I Tried Starbucks' Vegan, Protein-Packed Blended Cold Brew Drinks

Starbucks protein blended cold brew – can it replace your Frappuccino?

Starbucks Almond Protein Blended Cold Brew features the chain's cold brew base blended with almond milk, plant-based protein, almond butter, Banana Date Fruit Blend and ice. From its Nitro cold brew to its cold foam, Starbucks continues to work on being innovative and cutting edge.

The drinks are vegan and come in two flavor options: Almond Protein Blended Cold Brew and Cacao Protein Blended Cold Brew.

The new drinks, which hit menus Tuesday and will only be available for a limited time, are made with slow-steeped Starbucks Cold Brew, alternative milk, and plant-based proteins for a delicious treat, and are packed with 10 or 12 grams of protein each. The almond brew will have distinct flavors of almond milk and almond butter, and the cacao drink will have coconut milk and cacao powder in it.

Starting today, August 14, the two new Cold Brew options can be purchased at your local coffee shop.

The Cacao beverage is blended with Cold Brew, coconutmilk, plant-based protein, cacao powder, banana date fruit blend and ice. Specifically, the plant-based proteins are pea and rice protein and all ingredients are certified vegan, according to Refinery29. A grande (16 oz) sized Protein Cold Brew tops out at 270 calories and costs $5.95.

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Whereas new releases like Cheesecake Frappuccinos and Avocado Blended are only offered overseas, these Starbucks cold brew protein drinks are debuting stateside. Maybe you don't want the banana date fruit blend and would rather a whole banana be used?

Customization of the drinks is also available.

Starbucks' new additions are part of a growing trend among American consumers who recognize we can not survive our work mornings on sugar and willpower alone.

Pump up the protein: Add an extra packet of plant-based protein to double the amount in your cup.

What do you think of the new Cold Brew drinks? More options for customizing these drinks can be found on the Starbucks website.

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