Starbucks has been such a lifesaver since I discovered that I was lactose-intolerant

They have so many dairy-free options that, just like before, it has taken a while for me to try them all.

In this guide, I'll introduce you to the best Starbucks dairy-free drinks so you can get your fix no matter what dietary restrictions you have.

Here's my list of the best hot and cold Starbucks dairy-free drinks for those with lactose intolerance:

1. Honey Almond Milk Flat White 

Starbucks Iced Honey Almond Milk Flat White
Honey Almond Milk Flat White Standard Ingredients
  • espresso
  • almond milk foam
  • honey syrup

The Starbucks Honey Almond Milk Flat White combines the richness of honey with the nuttiness of the milk to create a warm autumnal drink.[1]

When I first tried one, I was surprised by how the froth turned out!

The almond milk isn't as frothy as dairy milk or other dairy-free milk options, so it's a little less smooth and sweeter than a traditional flat white.

I love ordering an Iced Almond Milk Flat White on hot days!

It has 170 calories in a serving and 115mg of caffeine, so you'll get a nice energy boost alongside the sweet flavors. 

Tips For An Even Tastier Drink
  • Not into sweeter drinks? Ask for only one or two pumps of honey syrup.
  • Not into almond milk or want something creamier? Try asking for the Honey Oatmilk Latte.

2. Sugar Cookie Almond Milk Latte 

Starbucks Sugar Cookie Almond Milk Latte with Sweet Vanilla Cream Cold Foam
Sugar Cookie Almond Milk Latte Standard Ingredients
  • blonde espresso
  • almond milk
  • sugar cookie syrup
  • green and red sprinkles

Cookies and milk: a classic combo that I can't always have - enter the Sugar Cookie Almond Milk Latte! 

This is a sugary seasonal Starbucks dairy-free milk drink that I count down the days for.

It's almost sickly sweet, but it's very popular with younger Starbucks drinkers like my nieces and nephews. I love being able to order the same thing as them without worrying about paying for it (with my wallet and my digestion!)

It’s only available between November and January so get it while you can!

The sugar cookie almond milk latte has 210 calories, and 150mg of caffeine.

Tips For An Even Tastier Drink
  • Love chocolate chips? Ask for java chips or chocolate curls on top.
  • Want to really get that cookie taste? Try asking for cinnamon dolce syrup, vanilla powder, or salted brown butter syrup.

3. Hazelnut Almond Milk Latte  

Starbucks Hazelnut Almond Milk Latte with Sugar-Free Vanilla Syrup
Hazelnut Almond Milk Latte Standard Ingredients
  • espresso
  • Steamed almond milk
  • hazelnut syrup

To me, the Hazelnut Almond Milk Latte is the perfect non-dairy Starbucks drinks for nut lovers - I go nutty for it year-round!

The hazelnut syrup and almond milk combine really effectively to give a sweet, nutty coffee that warms me through on a cold day.  

I often substitute the regular espresso for the blonde espresso. This has more delicate flavors and the blonde espresso makes my latte bolder and smoother. 

This dairy-free Starbucks drink has 195 calories, 115mg of caffeine.

Ask Barista For: One Hazelnut Latte with almond milk and no whipped cream. 

4. Americano 

Starbucks Americano

Caffè Americano Nutritional Breakdown 

(Without Modification)

Nutrients

Short

(8 fl oz)

Tall

(12 fl oz)

Grande

(16 fl oz)

Venti

(20-24 fl oz)

Calories

5

10

15

15

Total Fat

0 g

0 g

0 g

0 g

Total Carbs

1 g

1 g

2 g

2 g

Sugar

0 g

0 g

0 g

0 g

Protein

0 g

1 g

1 g

1 g

Caffeine

75 mg

150 mg

225 mg

300 mg

Caffè Americano Standard Ingredients
  • Water
  • Brewed Double Espresso

Shoutout to the unsung MVP of alternative diets - the Starbucks Americano. [2]

Whether you’re a lactose-intolerant coffee purist, vegan, keto, or lactose-intolerant, the Americano is a year-round safe bet.

It may seem like the boring pick compared to Starbucks' specialty drinks but it's completely dairy-free and has plenty of bold flavor.

Many people choose to add milk to their Americano (including me!), so make sure you use a plant-based alternative. 

I find that soy works best to keep the coffee flavor, and coconut adds richness. 

In a standard serving, there are no calories, no dairy milk, and 150mg of caffeine. 

Tips For An Even Tastier Drink
  • Want a stronger coffee taste? Ask for Starbucks blonde espresso instead of the standard. Hot drinks made with the blonde espresso tend to be smoother and stronger.

5. Iced Chocolate Almond Milk Shaken Espresso 

Starbucks Iced Chocolate Almond Milk Shaken Espresso
Iced Chocolate Almond Milk Shaken Espresso Standard Ingredients
  • espresso
  • cocoa
  • malt
  • almond milk
  • ice

I'll admit it - I'm still a big kid who can't get enough of chocolate milk.

