Oatmeal Carmelitas make the perfect easy decadent treat. Best of all, they're soft, chewy and full of delicious layers of oatmeal, chocolate and gooey caramel. Great for bringing along to dessert bars or any potluck or parties.

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!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword caramel dessert, oatmeal squares
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 360 kcal


  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 32 unwrapped caramel squares or 11 ounce bag of caramel bits
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup old fashioned oats use gluten free as needed
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour use oat flour for gluten free
  • 1 cup chocolate chips I like dark but semi-sweet works as well

Optional Toppings:

  • Mini chocolate chips
  • caramel sauce for drizzling
  • chopped pecans


  1. 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.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  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 the crust. Pour caramel mixture over chocolate chips, then sprinkle the remaining crust dough over the caramel, pressing down slightly.
  7. 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.
  8. When cooled, remove bars using overhang and cut into squares. Top with more chocolate chips, chopped pecans, and caramel drizzle if desired.

Recipe Notes

Slightly dapted from: Lulu the Baker

Nutrition Facts
Oatmeal Carmelitas
Amount Per Serving (1 square)
Calories 360 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 169mg 7%
Potassium 79mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 44g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 27g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 10.7%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 4.9%
Iron 7.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.