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Easy Oatmeal Caramelita Bars

The perfect blend of buttery brown sugar oats, layered with melted chocolate and gooey caramel. Everyone's favorite thing to find in their lunchbox.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caramelitas, oatmeal caramel bars, oatmeal caramelita bars
Servings: 24 bbar
Calories: 202kcal
Author: Katie Shaw


  • Aluminum foil
  • 9 x 13 baking dish


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups quick oats not instant oatmeal!
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 (12 ounce) bag chocolate chips
  • 1 ½ (11 ounce) package of caramels about 16 ounces total of caramels
  • ½ cup cream or half and half


  • Preheat oven and prepare pan. Preheat oven to 350 with the rack in the center. Line a 13 x 9 baking dish with aluminum foil, allowing it overhang by a few inches to make a sling. Spray the foil generously with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Make the oatmeal layer. Combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the melted butter and stir with a rubber spatula until a crumbly mixture forms. Measure out 3 scant cups of the oatmeal mixture and press into the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Add the chocolate and caramel layers. Place the caramels in a microwave-safe bowl and pour the cream on top. Microwave on medium power for 5 minutes, stirring halfway through, until the mixture is smooth and fully melted. Pour the melted caramel on top of the oatmeal layer. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top. Evenly sprinkle the remaining oat mixture on top of the chocolate chips.
  • Bake. Bake for 30 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan on a wire cooling rack. Lift out of the pan when fully cool using foil handles. Cut into bars and serve.


This recipe can be cut in half and baked in an 8-inch square pan. Reduce the baking time to 20 minutes.
Do not substitute jarred caramel sauce; it will not set up properly and will be too messy when you cut the bars.


Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 310IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg