Carmelita Bars Are Like the Brownies, But WAY Better

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I first had Carmelita Bars from Whole Foods when I was in graduate school.  I bought them on accident the first time, but the next 50 times it was 100% intentional.  They are so good, definitely a treat, but I promise you will be asked for this recipe every time you serve them. They make the perfect bake sale item!


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups oatmeal (quick cook)
  • 1 ½  cups light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½  tsp salt
  • ¾  cup cold, cubed butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½  cup chopped pecans (or other nut or omit)
  • ¾ – 1 cup caramel sauce
  • 2 TBSP flour


  1.  In a food processor (or by hand), mix flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add in butter until mixture is clumpy.
  2. Butter a 9×13 pan. Spread half of the crumb mixture in bottom of pan and spread. I recommend wetting your clean fingers and using them to press the mixture into the bottom of the pan.
  3. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. While baking, combine caramel sauce with flour until mixed thoroughly.
  4. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, nuts, and caramel sauce mixture. Top with crumbs (breaking up large clumps as you go).
  5. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes, until golden brown.
  6. Allow cooling before cutting into bars.

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Meg is a Co-Founder of What's Up Moms and the mom to three kids (12, 10 and 7). She wishes her kids asked for caramelized brussel sprouts and wild salmon salad every night. But most of the time, you'll find her whipping up a kid-friendly pasta or a sweet treat with a healthy twist. Her motto is: everything in moderation... except coffee. Find her on Instagram @madewithmeg. {{Privy:Embed campaign=591322}}