Luckily, I can get a socially acceptable adult version - enter the Iced Chocolate Almondmilk Shaken Espresso.

It combines the strong flavors of a Starbucks blonde espresso with the light almond milk to create a sweeter iced coffee. 

I first tried it this summer and it became an instant fave! It was so refreshing and easily kicked my chocolate cravings.

A single serving of the Iced Chocolate Almondmilk drink has 255mg of caffeine, 110 calories, and 16 grams of sugar in a serving.

6. Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso 

Starbucks Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso
Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso Standard Ingredients
  • espresso
  • brown sugar syrup
  • oat milk
  • Ice

I had to include my personal fave on my list - the Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso.

The Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk shaken espresso is made using Starbucks' new brown sugar syrup and combines it with oat milk to give it a real depth of flavor.

I first tried this a year ago and was immediately hooked! My vegan bestie recommended it and I have not stopped ordering it since.

It’s sweet, creamy and strong - perfect for when I need a strong pick me up in the morning.

A single serving has 255mg of caffeine, 128 calories, and 15 grams of sugar.

Tips For An Even Tastier Drink
  • Love dessert drinks? Ask for caramel syrup as well as the brown sugar syrup - it's like sipping on caramel coffee cake!

7. Honey Almond Milk Cold Brew And Nitro Cold Brew 

Starbucks Honey Almond Milk Cold Brew
Honey Almond Milk Cold Brew And Nitro Cold Brew Standard Ingredients
  • Cold Brew or nitro cold brew
  • almond milk
  • honey Syrup
  • Ice

Cold brew and Nitro Cold Brew have taken over the coffee world and I, for one, bow to our new caffeine overlords. 

Starbucks' Cold Brew is made by slowly distilling coffee beans in cold water for 18 hours to create a major caffeine hit.  

A standard Cold Brew can have up to 300mg of caffeine in a serving - talk about a boost! 

Nitro Cold Brew incorporates nitrogen into the cold brew process, making a velvety smooth drink.

In the Honey Almondmilk Cold Brew, the sweetness of the honey and the almond milk combine to make it surprisingly easy to drink. 

There are 50 calories, 205mg, and 6 grams of sugar in a serving, so it's a light option.

8. Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink 

Starbucks Iced Pineapple Matcha Latte
Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink Standard Ingredients
  • matcha Powder
  • pineapple Juice
  • coconut milk
  • Ice

Starbucks doesn't just limit their lactose intolerance-friendly range to just coffee!

When I'm looking for a fruity but healthy, dairy-free alternative, then the Iced Pineapple Matcha drink is my go-to choice. 

I tried this last summer and it completely blew me away! The taste is so unique and tropical - it really brought those vacay vibes.

Sweet pineapple, creamy coconut, bold matcha - what more could I want on a hot day?

Each serving of the iced pineapple coconut green smoothie has 170 calories, 27 grams of sugar, and about 80mg of caffeine in a serving. 

Tips For An Even Tastier Drink
  • Feeling fruity? Try asking for extra fruit in your Pineapple Matcha.

9. Dragon Drink 

Starbucks Dragon Drink

Dragon Drink Nutritional Breakdown 

(Without Modification)

Nutrients

Tall

(12 fl oz)

Grande

(16 fl oz)

Venti

(20-24 fl oz)

Trenta

(31 fl oz)

Calories

110

130

190

270

Total Fat

2 g

3 g

4 g

6 g

Total Carbs

21 g

26 g

38 g

53 g

Sugar

18 g

23 g

34 g

46 g

Protein

1 g

1 g

1 g

1 g

Caffeine

35 mg

45 mg

70 mg

90 mg

Dragon Drink Standard Ingredients
  • Ice 
  • Mango-Dragonfruit Refresher Base
  • Coconut Milk

The Dragon Drink looks funky and tastes great - plus it's fun to order! 

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a mango fiend. But, I admit, I wasn't sure about how it would taste with dragonfruit and coconut at first.

I was completely blown away from the first sip!

The mango and dragon fruit flavors are unlike anything else on the Starbucks menu, and it's perfect for when I want a creamy but dairy-free summer drink.

The unique purple color of the Dragon Drink makes it perfect for showing off on social media. I can't get enough of that bold purple color and tropical taste! 

There are 130 calories, 23 grams of sugar, and 45mg of caffeine in each serving.  

10. Pink Drink 

Starbucks Pink Drink

Pink Drink Nutritional Breakdown 

(Without Modification)

Nutrients

Tall

(12 fl oz)

Grande

(16 fl oz)

Venti

(20-24 fl oz)

Trenta

(31 fl oz)

Calories

110

140

200

270

Total Fat

2 g

2.5 g

4 g

5 g

Total Carbs

22 g

28 g

40 g

55 g

Sugar

19 g

25 g

36 g

50 g

Protein

0 g

1 g

1 g

1 g

Caffeine

35 mg

45 mg

70 mg

90 mg

Pink Drink Standard Ingredients
  • Ice 
  • Strawberry-Acai Base
  • Coconut Milk

These days I can't scroll through TikTok, YouTube, and Instagram without seeing her - Starbucks' Pink Drink.

