Apple Oat Bars with Dulce de Leche
 
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Serves: 32-36 bars
Ingredients
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups old fashioned oats (NOT instant oats)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 3-4 apples, peeled, cored, and diced
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup dulce de leche (you can buy this in the store or you can make your own, recipe can be found here)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Cream together the butter and brown sugar, until fluffy, about 3 minutes. In another bowl, combine 1¾ cup all-purpose flour, the oats, the cinnamon, the salt, and the baking soda. Set 2 cups of this mixture aside and press the remainder into a greased and/or lined 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Core, peel, and dice your apples into thin, bite-sized pieces. Toss them with lemon juice and 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour. Spread the apples over the dough pressed into the dish. Warm up your dulce de leche in the microwave in 30 second intervals, then drizzle it evenly over the apples (it doesn't have to be perfect). Sprinkle the 2 cups of flour mixture that was previously set aside over the apples and dulce de leche, then press down to be sure that everything sticks together. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until set and golden.
  3. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Cut into small bars and refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes 32-36 bars. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Adapted From
Recipe by The Crepes of Wrath at http://www.thecrepesofwrath.com/2010/10/18/apple-oat-bars-with-dulce-de-leche/