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If your mornings are hectic, this make ahead breakfast oat bars are a great option! This Starbucks copycat recipe is so easy to make at home, and every bite is extra delicious! If oat bars are your favorite Starbucks treat, you’ll love this healthier homemade version!
Ingredients & substitutions
- Quick oats: These quick cooking oats, also called 1-minute oats can literally be cooked in that little time so they result is a chewy soft texture and are best for the recipe. You can use rolled oats, but make sure to grind them in a food processor first. Do not use steel cut oats. If gluten-free, use GF certified oats.
- Butter: Butter adds richness and helps to hold the oats together. Use unsalted butter, if you use salted, decrease the amount of added salt. Any plant-based butter would work perfectly in this recipe too.
- Light brown sugar: The molasses in the brown sugar adds a wonderful rich flavor. You can use white granulated sugar if you are in a pinch.
- Maple syrup: Maple syrup adds a nice earthy sweetness. Honey will also work well if you prefer.
- Milk: We used unsweetened almond milk for these oat bars, but any plant-based or dairy milk will work well.
- Vanilla extract and salt: To sweeten and round out the flavor of the oat bars.
How to make Starbucks oat bars
- Melt the butter, brown sugar and maple syrup in small saucepan. You can also use the microwave to make it faster.
- Whisk together until smooth and and then whisk in the milk and vanilla extract.
- Pour the butter mixture into the oat mixture.
- Stir to combine.
- Press the mixture into a lined square baking pan.
- Bake until lightly golden and firm.
Tips for making the bars at home
- Use quick oats for best results. They soften and cook quicker than rolled oats to result in a chewy tender texture that resembles the Starbucks recipe.
- Line the baking dish with parchment. Allow the parchment to hang over the sides of the pan so that the baked oats are easy to remove to cool and slice.
- Allow the oats to cool. If you cut into the baked oats too soon, they won’t be set. Let them cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
- Add in some extras. Make these Starbucks oat bars exactly to your tastes by stirring in some chocolate chips, dried fruits or nuts to the oat mixture before baking. Or finish them with a drizzle of melted chocolate!
Frequently asked questions
These oat bars contain butter so they are not vegan. But when tested with plant-based butter, they work out perfectly so it’s the only change needed to make them vegan!
These breakfast oat bars are great for meal prep. Once cooled, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can enjoy them cold, at room temperature, or warm them through slightly.
Yes, these will freeze well for up to 2 months, so make a double batch. Freeze the bars solid on a baking sheet before transferring to a container or bag, or, wrap individually in parchment. Thaw in the fridge or at room temperature.
Skip the line at Starbucks and make your own oat bars at home quickly and easily for those busy weekday mornings or as a midday snack. Hearty and filling, they will keep everyone feeling satisfied!
More bars recipes to try:
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars
- Honey Nut Cereal Bars
- Pecan Date Bars
- No Bake Samoa Bars
- Vegan Protein Bars
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Starbucks Oat Bars
- 3 ¾ cups quick oats
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- ½ cup light brown sugar packed
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 325°F and line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of a food processor, grind 2 cups of oats until super fine and flour-like. Add to a large bowl and stir in the remaining 1¾ cups oats and salt. Mix to combine.
- Melt the butter, brown sugar, and maple over medium heat in a small saucepan until the butter is completely melted and the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and whisk in the almond milk and vanilla extract. Let cool slightly.
- Pour the butter mixture into the oat mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and press the oats into the pan evenly.
- Bake until slightly golden brown, rotating halfway through, 20 minutes. Let cool and then slice into bars.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.
Just wondering about this sentence…
(From the recipe). Bake until slightly golden brown, rotating halfway through, 20 minutes.
I would have worded that sentence this way, “Bake for a total of 20 minutes – Or until slightly golden brown. Rotate at the 10 minute mark.
Oh, thanks for the feedback, and I see how your wording works too. The way I worded it is the acceptable method according to the publisher style guide that I follow.
I have made these twice and they taste yummy. My issue is that they are quite crumbly and fall apart as I cut them. Any advice? Thanks.
Hi Janine! So glad you like the oat bars. I am sorry to hear that they aren’t sticking together well for you. If they are falling apart, they may be getting slightly overcooked. Is it possible your oven runs hot? As in, the temperature may be a little bit off even though you set it at 325, but it’s really over that temp? Also, when are you gutting them? When they are cooled or still warm?
The bars turned out well but they turned out a little pasty. I added an extra 5 minutes of baking and they colour really didn’t change, which is not a big deal obviously. The are good enough to make again for sure but next time I’ll only put 1 cup of the oaks into the food processor. I cut them into 16 bars, so about 1/2 of the size of a Starbucks bar, which is a better size for me. At $3.95 a bar here in Canada and $7.15 for a grande soy milk 1/2 sweet vanilla latte (no longer a regular treat at these prices) these bars are, and will be, a welcome way to treat myself and save a whack load of hard-earned $$$
Hi Andre, glad you like the oat bars. I am sorry they turned on pasty. Maybe try increasing the oven temperature to 335°F next time and see if that helps. Maybe your oven runs a little cooler than mine type of thing. Let me know if that works!
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