I have been on an oatmilk kick lately, and really love it in tea and coffee. My particular favorite has been making lattes with oatmilk because it’s so thick and creamy. When I first saw the Starbucks plant based drink announcement I was excited try, until I saw how much caffeine is in one drink. I decided rather than get hooked on something that is well over the amount of caffeine than a tea latte that I’d make my own at home using half decaf. This copycat Starbuck iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso is a delicious and lightly sweetened, plant-based drink for spring.

starbucks brown sugar oatmilk iced shaken espresso

This drink is so delicious and it’s not a sugar bomb like a lot of their drinks are. Making this at home is surprisingly easy. I don’t have an espresso maker so I use instant coffee at home. What I enjoy about this is that it’s delicious without all the caffeine and sugar. I also love the oatmilk so it’s just the perfect combination. 

starbucks plant based iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso

What you’ll love about this copycat Starbucks iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso?

  1. It doesn’t require any special equipment. No immersion blender, no espresso machine, nothing. Just a simple cup with a lid and the ingredients.
  2. It’s plant-based. Skip the animal milks and creams, this is free of that.
  3. A delicious drink. This drink is amazing and can be sweetened as much or as little as you like.
  4. Customize it to your own comfort. It’s harder to know what a barista is going to call a splash or extra, where you control your own destiny at home. 
iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso

How to make this copycat Starbucks iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso?

  1. Dissolve the instant coffee in water. Add the brown sugar and if you choose to use vanilla or cinnamon. Add ice an a lid. 
  2. Cover the glass and shake. You’ll need to shake vigorously until you dissolve the sugar. 
  3. Pour oatmilk over the top and enjoy! 

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starbucks brown sugar oatmilk iced shaken espresso

Copycat Starbucks Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso

The new plant-based shaken iced brown sugar oatmilk espresso is a low sugar
4.29 from 39 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 drink
Calories 117 kcal


Brown Sugar Syrup

  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup water

Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso

  • 2 tsp instant coffee
  • cup water
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar syrup
  • ½ cup oatmilk or more to taste
  • ice fill your cup generously
  • cinnamon (optional) for dusting
  • ¼ vanilla optional


Make the Brown Sugar Syrup

  • Combine brown sugar and water in a pan. Heat over medium heat until the sugar crystals dissolve.

Make the drink

  • Add the instant coffee powder to the water. Stir to combine.
  • Pour the brown sugar syrup in the cup. Add ice, cover the top and shake to combine.
  • Add as much oat milk over the top and enjoy!


If you have a light instant coffee or espresso it’ll taste more similar to the original, but most instant coffee is dark so it is more similar to traditional espresso drinks.
You can skip the syrup and try to dissolve the sugar directly into the coffee and water, but keep in mind it takes quite some time to dissolve, and it may not fully unless you add it to warm water and then cool it with ice. 
You can use as little or as much brown sugar syrup and oatmilk as you’d like. 
If you have an espresso maker or a way to make espresso at home, you can substitute in 2-3 shots of espresso for the instant coffee. I don’t drink enough drinks with espresso so we haven’t made the investment.


Serving: 1drinkCalories: 117kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSodium: 77mgPotassium: 146mgFiber: 1gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 246IUCalcium: 195mgIron: 1mg
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Cassie 🙂

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1 Comment

  1. Danijela March 29, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Great copycat recipe and with instant coffee, anyone can do it.


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