No-Bake Chocolate Caramel Oat Bars are fall treat recipe made with chocolate, caramel & butter & brown sugar covered oats. Simple & quick to make, it’s a family favorite for sure.
Who loves quick & easy dessert recipes? We are right at the part of the season where it feels like fall, but the temps still keep me from wanting to bake.
Which is why I love to make goodies that I can whip up without my oven, like these No-Bake Chocolate Caramel Oat Bars. With just a few minutes at the stove top & a little bit of set time, we have some insanely good treats to enjoy after dinner.
It is no secret, I love my treats. I am also quite impatient & so the quicker the better when it comes to goodies. No complicated steps or a whole lot of ingredients. Just delicious goodness right here!
Oat Bars Recipe
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Those buttery, sweet oats are so delicious, especially when paired with the chocolate & caramel layer. I’m telling you, you’ll want to make a double batch.
chocolate caramel treats
Here are some commonly asked questions
Can I use rolled oats instead of quick?
Well, you can – but the texture & how chewy these are will change quite a bit. With the quick cook oats, they will be a bit easier to eat. The rolled oats tend to be less soft & therefore not quite as easy to eat when they haven’t been mixed with adequate moisture.
Can this recipe be doubled?
Yes, if you are making these for a potluck or party, you can definitely double this recipe. You can use a 9×13 dish when doubling. It should fit just fine without the need for an additional pan.
HOW DO YOU MAKE No-Bake Chocolate Caramel Oat Bars?
- Grease square baking pan or line with parchment & set aside. (I used 9×9)
- Melt butter in 2 qt saucepan over medium heat.
- Add brown sugar & vanilla- stir until melted & combined.
- Add oats & toss until thoroughly coated – cooking on low 2-4 minutes.
- Remove from heat & press 3/4 of the oats in the bottom of prepared pan- covering the bottom. Set aside.
- Melt chocolate chips & caramel in double boiler until it becomes a creamy liquid consistency & is well combined – stir frequently.
- Remove from heat & pour over oats in pan- spread out to cover completely.
- Sprinkle remaining oats on top of chocolate/caramel layer – they won’t cover completely.
- Allow to cool in refrigerator for several hours to firm up.
- Bring to room temp before cutting & serving.
- Store in airtight container for up to 4 days at room temperature.
Can I make this with canned dulce de leche?
Absolutely. If you don’t happen to have any homemade caramel sauce, the canned dulce de leche is perfect. I also have a recipe for homemade dulce de leche that is REALLY EASY & takes only 1 ingredient.
No Bake Chocolate Oat Bars
How many people will this serve?
Honestly, this really depends on how large or small you cut them. But I like to cut them 3×3 – totaling 9 bars. Of course, you can cut 4×4 rows to make 12 bars or 2×2 & have just 4 super large bars. That is really up to you. I’m talking 3 bars x 3 bars – not 3″x3″.
Can this recipe be made with caramel sauce instead of thicker dulce de leche?
I don’t recomend it because it will change the consistency of the caramel/chocolate layer. A thinner sauce might not firm up & then you just have a gooey mess.
To make this recipe you will need…
- packed brown sugar
- quick cook oats
- vanilla extract
- semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
- homemade caramel or dulce de leche
Products I love when making no-bake oat bars…
This oat bars recipe is so simple and delicious – and you probably already have many of these items on hand like I do! OR If you’ve never made no-bake goodies before, you might be a bit nervous – but you’re going to love how insanely delicious these are. I have made a list below of the things I absolutely can’t live without when it comes to making this delicious dessert recipe.
- light brown sugar
- quick oats
- vanilla extract
- semi-sweet chocolate chips
- dulce de leche
- this metal baking pan
- measuring cups
- wet ingredient measuring cup
- measuring spoons
All this yumminess – such a perfect dessert!
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No Bake Chocolate Caramel Oat Bars
- 1 cup butter 2 sticks
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 3 cups quick cook oats
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup homemade caramel or dulce de leche
Grease square baking pan or line with parchment & set aside. (I used 9×9)
Melt butter in 2 qt saucepan over medium heat.
Add brown sugar & vanilla- stir until melted & combined.
Add oats & toss until thoroughly coated – cooking on low 2-4 minutes
Remove from heat & press 3/4 of the oats in the bottom of prepared pan- covering the bottom. Set aside.
Melt chocolate chips & caramel in double boiler until it becomes a creamy liquid consistency & well combined – stir frequently.
Remove from heat & pour over oats in pan- spread out to cover completely.
Sprinkle remaining oats on top of chocolate/caramel layer – they won’t cover completely
Allow to cool in refrigerator for several hours to firm up.
Bring to room temp before cutting & serving.
Store in airtight container for up to 4 days at room temperature.