No bake coconut butterscotch peanut butter bites! These healthy dessert bites are easy to make and made with natural ingredients! They are the perfect butterscotch “candy” snack for Holiday parties. Make as a dessert, snack food, or just for satisfying a serious sugar craving! Gluten free and Vegan friendly.
Growing up, I had this obsession with butterscotch. Butterscotch candy, Butterscotch pudding, Butterscotch bars, you name it. I don’t even think my mom realized this as I played it off like a normal kid in a candy store craving. But really, I loved butterscotch! And I remember getting excited every time the holidays rolled around because it meant that my grandma put out a bowl of butterscotch candies at her house. The more I visited, the more I was able to sneak some. Sounded pretty good to me, right?
Until my teeth would rot that is. Haha! Kidding, kinda.
But there was something about that flavor. Maybe it was the sugar/butter combo. I don’t know why, but I loved it!
Fast forward 20 years later and I still get a little giddy when seeing butterscotch treats. Call me old fashion (or corny), but there is something nostalgic about that little candy. I know, candy! Haha. So wrong but also OH SO RIGHT!
Okay, so enough Corny Cotter-ness. Let me get to my point here.
Today I made you a treat and am sharing the recipe! Coconut Peanut Butter Butterscotch Healthy bites. You know, to satisfy two cravings. One being the sugar coated butterscotch candy craving, and two being the delicious peanut butter filled goodness craving. Similar to to peanut butter cups or peanut butter bread, or peanut butter cookies. Ya, that kind. But of course, these no bake healthy bites have a “healthified” version and are sweetened with unrefined coconut sugar, coconut, and honey.
And you know what? They totally MESH! Trust me on this, cravings are met! mmm k?
You see, real butterscotch is a type of confectionery with its main ingredients being brown sugar and butter. Sometimes with hints of vanilla and sometimes cream and/or salt added. Now you know why this candy is addicting, right?
Sugar, butter, cream, vanilla…. ya –> YUMNESS!
But instead of using the candy to make these bites, I decided to combine REAL FOOD ingredients to make a “butterscotch” flavor. Hence the peanut butter for extra buttery flavor!
What’s in them?
Well, you have coconut flour, unrefined coconut sugar (in place of brown sugar), almond meal, coconut flakes (for crunch), vanilla cream protein, honey, peanut butter, natural vanilla extract, and another ingredient that is totally optional but makes it even more BUTTERSCOTCH-ish. Yep, butterscotch pudding mix, my favorite being this organic brand! So good!
But I have to say, the key ingredient that makes this peanut butter butterscotch bite is the coconut sugar. The texture and the flavor are spot on! Plus using unrefined coconut sugar is unprocessed, and is considered to be healthier than other refined sugar and chemical sweeteners. Heck it even has vitamins and minerals but also hint of caramel flavor! You can’t go wrong with that now, right?
Nutiva’s coconut sugar is so similar in texture and taste to that of brown sugar, that you won’t even know it’s actually healthy, gasp! That means you can have your candy and eat it too! Or in this case, peanut butter butterscotch candy bites!
And thanks to Nutiva, whose unrefined organic coconut sugar I used in this recipe, you can also win their product to help you get the “ball rolling” on this recipe. You see what I did there. 😉
But before the giveaway, let’s get to the recipe!Print
No Bake Coconut Peanut Butter Butterscotch Bites
- Total Time: 10 min
- Yield: 20 1x
No Bake Coconut Peanut Butter Butterscotch Bites
- ½ cup coconut flour
- ½ cup almond meal/flour
- ½ cup coconut shavings (unsweetened)
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
- 2 tbsp butterscotch pudding mix (optional)
- ¼ c vanilla protein powder (around 60 grams)
- ⅓ cup natural peanut butter
- ⅓ cup honey
- 1 tsp natural vanilla extract
- In large bowl, add in all your dry ingredients. Then mix in your nut butter, and last the honey and extracts. Mix well ( I use my hands) and roll into bite size balls. Next, coat the bites with extra protein powder (vanilla) or butterscotch pudding mix if desired
- Then return to freezer after. Makes anywhere between 20-22 balls. Freeze or keep in refrigerator to maintain freshness.
