Vegan Guide to Starbucks: The Best Menu Options and Swaps

From drinks to protein bowls, the coffee chain has plenty to offer vegans.

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Vegans have plenty of options on the Starbucks menu. It's quite easy to order a plant-based drink at Starbucks—many are already vegan without modifications. Plus, there are several vegan snacks and meal options readily available at many locations. 

Ready to place your order? Here's our guide to eating and drinking vegan at Starbucks.

Our Top Picks

There's no shortage of vegan hot and cold beverages at Starbucks. While the vegan food menu is not extensive, our favorites are all flavorful and filling.

Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso

Think of this drink as a chilled, liquid oatmeal cookie. Order with oat milk and have it served over ice. 

Plant-Based Breakfast Sandwich

Starbucks' vegan version of the popular sausage breakfast sandwich includes an Impossible Sausage patty, plant-based egg, and a Cheddar-style slice of dairy-free cheese. The sandwich comes on toasted whole-wheat English muffin.

​Chickpea Bites & Avocado Protein Box

This protein-packed, plant-based lunch brings together falafel-like chickpea bites, snap peas, carrots, avocado dip, and a nut mix.

Vegan Cold Drinks

These refreshing, plant-based drinks are all available on the regular menu.

  • Iced Toasted Vanilla Oatmilk Shaken Espresso
  • Iced Nitro Cold Brew (with or without non-dairy milk)
  • Iced Shaken Espresso
  • Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso
  • Iced Chocolate Almond Milk Shaken Espresso
  • Ombre Iced Coffee (with non-dairy milk)
  • Iced Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Latte
  • Iced Salted Caramel Mocha (with non-dairy milk and 1-2 pumps of caramel syrup)
  • Caramel Cocoa Cluster Frappuccino (with 1-2 pumps of caramel syrup and oat or coconut milk)
  • Green Tea Latte (with non-dairy milk)
  • Matcha Lemonade
  • Matcha Frappuccino (with non-dairy milk)
  • Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte (with non-dairy milk)
  • Vegan Nutella Frappuccino (with non-dairy milk and hazelnut syrup)
  • Vegan Dragon Drink (Mango Dragonfruit Refresher with freeze-dried dragonfruit pieces and coconut milk)
  • Pink Drink (Strawberry Acai Refresher with coconut milk and a scoop of strawberries or blackberries)
  • Kiwi Starfruit Refresher (with non-dairy milk or with lemonade)
  • Violet Drink (Very Berry Hibiscus refresher made with coconut milk and a scoop of blackberries)
  • Matcha Pink Drink (three-parts Pink Drink, one-part matcha with coconut milk on ice)
  • Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink
  • Iced Golden Ginger Drink

Treehugger Tip

To recreate the Chocolate Chip Frappuccino, make sure to choose non-dairy milk and replace the chocolate chips with vegan Chocolate Cookie Grind Topping.

Vegan Hot Drinks

These rich and creamy drink selections are vegan when ordered with your preferred non-dairy milk.

  • Cappuccinos and Lattes 
  • Cinnamon Dolce Latte (no cinnamon dolce topping)
  • Blonde Vanilla Latte
  • Almond Milk Flat White (minus the honey syrup)
  • Caramel Macchiato (swap out caramel sauce with caramel syrup)
  • Caffe Mocha 
  • Matcha Tea Latte 
  • Seasonal or Special Tea Lattes (no honey syrup)
  • Hot Chocolate Drinks (except any white hot chocolate drinks)
  • Caramel Apple Spice (swap out caramel sauce with caramel syrup)
  • Apple Crisp Macchiato (seasonal offering)
  • Steamers (with non-dairy milk and no whipped cream)

Drink Extras to Avoid

When placing your order, ask your barista to leave out the following non-vegan additions:

  • Whipped cream
  • Caramel sauce (substitute with the non-dairy caramel syrup)
  • Most coffee sauces (only the basic mocha sauce is vegan)
  • Any chocolate or java chips
  • Cinnamon dolce topping
  • Honey
  • Protein powder (may contain whey or other animal products)

Vegan Breakfast Items

These comforting, healthy breakfast items are the perfect partners for simpler hot drinks. Add a piece of fresh fruit or orange juice for a complete way to start the day.

  • Impossible Breakfast Sandwich (Order without egg and cheese. If available, you can add a non-dairy cheese slice.)
  • Classic Oatmeal (with plant-based milk)
  • Hearty Blueberry Oatmeal (order with plant-based milk)
  • Plain, Everything, and Cinnamon Raisin Bagels

Vegan Protein Boxes

While it would be nice to see more plant-based lunch items, the Chickpea Bites and Avocado Protein Box is a strong choice. Order this box with your favorite drink and a vegan snack, and you've got a satisfying coffee-shop lunch.

Vegan Sides, Snacks, and Sweets

There are plenty of sweet and salty vegan snacks that are perfect with a to-go coffee or tea.

  • Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs
  • Rhythm Superfoods Roasted Kale Chips
  • Fruit Salad
  • Orange
  • Banana
  • Dried Fruit
  • That’s It Apple & Blueberry Bar
  • That’s It Apple & Mango Bar
  • Mixed Nuts
  • Macadamia Oat Cookie
  • Emmy’s Organic Coconut Cookies (Coconut Vanilla & Dark Cacao)
  • Starbucks Simply Salted, Salt & Vinegar, and Sweet Potato Potato Chips

Treehugger Tip

To create a vegan apple pie-flavored Frappucino, start by ordering Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with oat, coconut, or almond milk. Next, request one less scoop of the vanilla bean powder and add in a pump of hazelnut syrup, a touch of apple juice, and a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg. 

Vegan Condiments

Turn one of Starbucks' vegan-certified bagels into a substantial mini-meal with these options.

  • Avocado Spread
  • Justin’s Classic Almond Butter
  • Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter
Frequently Asked Questions
  • What milk alternatives does Starbucks have?

    Starbucks offers four non-dairy milk alternatives: soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk, and oat milk.

  • What vegan pastries does Starbucks have?

    There are no vegan pastries at Starbucks at this time. Be on the lookout for seasonal vegan items.