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Pumpkin Carmelitas are the easy treat for fall. Best of all, they're soft, chewy and full of delicious layers of oatmeal, pumpkin, pumpkin spice, chocolate and gooey caramel. Great for bringing along to dessert bars or any potluck or parties.

Pumpkin Carmelita Oatmeal Bars

These Pumpkin Carmelita Oatmeal Bars are so yummy and easy to make with staple pantry ingredients like oatmeal, pumpkin, caramel, chocolate and pecans. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword carmelitas recipe easy, chocolate caramel bars, chocolate chip oatmeal bars, fall desserts, healthy pumpkin recipes, oatmeal bar recipe, pumpkin bar recipe, pumpkin bars, pumpkin dessert, recipe oatmeal bars
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 bars
Calories 349 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecan pieces optional

Pumpkin Caramel Filling:

  • 1-1/2 cups caramel bits or 34 caramel squares unwrapped
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree NOT pumpkin pie filling
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with parchment paper or tin foil, leaving an overhang. Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. To make the pumpkin caramel filling - In a small saucepan set over low heat, cook the caramel with heavy cream until completely smooth, stirring often. Whisk in pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.
  3. To make the carmelita bars - In a large mixing bowl, whisk brown sugar and melted butter together. Add the flour, oats, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt and mix until crumbly.
  4. Press a little bit more than half of the mixture on the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips and chopped pecans over the crust.
  6. Pour the pumpkin caramel in the pan, spreading evenly.
  7. Crumble remaining oatmeal mixture over caramel.
  8. Return to oven and bake for an additional 15-19 minutes, or until the edges are lightly brown.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool completely so the pumpkin caramel sets up. You can place them in the fridge to speed up the process. Once cool, cut into squares and drizzle with additional caramel if desired.

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Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Carmelita Oatmeal Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 349 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 290mg12%
Potassium 151mg4%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1575IU32%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.