Starbucks PSL is still not vegan. Here are 3 coffee drinks that are.
Year after year, we remain hopeful that Starbucks will finally make its Pumpkin Spice Latte vegan. And yet, the PSL remains one of the few drinks in the chain that is almost impossible to vegetate. Unfortunately, its star ingredient, Pumpkin Spice Sauce, contains dairy. We’ve done a lot of research, but even the most seasoned barista can’t offer a secret hack around this dilemma – you simply can’t make a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks without the chain’s Pumpkin Spice Sauce. . So we give up and stick to those vegan pumpkin spice drinks you can get at other cafes in the US.
Starbucks isn’t alone in associating pumpkin with dairy. We looked everywhere and found that this is a common trend among chains.
Be aware that Pumpkin Espresso Drinks from Dunkin’ Donuts, Dutch Bros. and Caribou Coffee all contain dairy-based pumpkin syrups and sauces. Independent cafes may offer a more vegan atmosphere, but when it comes to pumpkin, it’s always best to check the ingredients before ordering this cozy fall drink. We wish you luck on your vegan pumpkin spice journey.
3 vegan pumpkin spice drinks you can get at coffee chains
In 2020, all Starbucks locations in the UK put a vegan version of PSL on the menu, with a dairy-free filling. Unfortunately, the coffee chain hasn’t done anything to do the same here in the US and we still pay extra for dairy-free milk. That being said, a handful of coffee chains across the country are actually offering vegan pumpkin drinks for fall.
1 Peet’s Coffee Pumpkin Latte
Peet’s has reliably served PSL’s hungry vegan customers for years with this iconic drink. It’s made with espresso, your dairy-free steamed milk of your choice, and a vegan pumpkin syrup reminiscent of pumpkin pie. The drink is garnished with a sprinkle of hot baking spices. Because there is no whipped cream, just ask for vegetable milk. At the moment, the chain is one of many that still charges extra for vegan milk.
The chain carries the Pacific Foods brand of almond, oat and soy milk. We recommend getting it with oat or soy milk – both have a natural creaminess that complements fall drinks. It is also available as an iced latte.
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2 Pumpkin Latte with Coffee Beans and Tea Leaves
PSL’s rendition of coffee beans and tea leaves isn’t quite as simple as Peet’s, but it’s definitely possible to order a satisfying, vegan-friendly pumpkin espresso drink here.
If you order it hot, just substitute the dairy milk for your favorite plant-based milk (soy, almond, oat, or coconut) and don’t ask for whipped cream. If you opt for the frozen variety, ask your barista to use pumpkin syrup instead of powder, which unfortunately contains dairy.
3 Whole Foods Coffee Bar Pumpkin Latte
Whole Foods’ coffee bar is often overshadowed by the tantalizing array of vegan food stations, but come fall, it’s a great option to sate a pumpkin latte craving. The syrup is vegan and plant milk is always available (check your local store for options). Take advantage of the cinnamon shaker to add a little more spice to this sweet drink. Not to mention, you can find plenty of vegan pumpkin spice treats all over the supermarket itself.
Store-bought vegan pumpkin spice drinks
While vegan pumpkin spice latte options at cafes are limited, there are ways to get your fix at home, like flavored beans, canned lattes, and syrups. Here are your options for vegan caffeinated pumpkin spice drinks at home.
1 Pumpkin Spice Flavored Starbucks Coffee
It may not be a canned or bottled latte, but Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Flavored Coffee still delivers warm, cozy fall flavors in a cup. This pre-ground coffee features notes of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg, which pairs well with a little brown sugar and your favorite variety of dairy-free milk. Check out our guide to barista milks for our recommendations of plant milks that pair well with coffee and espresso. You can also froth any of these milks and pour them over the coffee for a more decadent drink.
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2 Starbucks Dairy Free Pumpkin Spice Flavored Creamer
Instead of plain or lightly sweetened vegan milk, you can pair your pumpkin spice coffee with pumpkin spice flavored creamer. Starbucks Dairy-Free Pumpkin Spice Cream features a creamy base of oats and almond milk, plus fall’s favorite dessert flavors: pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. It may not foam, but this non-dairy creamer adds a velvety richness to your coffee and a touch of it goes a long way.
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3 Pumpkin spice latte with oat milk La Colombe
As far as we are concerned, it’s the season for iced or rather fresh lattes all year round. The Dove knows it. The coffee maker’s vegan pumpkin spice latte features the company’s signature cold brew paired with nitrous-infused oat milk and real pumpkin puree. The end result is a smooth drink that provides much-needed caffeine with pleasant fall flavors.
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4 Califia Farms Pumpkin Spice Latte
Whip up a tall glass of ice for this bottled pumpkin spice latte made with cold brew Arabica coffee, almond milk, real pumpkin, and a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. It’s not too sweet, but pumpkin enough to satisfy your craving for a vegan PSL. We recommend topping it with dairy-free whipped cream for the full frozen PSL experience.
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While Starbucks bucks us when it comes to vegan-friendly PSLs, you’re certainly not up river without a paddle. These pumpkin spiced espresso drinks, bottled lattes and coffees will get you in the mood for fall.
For more vegan guides to fall foods, read:
The Essential Guide to Starbucks Vegan Fall Drinks
27 Vegan Pumpkin Spice Products Worth Buying
Everything you need for vegan fall baking