Healthy Caramel Oatmeal Bars

Calling all caramel lovers! These Healthy Caramel Oatmeal Bars are every bit the chewy, gooey, goodness they look. They're gluten free, vegan, soy free, and DELICIOUS!

If you gave me a bowl of caramel and a spoon, I’d be totally content.

Calling all caramel lovers! These Healthy Caramel Oatmeal Bars are every bit the chewy, gooey, goodness they look. They're gluten free, vegan, soy free, and DELICIOUS!

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There is just something about caramel that I love. Maybe it’s that the flavor is so unique and delicious or that it’s so creamy and smooth, but I could literally eat it all by itself. Good news is, dates make a great healthy substitute for caramel and, when blended, have a similar flavor and texture as caramel. Which is why I sandwiched them in between a sweet and chewy layer of oats for these caramel oatmeal bars.

Calling all caramel lovers! These Healthy Caramel Oatmeal Bars are every bit the chewy, gooey, goodness they look. They're gluten free, vegan, soy free, and DELICIOUS!

If you haven’t tried date “caramel”, you don’t know what you’re missing! Dates are naturally sweet and make a great, thick, creamy paste when blended with just a few other ingredients. So, in no time flat you get a refined sugar-free caramel (that is totally eat-by-the-spoonful approved).

And if you thought healthy caramel was good, wait until you see the ingredients for the oatmeal bars! They are basically like a superfood that is made up of chia seeds, almonds, and obviously, oats. All combined, they provide you with omega-3’s, healthy fats, fiber, and protein. These bars are just begging to be eaten.

Calling all caramel lovers! These Healthy Caramel Oatmeal Bars are every bit the chewy, gooey, goodness they look. They're gluten free, vegan, soy free, and DELICIOUS!

You could even slice them up and grab them for a sweet, quick, on-the-go breakfast. The fiber and good-for-you fats These healthy peanut butter and jelly bars make the perfect easy snack! Full of whole grains and fruit, they'll keep you full and satisfied. #peanutbutterandjelly #healthysnack #vegan #glutenfreewill keep you full and energized in the morning. But, if you feel the need to grab another bar for a mid-morning snack, I totally approve.

Besides, if these bars don’t last in your house for very long (like they sure didn’t in mine), the good news is they take barely any time to whip up. For the oatmeal bars, all you need is a large bowl and a spoon. You literally throw all the ingredients into one bowl and stir them together. And the date “caramel” comes together in a matter of minutes by blending everything in a food processor or blender.

Calling all caramel lovers! These Healthy Caramel Oatmeal Bars are every bit the chewy, gooey, goodness they look. They're gluten free, vegan, soy free, and DELICIOUS!

Pop these bars in the oven for a few minutes and you’ve got yourself a sweet and chewy treat full of nutritious ingredients that is sure to make your tummy happy.

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Calling all caramel lovers! These Healthy Caramel Oatmeal Bars are every bit the chewy, gooey, goodness they look. They're gluten free, vegan, soy free, and DELICIOUS!

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Yields 9 bars

Healthy Caramel Oatmeal Bars

Gluten Free; Vegan; High Fiber; Egg Free; Soy Free

20 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease or line with parchment paper an 8 X 8 square pan .
  2. For the oatmeal bars, in a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together until everything is well combined and a semi-sticky dough is formed.
  3. Press 2/3rds of the dough into the prepared pan, pressing very hard to make sure everything sticks together. Set aside.
  4. For the date caramel, place all the ingredients into a food processor or blender. Blend until completely smooth.
  5. Spread the caramel evenly over the oatmeal bar.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining oatmeal bar dough over the caramel layer and press down lightly.
  7. Bake for 14-15 min. or until the edges are a dark golden brown.
  8. Allow the bars to cool in the pan completely. If they are still crumbly when cut, chill them in the fridge for 30 min.
  9. Slice these sweet bars up and enjoy!
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6 Replies to “Healthy Caramel Oatmeal Bars”

  1. Oh my goodness. I'm in TROUBLE with this recipe. It features so many things I love. Thank you!!!
    1. They are pretty hard to put down!! I hope you like them!
  2. Jessica mckinnon says: Reply
    No experience with dates- are these dried dates....or fresh dates??
    1. Hey Jessica! Either one should work. If the dates are really hard you can soak them in hot water for about 10 minutes to soften them up. I really like these - https://amzn.to/2N3RWLQ and are what I use in my recipes :)
  3. Is there a secret to making the date sauce? I put the milk and dates (exactly as in the recipe) in a blender but I couldn't get it to look like that no matter how long I blended it. It was a bit chunky and looked like a pudding but had the consistency of soft butter...
    1. It really depends on the type of blender you're using. Some don't blend small amounts of stuff very well and that could be why your date paste is staying chunky. You can either: double the recipe to give the blender a little more to work with, or 2. put the date paste in the fridge for about an hour or so and blend it again. I find that helps a lot! Good luck :)

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