10.16.2015

Pumpkin Oatmeal Carmelitas

One of my favorite dessert bars are Carmelitas.
Oatmeal, Brown Sugar, Caramel, Chocolate Chips...yum!
I make carmelitas often & it's fun to mix up some of the toppings.
I decided to make a fall version of carmelitas & add some pumpkin!
Here is what you need:
 Crust:
2 cups flour
2 cups oatmeal
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cups butter, melted
Filing:
1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
1/2 cup Peanut Butter ( I use Skippy)
1 t pumpkin pie spice
2 t cinnamon
1 cup Caramel topping
1 package  chocolate chips (I use milk chocolate)
1 cup chopped pecans  (optional)


Combine crust ingredients & mix to form crust. 
Press HALF of the mixture into the bottom of a 9X13 pan. 
Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes  (until barely brown). 
While it is cooking, prepare your filing.
In a bowl, combine peanut butter, pumpkin, spices & caramel 
Mix together until smooth. 
 Spread on top of crust once you take it out of the oven:
Sprinkle with chocolate chips:

Sprinkle with remaining crumbs to form crust mixture. 
I add chopped peacans to half of it (my kids don't like pecans)
Then, I drizzle more caramel sauce over the top!
 Bake 15-20 minutes at 350, until golden brown. 
It will seem slightly jiggly, but it will be fine!
 Chill 2 -3 hours in the fridge.
 Cut into bars & Enjoy!
 These bars are heavenly!
I hope you love these bars as much as we do. 
I like that the bars are versatile....If you don't like peanut butter, leave it out. If you don't like pumpkin, you can leave that out also! 

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Hope you have a good weekend....my 1/2 marathon is on Sunday...EEEK! Wish me luck!

5 comments:

  1. I've never had carmelitas! These flavors are PERFECT so I am definitely making this recipe :) GOOD LUCK racing this weekend! I'm so excited for you!

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  2. Wow I have actually never heard of caramelitas! This look so good. I love everything chocolate oatmeal and pumpkin and this has all of those so I might just have to do it ;)

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  3. Those look really good! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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