Do you ever have that craving for something sweet, something gooey, something so delicious it seems out-of-this world?? Then these bars are for you! I've posted too many healthy recipes in my last few posts, so it is time to indulge!! The cappuccino-caramel oat bars are filled with caramel goodness and topped off with an espresso glaze. The recipe below calls for pecans, but if you have an allergy or simply do not like pecans, they can certainly be eliminated from the recipe (I've done that before and they still turn out delicious).
Cappuccino-Caramel Oat Bars
(Another one of Carol R.'s recipes)
3 C. Rolled Oats (not quick oats)
2 1/3 C. Flour
1 1/2 C. Pecans, chopped
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 C. Butter, softened (I used Margarine)
2 C. Brown Sugar, packed
1 Tbsp. Instant Espresso Powder
2 tsp. Vanilla
3/4 C. Caramel Ice Cream Topping (I used Fat-Free Caramel Topping)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 15'' x 10''x 1'' pan. In a large bowl, stir together oats, flour 1 C. pecans, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In another bowl, beat butter with electric mixer for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar; beat in eggs, espresso powder, and vanilla until combined. Beat in oat mixture. Reserve 2 cups of mixture for topping. Using floured hands, press remaining oat mix evenly into bottom of pan. Spread caramel topping evenly over crust. Drop spoonfuls of reserved topping mix over caramel; sprinkle with remaining 1/2-cup pecans. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack. Drizzle with coffee glaze (below). Let stand 15 minutes until glaze sets. Cut into small, triangular or square bars. Makes 24 bars or 48 triangles. Cover pan tightly and store at room temperature for up to 3 days. Freezes well.
Cappuccino Glaze for the Bars
2 Tbsp. Milk
1 tsp. Instant Espresso Powder
1 C. Powdered Sugar, sifted
In a small bowl, combine 2 Tbsp. very hot milk and 1 tsp. espresso powder; stir until mixed. Stir in powdered sugar until smooth.
I wrapped up the bars in these cute little bags I found at Michaels. Some of them are going over to Doug's grandparents' house and the ones pictured above are going to the hospital (pray for Mrs. K)!