I like to make a dessert recipe once a week. Not only does it make great blog fodder, but also I’ve found that most dessert recipes make enough for Babyface and I to nibble on all week-long. I don’t do days without dessert. That just isn’t right. And making a batch of something new each weekend gives us a nice sweet way to end dinner for days to come.

 

 

I love these because they are the perfect combo of decadence (butterscotch, yo!) and healthfulness (whole grains, yo!). They are sweet, rich and chewy with a crumbly, hearty grain layer. I’m a big fan of these bars. The only thing that would make them better? A drizzle of chocolate on top. I was fresh out of chocolate (I know, who am I?) but the next time, I promise you these will have a pretty chocolatey criss-cross on top.

I know a lot of you are already thinking about the holiday dessert table, and I think these would be a great addition. If you do that, I’d cut them into tiny, bite-sized squares to go right along with the squares of fudge and small cookies.

Whole Grain Butterscotch Bars

Whole Grain Butterscotch Bars

Yield: 24 bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Adapted from Cooking LightI made the mistake of baking these in a baking pan without parchment paper. Do as I say, not as I do. The butterscotch becomes caramelized and sticky after baking and can make pan clean-up a nightmare. Protect your pan (and your sanity) with a layer of parchment paper.

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups oats
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 14-ounce can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cups butterscotch chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Line a 13x9 baking dish with parchment paper, set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine butter, sugar, egg and vanilla. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, salt, and baking soda.
  5. Pour butter mixture into oats mixture and stir until mixture is crumbly and evenly distributed (I found using my hands to "squish" it worked best).
  6. Remove 2/3 cups of oats mixture and set aside. Press remaining oat mixture into the prepared baking dish until forms a solid crust. Set aside.
  7. In a microwave safe bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, butterscotch chips and a pinch of salt. Microwave on high for one minute or until butterscotch chips are melted. Stir well.
  8. Pour butterscotch mixture over oat crust and spread out evenly with a spatula. Sprinkle reserved oat mixture over top of butterscotch.
  9. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Remove from oven, run a sharp knife along all edges of the pan and then set aside to cool completely. Slice into small squares when cool.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 bars Serving Size: 1 bar
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 253Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 137mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 2gSugar: 27gProtein: 5g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

 

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26 Comments

  1. These look amazing and I can’t wait to give them a try. I am responsible for bringing deserts to Thanksgiving this year and I will possibly be making these so I can enjoy a clean treat that day 🙂

  2. These look wonderful! I just love oat bars with anything!

    It is definitely tricky taking more than one of ANYTHING with you to ‘nibble’ on! I take one thing out if I want to nibble and then if I want another I have to get up and walk to the kitchen and pick up another, and that has helped give my brain time to say “WHOA! Do you really need/want this?”

    That includes taking small bowls of chips or peanuts rather than the entire bag!

    But pizza? Um, I have to make tiny pizzas because if there is pizza in the house my stomach just keeps on and on about it : Shan-non, there’s PIZZA in here! Lots of veggies! Four pieces here! Yoooo Hoooo! And that’s my hardest thing to resist!

    1. I am definitely learning to leave the container in the kitchen and just bring ONE serving over to the couch/table/bed. My laziness helps me keep my portions in control. 😛 And I am the SAME way with pizza. We order take out pizza once a month and I just resolve to the fact that it is going to be a high calorie, high sodium, high fat day and enjoy my pizza. 🙂