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Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookie Dough Bites

by Allie on February 10, 2012 · 41 comments

in Gluten free,Oven Lovin' (Baking),Recipes

Dearest butterscotch chips, where have you been all my life? No, really. Where?!

My infatuation with butterscotch chips officially started the moment I took a bite out of a Scotchie cookie this past summer while working at the bakery. I was instantly smitten and I couldn’t figure out for the life of me how I let butterscotch fall under my sugar radar.

My sugar radar detector is the most advanced.

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Growing up I always loved the butterscotch flavored hard candies found in those candy dishes. I know you know what I’m talking about. Butter flavored candy…what’s not to love?

Well, Lo the Bro hated them and always gave his to me. It was only fair since I had to surrender everything containing peanuts and peanut butter to him (boo allergies). I mean, do you know how much Halloween candy that equals?!

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This past holiday season, I bought a couple bags of butterscotch chips to do some baking. Instead of actually baking with them, I ate them by the handful paired with almonds. It became one of my favorite post-dinner sweet snacks, especially when my running mileage started to increase.

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I decided I had to combine the two ingredients to make a healthier version of oatmeal butterscotch cookies that I could eat at anytime of the day. Like, for breakfast and midnight snacks.

Though, I wouldn’t call them cookies because the texture is more like cookie dough (!!).

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These cookie dough bites are made with whole grain oats. The almonds and ground flaxseeds provide a good dose of protein, fiber and healthy fats. Most importantly, though, they satisfy my raging sweet tooth!

I’ve been popping these in my mouth before and after my workouts for quick energy. Of course, you can also find a stash of them in my glove compartment for when I need an emergency snack to eat while commuting to and from work.

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Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookie Dough Bites

Adapted from Sunday Baker

Makes about 15-18 bites

*Can be made gluten free and vegan

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup roasted almonds
  • 2 TBSP ground flaxseeds (optional)
  • 2-3 TBSP almond butter (or other nut butter)
  • 1/4 cup brown rice syrup (or honey/maple syrup)
  • 1/3 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

In a food processor (a Magic Bullet works well too), grind rolled oats and almonds until they are the consistency of coarse sand. Add the ground flaxseeds (optional), almond butter, brown rice syrup (or sweetener of choice) and vanilla extract and continue to process until fully incorporated. Depending on the drippiness of your nut butter, you may need to add more or less (or more or less sweetener). Do not worry if the dough is not sticky. The dough will come together in the rolling process.

Add butterscotch chips to the dough and roll dough into bite-size balls.

Notes

  • If you are not a fan of butterscotch chips (gasp!), you can sub milk/dark/white chocolate chips or peanut butter chips. Whatever your heart desires.
  • The recipe can be made gluten free and/or vegan by using gluten/dairy free oats and chocolate chips.
  • I made them with and without ground flaxseeds—both worked out well. If you add the ground flaxseeds, you may need to adjust the amount of nut butter/syrup.

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go coat these babies in the other love of my life, chocolate!

Can you say Chocolate Covered Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookie Dough Truffles?!!

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Have a sweet weekend!

Tell me: Your favorite type of cookie!

Though I love oatmeal butterscotch, my favorite is pecan, caramel, and chocolate chip. Okay, now I’m drooling on my keyboard.

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{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heidi February 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Oh, those look heavenly! My favorite cookie would have to be white chocolate macadamia nut.

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2 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning February 10, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Guhhh …. those look so good! I’m currently obsessed with chickpea cookies. I can’t get enough of them! (Luckily they are super healthy!) I bought a bag of Sunspire peanut butter chips last weekend for chickpea cookies, and man, I am obsessed with those things, too.
My fave all-time cookie are probably the chocolate chip ones that my mom makes. They’re nothing special or unique- but when she makes them, they just taste better than anything else! (I guess it’s the love she puts into them :) )

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3 Allie February 10, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I made chickpea cookies a couple weeks ago! They didn’t turn out as good as I hoped (not recipe post worthy) and were NOT photogenic in the least bit :) . That didn’t stop me from devouring them all though, of course.

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4 heather @ sideofsneakers February 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Ok I’m SO making these this weekend. My sweet tooth is outta control!

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5 Christie February 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Ohmygosh, no words. Oatmeal + butterscotch + cookie dough are probably my three favourite foods. Needless to say, I MUST make this recipe! Although, I haven’t seen butterscotch chips in New Zealand before…I may have to sub white choc chips. Surely I can find butterscotch chips somewhere though!

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6 Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 10, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Oohh, these look amazing!!! Are they messy to eat, though? I’d think the honey would make them sticky.

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7 Allie February 10, 2012 at 5:44 pm

No, if anything their more crumbly than super sticky. You can adjust the ingredients to your desired texture.

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8 Rachel February 10, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Um, YUM. I know what I’m baking to celebrate the weekend!!

