Honey Oat Bars for #SundaySupper

by Renee on August 18, 2013

Honey Oat Bars | Magnolia Days

There were usually no surprises at lunch. Opening the lunchbox at elementary school gave a familiar assortment. A sandwich made of brown bread, butter, salami, and cheese was the main feature. A small bag of Fritos were beside the sandwich. Underneath the chips was a Little Debbie snack; usually an oatmeal cream pie, Star Crunch, or Nutty Bar. To wash it all down was a thermos filled with Coca-Cola. It was rare to have a homemade treat such as one of these Honey Oat Bars.

One day at lunch did have a surprise. The thermos rattled as I picked it up out of the lunchbox. It was a different rattle than the sound of a few remaining ice cubes. I opened the thermos to find the glass on the inside had shattered. Yes, back then they were made with glass. It did a great job of keeping beverages hot or cold although somewhat fragile. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one to have their beverage filled with shards of glass. Lunchboxes and thermoses these days are so different. They are much safer and are different shapes and sizes other than that old metal box.

Honey Oat Bars | Magnolia Days

Honey Oat Bars are a great treat. They can be enjoyed as a dessert or snack. Honey gives the bars a light sweetness. Butterscotch chips makes these bars reminiscent of oatmeal scotchie cookies. You can substitute chocolate chips or dried fruit for the butterscotch to change up the flavor.

Do you pack meals for yourself or your family? I haven’t had to since becoming a Domestic Goddess. I did for many years while working in an office. It is much healthier and less expensive than going out for lunch. Be sure to scroll down and see more lunchbox recipes by Sunday Supper bloggers. Also check out my Basic White Bread and Homemade Wheat Bread that are great for sandwiches. Fill your lunchbox with lots of good food and remember to include a treat like Honey Oat Bars.

Honey Oat Bars

45 minutes

Makes 27 bars

Honey Oat Bars

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips*

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Whisk together the flour, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Stir in the oats.

Beat butter, honey, and vanilla in a large bowl until creamy using a hand mixer on high speed.

Add flour/oat mixture and stir or beat on low speed to combine.

Stir in butterscotch chips.

Press evenly in an ungreased 13- X 9-inch baking pan.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until light golden brown.

Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before cutting into bars.

Notes

*You can substitue chocolate chips or dried fruit for the butterscotch chips.

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Recipe adapted from one in the Pillsbury Classics Cookbooks 1990 November Edition.

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The Ninja Baker August 18, 2013 at 3:41 am

Your honey oat bars look like they are packed with wholesome good-for-you-ness, Renee. Thank you for the recipe.

Appreciate, too, that someone else remembers thermoses that were made with glass =)

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Renee August 19, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Thanks Kim! Of course they are filled with wholesome good-for-you-ness – including butter. All things are great in moderation.

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Liz August 18, 2013 at 7:30 am

Yeah, we never had any homemade goodies in our lunches, either…but I would have loved to have found one of your honey oats bars in mine! Heck, I’d love to find a batch on my kitchen counter!!

PS…thanks for your help this week :)

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Renee August 19, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Thanks Liz and it was a pleasure to help you with hosting Sunday Supper this week.

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Stacy August 18, 2013 at 8:12 am

These look like the perfect snack food anytime, Renee! It would probably throw healthy out the window but I think these would be great with both butterscotch and semi-sweet chocolate chips. :)

Your mother or whomever packed your lunch was way more generous than mine. We only got Coke on a special packed lunch day, like for a field trip. Otherwise, it was milk or go get a drink from the water fountain! And the rare Ding Dong was my favorite treat.

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Renee August 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm

The combo of butterscotch and chocolate chips sounds like a great idea to me. I never had a Ding Dong until I was in my 20’s. My parents must not have liked them and always went with the Little Debbie treats.

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Hezzi-D August 18, 2013 at 8:15 am

These sound perfect for a school lunch and I’m glad there’s no peanut butter in them! Cinnamon, honey, and butterscotch sounds awesome together. I might just bake a batch today for my first week of school!

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Renee August 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm

I actually thought about some type of peanut butter bar but decided against it. I’m glad I did which is odd because of how much I love peanut butter. I really do like the simplicity of these.

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers August 18, 2013 at 9:23 am

Why didn’t my Mom ever make these kind of treats for my lunches? These look fantastic!

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Renee August 19, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Well, at least you can make them for yourself now.

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Kim@Treats & Trinkets August 18, 2013 at 9:46 am

These sound so good and wholesome. Yum.

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Renee August 19, 2013 at 2:39 pm

Thanks Kim

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Lane @ Supper for a Steal August 18, 2013 at 10:16 am

These bars look delicious and a great grab and go snack or treat after lunch. Although I would argue that they would also make a great breakfast seeing as they have oats in them… :)

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Renee August 19, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Oh yes, they would be a fine breakfast. As a matter of fact, my husband had one for breakfast for a few days.

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Conni @FoodieArmyWife August 18, 2013 at 10:17 am

These look so healthy AND delicious!

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Renee August 19, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Thanks Conni

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Cindys Recipes and Writings August 18, 2013 at 11:05 am

I love oat bars these are definitely on my list to make!

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Renee August 19, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Thank you Cindy

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Helene D'souza August 18, 2013 at 11:41 am

I haven’t packed my own lunch box since 2006 ^.^
I know for sure I never got such a treat for lunch. Renee I can’t wait to try your Honey oat bars!

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Renee August 19, 2013 at 2:41 pm

It’s been since 2005 for me. Seems like forever ago.

