Simply Homemade: Oatmeal Carmelitas

Are any of you chocolate fans? How about caramel fanatics? What about believers that enjoying a piece of an ooey, gooey bar can turn a frown upside down into an irresistibly satisfied smile? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’re going to want to keep reading for this recipe. It consists of a crust layer of mostly oatmeal and brown sugar par-baked then layered with chocolate chips and caramel sauce and topped with more of the crumbly crust mixture. It’s baked just until it transforms into a bubbly and crumbly pan of perfection that’s begging you to cut it into bar sized pieces and be devoured as soon as humanly possible!

The main reason I love this recipe is the hands down delicious combination of flavors and textures. The second reason is because I am soooo not a baker but this is so simple even I can’t mess it up. It’s also a forgiving recipe if you feel like, for example, you need a different kind of chocolate or more caramel. Feel free to take some liberties with those two measurements 😉 Another great thing with this recipe is the lack of dishes created while concocting it. Yes, this sounds ridiculous but I seriously get so frustrated when I have to use (and wash!) nearly every one of my measuring cups and spoons and bowls for one recipe. The entire list of items I use for this are: 1/2 cup measuring cup, 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon, medium mixing bowl, spatula, pan to bake it in. Yep, just five total items and one of those is the serving pan!

Yet another awesome feature of this recipe is the short ingredient list. In addition to that, if you do any amount of baking you likely have a lot of these items in your pantry already. No crazy one-off ingredients you’ve never heard of, just an incredibly simple and delicious combination of staple ingredients. Bonus points for not having to run to the store when you need your sweet fix 😉 The absolute best is having a piece when it’s been out of the oven just long enough to not scald you but it is still perfectly melty. This recipe has been a staple snack of my family for years and it will continue to be for as long as I’m around! I hope this turns one of your bad days into a good one, or brings a smile to you and yours like it does for me and mine!!!

Oatmeal Carmelitas

  • Servings: Approximately 12-15
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Ridiculously simple bars with layers of ooey and crumbly goodness!


Ingredients

-1 1/2 cups flour -1 1/2 cups oatmeal -1 cup brown sugar -1/2 teaspoon baking powder -1/2 teaspoon salt -1 cup butter, softened -1 1/2 cups caramel sauce (Mrs. Richardson’s brand is highly recommended for consistency and flavor!) -2 tablespoons flour -1 cup chocolate chips

Directions

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees and, in a medium mixing bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients. 2) Add softened butter to dry mixture in bowl and it works best to mix in well ysing your hands. Mixture ahould be crumbly when fully mixed in. 3) Spray a 9×13 pan and place half rhe ceumbly mixture in, soreading evenly to cover the bottom of the pan. Press down lightly to pack the mixture together into a crust. 4) Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes and remove. 5) Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the warm crust. 6) Mix the 2 tablespooons of flour into the caramel and then pour evenly over the chicolafe chips. 7) Sprinkle remaining half of the crumbly mixture on top of the caramel and press down very lightly

Oh crumbles, how delicious you will be!
Press half the crumbly mixture down to form a crust layer and lightly press so it sticks together but isn’t totally smashed.
Why is this the last picture and one of the finished product after baking? Let’s just say my taste testers took their jobs this week a little too seriously..and enthusiastically 😉

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