Whether you’re an iced coffee fiend or you’re looking to change up your latte order, Starbucks is full of delicious items that you didn’t know existed—at least until now. Here are 10 delectable Starbucks treats you should try the next time you head to your local coffee shop. They’re so good, they’ll make you wonder why you ever got plain old black coffee at Starbucks in the first place!
1) Cinnamon Rolls
Are you wondering what makes that gooey center in your Cinnabon? It’s cream cheese! Luckily, all you need to re-create these is a roll of refrigerated crescent rolls, some cinnamon sugar and a package of cream cheese. Simply unroll your dough and spread cream cheese evenly over each triangle. Roll it up, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, cut and bake according to package instructions.
2) Blueberry Oatmeal
For those in search of a hearty breakfast, look no further than one of Starbucks’ oatmeal options. Here, our focus is on its Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal. This bowl may seem ordinary at first glance, but it contains two secret ingredients: bananas and blueberries. The banana makes things sweet without adding any additional sugar (important when you consider that a medium banana has 25 grams of sugar). Meanwhile, blueberries are nutritional powerhouses that fight off inflammation and give your body an energy boost. Yum!
3) Smoked Salmon Bagel
The bagel is coated with cream cheese and topped with smoked salmon, capers, red onion and tomato. Add some cucumber to further bump up its health benefits. The salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids that help reduce pain, while reducing inflammation and helping to lower cholesterol. It’s also a great source of protein and vitamin D. Capers add a bit of spice to balance out all of these flavors, making for an interesting yet tasty treat!
4) Cold Brew with Milk
Smooth and creamy, try iced coffee with milk. The addition of milk will help mellow out any harshness that’s inherent in cold brew. Also, if you want to kick up your cold brew’s sweetness level even more, try adding a touch of vanilla syrup. Finally, don’t forget to sprinkle in a little cinnamon. Cold brew tastes so awesome on its own; there’s no need to add sugar!
5) Pumpkin Scone
At first glance, you might think that a Pumpkin Scone is an unusual choice to include on our list of best-kept secrets at Starbucks. It’s seasonal, yes—and it’s not even available in all of their locations. But we’re going to keep insisting that if you love pumpkin pie, you absolutely must try one of these babies out ASAP.
6) Yogurt Parfait
Yogurt, granola, and fruit—this parfait is just what you need to start your day off right. It’s loaded with protein and full of other nutritious things like calcium and vitamins. Try it out for yourself; you won’t regret it!
7) Lemon Loaf Cake
This tasty treat is one of our absolute favorites. It combines delicious lemon cake with cream cheese icing and real whipped cream. But be careful, because it’s also hiding some secret caffeine in there! The amazing taste aside, we love how much energy you can get from these treats, giving you an extra boost to help your day go by quickly. They taste great, too! It’s a recipe that never disappoints.
8) Cheesy Flatbread Melt with Mozzarella Cheese, Pepperoni, and Marinara Sauce
Order a flatbread melt with mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and marinara sauce. Skip tomato sauce if you’re really looking to keep it low-carb and low-calorie. Each one will run you 370 calories, 14 grams of fat, 42 carbs and 12 grams of protein. Pair them with their sugar-free vanilla syrup for a sweet treat!
9) Brussels Sprouts Salad with Crispy Bacon Bits, Golden Raisins, Feta Cheese, and Apples
Brussels sprouts are loaded with vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. Did you know that just three ounces of Brussels sprouts contains 12 times more vitamin C than an orange? Plus they’re incredibly good for your heart. This is an ideal salad to order in cold months to get in a crunchy green meal without shivering outside on a sleety day! It’s also satisfying enough to be called a full meal if paired with some soup and bread!
10) Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino with Whipped Cream (make it vegan by asking for plant milk instead of regular milk)
In 2011, Starbucks gave baristas a new tool: coconut milk. So if you’re vegan or lactose intolerant, you now have one more tasty beverage option: The Salted Caramel Mocha Frappuccino with Whipped Cream, made with caramel sauce and coconut milk.