This uniquely pink drink has it all: a unique delicious taste, super cute color, and a fun name.

It’s a favorite with younger Starbucks drinkers but tends to be most popular with teenage girls.  

Despite being one of the most striking drinks on the Starbucks menu, the Pink Drink kinda reminds me of a tropical strawberry milkshake. 

It's completely dairy-free and has 140 calories, 24 grams of sugar, and no caffeine. 

Tips For An Even Tastier Drink
  • Feeling sweet? Try asking for vanilla powder or strawberry drizzle in your Pink Drink.
  • Want a creamy finish? Try asking if your local store has a soy whipped cream alternative.

Understanding Non-Dairy Drinks (Quick Facts + How To Order)

Starbucks is actually quite progressive when it comes to dairy-free drinks, and there are many different options. 

If you're lactose-intolerant, then you don't want to take any risks, so alongside the 12 drinks we've introduced, there are a few other things you should consider: 

Choose The Right Milk  

Starbucks uses 2% milk as standard in their hot drinks and cold drinks. However, all Starbucks now offer at least a few dairy-free milk options. 

These usually include coconut milk, soy milk, almond milk, and oat milk as dairy-free alternatives. 

These dairy-free milk options have the advantage of being lactose-free but also having fewer calories, so many people choose them as a diet option.  

The plant-based milks all have a different taste, and you'll need to work out which one you prefer. 

Only coconut milk and soy milk froth up the same way as regular dairy milk, so you're better off using them in mochas, cappuccinos, and lattes - in fact a coconut milk latte can be even more creamy.

You'll have to pay extra for these plant-based milks, and it will usually be around $0.50 more, depending on the size of your drink.  

Check The Syrup 

You might think that if you get a non-dairy milk then you're safe, and that Starbucks syrup is safe to order, but many of them actually have dairy in them. 

The good news is that the majority of Starbucks syrups are safe for those with lactose intolerance and there's a wide variety to choose from, including caramel syrup (not the caramel sauce), vanilla syrup, mocha sauce, and cinnamon dolce syrup.

However, you should avoid the cookies and crème syrup, caramel sauce, toffee, and white chocolate sauces and syrups. 

It's a good idea to ask your barista if you're not sure, so you avoid the syrups which contain dairy.  

Use The App 

The Starbucks app lets you skip the queues and get points for every dollar you spend. It also lets you see the nutritional values of all Starbucks drinks, including the dairy in the ingredients.[3]

Using the app can let you see the drinks which have dairy-free milk and are safe for you to order.
Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso Starbucks App Order

Speak To The Barista 

If you aren't using the app, then it's worth speaking to the barista.

This can be a little uncomfortable for some people, but if you tell them you need to avoid dairy, then they can advise on the best drinks and dairy-free milk options that you are good to order, and help you decide if you want a coconut milk latte, or a dark almond milk based hot drink. 

This is the best way to make sure you get the best dairy-free Starbucks beverages for you.  

Common Dairy-Free Starbucks Drink Questions

Do Starbucks syrups have dairy? 

Not all Starbucks syrups have dairy, but a few do, such as the cookie crème, toffee, and white chocolate syrups. Make sure to ask your barista before you order to make sure the syrups in the drink are dairy-free.

Does Starbucks have dairy-free cold foam? 

Yes, Starbucks has released a new non-dairy cold foam with under 50 calories per serving. This is the perfect accompaniment for Starbucks non-dairy drinks.  

Is Starbucks mocha dairy-free? 

A standard Starbucks mocha isn’t dairy-free because it contains 2% cow's milk. However, the mocha syrup is dairy-free, so if you ask for the Starbucks mocha with a dairy-free milk, then it is suitable for those with lactose intolerance.

Conclusion - Try These Alternative Milk Drinks!

Over 36% of Americans are lactose-intolerant to some degree, so it's a condition that affects millions of people (me included!) 

Thankfully, this doesn’t mean that you can’t get a great Starbucks drink because they really do have something for everyone.

Some of my fave interesting non-dairy Starbucks drinks to try on your next visit are the Iced Chocolate Almond Milk Shaken Espresso and the Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso.

References:

1. https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/2123161/hot

2. https://www.starbucks.com/menu/product/406/hot

3. https://www.wikihow.com/Use-the-Starbucks-Card-Mobile-App

Starbucks Dairy FAQ

Kim Fernandez

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Kim Fernandez
Kim offers a unique perspective on coffee culture and trends. Kim's writing is personal and experiential, providing readers with firsthand advice on the latest in coffee. Beyond her writing, Kim is an avid explorer of new coffee trends and spots, always seeking to share the most genuine advice and latest trends. True to her love for coffee, you'll often find her in a café, immersed in a book with a freshly brewed cup of joe.

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