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September 27, 2017

Caramel Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars

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You asked for a pumpkin recipe and here’s what I found! I was looking for something that would be good for breakfast and could be served warm after dinner with ice cream. These bars fit the bill.

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They’re kinda chewy with hints of crunch due to the bits of caramelized caramel (is that a thing?). They’ve got a good bite because of the oatmeal. It’s like a coffee cake meets a bar. I can’t wait to have one with coffee!

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We’re starting off pumpkin season with Caramel Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars!

Now…tell me…what’s your favorite slow cooker or instant pot recipe for fall. I need some inspiration!

Let’s gather our ingredients:

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We mix together everything but the pumpkin + vanilla.

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We also melt caramels with milk in the microwave.

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Set aside some of the crumb mixture. This becomes our topping.

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Pumpkin + vanilla go into the mixture.

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Pumpkin layer down.

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Followed by caramel.

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Uh huh.

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Topping gets topped.

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Off to the oven…

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BAKED!

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Serve it up!

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Take a few samples!

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It makes the best afternoon snack.

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For more pumpkin recipes try:

 

Caramel Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars

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makes 24

recipe slightly adapted from McCormick

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup (2 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 7 ounces (1/2 of 14-ounce package) caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix flour, oats, sugar, baking soda, salt and spices in large bowl. Add butter; stir until mixture is well blended and forms coarse crumbs. Reserve 1/2 (about 2 1/4 cups) for the topping. Add pumpkin and vanilla to remaining mixture in bowl; stir until well blended. Press evenly into bottom of greased foil-lined 13×9-inch baking pan. Set aside.

Microwave caramels and milk in medium microwavable bowl on HIGH 2 to 3 minutes or until caramels are completely melted, stirring after every minute. Let stand 1 minute. Pour over pumpkin mixture in pan, spreading to within 1/2-inch of edges. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Lift from pan. Cut into bars.

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  • Marisa

    I remember watching this on your Insta stories and squealing with delight because I knew the recipe was going to be a good one! So excited to make these.

  • Jamie

    Oh glory, I have to avoid caramel oatmeal bars when I come across them but surely the added pumpkin makes them healthy? ; )

  • Megan

    Tracy!! These look amazing! I know you probably cringe when the second fall comes around your readers want pumpkin, I hate myself for being basic too! Thank you! And slow cooker, not really a “recipe” but carmelizing onions in a slow cooker makes my apartment smell glorious and my dog go crazy!! Plus you can freeze the onions once done to use later on pizzas, sandwiches, umm…spoons?

    Take care and keep posting!! Love from Louisville.

  • amy

    These are amazing! I made them for afterschool snacks today and they are a huge hit! Thank you – @h

  • Amy

    I made these today for a mom and baby play date tomorrow – I gave them a try and they’re delicious! I was pleasantly surprised that they aren’t overly sweet. Thanks for sharing a tasty way to usher in October. :)

  • Catherine

    Made these for dinner guests tonight – everyone agreed they were outstanding! Thank you!

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