Starbucks Oat Bars

4.97 from 230 votes

Simple to make, these filling and healthy oat bars are great to grab for breakfast or a snack. Make them ahead and skip the Starbucks line!

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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!

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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.
Ingredients to make the recipe

How to make Starbucks oat bars

  1. Melt the butter, brown sugar and maple syrup in small saucepan. You can also use the microwave to make it faster.
  2. Whisk together until smooth and and then whisk in the milk and vanilla extract.
  3. Pour the butter mixture into the oat mixture.
  4. Stir to combine.
  5. Press the mixture into a lined square baking pan.
  6. Bake until lightly golden and firm.
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Tips for making the bars at home

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Can you make them vegan?

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!

How long do they last?

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.

Can you freeze them?

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.

Starbucks oat bars cut up with hand grabbing one

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!

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Starbucks Oat Bars

Simple to make, these filling and healthy oat bars are great to grab for breakfast or a snack. Make them ahead and skip the Starbucks line!
5 from 230 votes
Servings 12 servings
Course Breakfast, Snack
Calories 215
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins



  • 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.



Storage: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Freeze: These oat bars will freeze well for up to 2 months. 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.


Calories: 215kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 206mg, Potassium: 120mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 236IU, Calcium: 35mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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  1. Thank you so very much for this recipe!!!!
    so very delicious and nutritious my wife
    kids love it, especially with chocolate chips.

  2. SO good!! SO easy!! SO healthy-ish!! Thanks for this great recipe which I easily converted to a vegan format. I always have these ingredients on hand so I’ll be making them over and over, and that’s for sure 🙂

  3. Love! This recipe is a keeper. I only had low carb brown sugar and maple syrup substitute so I’ve made the recipe with those and it’s delicious. It’s my third time making them in as many weeks. So quick to make and so convenient to pack for lunches and snacks. A thousand thanks.

  4. I love your oat bar recipe! I’ve made them about 4 times in the last month. Can’t get enough. So tasty!

  5. I altered them a tad to make them “lactation oatmeal bars!” Oatmeal itself is a galactogogue, so I just added brewers yeast and flax seed to increase that! I also added some cinnamon and used sugar free maple flavored syrup. I have to make two batches at a tile because my littles like them too! Yum!

  6. These bars are certainly very delicious, but they really don’t have that drier texture or the slightly salty taste of the Starbucks ones. I found them yummy, pretty darn close to Starbucks, but chewier than I was hoping for. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Thank you! Because of the quick cooking oats, they result is a chewy soft texture. For a drier texture, it may help to bake it for a little longer.

  7. Made these, and was a little disappointed. They were extremely dry, and not a lot of flavor. I’m not sure if it’s because it didn’t have eggs? Either way, won’t be making again.

    1. It shouldn’t have turned out dry because the butter helps keep it moist. Do you think it could’ve been overcooked?

    2. I didn’t care for these. They tasted bland and fell apart when I cut them. Maybe if I added chocolate chips.

      1. They may have been slightly overcooked if they fell apart when being cut. Definitely customize these to your liking with add ins such as chocolate chips, dried fruits, or nuts.

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