Oaty Caramel Bars

16 Aug

I tried out this recipe after a friend of mine asked if I would make a treat for one of her group meetings. I was looking for something simple and quick  due to my then impending pups, and this ticked all the boxes plus looked completely delicious. I gave it a go and after changing one or two things, I’m in love. The caramel layer is extremely rich but it is very nicely balanced by the oats, making the bar much more balanced.

2 cups plain flour

1tsp baking soda

1/4tsp salt

1 cup butter. softened

1 1/2 cups light brown sugar

2 cups oats

400g tin of caramel( or you can make homemade)

150g milk chocolate chips

1 cup pecans/walnuts/hazelnuts

  • Preheat the oven to 180ºc/350ºf and grease and line a 9x13inch baking tray.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt, set aside.
  • With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy then on low, slowly mix in the flour followed by the oats until a crumbly dough is formed.
  • Pack half the crumble mix into the tin and bake in the oven for 10mins. Meanwhile put your caramel in a saucepan over a low heat and slowly warm the caramel until  it is slightly more runny.
  • Take the crumble base out of the oven and scatter the chocolate chips and nuts over, then pour in your caramel in an even layer. Finally scatter the rest of the crumble mix on top evenly.
  • Bake in the oven for about 15mins, until light golden.
  • When it is done let cool to room temp then put in the fridge for at least 2 hours or even overnight. Cut into squares and eat!
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