Updated! Oh how Starbucks has evolved over the years. When I first posted on this mega coffee house chain, it was to share the dairy free versions of their “new” Vivanno Nourishing blends, which have since vanished from the menu. Sadly, their wonderful Tazo tea menu has also been replaced by an overly sweet, floral Teavana line-up, so I no longer frequent their stores. That said, for dairy free Starbucks coffee drinkers or those needing a nosh on the go, the options have expanded overall:
Dairy-Free Milk, Always: All Starbucks locations now have coconut milk beverage and soymilk on hand for whipping up dairy-free lattes, mochas, and more. The downside, you do have to pay extra for this “upgrade”.
Use Caution with the Add-Ons: Syrup may seem like a dairy-free no-brainer, but a few of Starbucks many flavors do actually contain milk. Not to mention the whipped cream toppers and powdered blenders. See this great post for specific tips on how to order dairy-free and vegan Starbucks coffee drinks.
Chill Out: In addition to the hot beverages, there are many cool choices for dairy free Starbucks beverages. For starters, several years ago, Starbucks reformulated their frappuccino formula to make it suitable for dairy-free and vegan visitors (when prepared with dairy-free milk beverage and syrups), but see this post for specifics. They also added Evolution Fresh juices and smoothies, but be warned that most of the smoothies from this brand now contains milk. Stick to their bottled juices (not protein drinks) and verify the ingredients. For dairy free Starbucks also offers “handcrafted” sodas (verify the ingredients for each) and Refreshers, which aren’t quite my cup of tea, but a sweet summer option. And of course, there are the iced teas with many variations, if you are a Teavana fan.
Good Eats: On their website (below), Starbucks now includes allergen information for all of their standard food items. Though they will likely change over time and based on availability, we found that all of the items pictured here were made without milk ingredients, including the pumpkin bread, chewy chocolate cookies, chicken BLT salad sandwich and egg salad sandwich. For those who also need egg-free and/or vegan, there are fewer options, but the bagels (no cream cheese), oatmeal bowls, fruit blend, and veggie brown rice salad bowl appear to fit the bill. Again, see their menu to confirm and for ingredient information. Also, peruse the pre-packaged snacks. At some locations we’re able to find fruit, dark chocolate, and bar conveniences that are dairy-free and sometimes even allergy-friendly.