These No-Bake Oat Bars are my copycat of Starbucks oat bars and they are very close to the real deal! They are buttery, chewy, and so satisfying. As the name suggests, they do not require any baking which makes them the perfect snack to make in the summertime.Jump to Recipe
A few weeks ago, my best friend, Faith, and I were out for a girl's shopping day. When we went to get coffee at Starbucks, I was just going to get my usual oat milk latte but she encouraged me to try the oat bars from Starbucks. We order some in addition to our drinks and I will admit that I was quite skeptical. I mean, what could be so good about a healthy-looking oat granola bar thing from Starbucks of all places???
But, I was pleasantly surprised with the first bite to discover a super buttery and chewy bar that didn't taste healthy at all! It tasted like an oatmeal cookie! I was hooked!! Right from that first bar, I knew that was something that I could recreate at home. So, for the past few weeks, I have been testing and perfecting this recipe to post for Faith, me, and any other oat bar fans out there to make at home instead of dropping a couple of dollars at Starbucks every time the craving hits!
No-Bake Oat Bar Ingredients (they aren't as "healthy" as you might think)
It has to be said, these bars don't taste like "healthy" granola bars and that's because they really aren't. That's totally fine, of course, but I just wanted to make that clear so that nobody comes here expecting them to be made with "healthy" ingredients such as coconut oil and maple syrup. This recipe calls for real butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup. These ingredients are what Starbucks puts in theirs too (they list the ingredients on their website). As I said, these are still very good baking ingredients and they are necessary to achieve that buttery taste and chewy texture in a way that nothing else could replace.
All that said, please know that I would never condemn certain common ingredients or food as being "unhealthy" and discourage anyone from eating them just because they are high in carbs, sugar, or fat. If you need proof, just look around my blog for a little while. Haha! I am basically the queen of butter and sugar!
I decided to add a drizzle of melted semisweet chocolate to the top of some of the bars for a pretty (and tasty) twist when I photographed these bars. This is completely optional, of course, but it is a very delicious addition!
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No-Bake Oat Bars
- 9x9-inch baking pan
- parchment paper
- heavy saucepan
- measuring cups & spoons
- ½ cup salted butter
- ½ cup golden corn syrup
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 cups quick oats
- optional: melted chocolate to drizzle on top
- Line a 9x9-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving the edges hanging over the sides of the pan.
- Add the butter, corn syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt to a heavy saucepan over medium heat bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Turn off the heat. Stir the oats into the mixture until fully coated. Pour into the prepared pan and smooth out the top. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour to firm up. Slice into bars. Top with a drizzle of melted chocolate, if desired. Enjoy!