Gluten-Free Butterscotch Bites Recipe for Dessert Lovers

Dear health-conscious foodies,

Are you looking for a dessert that is both delicious and healthy? I have just the treat for you! These gluten-free Butterscotch Bites are the perfect blend of sweet and nutritious, making them an ideal dessert or snack option.

Trust me; you won’t be able to resist their mouth-watering aroma and chewy texture. Plus, they’re packed with healthy ingredients like pecans, rice flour blend, and free butterscotch chips. What more could you ask for in a guilt-free treat?

You don’t have to worry about sacrificing taste for health benefits or vice versa. These Butterscotch Bites are proof that healthy food can also be delicious. So, indulge in this easy-to-make recipe that only requires a few simple ingredients.

In this recipe article, I’ll guide you through how to make these scrumptious bites step by step. So, let’s get started on this culinary journey that will bring a smile to your face and nourishment to your body.

Get ready to experience the joy of baking with my gluten-free Butterscotch Bites recipe!


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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Butterscotch Bites (Gluten Free)
Butterscotch Bites (Gluten Free)

If you’re searching for a tasty, gluten-free treat that’s easy to make and bursting with flavor, look no further than these butterscotch bites. Not only are they made with gluten-free ingredients, but they’re also dairy-free, ensuring that anyone with dietary restrictions can indulge in these delicious snacks.

But what makes these bites so special? First of all, the combination of peanut butter and butterscotch chips creates a rich, creamy flavor that’s hard to resist. The addition of crunchy pecans adds a satisfying texture that complements the smoothness of the peanut butter and butterscotch chips.

Another great feature of this recipe is its versatility. These bites can be customized to suit your tastes or dietary needs. For example, if you can’t eat peanut butter, you can substitute almond butter or sunflower seed butter. And if you prefer milk chocolate over dark chocolate, feel free to swap out the butterscotch chips for chocolate chips.

What’s more, these bites are perfect for sharing with friends and family. Whip up a batch for your next party or potluck and watch as everyone reaches for seconds. Or simply enjoy them as a midday snack or after-dinner treat.

Overall, these gluten-free and dairy-free butterscotch bites are an easy and delicious way to satisfy your sweet tooth while sticking to your dietary restrictions. Try them today and see for yourself why they’re sure to become one of your go-to treats!

Ingredient List

Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with these gluten-free butterscotch bites
Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with these gluten-free butterscotch bites

Here are the ingredients needed to make these delectable Butterscotch Bites – gluten-free and bursting with flavor!

1. Butter, Margarine, or Vegan Butter

Choose any one from butter, margarine or vegan butter, according to your preference. We need 1 stick of it.

2. Dark Brown Sugar

Dark Brown sugar is an unrefined sugar that retains some molasses syrup after processing, giving it a unique flavor profile. We need 1 cup here.

3. Pecans

Pecans are a type of nut that have a sweet and distinctly buttery flavor. Chop the pecans into small pieces before using them in the recipe. We will need about half a cup.

4. Gluten-Free Flour Blend

For this recipe, you’ll need 2 cups of gluten-free flour blend. You can use any brand of gluten-free flour that you prefer or make your own blend by mixing together any combination of rice flour, oat flour, almond flour, or other gluten-free flours.

5. Butterscotch Chips

Butterscotch chips add a sweet and creamy butterscotch flavor to this recipe. Make sure to use gluten-free butterscotch chips, such as Hershey’s or Guittard brand.

6. Peanut Butter

Creamy peanut butter adds richness and nuttiness to this recipe. Make sure to use smooth-creamy peanut butter without any added sugar or oils.

7. Egg

We will be needing just one egg for this recipe.

8. Baking Powder

Baking powder is used as a leavening agent which makes the recipes rise while baking. You’ll need 1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder.

9. Salt

A pinch of salt helps enhance the flavor of the ingredients in the recipe.

Optionally, you can add:
10. Rice Crispy Treats

1 ½ cups of rice crispy treats can be added for some crunchiness and texture in the recipe.

11. Chocolate Chips

1/3 cup of chocolate chips can be used to achieve a perfect blend of butter-pecan-chocolate flavor.

The Recipe How-To

You won't even miss the gluten in these delicious treats
You won’t even miss the gluten in these delicious treats

Now that you’ve got everything ready, let’s get started with the recipe how-to. This gluten-free recipe is easy to follow, and the result is a deliciously sweet treat. Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Preheat Your Oven

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease an 8×8-inch baking pan using butter or cooking spray.

