Starbucks: The Complete Guide to Dairy-Free and Vegan Options

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Updated September 2019! This dairy free Starbucks post was updated with food and beverage changes and their new allergen notice! Before you listen to the rumors, read this.

Eat Dairy Free - Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and SweetsOh how Starbucks has evolved over the years. When I first posted about this mega coffee house chain, it was to share the dairy-free versions of their “new” Vivanno Nourishing blends. Those have since vanished from the menu. And sadly, their wonderful Tazo tea menu has also been replaced by an overly sweet, floral Teavana line-up. However, for dairy free Starbucks coffee drinkers or a quick vegan nosh on the go, the options have actually expanded.

Dealing with a milk allergy? Jump to the Allergen Info!

Dairy Free Starbucks Options - though ever-changing, Starbucks seems committed to milk-free and vegan offerings. See this post for specifics.

What’s New? The Latest Dairy-Free Additions

September 5, 2019 – Starting today, customers at select U.K. locations can order a vegan pumpkin spice latte (PSL). Last year, Starbucks removed the dairy ingredients from their European pumpkin sauce, so they could offer a dairy-free version of the PSL in the U.K., Netherlands, France, Switzerland, and Austria. They ran out of the sauce by the end of October, so I would get one while you can this year! U.K. Customers can order the a dairy-free PSL hot, iced, frappuccino-style, or as a cold foam macchiato (see our note below on the cold foam) without whip and with a plant-based milk beverage. The vegan PSL is not currently available in the U.S.

June 13, 2019 – Starbucks struck up a partnership with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation to create two new dairy-free drinks: Matcha Lemonade and The Violet Drink. The latter is a mix of blackberries, hibiscus, and the Very Berry Hibiscus Starbucks Refreshers swirled with creamy coconut milk beverage and ice. The joint promotion lasts for just this week, but the drinks will stay on the Starbucks menu for the near future.

November 1, 2018 – According to Starbucks, some of their seasonal holiday beverages can easily be enjoyed dairy-free.

You can order a Chestnut Praline Latte, Gingerbread Latte, or Peppermint Mocha with a nondairy milk and no whipped cream. There is no dairy in the syrup / sauce for these beverages.

Starbucks Dairy-Free Information

How to Order Dairy Free Starbucks Drinks

We have all the details on the dairy free Starbucks beverages, including hot, cold, and pre-packaged. I have also added their new allergen information, which was sent out via an alert in July 2018. It doesn’t change much in terms of their policies, but was intended for transparency and awareness.

All Starbucks locations now have coconut milk beverage and soymilk on hand for whipping up dairy-free lattes, mochas, and more. Most locations also have non-dairy almond milk available. The downside: you still have to pay extra for this “upgrade”.

But you must use caution with the add-ons. Syrup might seem like a dairy-free no-brainer, but a few Starbucks flavors contain milk. Not to mention the whipped cream toppers and powdered blenders. I created this guide to dairy-free syrups & sauces which is helpful at many coffee houses, but Starbucks uses their own in-house sauces and syrups. The following is a detailed list of their dairy-free drinks, add-ons, and how to order dairy-free Starbucks drinks!

Always relay your dietary needs to the staff, and confirm that your order is dairy free as needed. Ingredients are subject to change at any time. This is just a helpful guide for informational purposes only. Please kindly comment below if you see any menu changes.

Starbucks Dairy-Free Drinks on the Menu

These beverages can be ordered as is, because they’re intended to be dairy-free and vegan!

  • Blonde Vanilla Bean Coconutmilk Latte
  • Hazelnut Mocha Coconutmilk Macchiato
  • Iced Blonde Vanilla Bean Coconutmilk Latte
  • Iced Vanilla Bean Coconutmilk Latte
  • Refreshers (all fruity varieties)
  • Refreshers Dragon Drink (made with coconutmilk)
  • Refreshers Pink Drink (made with coconutmilk)
  • Refreshers Violet Drink (made with coconutmilk)
  • Steamed Apple Juice

Starbucks: The Complete Guide to Dairy-Free and Vegan Options

Special Order these Dairy-Free Starbucks Drinks

The following drinks can easily be made dairy free and vegan (unless otherwise noted), while still retaining some or all of their specialty flavors. Order them with your dairy-free milk beverage of choice (almond, coconut, or soy) instead of dairy milk, and follow any other noted instructions.

