My parents love granola bars so I decided to give this recipe a shot. It's not the healthiest recipe considering that the main binding ingredient is a whole 379g of condensed milk (I used the sweetened kind). Although I must say that it's delicious and lives up to its name for being best during breakfast.
So if you're in a hurry or as Nigella suggests, "If you're not a morning person," these will quickly become your best friends during the early hours of the day.
Breakfast Bars from Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson
1 x 379g can condensed milk
250g rolled oats (not instant)
75g shredded coconut
100g dried cranberries
125g mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame)
125g natural unsalted peanuts
Red Panda's note: I omitted the coconut, cranberries, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and the unsalted peanuts since I didn't have any of those ingredients in my pantry. Instead, I added a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and ½ teaspoon of ground nutmeg to add a hint of spice and I substituted the cranberries with sultanas.
- Preheat the oven to 130°C and oil 23 x 33 x 4cm baking tin, or use a throw-away foil one.
- Warm the condensed milk in a large pan.
- Meanwhile, mix together all the other ingredients and then add the warmed condensed milk, using a rubber spatula 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.
|Enjoy snacking on these at any time of the day, too.|