As part of its dominant shift towards a plant-based menu, Starbucks just announced the launch of Oatly nationwide. In addition to adding the non-dairy milk option to its menu, they also announced the release of new menu items featuring plant-based milks.
Starbucks announced the release of Oatly nationwide in a post on Instagram. They said, “So we heard you wanted oatmilk… Oatly is available at Starbucks starting March 2—add it to all of your favorite drinks!”
As if that weren’t great enough, in a separate Instagram post, Starbucks shared that it’s now offering an Iced Chocolate Almondmilk Shaken Espresso and the Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso. The drinks are described as “Layers of rich flavor and nondairy milk,” and each grande-sized beverage has under 200 calories.
According to Starbucks’ website, the Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso is a blonde espresso shaken with brown sugar and cinnamon. The mixture is then topped with Oatly oatmilk.
The Iced Chocolate Almondmilk Shaken Espresso is also a blonde espresso base, but it’s shaken with cocoa and a hint of malt. The beverage is topped with almonmilk for a finished taste.
The latest Starbucks secret menu item is a bright green Shamrock Tea for St. Patrick’s Day. The best part about it? It’s vegan!
For those who aren’t aware, the Starbucks secret menu is a way to order off-menu drinks. However, you can’t just ask for the name of the drink (i.e., the Shamrock Tea). Instead, you have to provide the barista with a set of directions to make one of their current menu items into something totally new!
To order the Shamrock Tea, ask for an Iced Venti Green Tea Latte made with coconut milk. Then, ask them to add in a splash of lemonade and 2 scoops of vanilla bean powder. That’s all it takes!
If you’re not interested in a cold drink, you can order the Shamrock Tea hot as well.
Watch the TikTok below for full instructions on ordering:
Starbucks Shifting Towards Veganism
In the past few years, Starbucks has made a shift towards plant-based and vegan menu items. Due to the demand for non-dairy milk and plant-based food items, Starbucks has been adding more plant-based items to its menus.
Back in Spring, Starbucks’ Featured Menu included multiple vegan and vegetarian items, including a drink made with coconut milk and a vegetarian wrap. More recently, they’ve introduced a plant-based beef product to some locations as well.
We can’t wait to see even more vegan options coming in future years!
This easy dalgona coffee recipe creates a rich, whipped espresso with (non-dairy) milk. You’ve probably seen photos and videos of dalgona coffee circulating the internet – it recently went viral on Tik Tok and for good reason! It’s super simple and creates a beverage you might think could only be purchased from a coffee shop.
The directions are super simple. Combine equal parts instant coffee, sugar, and hot water and whisk until stiff peaks are formed. Pour over cold or warm milk, take all your Insta photos, and then lightly mix the whipped coffee into the milk so the first few drinks aren’t too strong.
That’s it! It’s easy to customize too. You can add as much sugar, coffee, and water as desired, making it stronger or lighter to your preference. You can even make a giant batch and impress company (once this whole social isolation thing blows over, of course).
Dalgona Coffee Recipe
Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons Instant Coffee 2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar 2 Tablespoons Hot Water 1 Glass Non-dairy milk of choice
Directions: Combine all ingredients and whip/beat until stiff peaks form. If you’re doing this by hand, it takes around 400 whisks and is a bit cumbersome. If it’s not stiffening, just keep beating! It’ll get there. Using an electric mixer/beater is highly recommended. Also note: the water doesn’t have to be boiling, just hot from the tap will do.
We could all use a little something-something to brighten these days of self-isolation and coronavirus quarantine. Not only may many of us feel stressed or agitated about money, loved ones, summer plans, or the state of the world, but also we’re feeling a little bored. Being confined to a house for weeks (or months?!) on end sounds grueling.
Thankfully, there’s a lot to do to pass the time. Board games, baking, cooking, learning new skills, deep cleaning, staring at the wall, and trying every DIY craft available are just a few ideas. But, once you’ve completed all that, you may be left wondering, “what else is there to do?”
In quarantine, every hour is happy hour. All you’ll need is two simple ingredients: wine and non-dairy ice cream. A delicious cocktail is in your future and it’s called a wine float.
The directions are equally simple: add a few scoops of non-dairy ice cream to a glass. Pour wine over the ice cream, similar to the way you’d make a root beer float. The resulting cocktail is creamy, tangy, decadent, and absolutely delicious.
It’s so simple, you could whip it up any time and any day 🙂
The trend actually started with wine and dairy-based ice cream, but the vegan version is even better! The trend is growing on Instagram, if you want to share your creation #winefloat and #veganwinefloat – And check out these wine floats for inspiration!
I love a good coffee. But, even more than coffee, I love a good latte. With the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to do our part and stay home, wash our hands, hand sanitize, and avoid unnecessary trips to town. A daily coffee run is (arguably) unnecessary, but if you’re like me you may not want black coffee at home every day.
Maybe you don’t have a home espresso machine, but you still want your daily latte. I’m going to share just how to make a super simple, vegan version at home with basic ingredients and supplies 🙂
Latte means “milk” in Italian – a latte is simply a cup of warm milk over espresso, topped with foam. Without a milk frother, we won’t get the foamy top at home. Without an espresso machine (or an AeroPress), we won’t get proper espresso either. However, this easy vegan latte is still delicious and the perfect drink for a rainy quarantine day!
Directions – Heat milk on the stove, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. If a slimy film forms on the top of the milk, it got too hot! – Add instant coffee to a mug (I enjoy a little less than 2 TBSP/16oz, but it’s totally up to you how much you add! Remember to add more than the amount suggested to make *coffee* because we want it extra strong to mimic espresso). – Pour hot milk over the instant coffee and stir until it dissolves. – Enjoy!!
A Goth lattes are making their way across the world. They’re popping up in coffee shops and cafes across the US, UK, Australia, and Japan. What’s special about these lattes isn’t the taste or nutritional value….It’s the look. They’re pure black.
Traditional lattes are made with espresso shots, steamed milk (easily made vegan with soy, oat, or almond milk), and topped with some foam, often in the form of fancy latte art. Goth lattes are made with espresso shots, steamed milk, and topped with some foam. But there’s one special, extra ingredient: Activated charcoal.
Activated charcoal has been quite trendy lately with various ice creams, toothpastes, and various items popping up that feature charcoal and its black color.
Many of these items claim to have health benefits associated with activated charcoal. But…It’s all a trend. Activated charcoal is great for when you’re sick and need some poison absorbed. It also absorbs useful nutrients.
Either way, the Goth latte is fun. Take the health claims with a grain (or a mountain) of salt.
Renowned coffee expert and Lead Roaster at Black Oak Coffee Roasters, Steve Cuevas, says, “[the charocal] adds no flavor but it’s cool.” He suggests adding the charcoal to other items, like croissants, to create a pairing of the two “goth” items.