Hot Drinks

  • Blonde Caffè Latte
  • Blonde Cocoa Cloud Macchiato (Hold the Caramel Sauce)*
  • Blonde Salted Caramel Mocha (Hold the Whip & Caramel Sauce)*
  • Blonde Vanilla Latte
  • Caffè Latte
  • Caffè Misto
  • Caffè Mocha (Hold the Whip)
  • Cappuccino
  • Cinnamon Dolce Crème (Hold the Whip & Cinnamon Dolce Topping)
  • Cinnamon Dolce Latte (Hold the Whip & Cinnamon Dolce Topping)
  • Cocoa Cloud Macchiato (Hold the Caramel Sauce; Cloud is Not Vegan, Contains Egg)*
  • Flat White
  • Hot Chocolate (Hold the Whip)
  • Matcha Green Tea Latte
  • Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate (Hold the Whip & Caramel Sauce)*
  • Salted Caramel Mocha (Hold the Caramel Sauce)*
  • Skinny Mocha

Cold Coffee Drinks

  • Blonde Doubleshot On Ice
  • Doubleshot on Ice Beverage
  • Iced Blonde Cocoa Cloud Macchiato (Hold the Caramel Sauce; Cloud is Not Vegan, Contains Egg)*
  • Iced Blonde Salted Caramel Mocha (Hold the Whip & Caramel Sauce)*
  • Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte
  • Iced Caffè Latte
  • Iced Caffè Mocha (Hold the Whip)
  • Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte (Hold the Whip & Cinnamon Dolce Topping)
  • Iced Cocoa Cloud Macchiato (Hold the Caramel Sauce; Cloud is Not Vegan, Contains Egg)*
  • Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte
  • Iced Salted Caramel Mocha (Hold the Whip & Caramel Sauce)*
  • Iced Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte
  • Iced Skinny Mocha

Frappuccinos**

  • Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino (Hold the Whip)
  • Chai Crème Frappuccino (Hold the Whip)
  • Coffee Frappuccino (Hold the Whip)
  • Caramel Frappuccino (Hold the Whip & Caramel Drizzle)*
  • Double Chocolaty Chip Crème Frappuccino (Hold the Whip & Frappuccino Chips)
  • Java Chip Frappuccino (Hold the Whip & Frappuccino Chips)
  • Espresso Frappuccino (Hold the Whip)
  • Matcha Green Tea Crème Frappuccino (Hold the Whip)
  • Mocha Frappuccino (Hold the Whip)
  • Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino (Hold the Whip & Caramel Sauce)*
  • Strawberry Crème Frappuccino (Hold the Whip)
  • Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino (Hold the Whip)

*Caramel Drinks – I’ve listed some of their caramel drinks with a note to hold the caramel sauce. These particular drinks are made with additional syrups, like toffee nut syrup, so they are still unique even without the caramel sauce. You could also ask for a drizzle of caramel syrup instead, since it is dairy-free.

**Several years ago, Starbucks reformulated their frappuccino formula to make it suitable for dairy-free and vegan visitors.

Starbucks Dairy-Free Sauces, Syrups & Toppings

  • Caramel Syrup
  • Cascara Topping
  • Chai Tea Concentrate
  • Cinnamon Dolce Syrup
  • Classic Syrup
  • Cloud Powder (not vegan, contains egg)
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Coffee Frappuccino Syrup
  • Cookie Crumbs
  • Crème Frappuccino Syrup
  • Hazelnut Syrup
  • Matcha Tea Blend
  • Mocha Sauce
  • Pumpkin Spice Topping
  • Refresher Bases (all fruit flavors)
  • Sea Salt Topping
  • Skinny Mocha Sauce
  • Strawberry Puree Sauce
  • Sugar-free Cinnamon Dolce Syrup
  • Toffee Nut Syrup
  • Vanilla Bean Powder
  • Vanilla Syrup
  • Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte Sauce (UK only)

