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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

Carmelitas are soft & chewy oatmeal bars filled with a gooey caramel filling and oozing chocolate. These bars are seriously so irresistible & perfect for sharing!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword best oatmeal recipe, caramel desserts, carmelitas recipe, chocolate chip oatmeal bars, easy dessert recipe, healthy dessert idea, healthy dessert recipe, oatmeal bars recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 bars
Calories 398 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 Topping:

  • 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.
  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 Video

Recipe Notes

Slightly adapted from: Lulu the Baker

Nutrition Facts
Oatmeal Carmelitas
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 398 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 234mg10%
Potassium 98mg3%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Sugar 44g49%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 545IU11%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* 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.