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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.

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!

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


Units Scale
  • 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 F.
  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.

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    1. Hey Angie!! I tried it with the Quest unflavoured protein powder. I used 1.5 cups of protein powder instead of the 1.5 cups of the ground up oats. They taste great, and it saves you pulling out the food processor too!

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

      1. 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

      2. 5 stars
        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!!

  2. 5 stars
    Theses are exact copies of Starbucks oat bars So in love. Thank you for this incredibly easy recipe.

  3. 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?

  4. 5 stars
    Absolutely love these! I’ve tried many copycat Starbucks Oatbar recipes and you definitely nailed it. This is now my go to recipe! Thanks for figuring it out! ❤️❤️

    1. Caroline,

      You can make your own sweetened condensed milk out of canned coconut milk or even almond milk. I’m sure other milks as well. Just search the web for a recipe 😊

  5. 5 stars
    These are some of our favorite treats to make! Everyone who has tasted them, loves them. And so easy. Win-Win!

  6. Mine turned out really dry, I’m not sure why… thinking I will add more of the condensed milk? Tasted good but too dry for my liking.

  7. I only have rolled oats on hand. Is it possible to use rolled oats instead? If so, how would you recommend I do so?

    1. Hi Michelle! I really can only recommend quick oats for these bars…comparing the measurements between the two, they’re very different. If you used rolled oats, you won’t really have enough oats. BUT, if you’re comfortable you could start with the rolled oats (pulse them in the food processor as mentioned in the recipe), then if the ‘batter’ is too sticky, add more pulsed oats until the batter is able to stick together.

    2. I only had rolled oats and these turned out perfect! I didn’t have to change anything in the recipe. Obviously, I can’t compare them to ones made with quick oats (maybe those are better) but the batch I made tastes so good! I wouldn’t change a thing.
      (I’m super late, but hopefully this helps other people with the same question.)

  8. I tried this with molasses instead of sweetened condensed milk and they were delicious! But I prefer the sweetened condensed milk as molasses has a definite strong flavour, it’s just different I suppose 😊

  9. I’ve never tried Starbucks’ bars and now I don’t have to! These bars are delicious ! So easy and yummy. Thanks for the recipe.

  10. Made a double batch, although they are delicious they did not ‘set’ they are very wet and not dry at all. What should I have done differently!

    1. Hi Natalie, so sorry for the delayed response! The only reason I can think of is that they may have needed to bake a little longer. I haven’t had any problems with these bars setting when I see that the edges of the square are lightly browned. Hope that helps!

  11. I really like these and so do my kids. They age really well too and continue to stay soft even a two weeks later. The downside is they are very crumbly. I’m wondering what the calorie count is for a square.

  12. I just made some for my kids for their lunchboxes. Will have to put them away otherwise there will he none left over for them! Great recipe, thank you!

  13. I used sweetened condensed oat milk for this since my husband can’t handle dairy and it was very tasty!

  14. These oat bars look absolutely amazing! I’ve been a huge fan of Starbucks oat bars for ages, but the cost really adds up. I can’t wait to try this recipe at home and indulge in these even better homemade versions. The combination of quick oats, butter, brown sugar, and sweetened condensed milk sounds incredibly decadent and irresistible. I’ll definitely make sure to pat down the oat mixture really well before baking to avoid any crumbliness. Thanks for sharing this fantastic recipe!

  15. Thanks for experimenting and posting your version of these oat bars. I’ve never had them and thought they were delicious. If they were just for me, I would reduce the sugar as you mentioned in your narration; seems as I’ve gotten older, I have less of a sweet tooth. My second batch, I upped the salt (kosher) to 1/4 tsp as I used unsalted butter, added 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and threw in some hemp hearts-very yummy as well. Since I have the time, next time I might brown the butter, pre-toast the oats and add chia seed along with the hemp hearts for the added nutrition, although will have to keep the sugar the same because my sweetheart has a sweet tooth. Thanks again!

  16. Amazing!!
    I stumbled upon this recipe after Googling “recipes with sweetened condensed oat milk” since I had bought some a while back and needed to use it up. I’ve never had a Starbuck’s oat bar so I had nothing to compare it to, but they turned out SO good. I browned the butter, added a little cinnamon, and of course substituted the regular SCM for oat-SCM. They taste like if a warm, gooey granola bar and an oatmeal cookie had a baby. Chef’s kiss! I want to make these again but with those puffed rice/grain(?) things you find on some granola bars. I think it would also taste really good if you substituted the brown sugar with honey. Wonderful recipe, and it keeps people boycotting Starbucks if they can just make these themselves at home! 🍉