Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Caramelitas

These are Frog Prince’s favorite dessert. 

I’d say they aren’t half bad either. 

But, I’m warning you… they are highly addictive. 

The original recipe is present on this blog from when I first started making these for Frog Prince.  But, since them we’ve tried many different versions – one that uses applesauce and is considered the healthiest of our trials.  And, this version – a happy medium. 

This one uses white whole wheat flour, our homemade caramel sauce, reduces the amount of sugar & butter, but still makes a darn good bar, if I do say so myself. 

Caramelitas – From the Flatten Family


  • 2 C white whole wheat flour
  • 2 C oats {quick or regular, or a combination}
  • 3/4 C brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 C butter, melted
  • 1ish C dark chocolate chips
  • 1 recipe caramel sauce


Begin by mixing together 2 C white whole wheat flour, 2 C oats, 3/4 C brown sugar, 1 tsp. baking soda and 1/2 tsp. salt in a large bowl.  Blend until these dry ingredients are stirred together.  Then, add in the 3/4 C melted butter. 

Using a fork or spatula, stir until the butter is incorporated.  Then, press just about 3/4 of the mixture into a 9x13 pan lined with parchment paper. 

Bake the crust at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, until the crust is lightly browned.  Remove from the oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top.

Combine together the ingredients for making the caramel sauce (1/4 C butter, 1/8 C whipping cream and 1/4 C brown sugar), and prepare according to directions.  Then, pour the caramel sauce over the top of the crust. 

Cover the top with the remaining 1/4 of the oat, butter & flour mixture. 

Return the pan to the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes, until the top begins to brown slightly. 

As good as the bars look and smell when you pull them out of the oven, do not try eating one right away.  They are way too gooey and won’t hold up well.  Although, your stomach probably won’t mind!  When the bars have cooled (2-3 hours), remove the parchment paper from the pan and place the bars on a cutting board.  Slice into 32+ bars. 

Serve & enjoy!  Store leftovers in an airtight container {and, hide them!}.

Linked to: Tasty Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday 2


  1. Yum!!! These look so good. I love oats + dark chocolate...a wonderful combination!

  2. OMG. I can not tell you how good these sound to me right now!!!

  3. I love your recipe! Would you come over to Cast Party Wednesday and share it?
    I hope to see you there!

  4. this recipe sounds delicious but since we have a granddaughter that reacts to chocolate, I am wondering if it would work to substitute apples chunks in place of the chocolate chips?

    1. You could do apple, -- just saute them first so they don't release too much of the liquid! Alternatively, you could try the recipe just with caramel; that would be quite tasty too. If you try it with apples, please let me know how they turn out.

  5. These look right up my alley! Love the oatmeal crust...I would eat that straight :)


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