Caramel Apple Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

Caramel apple chocolate oat bars

One of my favorite recipes is my Chocolate Salted Caramel Bars but they definitely don't qualify as healthy so they are a rare treat.  I needed to come up with something that I felt okay eating a little more regularly, so these Caramel Apple Chocolate Oatmeal Bars were born!

One of the reasons I like the Chocolate Salted Caramel Bars so much is the combo of sweet and salty, chocolate and caramel. After scouring the internet for other chocolate & caramel recipes, I couldn't find anything that would satisfy my craving without putting a serious strain on my weight-loss goals. Some used packaged caramels, but by using the caramel recipe from my bars I was able to make a big difference in the calories & carbs. I also traded some of the butter for applesauce in the oat mixture, which cut down on the carbs too. Adding apple lets me pretend its a fruit dish to relieve some of the guilt.

Caramel apple chocolate oat squares

Caramel Apple Chocolate Oat Bars
Recipe type: Dessert
Caramel Apple Chocolate Oat Bars
Oat Mixture:
  • 1 stick salted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup applesauce
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups quick oats
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
Caramel Ingredients:
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 7 oz sweetened condensed milk (1/2 of a 14 ounce can)
  • 2 cups chopped apples
  • ¾ cup Semi-Sweet Mini Morsels
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 9”x13” pan with butter and set aside.
  2. Mix salted butter and brown sugar together. Add flour, quick oats, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Combine the butter, sugar, sweetened condensed milk, and corn syrup in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Stir until butter is melted. Increasing to medium-high, bring the mixture to a boil.
  5. Once it starts boiling, reduce it to a simmer - stirring constantly. The mixture will start to thicken, and lighten up. Allow to cool briefly.
  6. Stir chopped apples & chocolate chips into the caramel mixture and fold into the oat mixture.
  7. Press into your pan and bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Let cool completely, cut into bars, and enjoy!


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  1. yes! These look so tasty! Found you on Livingwellspendingless, and I am so glad I did. Great recipe!

  2. These look amazing! I love that they are “healthier” so I don’t have to feel as guilty 😉

  3. Ha, these look delicious, and now are gonna scupper my weight-loss goals too! You’ve just made me hungry for dessert! Pinning for a day when I feel I deserve a treat.
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