If you aren’t familiar with Carmelitas, you are missing out on one of the best cookies ever created. Carmelitas are a type of oatmeal cookie bar with a rich and gooey caramel filling and loads of chocolate chips. These are the type of cookies that won’t last more than 24 hours. As delicious as they are, they also contain a whopping 17g sugar per bar with no nutritional value.

Fortunately, I have made a healthier version of these infamous cookies with less than 3g of sugar per serving and added protein! Now you can experience this delightful cookie bar without the sugar crash!

No mixer required, and prep time is almost non-existent. So easy you don’t even have to form the dough into balls. #BarCookiesForTheWin. The hardest part will be trying not to eat the entire pan in one sitting!

Ingredients you will need:

Whole Wheat Pastry Flour (does not have to be pastry, but this is what I had on hand)

Whole Grain Oats

Syntrax Vanilla Matrix Protein

baking powder and salt

Truvia brown sugar blend

egg

coconut oil (use refined if you don’t like the taste of coconut)

sugar free chocolate chips (regular is fine too)

sugar free caramel sauce (I bought a giant bottle of Torani sugar free caramel sauce from webstaurant.com but you can also find Smucker’s sugar free caramel at your grocery store!)

 

The directions for these bars are very simple. Mix everything in a bowl, dump some caramel and chocolate chips on top, and bake some more! Scroll down to see the full recipe!

 

Macros per Bar:
165 calories
8.9g fat
21.5g carbs
2.7g sugar
4.3g protein

 

Healthy Carmelita's
Serves 16
Healthy, low sugar Carmelita's with added protein!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
16 min
Total Time
21 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
16 min
Total Time
21 min
Ingredients
  1. 170 grams whole wheat pastry flour
  2. 1 scoop Syntrax Vanilla Matrix Protein
  3. 1 cup (80 grams) whole grain oats
  4. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 3/4 cup Truvia brown sugar blend
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  9. 2 tsp vanilla
  10. 1/4 cup sugar free chocolate chips
  11. 1/4 cup sugar free caramel sauce
  12. 1/3 scoop Syntrax Matrix Protein
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine sugar, egg, vanilla and coconut oil. Stir in dry ingredients until combined.
  4. Spread half of dough into bottom of greased 8x8 pan. Bake for 8 minutes and remove from oven.
  5. Next, mix together sugar free caramel and 1/3 scoop protein. Spread evenly on top of cookie mixture. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, then top with remaining cookie dough mixture.
  6. Return to oven for 8-10 more minutes, until edges are golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool. Once cool, cut into 16 bars.
  8. Optional: Drizzle with additional caramel or chocolate sauce.
Notes
  1. All syntrax protein 40% with code "syntraxcarissa"
Macros per Bar
  1. 165 calories
  2. 8.9g fat
  3. 21.5g carbs
  4. 2.7g sugar
  5. 4.3g protein
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