Thursday, February 6, 2014

Oatmeal Caramelitas (with Gluten Free Option)

Oatmeal Caramelitas

Oatmeal Caramelitas (with Gluten Free Option) 

1-1/2 cups old fashioned oats (use GF)
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup flour (I used Jules GF Flour)
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
12 Tablespoons butter (cold)
1/2 cup caramel topping
2 Tablespoons flour (I used Jules GF Flour)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup semi sweet or milk chocolate chips


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine oats, flour, brown sugar and baking soda.

Using a pastry blender cut butter into dry mix until the butter pieces are small.  If you don't have a pastry blender you can use a fork or your fingers (as long as you don't overwork the butter and make it warm.)
Line an 8 x 8 inch (or 9x9) baking dish with parchment paper.  I cut my 15" wide paper in half and laid one piece one way and the other piece the other.  
Press all but 1 cup of the mix into the bottom of the pan. 
Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until it is golden brown.
Mix together flour and caramel topping.
Stir until smooth. The flour will help thicken the caramel as it bakes.
Mix together chocolate chips, nuts, and rest of the dry oat mixture.
Next time I will use mini chips.
 Drizzle caramel onto the bottom layer. 
Spread carefully until it is close to the edges.
 Sprinkle on the chocolate chip nut mixture.
 Spread on evenly. Pressing just a little bit.
 Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool completely before cutting.  If you are impatient as I was you can put it in the fridge to cool it faster.



16 comments:

  1. Looks delicious, a great 'sweet treat'. I love the caramel in it. Pinned/shared

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  2. I love recipes that use rolled oats! Thanks for sharing- following you on facebook and twitter!

    Sandra
    www.notesfromtheslife.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by...heading to your page now!

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  3. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies are my favorite and this looks like an improved version! Pinning

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  4. Wow! This looks amazingly sweet to me. Thanks for sharing this with our Let's Get Real readers. I bet this would be really fun for the kids to make with me. For some reason, they prefer to prepare the sweets and treats over anything else. LOL!

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    1. I think most kids are that way! We cut these small to keep our portions in moderation. Kids love to mix and this one would be easy to make!

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  5. Mmm.... I love carmelitas! I try to tell myself that since they have oatmeal in them they're healthy- right? ;)
    Pinning!

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  6. G'day! YUM jenny YUM!
    Cheers! Joanne
    http://whatsonthelist.net

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  7. These look delicious! Love the gluten-free option. I don't eat gluten free, but have family and friends that do, so I always need ideas I can share with them. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

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  8. Love caramelitas but haven't made them for a while... Love that you included a gluten free recipe too.

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  9. Pinning! Thanks for sharing on The Four Seasons Blog Hop! Sandra from Scrumptilicious 4 You!

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  10. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Hope your week is great! Can't wait to see what you link up this week!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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