look: a recipe! breakfast bars.

I don't share recipes or DIY's very often because I don't usually cook cool things or DIY anything. And that's real. Jeff is the cook in this relationship and he's really good at it. I just pretend like I'm helping and do whatever he says. As for DIY, that's a whole difference story that I'll save for another day.

My mom makes these breakfast bars that I love and the kind mother that she is, suggested I make them this time. They were so easy {and yes my mom supervised to make sure I got it right}. We used Nigella Lawson's recipe seen here. {The second link is the Americanized recipe we used, adapted from her British recipe}.


1 can (14 ounces) non-fat sweetened condensed milk
2-1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame) (<-- I didn't have these so I added white chocolate chips and sliced almonds, good switch right?)
1 cup natural unsalted peanuts (I also added cashews)


Preheat oven to 250 F degrees

Coat a 9x13 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray

In a large bowl mix together the oats, coconut, cranberries, seeds, peanuts, and any other ingredients you want to add

Take a photo of your lovely looking seeds etc.

Warm the condensed milk in a pan or in the microwave (30-45 seconds should be enough)

Add the warmed sweetened condensed milk and stir until everything is well mixed and coated with the milk

Spread the mixture into the prepared baking pan and press down with a spatula or your lightly greased hands, to even out the surface

Bake for 1 hour

Remove from the oven and cool for 15 minutes

Cut into 24 bars and let them cool completely

Store in a covered container.


ps. Who's going to the Portland Blogger Meet Up tomorrow?


  1. These look delicious! I love these types of recipes because you can mix and match basically anything you want!

  2. Ooo... Those look great! I'm going to have to try them!

  3. Yum! I love that you control the ingredients. I bet they would be awesome with diced apricots too.

  4. It was great seeing you yesterday! I will have to try this recipe out! I can't remember the last time I had condensed milk lol

  5. yum! i need to start making my own bars... so much healthier than the crap at the grocery store ;)


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