You’ve been on your plant-based journey with us for a while now, and that’s amazing! But we think it’s time to have the talk.
That’s right. It might be awkward. It’ll probably get uncomfortable. But it needs to happen at some point, and we’ll get through it together…take a deep breath!
Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks aren’t fully plant-based! Phew, we said it!
Unfortunately, everyone’s favorite fall drink isn’t totally free from dairy. For one reason or another, condensed milk has snuck its way into the syrup ingredient list...trust us, we’re just as upset as you are.
But who says the PSL has to be the official drink of the season? You were daring enough to eat plants for a change, so be bold and expand your coffee horizons this fall.
Make it at home!
Brewing your own cup is the easiest way to get the most caffeine bang for buck. Whether you take it black or extra-extra, there’s no shortage of ways to plant-ify your morning joe:
1. Brew with flavored grounds
We’ll get this one out of the way early. If you absolutely need some pumpkin spice in your life, you can still get it. Plenty of companies, like Dunkin’ Donuts, offer flavored ground coffee for those that need it to step out of bed on a chilly, fall morning. It’s not the same as a PSL, but there’s hope for that too!
2. Use a plant-based creamer
Prefer your coffee decadent and creamy? Well, you might not get that with almond milk—but you certainly can with pea milk! We’ve talked about this before, but we just love Ripple. And we can guarantee that even the biggest dairy enthusiasts will, too.
3. Sweeten with maple syrup
Trying to avoid processed sugars or artificial sweeteners? Maple syrup can bring the flavors of fall without all the extra nonsense. This New England favorite is a must-try for those that enjoy a plant-based pancake breakfast! Fair warning, though: once you start adding it to your coffee, it’s hard to stop.
4. Try French pressing
Switching to a French press will not only boost your barista credibility while brewing a better-tasting cup, but it’s also better for the planet! By steeping your coffee instead of filtering it, you cut out the need for single-use filters or plastic keurig cups—and that’s something to celebrate! Plus, for those that prefer their coffee on the cooler side, you can make iced coffee overnight.
5. Buy in bulk
As always, we recommend buying in bulk when possible. Cutting out food packaging produces less waste and keeps money in your pocket. Bonus: grinding your coffee at home will have your morning java bursting with flavor! That’s what we call a win-win-win.
Grab it on the go!
Sometimes you just don’t have the time or energy to make yourself a cup of coffee in the morning. (Believe us, we get it!) If that’s the case, pack up your reusable mug and straw and head over to your nearest coffee shop! You’ll want to try these:
1. Hazelnut Mocha Coconutmilk Macchiato
Hazelnut, with its warm, toasty notes, makes a great fall addition to your caffeine addiction. While their PSL may not be plant-based friendly, Starbucks is no stranger to a dairy-free beverage. Order one of these and your plant-based mind can rest at ease!
2. Dirty Chai Latte
It’s the black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, and pepper that give this plant-based drink it’s signature spice. While chai naturally has caffeine from the black tea, those with high energy needs may want to add a shot of espresso for an extra kick. The spice of the chai and bitterness of the coffee actually pair quite nicely.
3. Hot Chocolate with Espresso
This one’s for those that just don’t like the taste of coffee. Hey, we aren’t judging—it’s not for everyone! But if you need to meet a deadline or have an exam coming up, you might need a little boost. Go for a hot chocolate with espresso! Though similar to a mocha latte, these tend to have less caffeine and much more chocolate.
4. Butterbeer Latte
This magical drink isn’t just for the witches and wizards out there —even Muggles can enjoy it! All you need is an appreciation for butterscotch. Want to try one? Order a soy milk latte with caramel and toffee nut syrup and pretend you’re in Hogsmeade. Simple as that. (Accio butterbeer latte!)
5. Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Macchiato
It might be getting colder for some of us, but in case you still need to beat the heat, Starbucks might have the perfect cooler. Macchiato might be hard to say, but it’s not hard to drink. Rich with cinnamon dolce syrup and a caramel drizzle, you’re sweet tooth will definitely be satisfied.
Hopefully these coffee clues will help you keep your caffeine plant-based! Have another fall favorite? Share it with us @CompassionUSA on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with #EatPlantsForAChange!
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Now, we’re off to get a coffee.