So, you are a big fan of the Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso, but can’t afford to buy it every day? Not to worry, I have the recipe that will help you replicate the drink at home for far less. Read on to find out more.
I’ve been visiting Starbucks for as long as I can remember. What I always look forward to is the new drinks they release every once in a while. Very few have disappointed me my current favorites are their plant-based iced shaken espresso. More specifically, I can’t seem to get enough of the Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso.
But I’m a student, leaving on a tight budget. So, you can imagine I don’t have a lot of spare change to be splurging on Starbucks on a daily. That led me on a mission to find the best recipe that allowed me to replicate this drink and enjoy it at home whenever I wanted, for a much cheaper price. If you are also a fan of the Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso and are in the same predicament, then this article is for you.
Brief History Of The Drink
The Starbucks Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso is among the first of its kind released in early March of 2021. Its debut was alongside the equally popular Iced Chocolate Almond Milk Shaken Espresso. Their release was the company’s attempt to attract more customers to the store.
Based on their statistics, there was a large demand for plant-based drinks and the younger generation seemed to enjoy a lot of their iced drink options. These two creations, the Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk and Iced Chocolate Almond Milk Shaken Espresso were, therefore, Starbucks’ way of killing two birds with one stone.
Ever since its release the Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso has created quite the buzz. It has quickly earned its place among the popular plant-based drinks to have at Starbucks. Everything from its appearance to its taste is worth every penny you pay for it.
As worth it as it is, the love for this drink can quickly break your bank if you let yourself get too addicted to it. Luckily for you, I’ve come up with a solution that won’t force you to stop your cravings or ruin your budget. But before we jump into the recipe, I want us to go through a few questions I often see people asking about this delicious drink, that I think you’ll find useful.
Starbucks Brown Sugar Oat milk Shaken Espresso Overview.
What’s In A Starbucks Brown Sugar Oat milk Shaken Espresso – (Ingredients)
The Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso is a simple drink made up of four main ingredients served over ice. According to Starbucks, they use 3 shots of brewed Blonde espresso shaken together with brown sugar syrup and served over ice, oat milk, and a dash of cinnamon.
If you are like me and like to look at the nitty-gritty details of each product you consume, then you may want to know the exact content of the products used in this drink. The Oat milk used is a Swedish brand known as Oatly Oat milk. It is unsweetened and contains rapeseed oil, oats, water, several vitamins (A, D2, B12), and some preservatives. It’s completely safe for individuals who are lactose intolerant or vegan.
The Brown Sugar syrup used, is Starbucks branded. It is a combination of brown sugar, water, invert sugar, natural flavors, salt, and some preservatives. There aren’t any specified allergens when it comes to this drink, however, Starbucks often cautions its customers to be cautious, especially with unpackaged products. Given that Starbucks shares equipment to make different drinks, they cannot guarantee the drink is 100% allergen-free, despite cleaning out the equipment thoroughly after every use.
Starbucks Brown Sugar Oat milk Shaken Espresso: Sizes, Nutrition, Caffeine & Calories
What Sizes Are Available
Like other Iced Shaken Espressos at Starbucks, the Iced Brown Sugar Shaken Espresso also comes in three sizes. The smallest size is Tall which is about 12 fl oz, followed by a grande which is 16 fl oz, and finally, a venti which is the largest choice at 24 fl oz.
I always order a Grande, which from my observation is the size that most people go with for this drink. But if it is your first time trying it, maybe start with a Tall size and see how you like it. If you end up becoming a fan and have some extra cash to spend then you can always treat yourself to a venti size once in a while. Bottom line? You can never have too much of this amazing drink.
Dieticians often love to complain about how most of the Starbucks coffee drinks are unhealthy, but even they admit that this particular drink is one of the healthier coffee drink options to have from the franchise. While it is a vegan drink, many could still argue that it is not enough to consider it a healthy nutritious drink. At the end of the day, I think it depends on what you are looking to get from your drink or the type of diet you follow. So, to make up your mind, I want to share with you the nutritional facts of this drink. The information I provide is based on the grand size and calculated as per the 2,000 calories per day standard intake for any regular adult.
Starting with the calorie count, the Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso contains a total of 120 calories. That’s pretty low compared to most coffee-based Starbucks drinks. This is mostly because this drink doesn’t require whipped cream, added sugars, and the like. So, if you were looking for a low-calorie drink that doesn’t require you to give up your coffee at Starbucks, your search is over. What’s more, it’s plant-based, so it’s suitable for vegan diets as well.
Making up the 120 calories is about 3g of total fat. That is just 4% of what your daily intake should be. The total carbohydrate is 20g which is safe for someone on a normal diet since it’s just 7% of the daily intake. If you are on a keto diet, you may want to moderate how much of this drink you take in a day along with the other types of food or drinks you take during the day. You don’t get a lot of protein from this, but it is still present. The sodium content for this drink is slightly higher than its partner’s, the Iced Chocolate Almond Milk shaken espresso. But it is still within a safe limit, being only 5% of what your daily intake should be.
|Calorie count (out of 2,000 calories daily intake)||120|
|Nutrient Content (per Grande serving)||% of Daily Value|
|Total Fat (3g)
|Total carbohydrates (20g)
Dietary Fiber (1g)
Like the Iced Chocolate Almond Milk Shaken Espresso, this drink also contains 255mg of caffeine per Grande serving. It’s a great amount for the nice energy boost you may need to kick start your day. But considering 400mg is the average daily intake for a regular healthy adult, this amount may seem like it’s on the higher side. Still, it may be worth noting that there are individuals who take higher amounts of caffeine per day without reporting any side effects. I have taken this drink twice a day and had no complaints.
