Nigella’s Breakfast Bars


As promised in my previous post (Homemade Sweetened Condense Milk), here is the Breakfast Bars that Nigella Lawson is addicted to. I can’t seem to get this recipe from Nigella’s website out of my mind, would have tried this recipe long ago if not for the condensed milk ingredient (I just don’t fancy using canned condensed milk). Of course, you can use either canned or make your own condensed milk here

Even though baking takes more than an hour, the preparation is quick to throw together. I made a batch over the weekend so I can have these bars ready when I had to grab my breakfast on the go. I’m not a morning person, so these breakfast bars make my life easier. I even stash some in my bag as a midday snack.

These oaty chewy bars are the best breakfast bars I have eaten! They are seriously addictive, they are just like a bar of milk and cereal. They seem to taste better after a few days, but you have to store them well in an airtight container or in a tin.

These are perfect as Christmas gifts as well, put them in a jar with a pretty ribbon. This Breakfast Bars post is to be submitted to Forever Nigella #10 ”Christmas Presence” Blogging Event hosted this month by Sarah of Maison Cupcakes. The challenge is to prepare any Nigella recipe for Christmas and there is a fantastic prize – Slater Slim Digital Scales! Check out the prize here!

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Nigella's Breakfast Bars
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Healthy Snack
Serves: 16
  • 400g sweetened condensed milk (or 1 can of 397g)
  • 250g rolled oats
  • 75g shredded coconut
  • 100g dried cranberries (I ran out of cranberries and I used dried kiwis that gives the slight sourish taste like cranberries)
  • 125g mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame)
  • 125g raw peanuts (I used mix of peanuts and almonds)
  1. Preheat the oven to 130°C or 260°F and grease a 23 x 33cm baking tray with oil.
  2. Warm the condensed milk in a large pot over low heat (to melt it for easier mixing)
  3. Add all the other ingredients to the warmed condensed milk and use a spatula to mix evenly, making sure everything is coated with the condensed milk. (The mixture became rather thick and heavy to mix, so I recommend to use a wooden spatula).
  4. Pour the mixture into the tray and press down with the spatula or, your hands to even the surface.
  5. Bake for 1 hour and remove from oven to cool. After about 15 minutes, cut into four across, and four down to make 16 chunky bars. Let the bars cool completely before storing into airtight containers or tins.



  1. brilliant and healthy snack. i’ll omit the coconut since i don;t really like the taste of coconut. will put in more nuts and perhaps some fruits. am wondering what else can i use to replace condense milk. will evaporated milk work just as well?
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    • This recipe with condensed milk makes chewy bars. My post on Apricot Walnut Granola Bars using honey makes crunchy bars. On that post I wrote about the formula to concoct your own granola bar, you can use other binding agent like honey, nut butters

  2. A belated reply but finally I am getting around to all the FN entries – thank you so much for taking part!

    These look yummy, I made something similar from Australian Women’s Weekly a few years ago but didn’t realise Nigella had done them too. I must look them up!

    Happy New Year!

    • I know what’s it like after a long break.. I’m having many of those lazy days too 🙂 It’s great to be part of Forever Nigella and thank you for hosting. Happy New Year to you too!

  3. I can so see how these would be completely addicting…they look fantastic!

  4. These look and sound wonderful – I think if you were staying somewhere as a guest and brought a tin of these they’d be most welcome!

    Thanks for taking part in Forever Nigella!

  5. How sweet of you, Ann! If you can’t get over it, made some condensed milk yourself.. I bet that will make you a very girl – just like how I felt when I made them 🙂

  6. Hi Shannon! It was finally great to meet up with you, though I do apologise if I couldn’t revert back to you soonest on the kitchen tips. Perhaps next time? I completely agree that the sweetened condensed milk could either make or break a drink. Though, I am not a fan of it, a little sure goes a long way too and makes the drink, dessert or your breakfast bar in this case taste complete. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Christmas!!! Cheers, Jo

    • Joanna, thanks for meeting up, it was a fun meet 🙂 No worries about the tips, but I won’t let you off the hook so easily, will come look for you again when I have an article to post.
      Have a wonderful Christmass too!

  7. Wow – those look incredible! Thanks for sharing and I bet they were even tastier with the homemade sweetened condensed milk (I still can’t get over that you MADE it!)

  8. I have to try these! Where in the world do you get dried kiwi?

    • My Chinese Herbal Shop sells quite an interesting array of other amazing good quality foodstuff – including Nuts and Dried Fruits. The owner never ceased to amaze me everything I pop by, he always have new products

  9. Oh wow! I can’t imagine a better motivation to get out of bed in the morning!

  10. Oh, gosh! These look amazing! So yummy with your homemade sweetened condensed milk, craisins and seeds…..mmmmmmmm.

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