Do you think AP flour would work in place of almonds? I’ve never cooked with ground almond, so I’m not familiar with its properties.

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9 Allie February 10, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I would try using more almond butter and oat flour first, since almond butter is essentially super ground up almonds.

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10 Rachel February 10, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Oops–I read “almond butter” as “almond flour”. Those would’ve been dryyyyy dough balls!

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11 Olivia February 10, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I honestly love oatmeal raisin cookies. Nice chewy ones from a bakery.

PS that vanilla extract from Costco is the BEST deal and so good!

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12 Lauren February 10, 2012 at 3:47 pm

These look awesome Allie!

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13 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat February 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Butterscotch is sickenly sweet – and I love it!

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14 Patty February 10, 2012 at 5:53 pm

My dream cookie has to be one with oatmeal, dark chocolate, coconut and salt! Sweet salty combos get me everytime. Yum. Those look amazing. More reason to buy a Magic Bullet.

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15 Molly @ RDexposed February 10, 2012 at 6:11 pm

I haven’t had a butterscotch cookie in forever! Love butterscotch with peanut butter or chocolate chips, too.

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16 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles February 10, 2012 at 7:22 pm

How is it that I never would of thought to put butterscotch inside?! YOU SMARTY PANTS!!!! :)

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17 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes February 10, 2012 at 7:37 pm

makingthismakingthis :D

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18 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 10, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Allie these look amazing!!! I love butterscotch too – especially vanilla ice cream with butterscotch ripple. Mmm!

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19 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 10, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Oh.My.God. I am SO saving this recipe…. :-D

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20 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate February 10, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Yum!

You buy that almond butter at Costco right? I have the same kind!

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21 Sarah February 10, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Hooray for healthy indulgence. this is a keeper.

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22 Julianna @ Julianna Bananna February 10, 2012 at 9:14 pm

MMM these look so good! can’t wait to stop by the store and pick up some butterscotch chips!

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23 Mary @ Bites and Bliss February 10, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Gahhhh those sound SO good!!! My favorite oatmeal cookie version is butterscotch. Major props for these being way healthier.

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24 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) February 10, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Yuuumm! This is my kind of pre- and post-run fuel. I’m obsessed with anything butterscotch, and I actually used to start my runs with a butterscotch hard candy! I should do that again…

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25 glidingcalm February 11, 2012 at 12:21 am

oh man oh man those look good!! and I know I say it every time I come over here, but your pics are incredible! I hope you are proud!!

as for your Ellen comment- I never get to watch her on TV, but I try to watch all of the youtube videos that I can!!! :D

Happy weekend, Allie!! :D

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26 Khushboo February 11, 2012 at 1:40 am

You had me at cookie dough- looks so yum! Is there anything better than a soft choc chip cookie straight out of the oven….well actually yes- a soft choc chip cookie straight out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream ;) !

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27 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 11, 2012 at 10:48 am

These look amazing! I need to start making ball recipes!!! :)

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28 Chloe@EveryCraving February 11, 2012 at 11:18 am

These sound SO good! My favorite cookie is peanut butter, hands down.

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29 BroccoliHut February 11, 2012 at 11:53 am

Delish!!! My fave cookie (and incidentally Luna bar) is iced oatmeal cookies :)

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30 Aylin @ Glow Kitchen February 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I would inhale that butterscotch bag before it made the batter…

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31 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles February 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Yum, butterscotch! I’ve made little no bake cookie balls like this lots of times, so I guess it’s about time I try em with some butterscotch chips! =)

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32 Jenny February 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Well, these look yummy- and dangerous! Even with the healthy additions, I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to dump these into your mouth by truckloads- which is what I’d do. Butterscotch has that effect on me.

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33 Baking Serendipity February 12, 2012 at 12:29 am

I love raw cookie dough bites like these but have somehow never thought to use butterscotch chips. So smart…and delicious!

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34 Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats February 12, 2012 at 12:10 pm

These sound incredible! :) My all time favorite cookie is an oatmeal cookie with butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, and pecans!

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35 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner February 12, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I love anything involving nut butter! :D

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36 Kristina @ Love and Zest February 13, 2012 at 10:16 pm

wowsers! these look fantastic! love the creativity

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37 Emon February 20, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Drooling.

NED TO TRY THIS!

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38 Kristin February 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Well since I had to go food shopping tonight anyway, I guess I’m going to need to round up the ingredients I don’t already have and make me some of these bad boys!

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39 Errign March 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Hey Allie! I just made these – subbed peanut butter & pecans/walnuts and they’re amazingly good!

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40 Allie March 15, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Sounds delicious! Must try with pecans and walnuts too.

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41 Jean Bons February 23, 2014 at 3:45 am

I tried these cookies this evening. Delicious! I think they would be great for a breakfast cookie; they taste more like a meal than a cookie.

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