I think we can both agree that almond milk is great. I mean, this milk made from almonds can make my coffee or any drink creamy without dairy--what a great time to be alive!

Whether you’re lactose-intolerant or switching to a vegan diet, this stuff is the bomb.

Thankfully, Starbucks is one of the few that allows customers to replace dairy milk with this alternative, but what almond milk does this coffee chain use?

Let’s find out!

Starbucks almond milk will vary from one store to the next as different locations use different brands. 

Starbucks is a franchise. Although there are branches that the company owns, most of them, especially outside the United States, are franchises.

This means they can source some of their ingredients locally instead of getting the same supplies the leading stores use.

However, I have looked for all the possible shelf-stable brands that Starbucks uses, so you don't have to do the digging.

Brands

Ingredients

Silk

Almond milk (Filtered Water, Almonds), Cane Sugar, Contains 2% or Less of Vitamin and Mineral Blend (Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Acetate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D2), Sea Salt, Gellan Gum, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C To Protect Freshness), Natural Flavor.

Califia Farms

Almond milk (Water, Almonds), Calcium Carbonate, Sunflower Lecithin, Sea Salt, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Natural Flavor, Gellan Gum, Potassium Citrate

Almond Breeze by Blue Diamond

Almond milk (Filtered Water, Almonds), Calcium Carbonate, Sea Salt, Potassium Citrate, Sunflower Lecithin, Gellan Gum, D-alpha-tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E).

Important Reminder: Some Starbucks almond milk brands may not be listed here, especially from countries outside the United States. These brands are just the most popular ones they use in most stores.

Is Starbucks Almond Milk Healthy?

Starbucks almond milk can be healthy - depending on the version.

Depending on what is available locally, your local Starbucks may change the brand or type of almond milk. For example, you may find your local barista using sweetened rather than unsweetened or another brand entirely. 

In terms of specific nutritional info, a serving of Starbucks' most common almond milk brands contain:

Silk Unsweetened Almondmilk

  • Calories: 30
  • Fat: 3 grams
  • Carbs: less than 1 gram
  • Protein: 1 gram
  • Sugar: 0 grams

Califia Farms Unsweetened Almond Barista Blend

  • Calories: 40
  • Fat: 3 grams
  • Carbs: less than 1 gram
  • Protein: 2 grams
  • Sugar: 0 grams

Blue Diamond's Unsweetened Original Almondmilk

  • Calories: 30
  • Fat: 2.5 grams
  • Carbs: 1 gram
  • Protein: 1 gram
  • Sugar: 0 grams

Some potential health benefits of almond milk are:

  • It is often fortified with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamins D and B12
  • Most have the same calcium content as cow's milk
  • It contains less fat and calories than dairy milk [1]

Additionally, dairy alternatives like almond milk are also better for the environment as they use less land and emit fewer greenhouse gases.[2]

Almond milk's downside is that it contains less protein than regular milk or soy milk.[3]

Starbucks' almond milk is the healthiest of the Starbucks milk options.

Starbucks almond milk latte surrounded by almonds

Is It Sweetened Or Unsweetened?

Most Starbucks branches use unsweetened almond milk to allow customers to adjust the sweetness of their drinks to their liking.

So if you're on Keto, you don't have to be scared of switching to dairy-free milk for your coffee.

The hint of sweetness that you get from Starbucks almond milk comes from a naturally occurring sugar content from the almonds.

Is Starbucks Almond Milk Gluten Free?

If you have Celiac disease and can't consume gluten, I have some good news: Starbucks almond milk is gluten-free.

However, note that not all non-dairy milk alternatives are free from gluten due to flavorings or preservatives in the milk.

On top of that, other Starbucks drinks may contain ingredients with gluten, such as Java chips and cereal.

Is It Organic?

Yes, almond milk at Starbucks is organic. All the brands mentioned in the preceding section, including Califia Farms, are non-GMO and use organic ingredients to create healthy alternatives.

On top of that, these brands are also certified kosher, which makes them perfect for anyone to consume.

How Many Calories Does It Have?

One thing I love about almond milk is that it has lower calories compared to cow’s milk.

100 grams of 1% cow milk contains 42 calories, while the same amount of almond milk has less than half of its calorie content.[4]

So, if you’re trying to cut down on calories, I suggest switching the milk of your favorite Starbucks beverage to almond milk.

How Many Grams Of Fat Does It Have?

As mentioned, almond milk contains less fat and protein than full-fat cow’s milk.

In fact, it has 37% to 75% less fat compared to cow's milk, depending on the brand.

Starbucks barista handing a customer an almond milk drink

Ordering Starbucks Almond Milk Drinks (Tips From a Barista)

  • Before you order your drink, ask what plant-based milk options are available.
  • If you see an almond milk coffee drink on the menu, you can skip asking the barista what milk alternatives are available, as it shows that you can order this milk.
  • Depending on your taste preferences, ask the barista to add sugar if you like your beverage sweeter.
  • There are a bunch of Starbucks almond milk latte drinks on their menu, such as the Sugar Cookie Almond Milk Latte and the Starbucks Blonde Cinnamon Coffee Cake Almond Milk Latte. Be sure to let the barista know if you want a simple latte with almond milk or any of their specialty almond milk drinks.
Barista HQ Bonus Tip: You can buy Starbucks almond milk drinks at grocery stores! Yes, you read that right. The Starbucks DoubleShot coffee smoothie line uses almond milk instead of the usual milk. This means you can have your favorite Starbucks almond milk coffee at home!
Starbucks hot drink with almond milk

Popular Starbucks Drinks That Use Almond Milk

  • Honey Almond Milk Flat White - Starbucks Blonde Espresso Roast mixed with almond milk and a little honey
  • Sugar Cookie Almond Milk Frappuccino - Coffee, almond milk, and sugar cookie syrup are blended with ice and topped with whipped cream and red and green sprinkles
  • Cinnamon Almond Milk Macchiato - Starbucks' espresso roast is combined with cinnamon sauce, caramel, sauce, and creamy almond milk before being topped with cinnamon dolce topping

Common Starbucks Almond Milk Questions

Does Starbucks charge extra for almond milk?

Yes, Starbucks charges US customers around 70¢ extra for almond milk. However, Starbucks UK is removing its extra fee for plant-based milk.[5]

Is almond milk Keto friendly?

Yes, but only unsweetened almond milk is keto-friendly. Sweetened and other variants contain sugar and carbs.

What’s the healthiest milk at Starbucks?

Almond milk is the healthiest milk at Starbucks.

What almond milk does Starbucks use in the UK?

The almond milk Starbucks uses in the UK depends on the location.

Conclusion

Starbucks uses different brands of almond milk, including Silk almond milk, Califia Farms almond milk, and Almond Breeze.

Other countries may use different brands, especially if they're a franchise and not owned and operated by the Starbucks company itself.

References:

1. https://www.uclahealth.org/news/should-you-switch-to-plant-based-milk

2. https://ourworldindata.org/environmental-impact-milks
3. https://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2017/coconut-almond-soy-milk-cs.html
4. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/173441/nutrients
5. https://sports.yahoo.com/starbucks-finally-dropping-surcharge-plant-125559801.html

Kim Fernandez

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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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  1. All of those brands of almond milk are ultra processed. Containing Lecithin, various gums etc. They are not ‘healthy’.

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