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Beate August 18, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I love reading about your school lunch so sweet and what great disappointment to have your thermos broken :(

Your Honey Oat Bars sound {and look} out of this world, Renee.

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Renee August 19, 2013 at 2:43 pm

It’s crazy how I remember that day so well. It was way back in elementary school. Of all the things to remember it had to be a busted thermos.

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Shannon R August 18, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Bars are probably one of my favourite portable treats. These look fantastic with the butterscotch chips.

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Renee August 19, 2013 at 2:44 pm

I also think bars are a great portable treat. I prefer them over cookies sometimes.

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Laura Dembowski August 18, 2013 at 2:49 pm

i would love to find one of these in my lunch! It sounds like you had pretty good lunches as a kid.

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Renee August 19, 2013 at 2:45 pm

They were great lunches and much better than the school cafeteria food.

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Diana @EatMoveShine August 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm

These are fantastic, Renee! Love that they are nut-fee, and wow, butterscotch chips are a favorite. What a lovely post!

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Renee August 19, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Thanks Diana. Glad you like how they are nut-free. Lots of people with that allergy these days.

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Roz August 18, 2013 at 5:03 pm

So nice to see a bar recipe that is good for us, yet still satisfying the sweet tooth with the addition of honey!!! Thank you for visiting my blog today Renee!

xo
Roz

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Renee August 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm

I really don’t use honey often enough. This recipe reminded me to use it more instead of sugar.

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Terry August 18, 2013 at 5:12 pm

I am not shocked that you remember exactly what was in your lunchbox…

I remember the low moments…mostly stale bread and olive loaf. My mother was a depression era child, there was no such thing as stale bread being thrown away.

I packed my 2 kid’s lunches every day for 20 years, from pre-k through high school. I packed my last one this May. Now they pack their own…for work. wow….

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Renee August 19, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Stale bread and olive loaf – I can imagine that one being a low moment. This year will be so different for you with both kids gone off to college. I’m sure they will wish you were there to make there lunches.

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Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) August 18, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Sounds like a perfect decadent end to lunch!

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Renee August 19, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Thanks Sarah

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Tara August 18, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Those look great Renee and my daughter would love to have those in her lunchbox. A must try!!

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Renee August 19, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Thanks Tara

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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) August 18, 2013 at 7:49 pm

*gasp* tell me you didn’t drink anything with glass! eeeee just thinking about it!

These bars look so classic and perfect, I would def. have loved these in my lunchbox!!!!

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Renee August 19, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Oh no, I can assure you I didn’t drink any from that busted thermos.

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Camille August 18, 2013 at 9:02 pm

I went through a pickle loaf sandwich phase in middle school. :-) Love the bars – they look delicious!

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Renee August 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm

I still haven’t ever tried pickle loaf. One day I’ll get the deli to slice some and see what it’s like on a sandwich.

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Alida August 18, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Mmm…Little Debbie Nutty Bars are the best….well they were the best until I saw these Honey Oat Bars, of course :) I have been looking for something to make using butterscotch chips. These are perfect!

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Renee August 19, 2013 at 2:52 pm

My favorite Little Debbie treat is the Star Crunch. Something about the caramel, chocolate, and crisps combo really does it for me.

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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips August 18, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Mmm, I used to love Star Crunch! But I bet my adult self would love these Honey Oat Bars much, much more!

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Renee August 19, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Go team Star Crunch! It was my favorite.

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes August 19, 2013 at 8:16 am

My father still longs for those glass thermos, Aladdin! He worshipped them, and took the trouble of bringing them from trips to the US since they were not available here. I can’t believe I never made this type of bars! I’m pinning this one Renee, I’m such an oat and honey fan!

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Renee August 19, 2013 at 2:53 pm

I’m not sure if they still sell glass Thermos here. Perhaps at antique shops or thrift stores. Thanks for pinning and I hope you make and enjoy the bars.

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Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere August 19, 2013 at 9:14 am

Granola bars are so great for lunches. These sounds fantastic!

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Renee August 19, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Thanks Sarah

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Soni August 19, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Looks like the perfect treats in any lunch box!!My kids would really love these for sure Renee and I cannot wait to make it for them :) Healthy and so delicious!

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Renee August 19, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Thanks Soni and I hope your kids enjoy them.

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Jennie @themessybakerblog August 19, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Gotta love Little Debbie. We always had a Little Debbie in our box. These honey oat bars beat Little Debbie by a long run. Mmm, I want one in my box. Yum!

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Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) August 19, 2013 at 4:04 pm

I’d like to find one of these in my lunchbox. I’m going to bookmark these and try them for my kids one week…

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Renee August 21, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Thank Amy! I hope your kids enjoy them. We certainly did, my husband especially.

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Linda | The Urban Mrs August 19, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Definitely the kind of bar that we will appreciate – made with love and filled with fresh and delicious ingredients.

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Renee August 21, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Anything made with love is the best!

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Nancy @ gottagetbaked August 20, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Oh the weird things I used to get in my lunch bag as a kid! Somedays my mom would boil chicken drumsticks and potatoes for lunch (we didn’t have containers that kept food warm so it’d be cold and the fat on the drumsticks would congeal). I ate many consecutive peanut butter and jam sandwiches. Or my mom would buy a dozen giant muffins from the supermarket and we’d eat them for days. I’d gladly have your honey oat bars in my lunch bag, Renee. These look delicious!

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Renee August 21, 2013 at 3:17 pm

You certainly had some unique lunches Nancy. I’ve never heard of the boiled chicken drumsticks one. Very interesting. At least now you can make your own lunches and whatever treats to go with them too.

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