Hacking the Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino

Unicorn Berry-Banana-Beet Smoothie

Unless you have been under a rock or on a social media cleanse, you have probably heard of, seen pictures of or have personally tasted the Unicorn Frappuccino at Starbucks. It is a work of art - the beautiful blues, purples and pinks all mixed together and that amazing white fluffy whipped cream on top. 


Once you do some research however into it’s nutritional value, you might question having another or giving one your kiddos - it pretty much consists of sugar, sugar and more sugar. I personally LOVE sugar but I also love finding healthy ways to reimagine some of my favourite unhealthy treats so we can all enjoy them more often.


My sister in law Corinne is a former model, has a graduate degree in Counseling for Mental Health & Wellness' at NYU Steinhardt and is a Mama to 3 little kiddos. Her Instagram often consists of amazing “hacks” to add whole food ingredients into favourite foods which one would normally consider “treats”. She also makes her own flower arrangements, is a pro organizer and has the best birthday party gift hack that’ll make birthday party season a breeze! She is launching her blog soon “WhoHasTimeForThat” and I’m excited to see it evolve.


In the meantime, here is her “recipe” for her version of the Unicorn Frap that we’ll want ALL our kiddos snacking on!


What you'll need:


-Milk or Milk alternative of your choice 

-Frozen Strawberries

-Frozen Blueberries

-Frozen Cauliflower

-Frozen Banana

-Kefir or other drinkable yogurt (must be pretty thick and white in color)

-Beet Powder

-Blue Green Algae Powder

-All Natural Sprinkles or freeze-dried fruit (crushed up or not)

-Whipped Cream or Whipped Dairy-alternative

*optional; hemp seeds, bee pollen, flax meal, Camu powder, Brazil nuts, cashews, walnuts can also be added for nutritional bonus.


Oh…and a good blender


Layer #1

1-1 1/2 c. Frozen Strawberries

1 c. Milk or Alternative Milk

1-2 tsp of Beet Powder (the more you put the darker the color will be)




Layer #2

1/2 c. Frozen Bananas

1/2 c. Frozen Cauliflower (can also use all banana)

1 c. 1 c. Milk or Alternative Milk

2 tsp Blue-Green Algae Powder






Layer #3

1 c. Frozen Blueberries

1 c. Milk or Alternative Milk

1/8 tsp Beet powder

1/8 Blue-Green Algae powder


1. Mix each layer separately in a high power blender.  Consistency should be like a thick smoothie, should be able to hold shape on a spoon. You can add more frozen fruit to thicken or more milk to thin as needed.

4. As you blend each layer, set aside in a large mason jar, rinse your blender jar between each mix.

5. Pour layer #1 about halfway up the glass. Pour a thin layer of the kefir on top of layer one.

6. Take a spoon or small spatula and gently drag through the blend to swirl the colors.

7. DO NOT over-swirl, too much mixing will produce a uniform color.

8. Use a spoon to add about 3-4 tbsps of layer #2, repeat swirling.

9. Use a spoon to fill the cup up with Layer #3, repeat swirling. (Dragging a spoon or spatula down the inside of the glass was the most successful way to achieve optimal "Unicorn-ness")

10. Add whipped cream and sprinkle topping and enjoy!!!


recipe copyright by Corinne Gutstadt - posted with permission



Thanks for stopping by!


Samantha g.