Natalie is a wife, mom of a seven year old son and five year old twin girls, wannabe foodie, lover of wine and of all things social media. She is the author of Mommy of a Monster and Twins, her personal blog where she writes honestly about the good, bad, and ugly of parenting. She also works as a freelance writer and virtual assistant. You can find her tweeting as @NatalieHoage, pinning more recipes than she can ever possibly try, and sharing funny and usually inappropriate Ecards on her Facebook page.
One of my favorite ways to show people how much I love them is through cooking and good food. There’s nothing better than someone making you a favorite meal or dessert, and it’s a great feeling to be able to make someone food that has strong memories attached with it, too.
My husband’s mother passed away shortly after we were married. His mom was an amazing cook, and I never ate one bite of food from her that wasn’t wonderful. I am glad that many of her recipes were passed along to me, and that I can occasionally give my husband a taste of his childhood and good memories of his mom. One of his favorite treats that she made was a dessert called Carmelitas. It’s turned into one of my kids’ favorite desserts, too.
What I love about his mom’s style of cooking was that it was simple…nothing fancy, but always tasty. This recipe can be made in about a half an hour, and I bet you already have almost all of the ingredients in your pantry. And of course, the kids can help too.
1 cup and 3 tablespoons flour, divided
1 cup old fashioned oats
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 jar (about 10-12 ounces) of caramel ice cream topping
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnuts (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of flour, and all of the oats, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, and butter.
3. Pat the mixture into a 9×13 baking dish.
4. Bake for 10 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, combine the 3 tablespoons of flour and caramel ice cream topping in a small bowl.
6. When the oat mixture comes out of the oven, sprinkle on the chocolate chips and walnuts.
7. Drizzle on the caramel mixture on top of the chocolate chips and walnuts.
8. Return to the oven and bake another 20-25 minutes.
9. Let cool for about an hour before cutting and enjoying!
These Carmelitas are so rich that you only need a small piece to fill you up. The kids love them as an after school snack, too!