I thought the other half might appreciate these muesli bars to have on the run. He’s the (very) early riser and heads to work whilst most of us are probably deep in sleep.
They are fairly nutritious, so easy to make, store well and you can pop them in a plastic bag or container to take to work or eat en route (providing you don’t make a mess in the car!).
The recipe is from Nigella’s website here but I have adapted it slightly to use a mixture of my favourite nuts as I’m not a fan of peanuts (except for some bizarre current craving for Peanut M&Ms), so here’s my version below. (I also seem to get way more bars than she does.)
I have done muesli bars before but it’s been a while so I can’t really say which ones I prefer. So you choose whether you want this healthier version which is bound together with sweetened condensed milk or the all out earlier ones which used sizeable quantities of butter, sugar and golden syrup to bind, along with a lot more dried fruit.
When the tin was empty, Bill was left with the shop bought ones (which, I have to point out, he brought home) and it was a case of “after you’ve tried the homemade, you don’t want to go there…
Looks like a regular order then. Think I will have to make both recipes to see how they compare.
Nigella’s Breakfast Bars
1 x 395g tin sweetened condensed milk
250g rolled oats
125g mixed nuts (I used a mix of brazil nuts, cashews, almonds and hazelnuts)
50g pumpkin seeds
50g sunflower seeds
25g sesame seeds
100g dried cranberries
75g thread coconut
Preheat oven to 130 degrees C (250 F).
Grease a baking tray approximately 23 x 33 cm (9 x 13 inch).
Line the bottom with baking paper.
Warm the sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan.
Meanwhile, mix together all the other ingredients and then add the warmed, condensed milk
Spread the mixture into the tin and press down with your hands – I use a stainless steel pastry scraper to press down evenly across the surface.
Bake for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and leave for 15 minutes. Cut into squares or bars – makes about 16-20 (maybe more) depending on what size you prefer.
Leave to cool completely and transfer to a tin.