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I am an avid cereal eater – I will just as happily have a bowl of cereal for any meal as I would go to a fancy restaurant. I love real fruit, nuts, and grains as well as yummy ingredients like big chunks of granola with honey and other yummy stuff. It is the perfect mix of crunch with your milk. Aside from eating yummy cereals like the Quaker® Real Medleys®, Quaker® Oatmeal Squares, and Quaker® Simply Granola for breakfast, I love using them in my recipes. Because they are packed with the things I would normally put in anyway, and taste amazing, I prefer just to grab one of the boxes that works with my recipe and use it saving time and money.
Another reason I love to pick up the Quaker® cereals is because they make great snacks for my kids (and me 😉 ). The Quaker® Real Medleys® is heavenly in yogurt or sprinkled on vanilla ice cream and my kids love to have snack bags with the Quaker® Oatmeal Squares and Quaker® Life. They are yummy and a great source of protein. They are also kid friendly with little bite-size squares that don’t leave them with goober fingers or sticky hands. Next time you are at Walmart, be sure to pick a couple of different varieties of the Quaker® Cereal.
There are a lot of different ways you can incorporate these cereals into your meals and snack times, but I love using the Quaker® Simply Granola in my dessert recipes. It has a rich flavor with chunks of granola and raisins, almond slices and honey. SO YUM! I have always been a fan of Quaker® Cereals and I am loving these newer additions.
I love caramel and Oatmeal – and I wanted to make Oatmeal Carmelitas because well, they taste amazing and are perfect for a get together and parties. They are really easy to make and you can use what you have on hand around the house. I used the Quaker® Simply Granola as part of the recipe and it added that much more flavor and goodness – so ours is a Granola Carmelita.
To start you will want to gather your ingredients – this comes together really quick so you want to make sure you have everything ready. You will need flour, Quaker® Simply Granola, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, and butter or shortening for the crust. For the filling you can use whatever you want, but we are using caramel, flour, chocolate chips and nuts. (you can add fruit, peanut butter, etc instead of caramel).
To make the crust you are going to mix 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 cups of Quaker® Simply Granola, 1 1/2 cups of packed brown sugar, 1 tsp of baking soda, 1/2 tsp of salt, and 1 1/4 cups of shortening. Use your mixer and blend until it crumbles. Take half of the mixture and press it into the bottom of a greased 9×12 pan and bake for about 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.
While that is baking you will make your filling by mixing caramel (you can use wrapped caramels or from the jar) with a couple of tbsp of heavy whipping cream and heat for about 20 seconds at a time until smooth and creamy. Add 3 tbsp of flour and mix in well.
Take the crust out of the oven and add the chocolate chips to the hot crust and smear them around as they melt (if they don’t melt completely don’t worry as you will be putting the mixture back into the oven). Sprinkle the nuts over the chocolate and then drizzle the caramel mixture evenly and spread to make sure everything is covered. Sprinkle the rest of the crumb mixture over the top, spreading evenly, and then put back into the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes until lightly brown.
Remove from oven and let cool completely. If you are like me you will be eating it way before that lol – but (after it is cooled) you should put it into the refrigerator to let the filling “set” before serving. These are amazing and very versatile as you can add any filling between the yummy crust mixture. Here is the Granola Carmelita printable recipe so you can stop drooling on your keyboard 😉
I hope you enjoy this recipe. It tastes amazing and is perfect for any occasion and any meal. My kids loved helping me make it – it doesn’t take long. Be sure to visit Quaker on Facebook.com/Quaker and Pinterest.com/Quaker.
What is your favorite recipe with cereal?