Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats: Oatmeal Caramelita Bars

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Oatmeal Caramelita Bars

Need a dessert for a bake sale?  Family gathering?  One that travels perfectly?
These Oatmeal Caramelita Bars never disappoint.

Oatmeal Caramelita Bars...chewy, creamy, salty, perfection!  The ideal dessert bar for bake sales, famity gatherings or any event! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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Some days as a stay-at-home-mom run smoothly.  I wake up.  Do 30 minutes of yoga/pilates.  I read my devotional.  I start waking the kids.  Breakfast is served.  I drop off the older two kids at school in record time.  I spend the day with the little one...playing, reading and wiping tears.  I use her precious nap time to work on this food blog.  Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. and it's been planned for days.  We get everyone outside for some fresh air.  Baths and bed are uneventful.  My evening is peaceful catching up with the husband, watching a T.V. show and finally falling asleep with a book in my lap.

Those days are glorious.

Other days, well, don't go exactly as planned.

I wake up.  I walk into the kitchen and step on a TACK {really, I didn't even know we had any tacks in our house}.  I try and exercise but the two year old gets up super early instead. The older kids won't get out of bed.  Breakfast is a granola bar.  I take the kids to school in my robe.  I spend the day trying to console a cranky toddler.  Nothing gets done with the blog.  Dinner is a total flop.  The kids demand snacks every second.  It's raining or snowing and we're stuck inside.  Everyone fights bedtime.  I stub my toe running after the wet toddler who just got out of the bath.  My show isn't on because of a Presidental Address {ugh}.  I'm too tired to even read myself to sleep.

Oatmeal Caramelita Bars...chewy, creamy, salty, perfection!  The ideal dessert bar for bake sales, famity gatherings or any event! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Some days are good.  Some days are bad.  Everyday I'm grateful.  Are you?  I'm thankful I have a roof over my head, we have our health, a hot meal sits before us and I even have the ability to stay home with my kids and watch them grow up.

All of this being said I still get cranky about life's woes.  I'm human.  It's normal, right? What I've found is that everyone has a certain stress reliever when their day hasn't gone so swell. Whether healthy or not, we all do something.

I bake.

Oatmeal Caramelita Bars...chewy, creamy, salty, perfection!  The ideal dessert bar for bake sales, famity gatherings or any event! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I pull out my older than dirt recipe book and pick a favorite or I scour the web and find something new.  As long as I have all of the ingredients {which I usually do...hello, baking freak here}, I make it.

These Oatmeal Carmelita Bars remind me of my sister.  She makes them often for family events.  She does not claim herself a good cook {she's kinda right, but trust me her family never starves}, but that chick can bake.  Her other specialites include incredible Monster Cookies and this sticky caramel corn she brings home every Christmas that we all try and keep our hands out of {it never happens.}

The day after my stepping-on-the-tack incident I thought of these bars.  I wanted them NOW. Thankfully we were going to a friend's house for card club that night {no, we aren't eighty} so I had a reason to bake them.

Although, let's be honest.  I probably would have made them anyway.  They are thick, chewy, sweet and salty.  I've never met a person who didn't like them.

Oatmeal Caramelita Bars...chewy, creamy, salty, perfection!  The ideal dessert bar for bake sales, famity gatherings or any event! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Oatmeal Carameltia Bars


1 1/2 stick unsalted butter
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 T. vanilla
1 c. flour
1 c. old-fashioned oats
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
1/2 bag of caramel squares, unwrapped
1/2 c. heavy cream or coffee creamer
1 c. chocolate chips

1.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Line an 8x8 baking pan with foil or parchment paper. Generously spray with cooking spray.
2.  Melt the butter and place in a stand mixer or bowl if using a hand held mixer.  Add in the brown sugar and vanilla stirring until combined.  Add in the flour, oats, baking soda and salt.
3.  Place half of this mixture into the bottom of the pan flattening with a spatula or your fingers.  Bake for 10 minutes and remove from the oven.
4.  In a microwave safe bowl place in the unwrapped caramels and heavy cream or coffee creamer. Cook on high in 60 second intervals, stirring each time until smooth.
5.  Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the partially baked crust.  Pour the caramel sauce over and top with the remaining crust mixture.
6.  Bake for an additional 16-18 minutes or until golden brown and caramel is seeping out edges a bit.
7.  Let the bars cool completely {the caramel needs to harden up} before cutting into bars. Keep the bars at room temperature covered for freshness.

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