Ode to Nigella 19 – Breakfast Bars

You know when you have an idea of something in your head and try as you might you never quite realise that image? That is me and muesli bars. I have been hankering at making my own muesli bars for the boys to take to school for years. YEARS. And then, in one simple moment, there it is. And I kick Uncle Toby’s arse to the curb.

Breakfast Bars

  • 1x395g can condensed milk
  • 250g rolled oats
  • 75g shredded coconut
  • 100g dried cranberries*
  • 125g mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame)
  • 125g natural unsalted peanuts**
  1. Preheat the oven to 130C and oil a 23x33x4cm baking tray
  2. Warm the condensed milk
  3. Mix together all the other ingredients then mix in the warmed condensed milk with a spatula
  4. Spread the mixture into the tin and press down with the spatula or better, your hands (wear disposable gloves as the mixture is very sticky)
  5. Bake for one hour then remove from the oven and let cool for about 15 minutes
  6. Cut into four across and four down to make 16 chunky bars
  7. Let cool completely.

Apparently they get better with age. They are so so good. Chewy, not too sweet and packed with nutritious ingredients. And with infinite variations – change the dried fruits, add some cinnamon, (imagine dried apple w/ cinnamon), throw in some choc chips for a treat every now and then, remember then peanuts – fantastic.

* It’s difficult to get anything except those hideous fake-sweetened cranberries here, so I used what I had, which was dried apricots.
** I completely didn’t even see this ingredient when I started and as a result left it out completely.