AVOID: Starbucks Sauces, Syrups & Toppings that CONTAIN DAIRY

  • Caramel Drizzle
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Cascara Cold Foam*
  • Cinnamon Dolce Topping
  • Cold Foam*
  • Frappuccino Chips
  • Lemon Spiced Cold Foam*
  • Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam
  • Pumpkin Spice Sauce
  • Salted Vanilla Sweet Cream
  • Vanilla Sweet Cream
  • Whipped Cream
  • White Chocolate Mocha Sauce

*Cold Foam – Several baristas have reported that the nondairy milks they use do not foam well, so they don’t recommend it. If you must try dairy-free cold foam, I’ve heard their soymilk foams the best. Many of the locations have two cold foam blenders, so some have opted to dedicate one blender to the non-dairy milks. Check to see if your local shop is one of them!

But Are They Allergy-Friendly?

Recently, I’ve heard many rumors about Starbucks changing their policies for handling allergens. As it turns out, they haven’t changed their processes, but they are trying to be more transparent. As before, pitchers should be rinsed and fresh pitchers can be requested, but the presence of milk is still abundant at each shop. Those with a severe milk allergy should use caution when ordering drinks and food, and might want to stick to safe pre-packaged and pre-bottled options. Many people, including myself, go basic with simple coffee or tea.

Here is their new allergen alert:

Starbucks reviews its practices on an ongoing basis to look for better ways to work and provide transparency to our customers and partners (employees). Starting July 10 [2018], Starbucks removed dairy labels from steaming and blending pitchers. Because our beverages are made using shared equipment (steaming wands, blender pitcher, rinsers) the removal of the sticker is more transparent and realistic of how the pitchers are used. As a beverage standard, our baristas use a rinsed pitcher for each handcrafted beverage. If you have questions or concerns, please ask your barista to remake the drink using a fresh pitcher and please remember that this does not guarantee that the beverage will be allergen-free.

Pre-Bottled Drinks

For pre-packaged options, Evolution Fresh juices are available. Most of the smoothies from this brand now contains milk, but it looks like Starbucks is no longer carrying the smoothies. Either way, stick to their bottled juices (not protein drinks) and verify the ingredients.

They’ve also started selling bottled Frappuccino Chilled Coffee Drinks with Almondmilk in Vanilla and Mocha (you can order these on Amazon). The DoubleShot Coffee Smoothies with Almond Milk in Dark Chocolate and Vanilla Honey are also dairy-free (you can order these on Amazon, too). The bottled almondmilk options are also sold in grocery stores. Please check the packaging before purchasing to ensure that these products are safe for your needs.

Starbucks: The Complete Guide to Dairy-Free and Vegan Options

Dairy Free Starbucks Eats

On their website (below), Starbucks now includes allergen information for all of their standard food items. These can change often, but at last check (September 2019) they listed the following items as not containing milk:

Bakery Items

  • Pumpkin Bread
  • 8-Grain Roll (also vegan)
  • Plain Bagel (also vegan)
  • Sprouted Grain Vegan Bagel (also vegan)
  • Cinnamon Raisin Bagel (also vegan)
  • Blueberry Oat Cake (also vegan – exclusive at their Hawaii stores)

Heads Up: Everything bagels are typically dairy free, but Starbucks bakes their version with cheese. However, they are reportedly removing the cheese to make it vegan. Some stores might already have the dairy-free and vegan version.

RIP: Sadly, the vegan Macadamia Oat Cookie has been pulled from their main menu.

Breakfast Items

  • Classic Oatmeal (also vegan)
  • Hearty Blueberry Oatmeal (also vegan)
  • Vegan Superberry Açaí Bowl (also vegan)
  • Vegan Blueberry Yogurt Parfait (coming soon!)

RIP: It looks like they discontinued the Seared Steak, Egg & Tomatillo Wrap.

