Updated November 2022! Oh 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 And sadly, their wonderful Tazo tea menu has also been replaced by an overly sweet, floral Teavana line-up.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. Scroll through our guide, or use these jump links to get ahead:
- What’s New at Starbucks
- Dairy-Free Drinks at Starbucks (Hot, Cold, and Seasonal)
- Dairy-Free Starbucks Food
Dealing with a milk allergy? Jump to the Allergen Info!
Recent News from Starbucks
August 29, 2022 – Dairy-Free Customers Fall for New Seasonal Drinks
Last year, Starbucks released their Apple Crisp Macchiato, which you could order with dairy-free milk. But this year, they’re making both the hot and iced menu versions with oatmilk. But be clear with your order. Some baristas might be used to last year’s dairy default. On the food side, their dairy-free Pumpkin & Pepita loaf is back!
January 26, 2022 – Starbucks Launches first Ready-to-Drink Oatmilk Beverages
Soon, you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite Starbucks oatmilk drinks straight from your refrigerator. Their at-home line has expanded to include dairy-free single-serve oatmilk frappuccinos in Caramel Cookie Waffle and Dark Chocolate Brownie and multi-serve oatmilk cold brew in Dark Chocolate. The frappuccino bottles won’t hit stores until later this year, but the cold brew bottles are already rolling out.
November 9, 2021 – Starbucks Begins Testing Animal-Free Milk in Select Stores
For now, it is only in two Seattle stores, but be aware that the Perfect Day “Animal-Free” Milk Alternative, which is also marketed as “vegan” is NOT dairy-free. It is made with real milk proteins (whey in this case) that are created via genetic engineering rather than from cows. They carry the same risks for people who forgo milk for allergies and other health reasons.
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 didn’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. They also serve non-dairy almondmilk and oatmilk available, but at some locations this can change seasonally. 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, and different locations can have different levels of allergen safety. 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
In addition to their coffee (ordered black), plain tea drinks, and lemonades, these beverages can be ordered as is. They’re intended to be dairy-free, and most are vegan (see notes)!
- Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato (seasonal; available hot or iced)
- Honey Almondmilk Flat White (available hot or iced)*
- Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso
- Iced Chocolate Almondmilk Shaken Espresso
- Iced Toasted Vanilla Oatmilk Shaken Espresso
- Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte (seasonal; available hot or iced; made with oatmilk in Canada)
- Steamed Apple Juice
- Dragon Drink (made with coconutmilk)
- Paradise Drink (made with coconutmilk)
- Pink Drink (made with coconutmilk)
- Star Drink (made with coconutmilk)
- Blended Strawberry Lemonade
- Refreshers (all fruity varieties)
* These menu items are not strictly vegan due to the addition of real honey.
Just Ask! The Honey Almondmilk Cold Brew, Honey Oatmilk Latte (hot or iced), Vanilla Bean Coconutmilk Lattes (hot and iced), and Hazelnut Mocha Coconutmilk Macchiato are no longer on the permanent menu, but can still be made on request.
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, soy, or oat) instead of dairy milk, and follow any other noted instructions.
Hot Drinks (ordered with dairy-free milk beverage)
- Caffè Latte
- Caffè Misto
- Caffè Mocha (Hold the Whip)
- Chai Tea Latte*
- Chestnut Praline Crème (Hold the Whip) (seasonal)
- Chestnut Praline Latte (Hold the Whip) (seasonal)
- Cinnamon Dolce Crème (Hold the Whip & Cinnamon Dolce Topping)
- Cinnamon Dolce Latte (Hold the Whip & Cinnamon Dolce Topping)
- Espresso Macchiato
- Flat White
- Hot Chocolate (Hold the Whip)
- London Fog Tea Latte
- Matcha Green Tea Latte
- Peppermint Hot Chocolate (Hold the Whip & Chocolate Curls)
- Peppermint Mocha (Hold the Whip & Chocolate Curls) (seasonal)
- Reserve Latte
- Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte
- Starbucks Reserve Dark Chocolate Mocha
- Steamed Milk
- Vanilla Crème (Hold the Whip) (seasonal)
Heads Up! The Starbucks Reserve Hazelnut Bianco Latte cannot be made dairy free, because it uses a dairy milk that is infused with hazelnut praline flavor and sweetened condensed milk.