For natural pudding mix use this brand –
If you want it even more like candy, feel free to add in crushed butterscotch candy within the mix. It’s definitely not as healthy but it does work! xxoo
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Category: dessert
- Cuisine: american
Keywords: no bake, peanut butter, snack, energy bites, gluten free
These no bake peanut butter butterscotch bites are great for Holiday parties, snacks, desserts, travel food, and a serious sugar craving satisfier! I do not lie! Haha. And if you make these, will you tag me? I love seeing bites being made and enjoyed.
Favorite Holiday Candy? Do tell.
Looking for another healthy holiday dessert to make in no bake form? I highly recommend these. Like highly!!
Salted Caramel Snickerdoodle bites!
Your recipe says only 1/4 protein powder. 1/4 of what?
Oops, sorry about that. It’s an old recipe and I will update it. it’s 1/4 c or around 60 grams
I have a soft spot in my heart for butterscotch candies too. My grandparents always had them at their house, along with the colored balls and the strawberry shaped candies. Yum.
I love the combination of butterscotch and peanut butter. These sound fantastic.
When it comes to candy, I still feel like a kid at heart, I can never satisfy my sweet tooth. Childhood favorite though has to be snickers, it was a rare occasion where I grew up.
On another note, these bites sound fantastic, can’t wait to try them.
(P.S. I follow Nutiva on Instagram, that’s how I stumbled upon your site! Glad I did :))
WOOHOO! Yea! love that nutiva
I don’t think I could pick a favorite. And that was the problem! My brothers and I would walk to the gas station to buy something and several times they left me there because I couldn’t make up my mind. HA! But anything chocolate and pb is a good combo! These look delicious. I subscribed to your newsletter too! Looking forward to seeing the rest of your delicious bites!
yay!! more bite love. haha <3
Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut
Lindsay your photography…just takes my breath away. (not cheesy at all, right?)
My favorite childhood candy was Peanut M&Ms… it’s still my favorite candy. So yummy!
I have been craving EDIBLE balls for a long long time now, I really really need to make some for lunch today – BUT SERIOUS. Can’t live on non-edible balls 😉 BAH HA HA HA HA HA!
I loved the candy cigarettes
It’s all I can do not to jump up from my office chair, run to the kitchen, and whip up a batch of these yummy No Bake Coconut Peanut Butter Butterscotch Bites RIGHT THIS MINUTE. I can totally relate to your childhood-yes to butterscotch!!!
do it! JUMP!!! haha
My favorite was caramel chews.
allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
You funny girl, I love butterscotch too. These are the best treat/snack/dessert/breakfast/midnightnack EVER in my book! Can’t wait to mix up a batch.
Erica @ Erica Finds
I loved Twizzlers but Butterscotch was and is still a fave!
Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom
My Papa used to have those little butterscotch candies for me as a child. And now whenever I see them in a candy jar, I just can’t resist–such great memories. I love this spin on the treat. Can’t wait to try!
*sigh* I need these! I think I’ll be looking for a butterscotch pudding tomorrow… 😉
These remind me of donut holes- which I really like for a small snack instead of being tempted into eating an entire donut.I am not the biggest fan of butterscotch, but I think these will be good with a little bit of chocolate pudding mix.
oh totally! but better! haha
Jody - Fit at 57
SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO yum! I did everything. It did say I already subscribed to your newsletter when I put my email in there. I did the rest of the stuff though.
Are you serious? My grandma use to have those butterscotch candies in her candy bowl and they were my fav! Except they had that yellow golden clear wrap on them. I can’t wait to try these! Oh and love the bowls, I almost bought them too but since we were going to be packing it all up I didn’t and now they are clearanced out. :/
i think everyone’s grandma had a bowl out. Love it! so fun to share the memories
These look great! My favorite candy in childhood (and to this day) was/is Reese’s cups. Just in more moderation now 😉
I used to LOVE those little butterscotch candies too!! NOT the Werthers kind…the oddly yellow ones! That had a super sticky coating on the outside of the hard candy. OMG, yum!! I always use coconut sugar in place of brown sugar (well, in place of all sugar usually). These are looking so so good!!
These bites sound incredible!! I’m with you — butterscotch is one of my favorite flavors!
I used to absolutely love butterscotch as a kid! We had this thing called angel delight in the UK and I used to sit down and eat a whole bowl of it… no shame…
As soon as my month off of legumes is over I am making these!!
I went through a phase where I loved butterscotch! My favorite candy is peanut butter M&Ms – peanut butter anything really is my favorite, so I love how you included peanut butter in these bites.
yes! love those
A favorite candy?! Yeah right, like I could have (or could now) pick just one! Favorite was whatever was in front of me at the time. Hahaha!!
