If you’ve ever perused the baked goods section of Starbucks, you’ll know that they have a set selection of baked goods, of which Oat Fudge Bars are a chocolaty golden standard. Once a friend introduced me to them, I naturally had to make a fibre-rich and chocolate-dense preservative-free version! I present: Copycat Starbucks Oat Fudge Bars! Basically, it’s like sandwiching a piece of rich chocolate fudge between two soft and buttery oatmeal cookies. Chocolate heaven, with a little fibre thrown in for good measure!
The first time I read the name Oat Fudge Bars, I laughed; the juxtaposition of ‘oat’ and ‘fudge’ is like putting ‘healthy’ before ‘sugar’. You can try to convince yourself that it’s healthy, buuuut it’s not. Still, if you’re going to eat sugar (um, that would be me, ohhhhh yes it would), might as well get some heart-healthy fibre in at the same time, right? But minus all the preservatives that Starbucks adds to their baked goods, because preservative-free is that much healthier.
Honestly, these Copycat Starbucks Oat Fudge Bars are delicious! It’s essentially an oatmeal cookie bar, with a creamy chocolate filling. So yum! Plus they pack well, freeze well, and will happily be eaten whenever you serve them!
So, let’s get to making some!
- 1/3 c. butter, softened
- 2/3 c. brown sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 c. flour
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 c. oats
- 1/4 c. water
- 1 c. chocolate chips
- 1 can condensed milk
- Mix all ingredients together (except for the chocolate chips and condensed milk) to make an oat-based crumbly mixture.
- Butter a lasagna pan or similarly sized baking pan.
- Press 3/4 of the oat mixture into the bottom of the pan, and press it down firmly with the bottom of a drinking glass.
- Mix the chocolate chips and condensed milk together in a large bowl and microwave for 45 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds, until entirely melted.
- Pour the fudge mixture over the cookie base in the pan.
- Use the remaining oat mixture to form round cookie shapes and place on top of the fudge mixture, to create the characteristic Starbucks-style topping.
- Bake in a 375 degree Fahrenheit oven, for 35 minutes, or until the cookie topping is golden.
- Let cool before cutting into bars. Enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 126Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 48mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 2g
I made a whole lasagna tray full of these preservative-free Copycat Starbucks Oat Fudge Bars, and packaged them up to give to my colleagues. Due to the pandemic, I’m now without childcare, so I had to give notice to my workplace. I didn’t expect to be a stay-at-home mum right now, but hey, a pandemic changes everything. I have no idea what the next season of life holds for me, but I’m looking forward to learning and plan on thriving (and blogging, of course)! Here’s to chocolate fudge, cookies, and new stages of life!
Next Post: Maybe my Shortcut Eggplant Bartha (curry) because I really should balance out all this sugar with some yummy veggies.