A Guide on How To Order Vegan Drink & Food at Starbucks: Menu for You!
Ever wondered what Starbucks drinks are vegan? When on a plant-based diet, it can become very difficult and often overwhelming to pick at restaurants. Knowing what is vegan is not always made very clear and, of course, we want to ensure we are sticking to our plant-based lifestyle. I find that the best solution to this problem is to know exactly what your options are beforehand, which will essentially make the ordering process a lot quicker and easier.
Starbucks is one of the most popular and loved coffee chains in the world and features a variety of different drinks. These many vegan options at Starbucks sometimes require a specific type of ordering method so that your drink at least states well.
Is Starbucks Vegan?
Starbucks itself is unfortunately not entirely vegan, however, they do offer many good vegan Starbucks drinks options. Nowadays, Starbucks caters to all types of dietary requirements by including the option of replacing regular milk for plant-based alternatives including almond milk, soya milk, coconut milk. Oat milk, as well as having some already fully veganism versions on their menu.
The main issue when it comes to being vegan at Starbucks is that the already made-up drinks they have on the menu are often not naturally plant-based, and thus adjustments need to be made. Luckily for us, this is a quick fix and requires a little bit of knowledge and one or two minor changes, which you will soon find out.
Ordering Vegan at Starbucks
There are a few staple rules when it comes to placing your order at Starbucks, if you stick to these guidelines you’re sure to not have any mishaps.
What Is Vegan at Starbucks?
There are many options for vegan drinks at Starbucks from coffee to frappuccinos and even fruit teas, there’s something for everyone. It’s all about knowing how to order vegan at Starbucks that will truly determine the outcome of our desired beverage. Some of the best vegan drinks to order from Starbucks include :
There are a few ingredients and items that should always be avoided as they are never vegan, these include :
- Whipped cream;
- Java chips (kind of like chocolate chips);
- Caramel drizzle;
- Cinnamon dolce topping (contains butter);
- Anything with pumpkin spice;
- Anything with white chocolate mocha syrup or sauce;
- Chai lattes (the brewed tea option is fine).
Starbucks Vegan Coffee
An americano is a naturally vegan drink. It is made with strong brewed coffee and only includes two ingredients – coffee and hot water.
A caffe latte is a classic coffee beverage that calls for sipping slowly and enjoying. To make this vegan, all you’ll simply have to do is swap out the milk for the plant-based alternative of your choices such as soy or oat.
To make a caramel macchiato vegan, there are a few slight adjustments one has to make. You’ll simply just need to substitute the milk for a plant-based alternative of your choice and ask for no caramel drizzle. The caramel syrup is already vegan.
Just like most of the other Starbucks vegan coffee drinks change the milk to a plant-based substitute and enjoy.
Starbucks Vegan Iced Coffee
Classic Iced Latte
You can order your classic iced latte and just switch out the dairy milk for a dairy-free alternative. You could also add some pumps of vanilla and caramel if you’re feeling extra sweet.
Iced Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Latte
Order this one as it comes.
Iced Shaken Espresso
With a plant-based milk substitute of your choice.
Order a vanilla frappuccino with non-dairy milk of your choice, add two pumps of hazelnut syrup, and no whip.
Samoa Cookie Frappuchino
Order one coconut mocha frappuccino, add one to three pumps of caramel syrup depending on the size and how sweet you like your coffee and make sure to say no whip (although some facilities offer a vegan alternative).
Iced Salted Caramel Mocha
Substitute dairy for non-dairy milk of choice (I always go for soy in this one). Next, remove the caramel sauce and substitute it for 2 pumps of caramel syrup and no whip.
Ask for a vanilla bean frappuccino with soy milk. Add marshmallow syrup and mocha sauce ( make sure it’s the sauce as the syrup contains dairy) and no whip.
The Best Vegan Starbucks Drinks
Apart from all these delicious cold and hot vegan Starbucks drinks, there are a few more that have proven to be a crowd favorite amongst the vegan community. Whether you’re craving something sweet, hot, iced cold, or just plain refreshing, here are some of the go-to vegan items at Starbucks that we cannot live without.
Blended Strawberry Lemonade
For those that avoid coffee, this is the perfect option for you. A fruit sweet and sour blended lemonade that is made with just two simple ingredients — lemonade and strawberry pure, you simply cannot go wrong.
Golden Ginger Drink
If you are looking for healthy vegan Starbucks drinks then this may just be the one for you. The golden ginger drink is made with coconut milk, ginger, pineapple, and turmeric and is refreshing yet feels like you’re giving your body the health kick it needs.
Iced Pineapple Matcha
Another tropical alternative is the iced pineapple matcha which is made with matcha green tea, pineapple, ginger, and coconut milk.
Mango Dragon Fruit Refresher
The mango dragon fruit refresher is one of the new vegan Starbucks drinks. It is mostly a limited-time offer, but is the one we wait for the entire year for. It’s made with real fruit juice, freeze-dried dragon fruit, and water. It can also be made creamy by substituting the water for coconut milk, which is aesthetically pleasing too.
I’m sure you have all heard of the social media crazy pink drink, the one that looks like strawberry milk from heaven. Yep, vegans can have it too, and it’s naturally vegan, so no changes need to be made. The humble pink drink is made by mixing coconut milk with strawberry, açaí, and passionfruit.
Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher
Again, another fruity choice for a hot sunny day includes the very berry hibiscus refresher. It’s a returning favorite and many people’s staple go-to beverage of choice. To make it they mix together sweet ginger, blackberry, tangy hibiscus, and lemongrass.
Another Instagram-worthy purchase is non-other than the violet drink. The violet drink simply combines the flavor combination of the very berry hibiscus refresher with coconut milk to give you a sweet and creamy experience.
Vegan Items at Starbucks
If you are craving a sneaky treat to go along with your vegan Starbucks beverage of choice, then you’ve come to the right place. Not only does the vegan Starbucks menu have an array of delicious beverages, but also some surprisingly good food options too. Some of the best vegan food items you can get at your local Starbucks includes:
- Vegan chocolate and raspberry cake;
- Vegan super berry açai;
- Plain bagel;
- Five-grain oatmeal;
- Vegan wrap with falafel and slaw;
- Dark chocolate and hazelnut bar;
- Peanut and cashew bar;
- Almonds, cashews, cranberries, and raisins mix;
- Smoked almonds;
- Kettle chips.
Some Starbucks locations also feature a few other vegan food options, including salads and grain bowls, as well as panini and other delicious baked goods.
At the End of the Day
As you can see Starbucks has an abundance of vegan, plant-based, and cruelty-free options, from coffees and teas to frappuccinos and fruity refreshers there is always something for everyone. With the large selection of Starbucks vegetarian options, you have the choice of being able to find your personal favorite.
The best thing about Starbucks is that they allow you to adjust almost any item n the many to suit your exact preferences, making it a whole lot easier for us to stick to our veggie lifestyle. There is no need to skip out on daily coffees and guilty pleasures. So the next time you are at your local Starbucks, why not give one of these delicious beverages a try.
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