(I love butterscotch candies, even now. Werthers!!)
I honestly used to buy butterscotch chips and just eat them out of the bag…back in my shameful eating habit days post college haha. But as a kid I loved the butterscotch hard candies and the strawberry ones! Mm childhood taste memories
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
Yesssss butterscotch!!! My great grandfather always had a bowl of those Wethers butterscotch things and I ate them with reckless abandon.
My favorite candy was/is twix! I wish they made a dark chocolate version though!
She Rocks Fitness
Favorite candy was a toss up between Milky Way and Snickers. I used to snack on these when I would ski…Best treat EVER!
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Oh my goodness!!!! I want dozens of these bites! Those butterscotch candies remind me of my childhood <3
Shashi at RunninSrilankan
Oh wow – these look so good Lindsay – I didn’t even like butterscotch candy’s – but I do like it’s flavor and love that you used the pudding mix in these! My favorite candy when I was younger were Bounty bars – they were the equivalent of almond joy bars here – I used to use all my extra money to stock up on them in case they stopped making them! Clearly I had issues even back then! 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!
Favorite childhood candy would have to be 3 Musketeers bars. Kit Kats come in at a very close second though!
I use the coconut sugar already but have not cooked much with it. I mainly use it for my tea. Would love to win something!
Sarah Kay Hoffman
Of course you know how much I love this post. Everything about it! I am, of course, going to use the A Loving Spoon Honey Roasted Peanut Butter with a touch of Fleur de Sel in this recipe. And, as always, Nutiva everything:) Thanks for sharing such an awesome recipe with unparalleled creativity! xo
Not gonna lie, I just bought a box of that pudding mix in butterscotch to satisfy a pregnancy craving for butterscotch. And I’ve been fighting the urge to buy a bag of butterscotch chips at the store. So this recipe is perfect!!! Just need to pick up one of those single serve packets of protein powder, and sub almond butter for the PB, and I am SO making these.
(PS, my favorite childhood candy was a Three Musketeers. I’m just a chocolate girl through and through.)
Oops, favorite holiday candy, not favorite childhood candy! That would be mint M&M’s. (Even though they have them all year now, I only buy the Christmasy ones)
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
I love putting butterscotch extract in pancakes 😉
Favorite holiday candy would be Andes Mints! Miss just grabbing a square from the bowl my mom would leave out 😛
Giiiirl I love yo’ bites!
I haven’t tried making things with coconut sugar yet, but I’m sure I’d love it. When I was in Thailand I saw people making them from scratch at the market!
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
The obsession is real! I would go as far as to say that I actually liked butterscotch more than chocolate when I was little — I’d always choose butterscotch pudding over chocolate pudding, and snacking on handfuls of butterscotch pudding was LIFE. Love these!
Erin @ The Almond Eater
Butterscotch is the forgotten flavor that needs to be brought back… starting with these! Butterscotch+pb=so, so good.
These looks delicious! I used to love anything peanut butter flavored as a kid. Now, I react to peanut butter so I love anything sun butter or almond butter flavored paired with chocolate, duh 🙂
Favorite holiday candy is definitely those peppermint nougats with a tree on them. So unhealthy, but so good. I also love the idea of this bite. In college, they had butterscotch pudding often and I’d always mix in chocolate chips and coconut. I bet it out have tasted even better with pb chips!
Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food
I love butterscotch candies, too! Whenever I have one, now, it reminds me of being little because my grandma used to always have them out, as well! 🙂
Christine @ Love, Life, Surf
How about sunbutter butterscotch bites?? Extra coconut flour or something else?
actually, that would taste really good!!! you don’t need to add any extra flour. YUM!
rAchel @ Athletic avocado
pb and buttersotch sound like a match made in heaven!!!! my obsession with both is so real, can’t wait to try them together!
haha you and me both!
Susie @ SuzLyfe
you are such an enabler. <3
i try. 😉
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious
I had a butterscotch obsession as a kid as well, but I think I ate so much of it that I got sick of it. It’s been many years. I may have to bring it back into action now!
funny how that happens
Michele @ paleorunningmomma
I had a serious butterscotch obsession for a long time too – those little butterscotch candies were the best! Also those chewy butterscotch cookies I’d get in school – I miss them! And love this giveaway of course 🙂
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My favorite childhood candy was butterscotch as well.