Vegan Oatmeal Fudge Bars
Move over Starbucks, I have a yummy treat that is going to knock your socks off. These Oatmeal Fudge Bars are a copycat of the Starbucks fan fav, and they are way cheaper to recreate a whole batch at-home.
Why you’ll love these Oatmeal Fudge Bars:
- They are vegan
- They have healthier alternatives to traditional baking ingredients
- They’re easy-to-make
- They taste just like the Starbucks version
- Make in just over 30 minutes
What is the best vanilla extract to use?
There is nothing I could emphasize more than the importance of using a good quality, pure vanilla in your baking. You CAN taste the difference between the real thing and the cheap stuff. I like to use Simply Organic’s Pure Vanilla Extract because it’s high-quality and makes everything I put it in taste amazing. Their Vanilla Extract is made from premium Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans and has no GMOs, sugar, or fake color or flavor.
Real vanilla has complex flavoring and research has shown that there are hundreds of flavor components in a vanilla bean that is next to impossible to recreate. Imitation vanilla is usually a weak solution or naturally or artificially derived vanillin. Although vanillin is the most prominent of the flavors in a vanilla bean, it is only one of more than 200. No imitation vanilla comes close to competing with the pure, real thing like Simply Organic’s and it does seriously make your baking taste SO MUCH BETTER.
Simply Organic also ensures they source their vanilla in the best way. In recent years, extreme volatility in the global vanilla market caused several problems for farmers, their families, and communities. To help stabilize these conditions, Simply Organic joined a group of companies working with nonprofit organizations and the local vanilla industry to ensure their vanilla beans are grown and handled the right way, using ethical and sustainable practices.
How do you make Oatmeal Fudge Bars?
This is a simple recipe that even a novice baker can pull off. Here’s the deal on how to make it:
- Preheat the oven to 350F and line an 8X8 baking sheet with parchment. Set aside
- To a large mixing bowl, add the butter, sugar and vanilla
- Using a wooden spoon or hand mixer combine the ingredients till completely smooth and silky
- Add in the vegan egg and combine. Set aside
- To a small pot, add all the fudge ingredients and heat on low heat till combined (whisk occasionally to avoid burning)
- To the 8X8 pan, add half your oat mixture and flatten
- Pour over the fudge mixture evenly and crumble with the other half of the oat mixture
- Bake for 25-30 minutes. You don’t want to overbake so your fudge is still nice and soft once cooled
Other sweet treats you’ll love:
- Vegan Pumpkin Bread
- Vegan Apple Crumble
- Pecan Coffee Cake
- Plant-Based Carrot Cake
- Vegan Brownie Muffins
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Vegan Oatmeal Fudge Bars (Starbucks copykat)
For the Oatmeal:
- 1/2 cup vegan butter room temperature
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 tbsp. Simply Organic Vanilla Extract
- 1 vegan egg 1 tbsp. ground flaxseed + 3 tbsp. warm water combined
- 1 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
For the fudge:
- 3/4 cup condensed coconut milk
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips
- 2 tsp. vegan butter
- 1 1/2 tsp Simply Organic Vanilla Extract
- Preheat the oven to 350F and line an 8X8 baking sheet with parchment. Set aside.
- To a large mixing bowl, add the butter, sugar, and vanilla. Using a wooden spoon or hand mixer combine the ingredients till completely smooth and silky. Add in the vegan egg. To the same mixing bowl, add the oats, the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir till combined. Set aside.
- To a small pot, add all the fudge ingredients and heat on low heat till combined. Whisk occasionally to avoid burning.
- To the 8X8 pan, add half your oat mixture and flatten. Pour over the fudge mixture evenly and crumble with the other half of the oat mixture.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes. You don't want to overbake so your fudge is still nice and soft once cooled.