Mom-certified: "You always make such a mess when you cook"
 
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So I clearly fell off the MoFo wagon. I knew going into September that it was going to be a long shot to keep up. But denial was my buddy...until I hit the week where the only time I had to get a very overdue oil change was at 6:30 a.m. Going forward I'll be doing a diet version of Vegan MoFo (i.e. posting as my schedule this month permits). Before my schedule totally fell apart, I had time to make some decadent caramel bars. This recipe is courtesy of my friend Natalie, who instructed me to "do them justice." I'm going to go ahead and say I did because (1) they were good and (2) she wasn't here to tell me I did it wrong.

Ethique Nouveau, a 100% vegan store in Minneapolis, carries Cocomels, which are fantastic.

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 3/4 brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 40 caramels (these will take forever to unwrap)

  • 3 tbsp cream (I used plain coconut creamer, which seemed to work fine)
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 6 ounces chocolate chips
  • Optional: 3/4 cup chopped nuts
Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and unwrap caramels until the end of time. Mix the butter, flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Press 3/4 of the mixture on the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan and bake for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the caramels, cream, and butter. Once the crust is done, pour the caramel mixture over the crust. Sprinkle the chocolate chips and nuts over the caramel mixture and add the remaining crumbs. Bake for 15 minutes.

Enjoy your sugar rush...
...and eventual crash.
Natalie
9/19/2014 01:19:25 pm

This made me laugh!!! I hope they were delicious because they're my all-time favorite bars!

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9/24/2014 01:31:06 am

I had the exact same story with Vegan MoFo, haha. I blogged really well for the first week and then got super busy with life. These bars look AWESOME though; I love Cocomels.

Also, I have nominated you to join in the Liebster Awards! If you are interested in joining, here is my post with the details: http://www.kaleandcupcake.com/#!Some-Random-Facts-About-Me-The-Liebster-Award/cy97/38E5F84B-D629-4CD6-8ED8-A95BC512B9FD

I've really been enjoying your blog and wanted to spread the love.
Have a great day!

Lauren

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9/25/2014 02:48:30 pm

Hi! I nominate you for the Liebster Award during Vegan MoFo! :)

You can find out more about it at my latest blog post:
http://www.danielle-atkins.com/2014/09/liebster-award.html

p.s. your dogs are insanely adorable!!!

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    Hello and welcome! My name is Megan. I'm an ethical vegan and an admittedly less-than-tidy baker. As a North Dakota/Minnesota native, my goal is to make delicious vegan food that friends, relatives, and unsuspecting strangers will enjoy.

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