• Butternut White Chocolate Chip Bars

    November 1, 2012

    I cooked a big ol’ butternut squash on Sunday afternoon, so I’ve been sneaking it into meals all week long to use it up. I still have quite a bit left, so I decided to do some baking with it. The end result was quite a tasty treat!

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    Holy goodness, these Butternut White Chocolate Chip Bars are delicious. They’re incredibly soft, moist, and sweet. They actually sort of melt in your mouth with each bite.

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    The flavor sort of reminds me of pumpkin pie, but way more fun with little bits of white chocolate mixed in.

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    You might not have leftover butternut squash hanging out in your refrigerator right now, but save this recipe for after Thanksgiving. It would also probably work with mashed sweet potato and pumpkin, so keep it around for your Turkey Day leftovers. It’s a good one!

    ButternutWhiteChocolateChipBars

    Butternut White Chocolate Chip Bars

    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup mashed butternut squash
    • 1/2 cup coconut flour
    • 1 cup almond flour/meal
    • 3 eggs
    • 1/3 cup honey
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
    • 1 cup white chocolate morsels
    • Pinch of salt

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350*F.
    2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and blend well.
    3. Pour batter into a greased 8X8 baking dish and spread evenly with a spatula.
    4. Bake for 30 minutes until bars are cooked all the way through and the top begins to brown.
    5. Remove from oven and allow to cool before cutting.

    Makes 12 bars

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    { 54 comments… read them below or add one }

    Sabrina November 1, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    I never would have thought to bake with butternut squash! Brilliant.

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    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat November 1, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    I just used my butter squash to make muffins – I was searching for a healthy bar recipe but this is two days too late. ;)

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    Michelle @ Eat Move Balance November 1, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Looks fantastic. If I don’t have any eggs do you think using egg whites would work? Or should I do something like a chia or flax egg to substitute?

    Thanks!

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    Tina November 1, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I’m not sure since I’ve only made them once, but egg whites or chia/flax egg might work. Let me know how they turn out if you give it a try! :)

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    Katie @ Peace Love & Oats November 1, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I’ve never seen butternut squash used on baked goods like that (I’ve only ever made oatmeal with it) but those look so good! Very creative use!

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    Amy Thoms, RD, CDE November 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I used butternut squash all the time in brownies, etc. This looks like a great recipe! Thanks so much!

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    Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio November 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Those look awesome! I actually have a can of butternut squash in my pantry :)

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic November 1, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Awesome idea! I love baking with pumpkin but havent used butternut squash yet.

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    Lauren @ The Homeostatic Mindset November 1, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Mmmmm, making these ASAP!!!!

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    Elizabeth November 1, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Umm….. I’m drooling. Thanks for this fantastic recipe… it looks amazing. I MUST try it soon!!!

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    Meghan @ After the Ivy League November 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Mmm, those look super moist and delicious! I need to get my hands on some coconut flour, I still haven’t tried it but I’m a definite fan of almond flour!

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    Robyn @thereallife_RD November 1, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    yum! i’m planning on getting real lazy and making these with canned butternut!

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    Lauren November 1, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    These look great Tina! I always forget to cook with BN squash but it’s so good! A nice change from everything pumpkin.

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    Ellie@Fit for the Soul November 1, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    whoaaa they look really good! I can tell they’re moist and chewy. :D

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    Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness November 1, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Tina these look amazing!!! I will be trying these for sure! I love the addition of white chocolate chips too! I bet it makes them extra sweet!

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    Deidre November 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Umm, these look delicious!! I have to try them.

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    Katie @ KatieEnPursuit November 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Holy frickin’ YUM! This recipe looks amazing! You are on a roll with awesome recipes lately! Thanks for sharing all of them with us. ps. Is there anyway you can put a “Use Leftover Halloween Candy In a Healthy Way Recipe” on your list? K, thanks!

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    Sarah November 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I will definitely be trying these babies out! Great idea, especially for leftover butternut squash!

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    Khushboo November 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I love making savoury muffins with butternut squash!

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    @ Shrinkontherun November 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I would never have thought of baking with Butternut Squash. This looks amazing!

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    Allie November 1, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Holy schnikes Tina! These look absolutely fantastic.. They look so good, I’m about to eat my computer screen

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    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More November 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Those bars look so good and moist! YUM!

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    Sarah November 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I can’t imagine what butternut squash would taste like in baked goods. I’m not a big squash fan in general, so part of me wants to run away from this, but the other part of me is intrigued by the brownie look to them. It actually sounds kind of good!

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    Brooke (beingvivacious.blogspot.com) November 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Cool. I’d have never thought to do this and it looks delish

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    Annette@FitnessPerks November 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Oooh these do look awesome! I would’ve used butterscotch chips though, bc/ I think white choc is nasty. ;)

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    Michelle (Peachy Palate) November 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Man they look good! Never think of using butternut in baking. The consistency looks great! I bet they taste nice an buttery with the almond flour, yum!

