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Caramel Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

These oatmeal bars are totally healthy because the crust is made of oatmeal. I'm not a doctor or anything, but I'm pretty sure you can trust me. Maybe?
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword back to school, easy bar recipes, easy dessert recipes, kid-friendly recipes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 16 bars
Calories 530kcal


  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar divided
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons butter divided
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk 1 can
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 11 ounces milk chocolate chips


  • To start, make the caramel sauce by melting 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar in a medium sauce pan over medium low heat.
  • When melted, stir in the sweetened condensed milk and continue cooking, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and darkens to a caramel color, about 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the peanut butter and vanilla.
  • To make the crust, combine the flour, oatmeal, and remaining 1/2 cup of brown sugar in a large bowl. Melt the remaining 1 1/2 cups of butter and stir into the oatmeal mixture.
  • Press half of the oatmeal mixture into the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven.
  • Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the oatmeal crust. Spread the caramel peanut butter mixture over the chocolate chips and crumble the remaining oatmeal crust mixture over the top.
  • Return to the oven and continue baking for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting.


Calories: 530kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 274mg | Potassium: 248mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 640IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 1.6mg