Spreads

  • Avocado Spread (also vegan)

Mercato Menu (select locations)

  • Chicken & Fig Spread Sandwich
  • Honey BBQ Sriracha Chicken Sandwich
  • Strawberry & Toasted Almonds Overnight Grains (also vegan)

Again, see their menu to confirm and for ingredient information.

Dairy Free Starbucks Options - though ever-changing, Starbucks seems committed to milk-free and vegan offerings. See this post for specifics.

Pre-Packaged Goodies

Depending on the location, you might find vegan Hippeas packs, Kind bars, and Justin’s dark chocolate peanut and almond butter cups. And they have Justin’s Classic Almond Butter and Chocolate Hazelnut Butter single-serve packets for topping their bagels. Starbucks also released 3D Dream Pops made with non-dairy ice cream (pictured above). But they were initially launched in just five Los Angeles area locations. Hopefully the distribution expands!

Starbucks offers Dairy-Free Dream Pops at select locations.

Please Note!

Starbucks regularly changes their menu, and we do our best to update this post. But please KINDLY comment if you see any changes or updates that need to be made. As always, verify that the ingredients and production are safe for your needs. Ingredients are subject to change at any time. And there is a lot of milk flying about in Starbucks, which can pose risks for people with a milk allergy.

Where to Find Starbucks

They have locations around the globe. To find addresses and hours, visit the website below.

Website: www.starbucks.com

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

17 Comments

  1. Dustin R Gallegly on

    Small Correction: The Vanilla Bean Coconutmilk Latte (Iced or Hot) DOES contain dairy. The Vanillia Bean Powder is NOT dairy-free. As does the Caramel topping to the Cinnamon Almond Milk Macchiato.
    Keep up the good work, though!

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this info and keeping it updated. After reading about the most recent changes I’ve decided not to go to Starbucks anymore. I have a dairy allergy, and the removal of the labels while understandable, does not fill me with confidence. And it costs too much for that, especially since the incredibly limited dairy free options are extra.

    • Completely understandable and happy I can help! I’m no longer a Starbucks visitor myself, so I completely understand. I will say that they are in a few tourist parks and can be helpful for pre-packaged snacks in a pinch.

  3. I had a dairy free breakfast sandwich there that wasn’t on the menu and it was SO GOOD That i didn’t miss the cheese one bit! I think it was called SMOKED SHOULDER BREAKFAST SANDWICH.

    • That’s awesome! I wonder if they make it dairy-free locally for that store? They have a smoked shoulder sandwich listed online, but it contains dairy. I have heard that many items are made regionally or locally though.

  4. Pumpkin spice lattes have dairy because they use sauce also for Christmas White Chocolate Peppermint Mochas have dairy. I was told any of the sauces have dairy in them, funny they don’t tell you this and I’m sure plants of people don’t know & they are drinking it.

  5. Does Starbucks also have Gluten-free options like their drinks and foods (due to me being Gluten-free and Dairy-Free) because I find it hard when I go out for lunch and dinner with my family or out with friends to find a place that caters for both requirements or else I just don’t bother going to the place?

    • Erika, they might have ones locally (some stores carry local baked goods, too), but I don’t know of gluten-free options. They have a few packaged items, like bars, that are DF/GF, but I wouldn’t rely on them for full meals.

      • Just got off 2 different cruise line ships. Being both dairy free and gluten free posed challenges for them and me! Holland America always had almond milk available and a variety of bread, bagels, muffins. Princess did not, it was difficult, they think dairy free and lactose free are one in the same. The head chef in the dining room was helpful in making sure I did not receive anything with dairy in it. At the buffet, no desserts at all were dairy free, so I ate a lot of salads and no sweets.

  6. Robin Walker on

    I am so excited that Starbucks offer dairy-freel. My daughter took me there 3 days ago and said trust me Mom, you can drink this. She ordered me a mocha frappuccino w/ soy milk and I was in heaven! Mind you, I haven’t had anything like this in 40 years, when I found out i was lactose intolerant. Awesome! Now I called the Starbucks company today to find out if I can order this product (with soy) but to no avail. Disappointed for sure, so I’m gonna try to make my own, any suggestions!

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