I’m about to drop the most non-basic betch line on you right now.
Even though I love receiving their gift cards as presents, I really don’t love Starbucks. Even though I gratefully received a tumbler for Christmas that allows me to get a free coffee or tea every day for the month of January, I’m still not that impressed with ol’ Starbs.
They stopped serving my delicious yet stinky cheddar and asiago pretzel. And they charge almost a full days wages for a rather unexciting breakfast sandwich (although they do offer Sriracha sauce for free which is great). The only thing that’s left for me there to really enjoy are their Oat Bars.
I actually never realized how much I loved the Starbucks Oat Bars until my boyfriend introduced them to me. We were discussing our favorite Starbucks baked good, and I thought he was making a bad joke when he said the Oat Bars were his favorite. How on EARTH could the plain Jane Oat Bar be so good when you could have the stinky and cheesy warmed up pretzel? I did not understand.
One day I had pretzels on my mind, so I went to Starbucks to grab one/make the people around me want to vomit. Sadly they were all out, and the only thing left for a single plain Oat Bar. Starving, I decided to go for it.
I was expecting a snack similar in taste to my oatmeal in the morning, before I top it with cinnamon, fruit, honey and other delicious toppings. INSTEAD, I got a delightful surprise. The Oat Bar was creamy, but also buttery, but also savoury. It was SO good. I finally saw the light.
But my curiosity got the best of me, and I had to find out just what was in these Oat Bars. Nothing could be this delicious and healthy. To my unfortunate discovery I found out there was 19 grams of fat and 14 grams of sugar in these bars. Suddenly they did not seem so amazing.
Instead, I decided to make my own Homemade Starbucks Oat Bars. These were much a bit healthier, and I at least knew what was going into each one. To make them a bit more exciting, I popped in a few pumpkin seeds and cranberries as well. I’m sure you could melt some chocolate and drizzle the crap outta them too 😉
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (or stevia)
- 1/4 cup honey or agave syrup
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 3 & 1/2 cup of oats
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Optional: Cranberries, pumpkin seeds, almonds, sunflower seeds, etc
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and grease an 8×8 pan with butter or pam
- Grind down 2 cups of the oats using a blender or food processor. Mix the rest of the oats with the blended oats
- In a pot , melt butter with sugar, honey and salt until completely melted
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and milk
- Add oats and mix until combined. If you are adding optional ingredients, add them in now. I used cranberries and pumpkin seeds
- Pour into pan and firmly press and pack down using both hands and a ladle
- Bake for 15 mins or until light golden brown
- Let cool completely before cutting into squares
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