Waste Not Want Not or Caramel Apple and Oat Bars

One third of a jar of caramel sauce, two less than perfect apples, some oats and a bit of luck.  That's the basic recipe for today's baking project, Caramel Apple and Oat Bars.

As you know, I have a serious aversion to wasting food, especially something as delicious as caramel sauce.  I had to find a recipe that would use the two remaining apples in the fruit bowl and the last bit of caramel sauce in the fridge. 

It didn't take long for me to find this recipe from Betty Crocker  which looks delicious.  There was only one problem, I didn't have all the ingredients so I took inspiration and some measurements from Betty and came up with a slightly more 'flapjack' version:

130 grams plain flour
100 grams oats
125 grams soft brown sugar
80 grams butter - room temperature
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
2 medium apples - peeled, cored and finely diced
6 Tablespoons prepared caramel sauce

Heat the oven to 200C/400F.  Line a square baking pan with baking paper.

In a large bowl, beat together the butter and brown sugar.  Add the flour, oats, salt, and baking soda.  Stir well to combine the ingredients.  Reserve one cup of the oat mixture to use as topping.   Press the rest of the oat mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan, making a 'crust' layer.

Toss the diced apples together with 1 1/2 Tablespoons of flour.  Spread the apples over the base layer.

Spoon 4-5 Tablespoons of caramel sauce over the apples, spreading the caramel evenly over the apples.  Sprinkle over the remaining oat mixture and gently press mixture down onto the apple-caramel layer. 

Bake for about 25 - 30 minutes or until the topping it is lightly browned and the apples have softened.

Cut into serving size squares and drizzle over the remaining caramel sauce. Perhaps we should have these warm with that last little bit of vanilla ice cream in the freezer.... waste not want not!  


  1. Looks yummy! Apples and cinnamon are a winning combination.


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