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!
caramel dessert, oatmeal squares
32unwrapped caramel squaresor 11 ounce bag of caramel bits
1 1/4cupold fashioned oatsuse gluten free as needed
1 1/4cupall-purpose flouruse oat flour for gluten free
1cupchocolate chipsI like dark but semi-sweet works as well
Mini chocolate chips
caramel sauce for drizzling
Add the caramel, heavy cream and salt into a small saucepan over low heat. Cook and stir until smooth and combined. Set aside to cool.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line an 8x8 inch square pan with parchment paper or foil sprayed with cooking spray, leaving a slight overhang to easily remove bars.
Stir together melted butter, brown sugar, flour, and oats until combined.
Pour half of the oatmeal mixture into the prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
Remove pan from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over the crust. Pour caramel mixture over chocolate chips, then sprinkle the remaining crust dough over the caramel, pressing down slightly.
Return pan to the oven and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting. Place in fridge or freezer to speed up the process.
When cooled, remove bars using overhang and cut into squares. Top with more chocolate chips, chopped pecans, and caramel drizzle if desired.