Baking for the Weekend

I have to share this today, so you have something to make over the weekend for lunchbox treats. Many of you will know that I have had a bit of a ‘thing’ for healthy lunchbox treats and have trialled many muesli bar style recipes. Some have been good, but this one is great….and easy. I made mine with cranberries, hazelnut meal and some dark chocolate…so strictly not all that healthy but fabulous!

These are actually called breakfast bars, by my favourite domestic goddess…Nigella. But if you want to just print and bake follow the steps below and enjoy! I am sure there are new ideas you can create from the one base recipe. Let me know what you come up with.


  • Express Recipe
  • Nigella Recipe
  • 1 x 397g can condensed milk
  • 250g rolled oats (not instant)
  • 75g shredded coconut
  • 100g dried cranberries
  • 125g mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame)
  • 125g natural unsalted peanuts


Serves: Makes 16
  1. Preheat the oven to 130°C/gas mark 1/2, and oil a 23 x 33 x 4cm baking tin, or use a throwaway foil one.
  2. Warm the condensed milk in a large pan.
  3. Meanwhile, mix together all the other ingredients and then add the warmed condensed milk, using a rubber or wooden spatula to fold and distribute.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.