March 24, 2014

Salty Caramel Oat Bars

Salty Caramel Oat Bars |
I don't know when or why 'salted caramel' became a fad but I've been mixing salty and sweet together since I can remember enjoying food. These salty caramel oat bars are ridiculously decadent and will both satisfy and obliterate your sweet tooth. They're the perfect single-serve after dinner treat.

Salty Caramel Oat Bars
Recipe totally credited to Lovely Little Kitchen, a delicious blog that you should be reading
Makes 24 bars
Ingredients - Oat Layer:
  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cups light corn syrup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup melted butter
Directions - Oat Layer:
Preheat the oven to 350f. In a bowl, mix together the oatmeal, corn syrup, brown sugar and melted butter until well combined. Line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper, leaving excess hanging over the side. (I did not have a 9x13 until very recently, so I split the oat mixture into two).
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Ingredients - Salty Caramel Layer:
  • 1/2 cups butter
  • 2 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Mini pretzels and flaked salt for topping
Directions - Salty Caramel Layer:
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Once melted, add the brown sugar, corn syrup, and heavy cream. Using a candy thermometer, bring to a boil and stir frequently until the caramel reaches 235 degrees. This takes a little bit of time, so be patient and try not to be scared of the giant boiling sugar bubbles.
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Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and salt. Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Pour the caramel over the cooled oat mixture and bang (gently) on the table to pop any little bubbles. Chill until set, at least an hour.
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Once set, press the mini pretzels into the caramel and sprinkle with salt
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Remove from the baking dish by pulling up on the parchment paper and place on a cutting board so you can cut into bars
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Keep the extras in the fridge. I lined a Tupperware with parchment paper layers so they wouldn't stick together. Next time, I'm thinking about adding a chocolate layer to really kick this shit up a notch.
salty caramel oat bar
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  1. ermagherd. i cannot wait to eat this on friday as soon as i walk into your apt.

  2. I'm so glad you love these as much as I do. I can't tell you how many I ate for breakfast! Oatmeal is oatmeal, right?

  3. exactly! and oats are healthy...right?? :) thanks for the amazing recipe!

  4. i will leave them out for you! :) :) CAN'T WAITSIES


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