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    Kim @ Living, Laughing & Losing November 1, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Holy moly! I’ve never baked with butternut squash but those look amazing!! Thanks for sharing. :)

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    Grace @ Practicing Grace November 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Mmmmmmmmmmm must make ASAP

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    Kristen @ Happy Running Mama November 1, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Looks delicious!! If I didn’t already have two chocolate chip pumpkin loaves baking in the oven, I’d make some right now! I love butternut squash. One of my favorite recipes is butternut squash enchiladas…might have to make that to go with the pumpkin loaf. :)

    Thanks for the great recipe!

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    eliza November 1, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Yum!!!

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    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance November 1, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I have a similar recipe for squash bars! Yours look INCREDIBLE! Feel free to send an extra few my way…if there are extras :)

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    GreenGirlRunning November 1, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Those butternut squash white chocolate chip bars look AMAZING! Can’t wait to try them out :) Never would have thought of the white chocolate chips… nice!

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    Emily @ www.main-eats.com November 1, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Wow-you are brilliant! Can’t wait to try this! I bet it would work with sweet potato, too! MMM!

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    Anne November 1, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    What a great idea! i think of baking with pumpkin and sweet potato all the time, butternut never occured to me!

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    Maryea (Happy Healthy Mama) November 1, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Aaah these look fantastic! I always have leftover bn squash so I’ll have to try these.

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    Kristen @ Change of Pace November 1, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    These look delicious!

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    Kel November 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    I am going to come off as a real *itch here and I don’t mean to.

    I know your doctor told you to relax and eat what you enjoy, but are you concerned that you are consuming a lot of sugary treats again? I know, you used honey, but your body is going to use it like sugar.

    Only saying something because I do care!

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    Tina November 1, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I’m not concerned about a few treats! :)

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    Lydia November 1, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Will be trying this soon, looks amazing!

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    Spencer November 1, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Looks amazing! I would so love to try some. I am sure it tastes great.

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    luv what you do November 1, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    I love butternut squash but have only made butternut squash bread. This looks amazing. Can I sub in whole wheat flour for the coconut flour?

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    Amelia November 1, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    These look delicious, despite me hating white chocolate. I am going to try out your recipe this weekend, except I’m going to sub butterscotch chips!! OMG, can you imagine? :)

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    Joyce November 2, 2012 at 7:03 am

    I am volunteering in Africa and the biggest mistake of my day was going to your website. SHIP THESE TO ME??!

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    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 2, 2012 at 8:12 am

    These look so good! I’ve never baked with butternut squash before but I bet it tastes amazing. And I’ve been looking for more ways to use my coconut flour so these are perfect. :D

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    Brittney November 2, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Mmmm, those look awesome!

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    Kelly@BalancedDaily November 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I love desserts with white chocolate chips, and the adjective “melt in your mouth” gets me every time. Very creative way to use butternut squash (which I usually only have at Thanksgiving).

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    Leah November 2, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Just made these tonight and substituted the eggs for flax eggs, and the butternut squash for pumpkin, and all I can say (in the spirit of CnC) is HOLY YUM. Thanks for the recipe idea!

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    Tina November 2, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Yay! Glad they turned out well! :)

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    Karen @ Runner Girl Eats November 2, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    WOW this looks amazing! I always have leftover BNS laying around and will def be making this soon. Thanks!

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    Victoria November 7, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I made these the other night and actually didn’t really care for their texture/flavor. I’ve never made anything with coconut flour before so I’m not sure if that was a big factor but something about these was weirdly sweet and not what I was looking for. Just offering a different comment than what most people leave! Other than that, always love reading your blog and trying out your recipe ideas!! Thanks, Tina!

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    Tina November 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Coconut flour is a little weird, especially if you’re used to all-purpose flour, which is softer and lighter. Coconut flour is kind of grainy and dry, but I think this recipe would work well with all-purpose flour if you were to try it again! :)

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    McKay November 17, 2012 at 3:11 am

    These were yummy but mine were pretty crumbly. I used leftover sweet potato casserole so maybe that had something to do with it. I think next time I’ll try adding a mashed banana until the batter holds together more. Thanks for the recipe, Tina!

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    Michelle December 1, 2012 at 3:12 am

    Hi Tina,

    I don’t normally bake with coconut flour or almond flour…. do you have any idea if this recipe would still turn out OK if I subbed those 2 ingredients with 1.5 cup of all-purpose or whole wheat flour instead?

    Thanks!!

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    Molly@ 20somethingtransplantz April 30, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    just made these and used Maple Syrup instead of honey- SO GOOD!! I am going to make them again but with banana and chocolate chips!! YUM! Really creative Tina! YUM!

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