Frappuccinos*** (ordered with dairy-free milk beverage)
- Apple Crisp Frappuccino (Hold the Whip) (available coffee or crème; seasonal)
- Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino (Hold the Whip)
- Caramel Frappuccino (Hold the Whip & Caramel Sauce)**
- Chai Crème Frappuccino (Hold the Whip)*
- Chestnut Praline Frappuccino (Hold the Whip) (available coffee or crème; seasonal)
- Coffee Frappuccino (Hold the Whip)
- Chocolate Cookie Crumble Crème Frappuccino (Hold the Whip & Frappuccino Chips)
- Double Chocolaty Chip Crème Frappuccino (Hold the Whip & Frappuccino Chips)
- Espresso Frappuccino (Hold the Whip)
- Java Chip Frappuccino (Hold the Whip & Frappuccino Chips)
- Matcha Green Tea Crème Frappuccino (Hold the Whip)
- Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino (Hold the Whip & Frappuccino Chips)
- Mocha Frappuccino (Hold the Whip)
- Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino (Hold the Whip) (available coffee or crème; seasonal)
- Strawberry Crème Frappuccino (Hold the Whip) (seasonal)
- Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Frappuccino (Hold the Whip) (available coffee or crème; seasonal)
- Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino (Hold the Whip)
Other Cold Coffee & Tea Drinks (ordered with dairy-free milk beverage)
- Cold Brew Coffee with Milk
- Cold Brew Coffee with Lemonade (seasonal)
- Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte
- Iced Caffè Latte
- Iced Caffè Mocha (Hold the Whip)
- Iced Chai Latte Tea*
- Iced Chestnut Praline Latte (Hold the Whip) (seasonal)
- Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte (Hold the Whip & Cinnamon Dolce Topping)
- Iced Coffee with Milk
- Iced Flat White
- Iced London Fog Tea Latte
- Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte
- Iced Peppermint Mocha (Hold the Whip & Chocolate Curls) (seasonal)
- Iced Reserve Latte
- Iced Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte
- Iced Shaken Espresso
- Iced Black Tea Lemonade (optionally blended) (seasonal)
- Irish Cream Cold Brew (Hold the Cold Foam)
* These menu items are not strictly vegan due to the addition of real honey.
**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. Please note that the caramel syrup is not the same as the caramel sauce or the caramel drizzle.
***Several years ago, Starbucks reformulated their frappuccino formula to make it suitable for dairy-free and vegan visitors.
Starbucks Dairy-Free Sauces, Syrups & Toppings
- Apple Brown Sugar Syrup
- Caramel Brulee Topping (but not the sauce)
- Caramel Sugar Topping
- Caramel Syrup (this is not the same as the caramel sauce or the caramel drizzle)
- Cascara Topping
- Chai Tea Concentrate (not vegan, contains honey)
- Chestnut Praline Syrup
- Chestnut Praline Topping
- Chocolate Cookie Grind Topping
- Chocolate Malt Powder
- Cinnamon Dolce Syrup
- Classic Syrup
- Cloud Powder (not vegan, contains egg)
- Cocoa Powder Topping
- Coffee Frappuccino Syrup
- Crème Frappuccino Syrup
- Irish Cream Syrup
- Hazelnut Syrup
- Holiday Sugar Sparkles With Crispy White Pearls Topping
- Honey Blend
- Matcha Tea Blend
- Mocha Sauce
- Peppermint Syrup
- Pumpkin Spice Topping (not the sauce, this is basically spices)
- Red Green Sprinkles
- Refresher Bases (all fruit flavors)
- Salted Brown Butter Cookie Flavored Topping
- Sea Salt Topping
- Smoked Butterscotch Sugar Topping (but not the sauce)
- Spiced Apple Drizzle
- Strawberry Puree Sauce
- Sugar Cookie Flavored Syrup
- Sugar-free Cinnamon Dolce Syrup
- Toasted Honey Topping
- Toffee Nut Syrup
- Vanilla Bean Powder
- Vanilla Syrup
- Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte Sauce (UK only)
Heads Up! The Salted Brown Butter Cookie Flavored Topping might be dairy-free. We are waiting on confirmation of the natural flavors.
AVOID: Starbucks Sauces, Syrups & Toppings that CONTAIN DAIRY
- 125 Ped Cream
- Caramel Brulee Sauce
- Caramel Drizzle
- Caramel Sauce
- Cascara Cold Foam*
- Chocolate Sweet Cream
- Cinnamon Dolce Topping
- Cold Foam*
- Dark Caramel Sauce
- Dark Chocolate Curls
- Frappuccino Chips
- Lemon Spiced Cold Foam*
- Pistachio Sauce
- Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam
- Pumpkin Spice Sauce
- Salted Caramel Cream
- Salted Vanilla Sweet Cream
- Smoked Butterscotch Sauce
- Toasted White Chocolate Mocha Sauce
- Vanilla Sweet Cream
- Whipped Cream
- White Chocolate Mocha Sauce
*The cold foam must be ordered specifically with a non-dairy milk beverage to be dairy-free. According to Starbucks, the dairy-free milks don’t perform as well for cold foam.
But Are They Allergy-Friendly?
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 , 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.
Does Starbucks Offer Vegan Whipped Cream
In 2020, they tested vegan whipped cream in the UK, but there is no indication of a permanent roll out, yet. In the U.S., they have sparsely begun testing a lentil-based, dairy-free whipped cream – rumor has it at just two locations in Washington state. If it becomes more widespread, we’ll update!
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, they listed the following items as not containing milk in the U.S (food items might vary in other countries).
- Bagel, Cinnamon Raisin (also vegan)
- Bagel, Everything (also vegan; NOT the “Everything & Cheddar” bagel)
- Bagel, Plain (also vegan)
- Bagel, Sprouted Grain (also vegan; Canada only)
- Banana Walnut & Pecan Loaf
- Pumpkin & Pepita Loaf
- Blueberry Oat Cake (also vegan – exclusive to their Hawaii stores)
Heads Up: Starbucks was test marketing a vegan dark chocolate fudge brownie. At last check, it isn’t currently available, at least not in most stores. The double chocolate brownie that’s available in most stores does contain milk. vegan brownie listed above. Check to see which one your store carries before ordering!
