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Oatmeal, Coconut and Cranberry Breakfast Bars

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Oatmeal, Coconut & Cranberry Breakfast Bars

My favorite Grab & Go breakfast for the past few months has included fresh fruit and yogurt or Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt KIND Bars.  This type of KIND bar is delicious.  I was averaging 4-5 per week without a trace of remorse.  Then, a terrible, terrible thing happened.  For 2 weeks IN A ROW both stores by me have been sold out of the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt KIND bars!  I must be visiting the stores at a the wrong hour.  Either that or my evil twin has been swooping in to clear the shelves before I get to the right aisle.

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Oatmeal, Coconut & Cranberry Breakfast Bars

This being the sad state of affairs and me being a picky breakfast eater, I cleaned out some odds and ends in the pantry and paid homage to an old breakfast staple, Nigella Lawson’s Breakfast Bars.  They are crazy simple.  You take oats, a bunch of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, coconut and sweetened condensed milk, mix them up in a bowl and pat the mixture into a pan.  Bake, cool, cut and serve.  Num nums.

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Oatmeal, Coconut & Cranberry Breakfast Bars

These are what sustain me now in the mornings while I wait for my beloved KIND bars to come back.  They got me through early mornings and final exams for several years, too.  I did hide these from my little brothers when I lived in my parent’s house.

I hope you can enjoy these as much as I have over the years!

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Oatmeal, Coconut & Cranberry Breakfast Bars

 

Breakfast Bars

Original Recipe from Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson

2.5 c. old fashioned oats
1 c. shredded coconut
1 c. dried cranberries
1 c. mixed seeds (I used sunflower seeds )
1 c. nuts (I used a mix of cashews & blanched, sliced almonds)

14 oz can condensed milk

Preheat oven to 250 F.

Spray 13″ x 9″ baking dish with cooking spray.

Combine all ingredients except milk in a large bowl.  Stir together with a big spatula.  Pour in sweetened condensed milk.  Stir until combined.  Transfer oat mixture into greased baking dish.  Even the top with the spatula/ bottom of the measuring cup (spray it with cooking spray first), or your hands (again, spray them with cooking spray first).

Bake 1 hour.  Do something useful while you wait for these to bake.  Then, remove from oven.  Place on cooling rack.  After an hour, slice into bars, 4 across and four down (for 16 bars total).  Let cool completely before serving.

Enjoy!

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