Butterscotch Baked Oatmeal

Growing up, butterscotch was those hard, sweet candies with the noisy yellow wrapper. Along with a tissue, they could be found in most grandparents' pockets.

Primarily made from brown sugar and butter, some varieties also include corn syrup, cream, vanilla, and salt. 

Ooh...and then there was Werther's Original! Oh wait, no. That's caramel...

It's hard to keep the two straight! The main difference between butterscotch and caramel is molasses. Butterscotch is made with brown sugar, while caramel uses white granulated sugar.

Originally a hard candy, butterscotch is now commonly enjoyed as a sauce and a pudding!

Butterscotch Baked Oatmeal Muffins in Muffin Tin

Ingredients in Butterscotch Baked Oatmeal

  • Butter or Coconut Oil
  • Applesauce
  • Brown Sugar
  • Maple Syrup
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Baking Powder
  • Flour (I use oat flour)
  • Milk (can use dairy free)
  • Old-Fashioned or Rolled Oats
  • Butterscotch Chips
  • Optional: protein powder


Are baked oats good for you?

This truly depends on the ingredients, but baked oats are considered healthy. With carbs, protein, fat, and fiber- they help to make a great start to your day!


Butterscotch vs. Caramel

With many similarities, these sweet treats are often confused. The major difference between the two is molasses. Butterscotch is made from butter and brown sugar; where as caramel is created from butter, granulated sugar, and cream.

Why is it called butterscotch?

The 'butter' portion comes from one of the main ingredients. The 'scotch' part is more difficult to figure out. These sweet candies were invented in Yorkshire, England by a candy maker, named Samuel Parkinson. Some believe the 'scotch' comes from "scorched," as the sugar is heated to a very high temperature.


How long does baked oatmeal keep?

In the fridge, most people will say 3-4 days. Honestly, I've continued to enjoy some varieties after 5-6 days.

Stack of Butterscotch Baked Oatmeal Cups

Butterscotch Baked Oatmeal

With this butterscotch baked oatmeal- you can start your morning with a sweet mix of protein, fat, carbs, and fiber!



  • 2 Tbsp. butter or coconut oil
  • 1/2 c. applesauce
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. flour (I used oat flour)
  • 1 c. milk (can use dairy free)
  • 2 c. old-fashioned or rolled oats
  • 1/3 c. butterscotch chips
  • Optional: additional butterscotch chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the butter/oil, applesauce, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, eggs, baking powder, salt, and flour. Carefully whisk in the milk. Then, fold in the oats and butterscotch chips. Next, pour into 12 lined muffin cups or a 9x13 greased baking dish. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  2. If desired, heat about 1/3 c. of butterscotch chips in the microwave for 15-20 second increments. Pipe or drizzle over the oatmeal.


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