- Oatmeal, Classic (also vegan)
- Oatmeal, Hearty Blueberry (also vegan)
- Seasonal Fruit Blend (also vegan)
- Strawberry Overnight Grains (also vegan)
Heads Up: The only thing on the Impossible Breakfast Sandwich that is dairy-free is the patty. A vegan plant-based breakfast sandwich was test marketed, but it hasn’t been added to their permanent menu. All of their egg patties and several of their breads do contain milk.
- Avocado Spread (also vegan)
Lunch (select locations)
- Chickpea Bites & Avocado Protein Box (also vegan)
RIP: Unfortunately, the Chicken & Fig Spread Sandwich, Egg Salad Sandwich, and Honey BBQ Sriracha Chicken Sandwich appear to be discontinued.
Heads Up! Many components on Starbucks sandwiches, beyond the cheese, contain milk. The naan in the Chicken & Hummus box does contain milk.
Depending on the location, you might find vegan Hippeas packs, Rhythm Super Foods Kale Chips, That’s It Bars, This Bar Saves Lives, 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. But they were initially launched in just five Los Angeles area locations. Hopefully the distribution expands!
For grab-and-go, pre-packaged drinks, Evolution Fresh juices are available. Most of the smoothies from this brand now contain 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.
Starbucks has also released some dairy-free coffee beverages and creamers for at-home enjoyment. These products are primarily sold in grocery stores, not Starbucks stores. They include Oatmilk Cold Brew Bottles, Oatmilk Frappuccinos, and Almond & Oatmilk Creamers.
This Post is for Informational Purposes Only
Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, food sourcing, and restaurant protocols are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure they can accommodate your situation. This post is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as advice.
There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.
Each location of a chain restaurant has different management and staff, and some might have different owners. This means differences in processes, ingredients used, menu options, and food sourcing can occur. Always verify the safety of your order for your needs at your current location.
Where to Find Starbucks
They have locations around the globe. To find addresses and hours, visit the website below.
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Pumpkin & Pepita Loaf Not Diary Free
Pumpkin & Pepita Loaf has buttermilk per starbucks allergen guide for fall
Response from Go Dairy Free
Hi John, I think you are looking at the fall guide for the U.K. Their Pumpkin Loaf Cake does contain buttermilk. But we verified that the Pumpkin Pepita Loaf in the U.S. is still made without dairy. If you have information to the contrary, please send us that information specifically (the source) and we will review and research it further, if needed. Thank you!
Born allergic to Dairy
I worked at Starbucks for a year and a half. It was a bad decision not knowing the outcome of my allergies and working in an environment of steamed milk on a daily basis. I learned quickly I could not make drinks or do dishes. I would work the register and the lobby. I learned about ingredients and the foods served there. Steamed drinks are still contaminated with dairy products. The ones are not cleaned enough to not contaminate a drink. I learned to order my drink with hot water instead of steamed non-dairy milk. I became hypersensitive to other Foods. I was covered in hives from head to toe. Once I left I slowly started to heal from the exposure of being in an environment of steamed milk for a year and a half. I never go to Coffee Bean because of their powdered products have dairy and I have been served drinks that make me sick.
I have recently develop dairy intolerance and this help to make my drink choice as starbucks has been my fave all the time when travelling
My toddler has a dairy issue and it’s sooo unbelievably easy to search what we’re eating out on this site to see what he can/cannot eat. Thank you so much for providing this, the best!!!
This site is a go-to whenever I eat out. The accuracy of the information has never led me astray and has allowed me to take my dairy allergy out of the driver’s seat.
Difficult to eat dairy free at Starbucks!
I love dairy however it doesn’t like me! My allergy to Casein, a protein in dairy, triggers reactions ranging from sinus congestion to asthma like wheezing, diarrhea and vomiting. Starbucks does not offer many food items that don’t contain cheese or milk and frequently ignore my request to delete the cheese in my breakfast sandwich before heating and either leave it on or peel off the melted cheese when it is melted and has already left the Casein residue. I don’t appreciate the resulting reaction while driving to my next sales call. I wish they had more dairy free food items because they have great coffee!
Oat milk not gluten-free
Very disappointed as I’ve been told over and over again that the oat milk is gluten free and it’s not, I have celiac disease and can’t have gluten, if Starbucks is so inclusive then don’t forget that there is a lot of people with this disease
Low Protein free items ?
My son has a strict diet which consists on dairy free and low protein items ? Is helpful but always looking if the are higher in protein !
I am a college student with EOE, and had to go dairy-free last year. I visit Starbucks often, and am always wanting to try new drinks… I always have this site pulled up as it is sooo helpful!
Response from Go Dairy Free
Happy we can help!
Worth the Bux😉
Super informative. I’ve recently crossed over to the lactose free side and was happy to see so many options even if it might cost more. This is a choice haters-so if you don’t want to pay extra, drive away & make your own!