Breakfast Bars for a Breakfast on the go

Breakfast BarsI love breakfast, its one of my favourite meals.  Not your typical English breakfast with bacon, sausages  and eggs, oh no, that just makes me sluggish.  But, give me a bowl of fruit, some  thick greek yogurt, honey, croissants (almond, if you’re asking) or some thickly cut toast and homemade preserves with  fresh coffee and I’m very happy. I’m a girl of simple tastes!This would be my ideal weekend luxury breakfast and is exactly what I go for when on holiday or in a hotel.

I’m not good at eating as soon as I wake, I need a bit of time to gather myself.  So, breakfast before work rarely  happens.  Getting out of the house and to work on time with only a swift cup of tea to see me on my way is the norm.  However, I certainly can’t survive until lunchtime on an empty stomach which is why my breakfast mostly happens at my desk before launching head first into the day.   These breakfast bars combined with a banana are a regular feature of my breakfast on the go.

The breakfast bars come from Nigella Express,  one of my go to quick fix recipe books.  They are extremely quick to make, they keep for ages and travel very well.  The combination of fruit, oats and milk (albeit of the condensed kind) make them into a transportable bowl of cereal and milk with some vaguely healthy elements.

So this is what you need:

1 x 397g can condensed milk

250g rolled oats (not instant)

75 g shredded coconut

100g dried cranberries (or anything else that takes your face, apricots would work well)

125 mixed seeds

125g natural unsalted peanuts

And this is what you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 130 / gasmark 1/2 and oil a 22x33x4cm baking tin or throwaway foil tray
  2. Warm condensed milk in large pan
  3. Mix together all the other ingredients and then stir into the warmed condensed milk.  It’s quite a thick mixture so a sturdy spatula works well
  4. Spread the mixture into the baking tray and press down
  5. Bake for 1 hour.  Remove from oven and after 15 mins cut into 16 pieces.  You must do this whilst it is still warm otherwise it becomes too hard to cut  – I speak from experience!Breakfast Bars

So there you have it enough breakfast bars to keep you going through another hectic week.  If you find you have the mid morning munchies they’re pretty good then too.

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2 Comments

  1. October 27, 2015 / 10:44 pm

    We’ve tried and enjoyed these too. You should check out her latest book though; she’s revisited the recipe and the new book features “Breakfast Bars 2.0″…

    • October 29, 2015 / 9:37 pm

      Oh, I like sound of mark 2.0 breakfast bars. I’m looking forward to getting her latest book.

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