Step 2: Mix Wet And Dry Ingredients

In a large bowl, mix 1/2 cup of softened butter or margarine with 3/4 cup of dark brown sugar until it becomes creamy. Add in one large egg and one teaspoon of vanilla extract and mix well.

In another bowl, combine 1 cup of gluten-free flour blend, 1/2 cup of rice flour, 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, and a pinch of salt. Whisk together thoroughly.

Step 3: Combine The Two Mixtures

Gradually add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients while mixing constantly until a thick batter is formed that can be molded into bars.

Add in 1 cup of butterscotch chips, 1/2 cup of peanut butter chips, and 1/2 cup chopped pecans.

Step 4: Bake The Bars

Transfer the mixture into the greased baking pan and spread it out evenly. Bake for around 20-25 minutes or until the top turns golden brown.

Step 5: Let It Cool Before Cutting

Take it out from the oven and allow it to cool down completely before slicing it into small bite-sized pieces. Serve them individually or pack away as snack bites for your kid’s lunch box throughout the busy week.

These butterscotch bites make an excellent dessert or on-the-go snack that will satisfy any sweet cravings!

Substitutions and Variations

Who says gluten-free can't be tasty? These butterscotch bites prove them wrong
Who says gluten-free can’t be tasty? These butterscotch bites prove them wrong

Are you ready to get creative in your kitchen? Here are some fun and healthy substitutions for the butterscotch bites recipe that will add a new twist to your baking experience!

– Gluten-Free Flour Blends: Rather than using regular flour in the recipe, you can use your favorite gluten-free flour blend. You can try using rice flour, oat flour, coconut flour or any other gluten-free alternative you like. If you’re concerned about the texture of the finished product, try blending two or three different flours together.

– Dairy-Free Options: This recipe uses butter and margarine but you can substitute them with coconut oil, vegan butter, or any other plant-based alternatives to make the bites dairy-free. Just make sure to adjust the recipe based on the fat content.

– Nutty Flavors: You can replace pecans with walnuts, almonds or any other type of nuts between each layer of bars. You can also add some chopped nuts into the butterscotch mixture for extra crunch!

– Chocolate Chips Craze: This recipe features butterscotch chips as the star ingredient, but if you’re a chocolate lover, feel free to swap out some of the butterscotch chips for chocolate chips or drizzle melted chocolate over the top of the bars for added richness.

– Peanut Butter Power: For a peanut butter twist on this recipe, why not melt down peanut butter instead of butterscotch chips? Simply spread a thin layer of peanut butter over each cookie layer.

With so many options and variations available, experimenting with these substitution ideas will never get dull. Try them out today and impress your taste buds with something unconventional and delicious!

Serving and Pairing

Experience the perfect combination of sweet and salty with these amazing bites
Experience the perfect combination of sweet and salty with these amazing bites

When it comes to serving and pairing my Butterscotch Bites, there are a few things to keep in mind. First of all, these sweet and nutty treats are best served at room temperature or slightly warmed to bring out their rich butterscotch flavor.

For a simple and delicious dessert, consider serving these bites with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top. The creamy coolness of the ice cream will perfectly balance out the sweetness and crunchiness of the bites. You can also drizzle some melted dark chocolate or caramel sauce on top for extra indulgence.

If you’re looking for a more sophisticated way to enjoy these bites, you could pair them with a cup of strong coffee or black tea. The bitterness of the coffee or tea will complement the sweetness of the bites, creating a perfect balance.

For those who prefer something fruity, try pairing these bites with some fresh berries like raspberries, blueberries or blackberries. Their tartness will provide a refreshing contrast to the rich butterscotch flavor.

No matter how you choose to serve and pair these Butterscotch Bites, one thing is for sure – they will always be a crowd-pleaser! So go ahead and indulge in this gluten-free recipe that is perfect for any occasion!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

These butterscotch bites are a must-try for all dessert lovers out there
These butterscotch bites are a must-try for all dessert lovers out there

If you love to meal prep, then these gluten-free Butterscotch Bites are perfect for you. You can easily make these delicious treats ahead of time and store them for later use. To make-ahead, simply follow the recipe instructions and let them cool completely. Once cooled, place them in an airtight container, separate layers with parchment paper to prevent sticking, and store in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze up to 3 months.

To reheat Butterscotch Bites, place them on a wire rack and let them come to room temperature before placing them in the oven. Reheat them in the oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for about 5-7 minutes until they are warm and slightly crispy. Alternatively, you can reheat them in a microwave for about 15 seconds but be careful not to overheat or they will become tough and dry.

