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.
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.
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!
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.