
Starbucks berry vanilla smoothie: Sizes, nutrition, Caffeine, Dairy Content & Calories
What sizes are available
Like most secret menu drinks, Starbucks berry vanilla smoothie is only available in three cup sizes. You will get either Grande which is 16 Oz. cup, Venti cold which is 24 Oz. cup, or Trenta which is a 31 Oz. cup. The Venti cup is normally a 20 Oz. cup but the Venti cold has an additional 4 Oz. to help accommodate extra ice.
Many people argue that most Starbucks drinks are unhealthy but I don’t agree with anyone coming up with such notions. Starbucks serves a lot of healthy drinks basing calculations on the recommended 2000 calories a day diet. since most of these drinks are customizable, the customers can choose what works for them and can reduce the sugar levels and also caffeine levels of these drinks.
Starbucks berry vanilla smoothie is very healthy and most of its sugars are from the fruits used. A Grande size cup will deliver 117 calories of the recommended daily 2000 calorie diet. The drink has 24g of carbs and about 21g of sugars. This fits well with a full breakfast serving. In the drink, you will also find 1g of protein and other minerals like potassium from the banana and vitamin c and B6. The table below shows the nutrition values well.
|Nutrient content||% daily value|
|Total fat (0g)||0%|
|Total carbohydrates (45g)
Dietary fiber (2.6g)
The values are calculated on a 2000 calorie daily diet and a Grande sized cup
This drink is caffeine free. It’s a refreshing drink that doesn’t have coffee or any form of caffeine.
This drink is made of coconut milk making it suitable for vegetarians. Some people have used dairy milk but that is a personal choice on the type of milk to use.
So, what does Starbucks berry vanilla smoothie taste like?
Starbucks berry vanilla smoothie has a very heavy fruit taste with a banana twist at the end. There are also heavy notes of vanilla which is well balanced.
Ways to Customize a Starbucks berry vanilla smoothie at Starbucks – Starbucks berry vanilla smoothie Variations
To customize this drink, you can start by changing the type of milk used. There is a wide variety of types of milk you can use. You can also change the type of berries you use so that you can have different tastes in your drink.
How to make Starbucks berry vanilla smoothie at home - Starbucks coffee smoothie copycat recipe
- Milk frother (optional)
- ½ cup Coconut milk
- 2 pumps crème base
- 2 scoops of dried berries
- 3 scoops of vanilla bean powder
- 1 banana
- A big scoop of ice cubes
- Prepare all ingredients and put them in a blender
- Blend until all berries are mixed up well
- Check the consistency and you can add some milk if it’s too thick
- Serve in a tall glass with a straw, you can place a few berries on top for presentation
- You can use any other type of milk you prefer to make this drink
- You can substitute the crème base with vanilla ice cream which will be sweeter or use sugarless Greek yogurt as a healthier choice
Q. How to order a Starbucks berry vanilla smoothie?
A. To order a Starbucks berry vanilla smoothie as your barista for a cold Grande coconut milk berry vanilla smoothie with 2 scoops of mixed berries, 3 scoops of vanilla bean powder, and a banana
Q. Is Starbucks berry vanilla smoothie good?
A. Yes, this drink is well balanced in calorie value and sugar levels. In addition to that, it tastes good and is caffeine free.
Q. How much is Starbucks berry vanilla smoothie
A. a Grande size of this drink goes for $3.75, $4.65 for a Venti, and $4.95 for a Trenta size