Happy Friday everybody! It's not often that I post a recipe, but this one is just too good not to share. One of my favorite snacks as a kid were those inexpensive Honey Oat granola bars you could buy at the grocery store, so when I first tried the Oat Bar at Starbucks several years ago during my first trip to visit Jason in Vancouver, I was hooked.
They are obviously much more delicious then their inexpensive grocery store version, but there is one major problem...I can't get them here! They are only sold at the Starbucks in B.C. Canada, so when I had a major craving for one the other day I started doing some googling. Apparently, they originated from a bakery on Vancouver Island, hence the reason they are only sold in B.C.
I found that the recipes varied greatly, so I just took bits and pieces from a bunch of them to try to create the one that sounded the most accurate to me. What I ended up with is not only just as delicious as the Starbucks version, it might actually be better. I hope you all enjoy it as much as me!
- 3 cups organic quick oats
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup liquid honey
- 1/3 cup organic light brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
In a large non-stick pot melt the butter over medium heat. Next add the brown sugar, syrup, honey, and vanilla. Allow mixture to get slightly bubbly, and then add the salt and oatmeal. Many of the recipes I found added cinnamon. I love cinnamon and tried it both ways but personally didn't like the addition to this particular recipe. If you would like to add cinnamon, you could add up to 1 tsp at this point. Keep over heat for another minute or two stirring constantly (do not let burn). Then remove from heat and pour mixture into an 8x8 pan sprayed with cooking spray. Press down firmly, allow to cool completely, and then cut and enjoy.