Homemade Starbucks Oat Bars

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.

Homemade Starbucks Oat Bars - taste just like the real thing but (slightly) healthier!

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 😉

Homemade Starbucks Oat Bars - taste just like the real thing but (slightly) healthier!

 

Homemade Starbucks Oat Bars
Recipe Type: Baking
Author: Beverley Cheng
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 12 bars
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and grease an 8×8 pan with butter or pam
  2. Grind down 2 cups of the oats using a blender or food processor. Mix the rest of the oats with the blended oats
  3. In a pot , melt butter with sugar, honey and salt until completely melted
  4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and milk
  5. Add oats and mix until combined. If you are adding optional ingredients, add them in now. I used cranberries and pumpkin seeds
  6. Pour into pan and firmly press and pack down using both hands and a ladle
  7. Bake for 15 mins or until light golden brown
  8. Let cool completely before cutting into squares

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  1. Bonnie

    28 June

    Thanks for posting this amazing recipe! I just made a batch now and they taste amazing! Now I can enjoy my favourite treat without the quilt.

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  3. Oooo I’ve never tried these but you have totally sold me – but buying them at Starbucks, I’m going to save my moolah and make your version!!! NUMMIES!!!

    • beverleyc

      6 January

      Haha YESSSS say no to Starbucks! Hahaha. hope you like em <3

  4. Harriet Emily

    5 January

    Yum!! I love oat bars too Beverley – I find them so addictive. These look so delicious, and I love how easy they are to make!

    • beverleyc

      6 January

      Haha I know, they definitely are addictive. And super easy (which is great, but also dangerous!)

  5. Nikki

    6 January

    +1 for “never got the Starbucks hype”! (I honestly prefer Tim’s or Robin’s Donuts). Looks like a great recipe…I’m almost afraid to make it, because I definitely won’t stop at one lol. Thanks!

    • beverleyc

      7 January

      Haha ya!! Two of us in the world! And you’re totally right, I ate like 3 in one sitting.

  6. I bought an egg sandwich from starbucks a few weeks ago, and it was the most unexciting thing ever. I do love their frappuccino’s (coffee decaf light, please) but I don’t care for their coffee, and I’m relatively unexciting with my order (decaf americano with some dark roast). I do like their espresso, I will say. But yeah $$$ for not much lol

    • beverleyc

      7 January

      Haha I KNOW! Little secret – I am actually obsessed with Mcdonalds egg sandwiches… shh!

  7. YUM Beverly! I used to eat Starbucks breakfast every Friday in middle school. Like the huge gross cinnamon roll breakfasts- barf. These look so soft and sound amazing. I’ll collecting treats that I want to make after my whole30 and this is going on the list!

    • beverleyc

      7 January

      Hahaha that’s amazing! Every Friday! I buy a massive burrito bowl every Friday for lunch, altho not sure i’ll be ending that tradition anytime soon hehe

  8. Christina

    7 January

    Yum I love the simple ingredients in this. I can just go make em right now! And gorgeous photos girlfrannnn

    • beverleyc

      7 January

      Aw thank you! Trying to mimic your beautiful pics!

  9. Runwright

    16 January

    Hey. I just found your page via Petite Heartbeat’s blog and I am going to follow you now – here and on social media. I hope you’ll check me out too and follow me even if we have nothing in common…

    I kid. I kid. I say that because I’m a Starbucks lover. After years of trying, I finally just earned my first Gold rewards card and am looking forward to some exquisitely frothed beverages in my future 🙂

  10. mmm, I love oat bars. I’ve never been a huge fan of Starbucks – their baked goods are waayyy too unhealthy. This version looks lovely, and it’s surprisingly lower in fat. 😀

    • beverleyc

      13 May

      i know right? not to mention soooo overpriced. oats are so cheap, they shouldn’t be selling it at like 5x the price

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