But, if you are sensitive to caffeine, you may want to moderate the amount by taking a small size, instead of a grande. You could also substitute the blonde espresso for decaf espresso. Overall, just try to be conscious and keep track of the amount of caffeine you take throughout the day.
So, What Does Starbucks Brown Sugar Oat milk Shaken Espresso Taste Like?
When it comes to the taste of this amazing drink, I would say, it is like taking a bite of the delicious Starbucks Oat milk cookie and then washing it down with your favorite coffee. The balance between the flavor of the blonde espresso and the Oat milk is on point. One doesn’t overwhelm the other. If you do not enjoy really strong coffee, then you’ll love this drink. The blonde espresso is soft and mellow to the taste.
On top of it, you may expect the drink to be overly sweet given the name has sugar in it, but surprisingly, it isn’t. The fact that Starbucks uses unsweetened oat milk, balances out the sweetness of the brown sugar syrup. Plus, there are no added flavors or sweeteners, so you should be able to enjoy it even if you aren’t too much of a sweet tooth.
Ways To Customize A Brown Sugar Oat milk Shaken Espresso At Starbucks
The beauty of Starbucks drinks is that you can customize them in any way you would like so they can fit your expectations. The Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso is no exception here. There are numerous ways to customize the drink depending on what you are going for. But be aware that the taste of the drink will be affected by your choices.
Starting with the flavors, the original recipe requires four pumps of Brown Sugar syrup, but you can reduce or increase the pumps depending on how sweet you want the drink to be. You can also swap the Brown Sugar syrup for any other syrup or sauce available at Starbucks. Adding your preferred sweetener like sugar, honey, or any sweetener option available, is also an option. You can also choose to swap the Oat milk with any other milk or creamer available, whether dairy or non-dairy. You also have the option of increasing or decreasing the amount of ice and espresso shots, depending on how cold and strong, you want your drink to be.
As for the toppings, the original option is a sprinkle of cinnamon powder, however, you can add whipped cream or cold foam to the mix. I tried it with the vanilla sweet cream cold foam once and I thought it was great, maybe a little too sweet for some people. You could also add a drizzle of caramel or mocha, or use the Cinnamon Dolce sprinkles. The choice is yours.
How To Make Starbucks Brown Sugar Oat milk Shaken Espresso At Home - Starbucks Brown Sugar Oat milk Shaken Espresso Copycat Recipe
- Cocktail shaker or a jar with a tight lid
- Espresso machine, French press, or Moka pot
- 2 shots of espresso
- 2 teaspoons of brown sugar (light)/ 2 tablespoons of brown sugar syrup.
- 1 ½ cup of ice
- ¾ cup of oat milk (unsweetened)
- A pinch of cinnamon
- Starbucks normally uses blonde espresso for this drink. To replicate the taste, I make my espresso using the Veranda blonde roast blend. This is a great option also if you are using a Moka pot or a French press. If you want something stronger then go for the regular Starbucks signature espresso or dark roast blend. If you have a Nespresso machine then you can easily make your espresso shots using the Starbucks by Nespresso Espresso capsules.
- Most espresso machine only allows you to pull two shots of espresso at a time, that is why I only included two shots in my recipe to avoid making extra. You can, however, add one more shot if the drink is not strong enough. Starbucks originally uses 3 shots of blonde espresso.
- I use Oatly Oat milk at home, so that’s the brand I used for this recipe. It also happens to be the same brand Starbucks uses, so if you want to replicate the exact taste, you should go with this brand as well. Otherwise, you can use any brand of oat milk, just make sure it is unsweetened, the brown sugar already adds enough sweetness to the drink.
- In my recipe, I like to alternate between adding light brown sugar directly or adding the syrup version instead. It's easy to make the brown sugar syrup at home. You can even make it in large batches and store it in your fridge. All you need is brown sugar, water, and vanilla extract. Mix them in a saucepan and bring to a boil, while stirring. Once all the sugar is properly dissolved, take off the heat and let it cool before storing it in the fridge.
- I like to add some cinnamon to my syrup, but that is optional for you. I just love the taste of cinnamon, and I think it pairs well with this drink.
- Like Starbucks, I like to use coffee ice cubes, so my drink is not watered down when the ice melts. To make them, simply freeze coffee in your mold instead of water. If you do not mind then you can stick to regular ice cubes, but use filtered water.
- You can reduce the amount of ice or avoid adding ice to the shaker or jar if you do not want your drink to be too cold. On the other hand, you can refrigerate your mixture for some time to make it colder without having to use more ice.
How many shots of espresso are in a brown sugar Oat milk shaken Espresso?
Starbucks uses 3 shots of blonde espresso for a grande-sized Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso. You can, however, increase or decrease this amount depending on how strong you want the drink to be.
Is the brown sugar Oat milk shaken espresso sweet?
Yes, but not overly sweet. It is just the right balance without overpowering the taste of coffee for those coffee lovers.
Is the brown sugar Oat milk shaken espresso healthy?
Not necessarily. Starbucks hasn’t expressly labeled it a healthy drink, but compared to most of the drink options at Starbucks, this would be among the healthier choices.