Starbucks offers a wide variety of options to its customers, over 170,000 to be more precise, which allows them the freedom to personalize their beverages to their taste buds. If someone can’t have dairy or just prefers simpler ingredients with good nutritional values, Starbucks has you covered.
Almond milk is perhaps one of the healthiest milk options that you can choose when customizing your beverage. Although the brand of almond milk used can vary from one Starbucks location to the next, they have used Borden milk, Lucerne Milk, and Good & Gather Milk in the past. Unlike other milk options that are sweetened, almond milk is a great unsweetened choice. In one 8 oz serving of almond milk at Starbucks, there are 60 calories, 3 g of sugar, and 2 g of protein. Given almond milk’s healthy reputation, there are many popular cold and hot drinks that pair well with it. In this article, we will explore some of these admired Starbucks beverages, discussing the flavors and nutritional values of each.
Sugar Cookie Almond Milk Frappuccino
If you’re looking for a cold and refreshing beverage that is exploding with flavor and sugary goodness, this Frappuccino could be for you. It’s prepared by blending ice, almond milk, coffee, one pump of sugar cookie syrup, and two pumps of Frappuccino coffee syrup until smooth. The beverage is then topped with whipped cream and red and green sprinkles.
The Frappuccino is best known for its smooth, creamy, and almost melted ice cream consistency. Although the coffee flavor is present, it’s slightly subdued thanks to the flavor syrups that have been added. The whipped cream on top adds a light and airy texture and the sprinkles add a subtle crunch.
In one 12 oz (tall), there are 250 calories, 10 g of fat, 38 g of sugar, and 1 g of protein. This sugar cookie-flavored beverage also has 70 mg of caffeine.
Honey Almond Milk Nitro Cold Brew
Nitro cold brews are known for being super smooth, subtly sweet, and topped with a velvety crema. When you customize this beverage by adding honey and almond milk, it amplifies the creaminess and adds a pleasant amount of sweetness without overpowering the bold coffee flavor.
This beverage also packs a caffeine punch. In one 12 oz serving, there is 210 mg of caffeine. Since it’s prepared with almond milk and honey, the 12 oz serving only has 30 calories, .5 g of fat, 5 g of sugar, and 0 g of protein.
Iced Chocolate Almond Milk Shaken Espresso
One 12 oz serving of this icy beverage is prepared by shaking two shots of blonde espresso and chocolate malt powder together. It’s then topped off and served with almond milk and ice. The flavor is described as when coffee meets a candy bar. Since it’s served with ice, it makes the perfect summertime treat.
This iced espresso beverage is not for the faint of heart. One 12 oz serving contains 80 calories, 2 g of fat, 11 g of sugar, 1 g of protein, and 170 mg of caffeine.
Honey Almond Milk Flat White
This flat white beverage, which is made with steamed almond milk, espresso, and honey, is creamy and smooth. Mixing almond milk and honey together creates a nutty sweetness, which complements the robust flavor of the espresso. A thin layer of foam also provides a velvety and frothy element to the drink.
In one 12 oz serving of this popular flat white beverage, there are 120 calories, 4 g of fat, 18 g of sugar, and 2 g of protein. This size beverage, since it requires 2 shots of espresso, contains 170 mg of caffeine.
Blonde Cinnamon Almond Milk Macchiato
This macchiato was enthusiastically created with horchata, a sweet and dairy-free beverage, in mind. When you order this specialty beverage, the 12 oz size is prepared with steamed almond milk, two pumps of cinnamon dolce syrup, and one shot of blonde espresso. The thick layer of frothed milk that tops this beverage is then decorated with caramel drizzle and adorned with cinnamon dolce sprinkles.
This macchiato is very smooth, subtly sweet, ultra-creamy, and popping with espresso flavor. The sweetness factor is also ramped up by the caramel drizzle and cinnamon dolce sprinkles. In one 8 oz serving, there are 90 calories, 3.5 g of fat, 12 g of sugar, and 1 g of protein. This beverage also contains 85 mg of caffeine.
Other Almond Milk Options
When you’re ordering your beverage, you always have the option to switch out regular milk for almond milk. This doesn’t just pertain to coffee. Some other beverages that can also be ordered with almond milk include:
- Chai Tea Latte
- Chocolate Cookie Crumble Crème Frappuccino
- Toasted White Hot Chocolate
- Vanilla Crème
- Matcha Tea Latte
- Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte
- Caramel Brulée Crème
- Strawberry Crème Frappuccino
Almond Milk Creamers
If you love enjoying a cup of Starbucks coffee from the comfort of your own home, there are almond milk options for you. Starbucks offers caramel macchiato, hazelnut latte, and pumpkin spice latte flavored creamers that are made with almond and oat milk.
Give Almond Milk a Try!
If you haven’t yet experienced almond milk, or you’re just looking for new ways to incorporate this vegan option into your diet, Starbucks is here for you. Whether you try a beverage that already comes prepared with almond milk, or you ask your barista to substitute, the combinations are almost endless.
Above we discussed three cold and two hot coffee options that are made with almond milk. We also gave you some other ideas for drinks that could also be paired with almond milk. (Some of them are even okay for kids, such as the hot chocolate.) Now, it’s up to you, armed with the knowledge that you’ve just learned, to go and order your very own almond milk beverage. Who knows, you could discover a new favorite.