Is There Dairy-Free Food at Starbucks? Yes—Here Are Our 15 Favorite Options
If you’re allergic or sensitive to dairy, avoiding milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy-based foods can be challenging when you’re out and about. But dairy isn’t crucial to a healthy diet, and allergic or not, there are a few potential perks to limiting your intake, like a reduction in stomach pain and bloating, improved gut health, better skin, easier bowel movements and weight loss. With that in mind, we sought out the best dairy-free food at Starbucks to pair with your usual coconut milk latte.
All menu items vary by location, so ask your local Starbucks store if they have your faves in stock or check the app ahead of visiting the store. Also, while these menu items don’t contain dairy in their ingredients, Starbucks “cannot guarantee that any of [their] products are free from allergens (including dairy, eggs, soy, tree nuts, wheat and others) as [they] use shared equipment to store, prepare and serve them,” so keep that in mind if you’re seriously allergic or extra sensitive to dairy.
Read on for 15 dairy-free foods at Starbucks to order next time you’re on a coffee run.
1. Rolled & Steel-Cut OatmealNutrition information: 410 calories, 12g fat, 67g carbs, 8g protein, 34g sugar, 7g fiber
Start your morning with oatmeal prepared with brown sugar and finished with nuts and a dried fruit medley of cranberries, golden raisins, cherries and currant raisins. Since the oatmeal is prepared with water, not milk, it’s naturally dairy-free, but feel free to ask for dairy-free milk in yours for a creamier mouthfeel.
2. Rolled & Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Blueberries
Nutrition information: 320 calories, 12g fat, 46g carbs, 8g protein, 15g sugar, 7g fiber
If you prefer blueberries over dried fruit, select this oatmeal option instead. It stars a blend of rolled and whole-grain steel-cut oats topped with fresh blueberries, sliced almonds, pecans, walnuts and just the right amount of agave syrup for sweetening. Might we suggest washing it down with a sugar-free iced coffee?
3. Strawberry Overnight Grains
Nutrition information: 300 calories, 16g fat, 35g carbs, 5g protein, 20g sugar, 4g fiber
Coconut milk to the rescue. Instead of dairy, the oatmeal—which is a combination of steel-cut oats, red quinoa and chia seeds—is made with dairy-free coconut milk. Dig through the toasty coconut-almond topping and creamy grains to reach the sweet strawberry sauce at the bottom.
4. Vegan Superberry Açaí Bowl
Nutrition information: 340 calories, 12g fat, 55g carbs, 6g protein, 262g sugar, 8g fiber
For dairy-free eaters who also happen to be plant-based or vegan, this fruity gem is not to be missed. It starts with a fruit blend of blueberries, banana, raspberry, apple and açaí purées. It’s topped with sweetened oat granola, toasted coconut and roasted pepitas for extra crunch to boot.
Nutrition information: 270-330 calories, 1-6g fat, 56-58g carbs, 9-12g protein, 2-11g sugar, 2-7g fiber
Unfortunately, all the breakfast sandwiches and egg bites are off the menu for dairy-free eaters, since the sandwiches either contain cheese or use milk in the bread, and the egg bites are made with cottage cheese. But the bagels—whether you fancy plain, everything, sprouted grain or cinnamon raisin—are totally dairy-free. The only allergen they contain is wheat.
6. Chickpea Bites & Avocado Protein BoxNutrition information: 560 calories, 37g fat, 43g carbs, 15g protein, 7g sugar, 13g fiber
Forgot your lunch (again)? This box will keep you full until dinner time with plant-based chickpea nuggets, creamy avocado dip, carrots, snap peas and a dried fruit and nut mix. While the snacks contain wheat and tree nuts, they’re naturally free of dairy.
7. Avocado Spread
Nutrition information: 90 calories, 8g fat, 5g carbs, 1g protein, 0g sugar, 4g fiber
Another vegan gem to take advantage of. Made with nothing but Hass avocados, salt, onion, garlic, jalapeño pepper and lime juice, this dip is prime for spreading on a bagel or dunking your own pretzels, pita chips or crudités.
8. Lentils & Vegetable Protein Bowl with Brown Rice
Nutrition information: 650 calories, 29g fat, 80g carbs, 23g protein, 10g sugar, 21g fiber
There’s no shortage of delicious produce in this pick. Brown rice and black lentils get zhuzhed up with kale, broccoli, butternut squash, beets, cabbage, peas, tomatoes, red bell peppers and green onion. Most importantly, the bowl is tossed in lemon-tahini dressing and finished with crunchy roasted sunflower seeds.
9. Chicken & Hummus Protein Box
Nutrition information: 300 calories, 9g fat, 32g carbs, 22g protein, 6g sugar, 7g fiber
Savor grilled sous vide chicken breast, red pepper hummus, fresh carrots and peas and doughy naan. Full disclosure: The naan contains ghee and buttermilk, but both are typically better for lactose-intolerant eaters than regular milk because they contain minimal amounts of lactose. If you’re very sensitive or allergic, steer clear of this box. But if you’re only a little sensitive, it may be easier to digest than you think.
10. Pumpkin & Pepita LoafNutrition information: 390 calories, 14g fat, 59g carbs, 6g protein, 38g sugar, 2g fiber
It’s the PSL’s best friend for a reason, and even more so for anyone who prefers their drink with plant-based milk. This pastry-case favorite is made with sugar, pumpkin, wheat flour, eggs, oil and a few pantry staples, but no milk. So, feel free to indulge in the seasonal staple whenever it hits stores near you.
11. Banana, Walnut & Pecan Loaf
Nutrition information: 410 calories, 20g fat, 50g carbs, 6g protein, 28g sugar, 2g fiber
Same goes for this banana loaf, which is studded with crunchy nuts and laced with all the sticky-sweet banana flavor you could hope for. It may contain eggs, soy, tree nuts and wheat, but dairy is free from its list of allergens.
12. Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownie
Nutrition information: 210 calories, 10g fat, 31g carbs, 15g protein, 19g sugar, 2g fiber
Not to be confused with the Double Chocolate Brownie, which does contain milk, the Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownie is dairy-free. It’s made with soymilk instead of dairy milk, along with heat-treated wheat flour, brown and white sugars, dairy-free semisweet and dark chocolates and a touch of coffee.
13. Raspberry Walnut and Oat Nut Square
Nutrition information: 160 calories, 11g fat, 21g carbs, 3g protein, 11g sugar, 2g fiber
If fruity desserts are more your jam (sorry) than chocolate, look no further than this brown sugar-packed confection. Sink your teeth into a base of rustic oat streusel packed with walnuts, almonds and coconut and a layer of raspberry jam. On top, you’ll find flax, chia, hemp and pumpkin seeds, along with more streusel. Instead of butter, the treat contains shortening made from coconut cream, sunflower oil and cocoa butter.
14. Starbucks Potato ChipsNutrition information: 270-300 calories, 13-18g fat, 33-35g carbs, 3-5g protein, 0-9g sugar, 2-5g fiber
Since the main ingredients are potatoes, oil and dry seasonings, the Simply Salted, Salt & Vinegar, BBQ and Sweet Potato chips are all up for grabs. Just avoid the buttered popcorn to ensure your snack is dairy-free.
15. Snack Bars, Nuts, Whole Fruit and Packaged Snacks
Nutrition information: varies by item
Starbucks carries a wide range of packaged snacks and sweets that you’ll typically find on shelves or at the register. Some common dairy-free options include beef jerky, granola bars, fruit bars, nuts and drinkable fruit purées. Stay away from the string cheese, buttery madeleines and chocolate-covered espresso beans.