Salted Caramel Oatmeal Bars

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The addition of some salt to these Salted Caramel Oatmeal Bars is a very special way to prepare this fun treat. It uses sea salt as part of its recipe. When you bake with salt in this way, where it is designed to be part of the main flavor, it is worth purchasing some of the more expensive salts, such as Maldon or fleur de sel. These are salts that are designed to be really tasted, and their flavor is remarkably distinctive. There are many different kinds of sea salts to choose from, and other salts that have been flavored with smoky, spicy or other kinds of seasonings, too. But it is worth the money to have them around when you are making treats such as this one.

These bars contain a lovely combination of butter and brown sugar as well as oats. This combination (and here, emphasized with the caramels) always creates a beautiful butterscotch taste in the mix. That is a flavor we do not make as much as, say, chocolate, or even vanilla, and so it is a pleasant surprise to enjoy it. Here, the flavor is bumped up even further with the addition of sea salt. Salty and sweet are two of five basic flavors that we taste, and perfect complements. The others include umami, bitter and sour. Some foods include all of these tastes in almost every dish. Thai sweet and sour soup is one example where all five (arguably, six) flavors can be found. In any case, this recipe plays on two of them.

This is a simple, quick and easy recipe, where the oats will slow the absorption of the sugar in to the body and so help to avoid the sugar spike that comes with eating sweets. Try this recipe when you want to serve a slightly different treat to your family. They will love the sweet and salty combination.

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