Starbucks is launching two smoothies starting Tuesday, August 14, 2018. These are plant-based so they’re vegan. The new smoothies come only in a grande size and are $5.95.

Your two flavors are Almond Protein Blended Cold Brew Smoothie and the Cacao Protein Blended Cold Brew Smoothie.

The Almond Protein Blended Cold Brew Smoothie is a medley of cold brew coffee, almond milk, banana-date sweetener, almond butter syrup, protein packet and ice.  The almond butter syrup is like a syrup or sauce that you pump into a drink. The banana date sweetener is like a very thick sauce, like a mocha sauce. I’ve tried this one and it’s a little bland.

I was super excited to hear about vegan smoothies at Starbucks. I’ve heard it said that about 6% of the US is vegan, and I’ve been vegan since May of this year. (Seems as though there are many more Keto warriors than vegans, though that’s just my perception.). However, the Almond Protein Cold Brew Smoothie just wasn’t all that flavorful to me.

One thing for sure, the banana-date sauce is delicious. I tried the banana-date sauce in a short latte, and it was delicious. Move over mocha, a banana-date latte is amazing!

The second smoothie is the Cacao Protein Blended Cold Brew Smoothie. This smoothie is a mix of coconut milk, cold brew coffee, banana-date sweetener, cacao powder, a protein pack and ice. You may be wondering who makes the cacao powder used in this smoothie? I can’t say for certain, but I would make an educated guess that it is Nestle. It was about 3 months ago that Starbucks announced a partnership with Nestle. Personally, I like this one better than the Almond Protein smoothie. In the cacao smoothie, the banana-date syrup pops out – you can taste the banana flavor. The chocolatey-cacao flavor is very subtle.

I’m pretty intrigued by the banana-date sauce. I wonder if you could make a fun Frappuccino with that sauce!

Since both smoothies have a lot of ingredients, there’s very little cold brew flavor that comes through. You could amp your smoothie up by substituting in Frappuccino roast, or an add shot? I think there are a lot of ways to customize these drinks.

It’s great that Starbucks is now offering these vegan-friendly drinks. Neither one would be my go-to beverage: I still prefer the simplicity of iced coffee no classic, black coffee, or cold brew – lots of coffee flavor without the calories. Each of these smoothies weigh in at about 275 calories.

I would love to know what you think of these!

(Photos, except for the one with the name sticker on it, are courtesy of Starbucks newsroom.)