How to Order Vegan at Starbucks

Did you know that you can order (almost) anything at Starbucks vegan? Here’s how to hack the Starbucks menu so you can ace your next road trip and order like a vegan boss when visiting the biggest coffeehouse chain in the world. 

Why order vegan at Starbucks, you ask? Starbucks goes through a whopping 93,000,000 gallons of milk every year. This not only causes an unthinkable amount of suffering and has devastating effects on our environment, but it also contributes to unhealthy cholesterol and casein consumption leading to numerous human health issues. 

When you follow the steps below, you can order all your favorite beverages in a way that’s animal friendly, kinder to our planet, healthier for your body, and still tastes great. It’s a win-win-win. So why not make your next Starbucks order vegan? 

How to Order Anything Vegan at Starbucks


It’s simple! Just ask your barista to replace cow’s milk with soy milk, almond milk, or coconut milk.


There are a few ingredients at Starbucks that are not vegan, and can simply be omitted from beverages. The non-vegan ingredients are:

  • Whipped cream
  • Java chips (in certain Frappuccinos)
  • Protein powder (in smoothies)
  • Caramel drizzle

These items at Starbucks contain dairy and cannot be made vegan:

  • Pumpkin spice 
  • White chocolate mocha 
  • Caramel brûlée
  • Light Frappuccinos
  • Chai Latte (Chai syrup used in the latte contains honey.)

It’s as easy as that! You can always just ask your barista to make your drink vegan (without dairy, honey, or other animal products), but the steps above will give you an idea about what to look out for. 

Starbucks also has a wide selection of vegan snacks, so flip over those snack packages a give the labels a quick skim for milk, egg, or meat ingredients. You’re likely to be pleasantly surprised with their vegan offerings—chips, cookies, and candies, oh my!

With approximately 60 million people visiting Starbucks every single week, it’s wonderful to know that much of their menu can easily be made plant-based to accommodate vegans and health-conscious consumers. Cheers to that!

This video was a collaboration with Vince Lia. You can watch our next video about how to order vegan at Chipotle and check out his plant-based recipes, inspiring videos, vegan shirts and more at

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