Friday, 13 September 2013

Quick, easy & healthy breakfast bars!

Hey Everyone! 

Breakfast is probably the most important meal of the day and is the secret to staying healthy. Me being your typical uni student 9 times out of 10 I get out of bed in the morning have a quick wash, do my hair & make-up and quickly put some clothes on & rush to uni and skip breakfast which is so bad & the only reason why I do this is because I love my bed & my sleep way too much! But who doesn't?

Not only is breakfast good for your diet and to make you stay healthy but it will help you concentrate at work, college, school or uni. The worst thing is getting to work or uni ect, and the only thing being on your mind is food and the next thing that you are going to eat, and until you actually get the food into your body you tend to be moody and grouchy! 

When i do eat breakfast at uni, I tend to opt for the quicker things to make or have such as cereal bars - something that isn't too hard and time consuming to make. However shop brought breakfast bars have loads of hidden fats, sugars and calories in them - SO, why not make your own? Thats exactly what i did. 

I got inspiration for this recipe from Nigela Lawson, however I changed some of the ingredients due to me being allergic to peanuts! (Im not allergic to almonds, weird I know,  If you are allergic to nuts why not add more fruit and seeds as a substitute?) 


- 390g Condensed milk
- 250g Porridge oats
- 50g Goji Berries
- 50g Dried cranberries
- 75g Seedless raisons
- 63g Sunflower seeds
- 63g Sesame seeds
-100g Almonds

(You don't have to use the fruits, nuts and seeds if you are allergic ect, you can pretty much put whatever you like in them!)

 STEP 1:

- Preheat the over to 130 degrees & line a deepish baking tray with greaseproof paper


- Heat the condensed milk in a saucepan ( a big enough pan so you can add everything else to it) and stir it for about 2 minutes. You will be able to feel it go thinner.


- Once the milk has thinned out add all the ingredients to the pan and take it off the heat. Stir well with a wooden spoon or something similar and ensure that all the ingredients are covered in the milk.


- When the mixture has been stirred and you think it is sticky enough, transfer it to the baking tray evenly and flatten with a spatula. 


- Place in the oven for around 30mins, this should be the right amount of time for them to be hard yet chewy.  If you want them extra crunchy leave them in a bit longer until they are ready how you like them. 

STEP 6: 

- Leave to cool down for 15mins and then cut them into squares or however you would like them1 I got around 15 pieces. Place them into an air-tight container and they will last you all week!


- Put your feet up and eat one with a cup of tea, or take one to have on your journey to uni! 


Is there anything quick & easy you like to have for breakfast? Let me know what you think of this recipe!