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Even Better Than Starbucks Oat Bars

It’s true, these oat bars are Even Better Than Starbucks Oat Bars!  Made with simple ingredients you can have a batch ready to enjoy in less than 30 minutes.

I have loved Starbuck Oat Bars for ever. They’re just SO delicious…oat-y, sweet and rich, but expensive when you end up buying one every time you grab a coffee.  So I knew I had to find a recipe and make them at home, and that’s exactly what I did.  I have tried and tested a few different oat bar recipes over the years, and I’ve finally ended up with a variation of them that we love!  Now you can make these oat bars at home too.

Even Better Than Starbucks Oat Bars

These oat bars are made with the most simple ingredients, all of which you likely have in your pantry already.  Quick oats, butter, brown sugar, vanilla and sweetened condensed milk…the combination is decadent!

Even Better Than Starbucks Oat Bars

They’re so simple to make too…with just a few minutes of prep, and 15 or so minutes of baking time, they’re ready to be cut into 25 bite-sized bars, or 15 bigger bars.

Even Better Than Starbucks Oat Bars

Delicious, chewy, and oat-y.  These nut-free bars are perfect for lunch boxes, snacking and with your morning coffee or tea.  Enjoy!

Even Better Than Starbucks Oat Bars

 Oat Bar Recipe Tips:

  • These bars are a little crumbly.  Just make sure to get the oat mixture batter patted down into the pan really well before baking.  Patted down and right into the corners of the pan.
  • If you want to use less sugar, try using 1/3 cup of brown sugar.
  • Make sure to use quick oats, not rolled oats!
  • These oat bars freeze well.
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Even Better Than Starbucks Oat Bars

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 25 squares 1x


It’s true, these oat bars are Even Better Than Starbucks Oat Bars!  Made with simple ingredients you can have a batch ready to enjoy in less than 30 minutes!



  • 3 1/2 cups quick oats
    • Take 1 1/2 cups of these oats and pulse them in a food processor for a few seconds, until they are like coarse meal.
    • Set aside the remaining 2 cups of quick oats.
  • dash salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Line an 8×8 square baking tin with parchment paper.  Set aside.
  3. As mentioned above, take 1 1/2 cups out of the 3 1/2 cups of quick oats and pulse them in a food processor for a few seconds, until they are like coarse meal.
  4. In a mixing bowl combine the ground oats with the remaining 2 cups of quick oats.
  5. Mix in a dash of salt, and set aside the oat mix.
  6. In a sauce pan over low heat, melt the butter.
  7. Then stir in the brown sugar and sweetened condensed milk.  Stir until combined.  Be careful not to boil the mixture, you just want everything combined, but not cooked.
  8. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
  9. Add the sugar mixture to the oat mixture and mix well.
  10. Press the mixture into the parchment paper lined baking tin, making sure to spread the mixture evenly.
  11. Bake for 15 – 18 minutes.  The edges should be slightly golden brown.
  12. Let the squares cool for about 10 minutes, then remove them from the pan and cut into 25 squares.

  • Category: Snack

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  • Reply
    Julie Briones
    February 16, 2019 at 11:59 PM

    These look so yummy! So glad you joined us at Homestyle Gathering! Hope to see you again this Tuesday!

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna Rooney
      February 17, 2019 at 10:12 AM

      Thank you Julie! And thank you again so much for hosting!

  • Reply
    September 3, 2019 at 10:42 AM

    Would a square glass pan be okay to use?

  • Reply
    January 30, 2020 at 11:19 AM

    Could you add protein powder to this recipe?

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna Rooney
      January 30, 2020 at 9:37 PM

      Hi Angie! I’m not really familiar with protein powder, but I’m sure you could?

  • Reply
    Lorrane Orenstein
    April 4, 2020 at 5:41 PM

    This sounds delicious — I have a big family, so can I just double the recipe into a 9X13 glass pan?

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna Rooney
      April 4, 2020 at 10:12 PM

      Hi Lorrane! Absolutely, this recipe is easily doubled. Enjoy!

      • Reply
        Lorrane Orenstein
        April 7, 2020 at 1:29 PM

        I tried it and It was a little too delicious! I wanted to comment about how much I appreciate the detail of your posts. The tips and tricks you add answer all the questions that I had and helped me make it turn out just right

        • Reply
          Jo-Anna Rooney
          April 8, 2020 at 11:28 AM

          Thank you so much for sharing Lorrane…I love to know that I’ve made something helpful and delicious!

      • Reply
        September 2, 2020 at 6:55 PM

        These literally are better than Starbucks! I became obsessed with these bars while pregnant with my second child, but it became an expensive craving. These are amazing, hands down not even going to try any other recipe. Not to mention a great benefit is that the oats are excellent for boosting your milk supply. Thank you!!

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    June 3, 2020 at 2:36 PM

    Theses are exact copies of Starbucks oat bars So in love. Thank you for this incredibly easy recipe.

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    September 13, 2020 at 3:09 PM

    These are so delicious and better than Starbucks!! Do you think I could freeze them in ziplock bags so they are an easy grab in the mornings?

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna Rooney
      September 14, 2020 at 12:35 PM

      Hi Megan! I’m so glad you enjoyed them! And yes, you can absolutely freeze them.

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