Monday, April 9, 2018

Oatmeal Chocolate Salted Caramel Bars

By: The Food Hunter

This post is sponsored by Nielsen-Massey Vanilla, as always all opinions are 100% my own.

There's no denying my love for sweets, and with that comes my love for vanilla. In particular Neilsen Massey vanilla. Their vanilla is one of the finest and purest I've ever tasted and it most certainly shows in the treats I bake. Try it for yourself the next time you are baking and see if you can taste the difference.

These bars are perfect for when you can't decide between healthy oatmeal, decadent chocolate or rich salted caramel! 

Oatmeal Chocolate Salted Caramel Bars

For the oatmeal layer
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 eggs
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon  Nielsen-Massey Vanilla
11/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1.5 cups old fashioned rolled oats

For the chocolate layer
1 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 can sweetened condensed milk

For the caramel layer
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup half-and-half
2 tablespoons butter
Pinch salt
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper and coat with butter.

Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla, and milk and mix until combined.

In another bowl stir together flour, salt, and oats. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix well. Spread ⅔ of the batter into the bottom of your prepared pan.

In a medium sauce pan combine chocolate chips and condensed milk and sit over medium heat until completely melted and smooth. Pour into pan over the layer of oatmeal batter.

Mix together brown sugar, half-and-half, butter and salt in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk for 5 to 7 minutes, or until it mixture thickens. Add vanilla and cook another minute or so.  Remove from heat, and let cool in the pot. Pour cooled caramel over fudge layer.

Drop teaspoons of remaining oatmeal mixture over the caramel. Sprinkle with sea salt and pecans. Bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.

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