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Homemade Breakfast (or Cereal) Bars – Nigella Express

January 4, 2010

Happy New Year!

This week for the challenge, coupled with a vague idea of new year abstinence and a brand new cookery book courtesy of Father Christmas I decided to make something a little healthier and less inclined to worry your arteries.

Cue home-made breakfast bars. I’ve eaten many a shop-bought breakfast bar in the past, and I’ve always found them to be
a) A rip off
b) mildly boring
c) contain something I don’t like

So, flicking through the book and stumbling across this recipe seemed to be the ideal thing to make.

And it being from Nigella Express, it was super quick and super easy. Basically chuck a load of oats, nuts, dried fruit together, heat up some condensed milk and whack it all together. The recipe suggests peanuts, but not being a fan I left these out and added more of the mixed seeds instead. I also couldn’t find cranberries so chucked in some sultanas in their place.

Of course the best thing about this recipe is that you could change it to suit your whim, stick in any dried fruit you can lay your hands on, increase or change the nuts depending on your preference or if you’re feeling slightly naughty add a few chocolate chips. You can make the recipe healthier by using half fat condensed milk.

These are a great snack for those 11 o clock hunger pangs at work that won’t leave you reaching for the chocolate bars afterwards, and of course you still get the satisfaction of having baked something. Best of both worlds. Make up a batch on the weekend and by my reckoning you could be set for 2, possibly even 3 weeks. Sorted.

Difficulty level: 1/5 Even the biggest kitchen klutz couldn’t mess this up.

Recipe amendments: The world’s your oyster with this one. This time I used sultanas instead of cranberries and extra mixed seeds instead of peanuts.

Taste: 4/5 I’m not going to lie and say this is the most amazing taste you will ever experience, but it’s pretty tasty for a quick and healthy snack.

Chance of remake: 5/5 I plan to make these for work at least once a month.

This week’s recipe comes from Nigella Express. Or visit Nigella’s website for the Breakfast Bars recipe.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 27, 2010 2:12 pm

    Do you have the quantities for this recipe?

    • amydavies permalink*
      March 9, 2010 1:42 pm

      Hi Graham,

      Thanks for your question – the quantities can be found in the link to the recipe on Nigella’s website.



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