Simple oat bars get a fun twist when you add chocolate frosting and butterscotch chips. These Chocolate Butterscotch Oat Bars are definitely a fun way to jazz up dessert.
I hope everyone had an absolutely wonderful Happy Mother's Day weekend. I didn't get to spend the day with my mom, but we did talk on the phone. And I spent all day with the 3 wonderful children that God has blessed me with. They made me burgers and pasta salad for dinner, and then we headed out to a soccer game for the youngest little man. After a thrilling victory, we celebrated the last day of half price fraps at Starbucks.
And then because it is the end of the year and projects are due, the rest of the day was spent working on a 5th grade invention. Do you remember doing big projects like these in grade school because I sure don't...and my mom said she doesn't remember me doing things like this either.
Oh, and we also ran 10 miles through the mud on Saturday. No biggie 🙂
Ha! My husband and I are crazy. Crazy Tough Mudders that is!!! Yeah, baby! We came, we saw, we ran our way through 10 miles of crazy thick mud in 50 degree weather. It was insane, cold, and super fun.
Yes, you read that right. Fun! I know...how can belly crawling through mud and doing crazy obstacles be fun? I guess you just have to be there to know the feeling. I've got some fun pictures to share later. Not as many as I had hoped, but when you are crawling under barbed wire and through pipes you kind of forget about the camera part of it.
Ok, so maybe you would rather just eat oatmeal bars and swipe the chocolate frosting on your face...it's kind of the same feeling. And it smells so much better.
Butterscotch is one of those flavors that I absolutely love, but I do not use that often. Then I make something and wonder why I have waited so long to use it. These Oatmeal S'mores Bars were easy to change up with just a few ingredient switches.
The chocolate frosting is optional, but really why wouldn't you put it on. Chocolate just calls out to me, but I understand if you can't have it or just don't want to do it. But seriously please do...frosting just makes these bars 10 times better. Perfect treat to celebrate any kind of life victory with...even if it is doing something crazy like a mud run.
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For the bars
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- ½ cup shortening
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups quick oats
- 1 ½ cups butterscotch chips (11 oz.)
For the Chocolate Frosting
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- ¼ cup dark cocoa powder
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a mixing, beat the butter, shortening, and sugars until creamy. Add the vanilla, milk, and eggs and beat again.
- Stir together the flour, salt, and oats. Slowly beat into the creamed mixture.
- Stir in the butterscotch chips.
- Spread the batter in a greased 9x13 pan. Bake for 25 minutes. Do not over bake. Let cool completely.
- Beat together the frosting ingredients until creamy. Spread over the top of the cooled bars.
- Cut into 24 bars. Store in a sealed container.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 305Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 75mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 3g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and are not guaranteed to be accurate. If you need special diet advice, please see a registered dietician.
Here are a few more butterscotch recipes that our family loves: