Oatmeal Carmelitas

Oatmeal carmelitas are soft & chewy oatmeals bars filled with a gooey caramel filling with oozing chocolate.  These bars are seriously so irresistible & perfect for sharing!

Oatmeals Carmelitas make a decadent sweet treat
Carmelitas are one of my favorite all time desserts! I have such a weakness for anything made with oats and when you combine them with gooey caramel, melted chocolate and pecans….the combination is just pure heaven!

The first time I made them for my husband, he said these were the best bars I’ve ever made which is saying a lot since he is not usually a fan of oat bars.

There are a few separate layers that come together fairly easily.  The crust and topping are made with the same mixture. It’s a buttery, soft and chewy oatmeal and flour mixture.

Oatmeals Carmelitas make a decadent sweet treat
Half is pressed into the pan and baked for 10 minutes as the crust, and the other is crumbled over the top.

The gooey filling is melted caramel & heavy cream — it takes a bit of time to unwrap 30+ caramels or just use these (affiliate link —>) caramel bits which will save you about 2.5 minutes :)

Once it cools, pour over the layer of chocolate chips, and crumble the reserved oatmeal mixture over the top.

Oatmeals Carmelitas make a decadent sweet treat
The hardest part is allowing these bars to cool completely before cutting into them or toss them in the fridge or freezer so they set up quicker.  They start to get a little bit drippy and gooey as they come to room temperature.

These bars are rich, decadent and loaded with an intense caramel flavor.  They’re full of texture and the perfect cure for those times you just need that extra special dessert.

Oatmeals Carmelitas make a decadent sweet treat

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Oatmeal Carmelitas

Oatmeal carmelitas are soft & chewy oatmeals bars filled with a gooey caramel filling with oozing chocolate. These bars are seriously so irresistible & perfect for sharing!

35 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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1/2 cup heavy cream

32 unwrapped caramel squares or 11 ounce bag of caramel bits

3/4 cup butter, melted

1 cup brown sugar

1 1/4 cup old fashioned oats

1 1/4 cup all purpose flour

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Optional Topping:

Mini chocolate chips

caramel sauce for drizzling


  1. Add the caramel and heavy cream into a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until smooth and combined. Set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Line an 8x8 inch square pan with parchment paper or foil sprayed with cooking spray, leaving a slight overhang to easily remove bars.
  4. Stir together melted butter, brown sugar, flour, and oats until combined.
  5. Pour half of the oatmeal mixture into the prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over crust. Then pour caramel mixture over chocolate chips. Then sprinkle the remaining crust dough over the caramel. Return pan to oven and bake an additional 15-20 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting. Place in fridge to speed up process.
  7. When cooled, remove bars using overhang and cut into squares. Top with more chocolate chips and caramel drizzle if desired.


Slightly dapted from: Lulu the Baker


More oatmeal bars:

Pumpkin Carmelita Bars

Pumpkin Caramel Chocolate Oatmeal Bars make the perfect sweet treat for fall

Maple Peanut Butter Pecan Oatmeal Bars

Maple Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars make the perfect healthy fall treat.


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Lovely comments

  1. Look at those gorgeous bars! And I love that you added extra chocolate chips! I’ll take a bar or two, please! Have a great weekend, Kelly!
    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor recently posted…Coconut Cream Pie Energy Bites and Starbucks Teavana Iced Tea

  2. These bars look great Kelly, I love the chocolate and caramel combo!
    Have a wonderful weekend 😀

  3. Yay! These look crazy delicious!
    Kelly – A Side of Sweet recently posted…Black Cherry Buttermilk Ice Cream

  4. Oh wow these look amazing and I can’t believe they are so easy to make! Caramel and chocolate are such an amazing pairing!

  5. These look like such a decadent treat!
    Allie | Baking a Moment recently posted…Key Lime Posset

  6. Such a great combo! This is the perfect recipe to enjoy! They look amazing, Kelly!!

  7. These bars look so awesome!
    Kelly – LEFT SIDE OF THE TABLE recently posted…Road to Culinary School

  8. These are on my bucket list! Thanks so much, Kelly!

  9. Looks awesome! :)

  10. And how fantastic do these look! That last picture is making me hungry for one right now!

  11. I should definitely try these especially since they involve chocolate and caramel!
    Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ recently posted…Creamy Vegetarian Tuscan Bean Minestrone

  12. Wow! These look like gorgeous bars! I just love chocolate and caramel!
    Jessica @ Sweet Menu recently posted…Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

  13. one of my favorite flavor combos Kelly! These look amazing :)
    Emily @ It Bakes Me Happy recently posted…Vanilla Bean Sea Salt Caramels – August SRC

  14. Love love these carmelitas dear :)

  15. These bars look so good Kelly! I’d love a few right now!

  16. Whoa! Love the combination of all these ingredients! They look out of control!


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