Over the years, Starbucks has really come a long way. If you have been looking for dairy-free Starbucks beverages, you’re in luck!
The Starbucks menu is packed with delicious non-dairy drink options to tickle your taste buds and quench your thirst. With plant-based milk choices like coconut milk, oat milk, and almond milk, there are prospects for essentially every coffee lover to try.
Here, we will go over some helpful facts about lactose-free Starbucks drinks and then discuss the 9 best dairy-free menu items to check out!
Facts About Non-Dairy Lactose-Free Starbucks Drinks
Dairy milk isn’t for everyone, and that’s okay!
Terms like dairy-free, lactose-free, and non-dairy are often used to describe plant-based milk alternatives. Most dairy-free products are void of ingredients such as casein, whey, and lactose. These ingredients are known to cause digestive issues and allergic reactions in some people.
Anyone trying to avoid dairy in their diet can enjoy plant-based milk options like soy, oat, coconut, and almond milk.
At Starbucks, there are multiple dairy-free milk substitutes available for vegans, people following specific diets, and those who are lactose intolerant.
Plant-based milk variants available at Starbucks include:
- Starbucks Coconut Milk
- Starbucks Almond Milk
- Starbucks Soy Milk
- Starbucks Oat Milk
Plus, did you know that almost every single Starbucks drink can be made with non-dairy milk in place of the traditional dairy component?
More great news for people who are avoiding animal-based milk!
Just remember to avoid toppings like whipped cream, sweet cream, and java chips as well as caramel sauce and white chocolate mocha sauce. These toppings and sauces contain dairy — this means that even if you choose plant-based milk, you still need to leave them out.
9 Best Dairy-Free Starbucks Drinks
Now that you know what types of plant-based milk substitutes are available at Starbucks, let’s go over nine of the absolute best dairy-free libations to try!
Some come with coffee and others don’t. No matter what you’re craving, Starbucks certainly has a delicious non-dairy drink for your unique palette.
1. Honey Almondmilk Flat White
Honey is delicious when paired with coffee or espresso. The naturally sweet flavors can accentuate a range of roast profiles!
The Honey Almondmilk Flat White is creamy, delicately sweet, and incredibly satisfying. It implements the perfect pairing of Starbucks Blonde Espresso Roast and almond milk with a hint of sweet honey for nutty, rich, deliciousness.
If it’s a hot summer day and you are craving for cold almond milk coffee at Starbucks, I recommend that you try the iced version of this drink.
2. Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso
Shaken espresso is incredibly refreshing and really hits the spot if you have had a long morning. If you love sweet caramelized sugar nuances and bright notes of espresso, the Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso might be up your alley!
This coffee-based beverage comes with shaken Starbucks Blonde Espresso, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Then, it is topped with oat milk and ice to rejuvenate you and help you power through a busy day.
3. Coconutmilk Cascara Latte
Starbucks coconut milk is naturally hydrating and has such a silky and creamy flavor, it combines wonderfully with many other ingredients. For fans of coconut milk and coffee flavors, the Coconutmilk Cascara Latte is worth a try!
It comes with a signature espresso blend paired with cascara sugar and coconut milk for an incredibly unique and gratifying treat.
4. Honey Oatmilk Latte
Have you been seeking a sweet, dreamy, and wholesome way to start your day?
If so, the Honey Oatmilk Latte is worth sampling. This hot drink comes with signature espresso and a hint of honey. It also includes a toasted honey topping to create a savory tribute to everything salty and sweet.
While I like the hot Honey Oatmilk Latte I have to say I love the cold version even more — especially in the summertime. It’s definitely one of the best Starbucks iced lattes on the menu!
5. Pink Drink
Nothing is quite as photogenic, flavorful, or Instagram-ready as the iconic Pink Drink.
This cold, fruity, coffee-free refresher is ready to brighten your day with notes of creamy coconut milk, real strawberry, and accents of passion fruit. It’s definitely one of the best strawberry drinks at Starbucks.
It is like a refreshing taste of spring any time of the year. Not to mention its gorgeous pink color!
6. Iced Chocolate Almondmilk Shaken Espresso
If you love almond milk, malt flavors, and the signature bitterness of cocoa, this is an invigorating cold drink to get when you need something to give you a boost!
7. Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink
Those seeking a refreshingly sweet tropical treat should definitely check out the Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink.
With a unique green color, this iced drink combines premium matcha green tea with flavors like ginger, pineapple, and creamy coconut milk. It’s delicious and uplifting down to the last sip!
8. Honey Almondmilk Nitro Cold Brew
Nothing hits the spot and gives you a jolt like a Nitro Cold Brew!
If you like cold brew coffee and undertones of creamy almond, the Honey Almondmilk Nitro Cold Brew might be just right for your tastes. It is lightly sweet with just the right amount of honey for a super delicious energy boost.
9. Espresso Frappuccino with Soy Milk
Last but not least is the signature Starbucks Espresso Frappuccino with Soy Milk. In this Frappuccino, the soy pairs wonderfully with the espresso!
If you want to know more, check out my guide that explains what kind of soy milk Starbucks uses.
Blended with ice, this drink gives you a little jolt and has a balanced flavor. Soy milk has been a long-time favorite with those avoiding dairy. Just remember to ask for it without whipped cream for a completely dairy-free version.
Final Thoughts on Starbucks Dairy-Free Drinks
Hopefully, this helpful list of non-dairy beverages at Starbucks will broaden your horizons and make it a little bit easier to order something that fits in with your diet or lifestyle.
In addition to the drink introduced in this guide, Starbucks also offers a variety of Evolution Fresh® cold-pressed juices made with healthy fruits and vegetables full of vitamins. Choose from flavors like orange, or organic options including Super Fruit Grees, Defense Up, and Vital Berry.
While all of these drinks are delicious, you should order whatever suits your unique palette. Remember, you can customize them all as needed!
If you want to avoid sugar, just ask for fewer pumps of syrup, or choose a completely sugar-free option like Vanilla or Cinnamon Dolce. Both flavors have a version available that is made with sucralose.