These Butterscotch Bites also hold up well when stored at room temperature. Place them in an airtight container with a piece of bread or a couple of apple slices. The bread or apple will help keep the moisture inside making sure that they stay nice and soft.

Whether as snacks or dessert options, these Butterscotch Bites are perfect for any time of the day. Try making a large batch ahead of time so that you can always have something sweet on hand without compromising your health goals.

Tips for Perfect Results

The chewy texture of these treats will have you going back for more
The chewy texture of these treats will have you going back for more

Baking requires precision and careful attention to detail in order to achieve the best results. Here are some tips to ensure that your Butterscotch Bites turn out perfectly every time:

1. Use high-quality, fresh ingredients – the fresher your eggs, butter, and other ingredients are, the better your final product will be.

2. Check your oven temperature – make sure that your oven is preheated and that the temperature is accurate to prevent under or over-baked cookies.

3. Measure all ingredients accurately – use a kitchen scale or measuring cups and spoons to ensure that you are using the correct amount of each ingredient.

4. Mix well but not too much – mix all ingredients until just combined; over-mixing can lead to tough cookies.

5. Allow baked cookies to cool on a rack – this will prevent the bottoms from becoming soggy and allow air to circulate around them for even cooling.

6. Don’t rush the recipe – take time to follow each step in order and don’t rush through any of them.

7. Make sure your substitutions work – if you’re swapping out any ingredients (such as gluten-free flour blend instead of regular flour), make sure they will still produce a good result before starting to cook.

8. Don’t be afraid to experiment – try different mix-ins like pecans or coconut for a twist on the classic recipe.

Using these tips, you can perfect your Butterscotch Bites recipe every time!


Now, it’s time to address some frequently asked questions (FAQ) about these delightful Butterscotch Bites. As a nutritionist cum food blogger, I have received many questions from readers over the years regarding recipe substitutions, storage suggestions, ingredient swaps, and more. Therefore, let me answer some of the most commonly asked queries so that you can confidently whip up these gluten-free and dairy-free Butterscotch Bites in your kitchen.

Is Butterscotch gluten free?

Hershey’s website provides a list of gluten-free flavored chips that includes Butterscotch Chips and Cinnamon Chips.

What brands of butterscotch chips are gluten free?

As someone with celiac disease, finding gluten-free butterscotch chips that actually taste like real butterscotch has been a challenge. However, I have found that Hershey’s is the only brand that truly captures the creamy and delicious essence of butterscotch in their chips.

Bottom Line

Now that you have all the information on creating these delicious butterscotch bites, it’s time for you to try them out yourself! Not only are they gluten-free, but also dairy-free and packed with flavors like peanut butter and pecans.

Whether you’re making them for a family gathering or just a snack to enjoy on your own, these bites are sure to impress. So, go ahead and give this easy recipe a try – I promise that you won’t regret it!

And while you’re at it, don’t forget to experiment with some variations of your own. You could try swapping out the pecans for almonds or adding in some oats to create chewy oatmeal butterscotch cookies. The possibilities are endless!

Remember, healthy eating doesn’t have to be dull or restrictive. By using high-quality ingredients and cooking with creativity, you can whip up tasty treats that satisfy both your cravings and nutritional needs.

So go ahead, get creative in the kitchen! And don’t forget to share your favorite results with us in the comments below.

Cheers to indulging in healthier treats that nourish our souls and bodies alike!

Butterscotch Bites (Gluten Free)

Butterscotch Bites (Gluten Free) Recipe

Based on a recipe from Bette Hagman’s, The Gluten-free Gourmet cookbook. The intro says, “An easy-to-make drop cookie that tastes great. These keep well in the cookie jar at home but don’t travel as well as some of the other cookies, since they are moist and chewy and tend to stick together when bumped around.”
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-free
Servings 3 dozen
Calories 856.3 kcal


  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) or 1/2 cup margarine (1 stick)
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup soy flour
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Cream butter and sugar together using an electric mixer. Beat in egg, then flours. Stir in nuts.
  • Drop by teaspoonsfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove immediately from baking sheet to wax paper and allow to cool.
  • Store loosely covered.

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Serving: 559gCalories: 856.3kcalCarbohydrates: 99.5gProtein: 11.1gFat: 48.9gSaturated Fat: 21.6gCholesterol: 151.8mgSodium: 271.6mgFiber: 2.4gSugar: 71.5g
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