Cappuccino-caramel-pistachio oat bars

I've been planning to make ice cream out of the pistachios that I bought last time .

After chucking out the shells and munching some , all that's left is less than 100 grams ....

I should have stopped eating before I weigh it up ....

I never thought I could munch that much ! 

Yeah , right lol 

Since , I've got this bookmarked recipe that calls for nuts , well , pecans actually , but any nuts will do  , methinks , so I just used it to bake this ooey  gooey yumminess ! 

Using pistachios are so much prettier , right ?! 

The bright green and slightly salty nuts really go well together with homemade dulce de leche that I've used instead of  caramel ice cream topping .

But less sugar will be much better , about 2/3 cup , as I find these bars too sweet for my taste ....

Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens 

*** I made half of the recipe and used a 9 x 9-inch square pan 

3 cups regular rolled oats
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans ( lightly salted pistachios ) 
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup butter , softened 
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon instant coffee crystals ( 2 teaspoons isntant espresso granules ) 
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup caramel ice cream topping ( homemade dulce de leche ) 
/12 cup broken pecans
1 recipe **Coffee glaze , optional ( too lazy to make this ) 

* Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C . Lightly grease a 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan ; set aside .

* In a large bowl , stir together oats , flour , the 1 cup nuts , baking soda and salt ; set aside . In another large bowl , beat butter on medium to high speed for 30 seconds . Add sugar and beat until combined , scraping sides of the bowl occasionally . Beat in eggs , coffee and vanilla until combined .  Beat as much of the oat mixture as you can . Using a wooden spoon , stir in any remaining oat mixture  . Reserve 2 cups of the mixture for the topping . 

* Using floured hands , press remaining oat mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan . Spread top with caramel to within 1/4-inch of the edges . Drop spoonfuls of the reserved oat mixture onto the caramel topping , sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 nuts . 

* Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until edges are set ( do not overbake ) Cool in pan on a wire rack . If desired , drizzle with coffee glaze . Let stand until glaze is set ; cut into bars .

**Coffee glaze - In a small bowl , combine 2 tablespoons very hot milk and instant coffee , stir well until dissolved . Stir in 1 cup of powdered sugar until smooth . Drizzle over bars in pan ; let stand for 15 minutes to set glaze .


  1. i have chopped pecans here, just made some butter pecan snowballs :D

  2. Drooling...Nice recipe..bookmarked it..

  3. Oh this is too tempting, pass me some please..

  4. Mmmm... those bars look pretty and delicious! Sound good to have coffee flavour in it. Can share some with me?

  5. Anne, It's so pretty with those green pistachios peeping out from those yummy squares...that was a good idea to replace pecan nuts with pistacios:) I'm all for it!! Thumbs up!!

  6. Buying something for a purpose and ended up "somewhere" else is not new to me! hahaha!
    Those bars are looking good! Caramel sounds yummy to me! I bet the top must be deliciously gooey!

  7. What fabulous photos! these look and sound a very special treat :))
    Mary x

  8. Hi Anne! These oat bars are so irresistible! How many pieces can you make with this recipe?

    1. Hey ! Is that a dig from my less than 40 cookies last time ? lol ...The full recipe makes 48 bars but in my own opinion , you can make more than that , cut it much more smaller since these bars are bit rich and don't forget to reduce the sugar !

  9. Hi Anne, by looking at the name of this bar... I already in love with it. How can I reject your offer to invite me over for chi chat, drink coffee and eat this awesome, heavenly oats bar? I'm coming.... :)

    Have a nice week ahead.

  10. Gorgeous bars, Anne! The pistachios add a beautiful bit of color...and the dulce de leche makes these so decadent and delish!

  11. Hi Anne,

    Totally agree that nuts munching can be very addictive... You should buy more pistachio to make both pistachio ice cream and these delicious caramel pistachio bars. Like you, I think most caramel baked goods are usually too sweet to eat but I think the sugar amount has been sufficient enough to create its gooey texture. Confusing, isn't it?


  12. Oh my those bars look yummy! I totally agree with you Anne, the pistachios look pretty in these bars, I don't have many recipes that call for pistachios, This will be a welcome change.

  13. This looks really good, love the pistachios on top. And the syrup sounds delicious with these healthy bars.

  14. Oh my goodness!! This sounds like a fantastic combination of ingredients, yum!!

  15. Oh Annie,
    If my kids sees these yummy, gooey pistachio bars they will keep digging the cookies can non stop..:p

    This will be really addictive to munch with..:D
    I must try this too :p


  16. yes, they look very pretty with pistachios! too sweet? maybe i can go with bitter coffee! what do you think? hehe..

  17. When comes to oats and nuts, I have absolutely no power to resist them.


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