Caramel Oatmeal Bars

These Caramel Oatmeal Bars are an easy breakfast to have ready on busy mornings.  Homemade granola bars never looked so good.
I love that the internet is a fun place to be able to share my crazy baking stuff.
Creative people have a strange desire to share their crafting love with others.
And blogging has given me a connection with others
that are just as “crazy” about baking as me.
It is a fun outlet.
I love sharing my baking passion with all of you.
It makes me the happiest to be creating in my kitchen
and then happy to share the fun recipes online.
I love that bloggers get bloggers.
You all leave the sweetest comments. (don’t ever stop:-)
Last fall I joined the Secret Recipe Club.
Just another fun way to “connect” with more fun foodies!!!
Once a month you are assigned another food blogger to “stalk”.
No really, you are supposed to study this person
and find one of their yummy recipes to recreate without telling them.
Stalking, right?

Caramel Oatmeal Bars - caramel and potato chips make these a delicious and fun granola bar
This month I was assigned Ruchi’s Simply Food.
This girl keeps herself busy making super cute cakes
and hosting baking classes for kids.
I enjoyed reading through her posts as I searched for the perfect recipe.
When I clicked on her Chocolate Chunk Walnut Cookies
I knew it was going to be a winner.
What totally sold me was that it was one bowl recipe.
Any time I can bake and not make a huge mess…win win for everyone.
Caramel Oatmeal Bars - caramel and potato chips make these a delicious and fun granola bar
I used almost the exact same recipe, but
I decided to simplify the recipe even more.
Instead of taking the time to make cookies, I used a 9X13 pan.
Simple is always better, right?
As I dug through my baking cupboard,
I pulled out a bag of opened caramel bits.
For some reason this sounded really good to me.
And then a lightbulb went off
as I thought about the potato chips in the other cupboard.
Potato chips and caramel bits mixed with some marshmallow bits?
Yes, please.
This might be my new favorite flavor combo.
At least for today :-)
Caramel Oatmeal Bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 14 granola bars

Caramel Oatmeal Bars

Homemade granola bars are easy to do. They make the perfect on the go breakfast.


3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 cups quick oats
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup caramel baking bits
1 cup plain potato chips, crushed
3/4 cup mini marshmallow bits
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon shortening


  1. Cream the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add the vanilla and eggs and cream again. Slowly add the flour, cinnamon, and salt. Add the oats a little bit at a time. The dough will be very stiff. Stir in the caramel, marshmallows, and chips by hand.
  2. Spread in a greased 9×13 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-22 minutes. Cool completely. Cut into 14 bars.
  3. Melt the white chocolate chips and shortening in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat. Spoon into a plastic bag with one corner cut off. Drizzle over the bars. Let set. Store in a sealed container. Makes 14 granola bars.


*Recipe adapted from Ruchi's Simply Food
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  1. says

    That looks delicious! I hope you like the homemade pop-tarts I made. It was such a pleasant surprise to get your blog to work on this month. After seeing the beauty of the strawberry cheesecake I had been wondering when I would get your blog, n voila a few days later there was the mail that my wish had been granted.

  2. says

    Potato chips are so unexpected! And I bet they taste really awesome with the sweet & salty caramel. Love this; bet it even tastes good warmed up a little :)

  3. says

    Genius! These look amazing. I also love how all the bloggy friends I’ve made are as crazy as I am. My “real life” friends just don’t get it when I talk about all the candy I buy or how excited I am when I make a cool new recipe. :)

  4. says

    I too just adore all the happiness baking brings me (and those that enjoy all the treats I bake). Blogging has brought me even more happiness….I totally get what you are saying!

    Yummy bars you created from your SRC recipe :-)

  5. says

    I love seeing what everyone makes for SRC each month – this is an interesting recipe – would never think to put potato chips in oatmeal bars.

  6. says

    Jocelyn, I feel the same way about sharing a creative passion with other bloggers!

    I love the way that you gave this recipe your signature flair. You totally sold me when you mentioned they contain potato chips!


    P.S. Pinning and sharing on FB


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