Healthy Scotcheroos (Peanut Butter Butterscotch Krispy Treats with Dark Chocolate)

I absolutely love butterscotch flavor–it’s so intense, creamy and warming…  a perfect match for peanut butter and chocolate, yes?


These Healthy Scotcheroos are unbelievably unique and sophisticated, nothing like what you see in those bright blue packages at the grocery store!  Everyone was stunned when they saw these.  First of all, they are just so fancy!  No one believed these were homemade… in my dorm.  And second, they are actually healthy!  No one believed it, these are sweet from the butterscotch, rich from the peanut butter, and indulgent from the dark chocolate ganache.

These treats are simply gratifying.  Every bite feels like you’re cheating on your diet, when really, you’re not.  These are the decadent treats you can feel good about eating!

Healthy Scotcheroos (Peanut Butter Butterscotch Krispy Treats with Dark Chocolate Ganache) - DIY Protein Bars

32 bars

Healthy Scotcheroos

Healthy Scotcheroos - DIY Protein Bars


  • Natural Roasted Peanut Butter
  • Pure Maple Syrup
  • Natural Butterscotch Flavor
  • Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
  • Salt
  • Crispy Brown Rice Cereal
  • Organic Milk Chocolate


You can find the full recipe and instructions in the DIY Protein Bars Cookbook!


I originally wasn't going to share the recipe here because I worked so incredibly hard on publishing DIY Protein Bars.  But, I understand not having a recipe here can be frustrating.  So, I'll meet you halfway...  how does that sound?  I'll show you all the ingredients I use in the recipe.  That way, you can determine on your own whether or not the cookbook is for you!

DIY Protein Bars Cookbook – Jessica Stier of Desserts with Benefits

18 comments on “Healthy Scotcheroos (Peanut Butter Butterscotch Krispy Treats with Dark Chocolate)

  1. asdfghjkll;’ this looks delicious! <3

  2. Hello,Jessica! I LOVE this. I am sooo addicted to sugar and yet I WANT to live a healthier lifestyle – WITHOUT giving up sweets. I just can’t help it. And these Scotcheroos sound healthy AND sweet – to me a PERFECT combination! By the way, I’n going to substitute agave syrup for the maple syrup. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  3. i love how you put two nuts like that! 😀

  4. Is it weird that I think that they look too pretty to eat? Because they do! But I’ll still eat one hehe.

  5. Hello again, Jessica! I made your Scotcheroos on Tuesday – 15th. They are WONDERFUL! They really do taste as good as they look. I did sub the agave for the maple – AND I didn’t have, and couldn’t find, butterscotch extract, so I sub’d rum extract instead. AWWWSOME! Then, because just eating them for desert wasn’t enough, I made a ‘snack’ of them later by spreading them with MORE peanut butter and eating them that way. Oh,yes, these are definately a favorite now. Thank you so much for sharing! Louise 🙂

  6. tastes great buuuut…is the mixture supposed to be very crumbley before pressing it into the pan?

  7. Oh wow, these look amazing, and so does the ingredient list! Love your food styling and photos – so glad to have found your site!

  8. Again, wow, these look delish. Do you think I can omit the oats? Also, I noticed that your marshmallow recipe uses vegetable glycerin so I bought a bottle, hehe. DO you think that ingredient can be used here?

    • Kasey-
      Thanks again, Kasey!!
      I’ve made these without oats before and it worked out just fine 🙂
      I haven’t tried making krispy treats with glycerine but now that you mention it, I really wanna give that a shot! I’m afraid it might need some extra flax or protein powder to help it bind together because glycerine isn’t as thick and sticky as brown rice syrup. If anything, I would try using half glycerine and half brown rice syrup first. If that works out, you can try it again with the glycerine.
      I hope this helps!

  9. Sweet! Thanks! Speaking of sweet, I’m trying to cut the brown rice syrup and making this as “sugar free” as possible. I purchased some sugar free maple syrup, but am not sure if I could use that and vegetable glycerin in place of the brown rice syrup. Seeing if there are ways to cut cals but still keep the outcome tasty! Maybe 1/2 the peanut butter with peanut flour? Haha, I suck at recreating things!

    • Kasey-
      I would try using half of the maple syrup and half of the glycerine. Also, you will need to “rehydrate” the peanut flour to make it thick like peanut butter before adding it to the recipe. If the maple syrup and glycerine you are using are sort of thin and watery, you can add an extra tablespoon or two of peanut flour to thicken it up.
      I hope these subs work out for you!

  10. Hey Jess!

    Just wanted to let you know that I tried this with your suggestions and it turned out tasty. I used half PB and half Peanut flour as well as half maple syrup and half glycerine. I did add more protein and played that by ear. Unfortunately, it turned out quite soggy and not chewy like a real scotcheroo. How did yours turn out with your original ingredients?

    • Kasey-
      I’m glad it tasted good! Too bad the texture wasn’t the same as the original, which I suspect is from the glycerine. My scotcheroos were just like regular krispy treats — firm, crunchy, chewy, sweet!
      I guess real maple syrup is the secret ingredient here 🙂

  11. I am so making these!!!  I think I will add some real cinnamon that helps regulate blood sugar to be even a bit more healthy!! 

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