As we are now leading busier lives than ever, even fitting in a quick meal before work seems an impossible task. That extra bit of sleep always triumphs a five minute cereal break prior to heading out the door and into reality. The abundance of health bars on the market, and all its variations, seem to have picked up on this trend, yet many are notoriously expensive. These breakfast bars, which I adapted from Nigella Lawson’s Nigella Express, are both cheaper and healthier than your average bar, not to mention easy to adapt to your preferences. If you’d like to test these guys out, the recipe is below the pictures-enjoy!!
- 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 ½ cups rolled oats (not instant)
- 1 cup shredded coconut*
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame)
- 1 cup natural unsalted peanuts
- Chocolate to drizzle (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 250ºF, and oil a 9 x 13″ baking tin, or use a throwaway foil one.
- Warm the sweetened condensed milk in a large pan.
- Meanwhile, mix together all the other ingredients and then add the warmed sweetened condensed milk, using a rubber or wooden spatula to fold and distribute.
- Spread the mixture into the tin and press down with the spatula or, better still, your hands (wearing disposable vinyl gloves to stop you sticking), to even the surface.
- Bake for 1 hour, then remove from the oven and, after about 15 minutes, cut into four across, and four down to make 16 chunky bars. Let cool completely.
*As I’m not a huge coconut fan, I substituted more of the other ingredients for the coconut.