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Breakfast Bars

18 Nov

After last night’s overindulgence I figured we could do with a batch of Breakfast bars. I try to keep these in the house at all times and often use them as a breakfast/ lunch replacement. These are a variation on Nigella Lawsons Breakfast Bars. And consist of oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruit and condensed milk to bind.

I like to think of these as healthy but please note that condensed milk is pretty high in fat and sugar! I have tried to calculate the calorific value of these several time and I’m pretty sure they come in at about 200 kcal.
So the ingredients are:
250g jumbo oats
75g shredded coconut
100g dried fruit
125g mixed seeds
125g chopped nuts
1x 397g tin of condensed milk
Oven preheated to 130 degrees C or gas Mark 0.5
You will also need a lined and greased 22×33 shallow baking tin.

Nigella specifies cranberries and peanuts for fruit and nuts. I tend to use chopped figs and brazil nuts but today I used almonds. Any fruit/nut combo will do, even dried banana and a few chocolate chips are acceptable!

Mix all the dry ingredients up, warm condensed milk on the stove until it is warm and runny but not boiling. Pour the condensed milk over the dry ingredients and stir until combined then press into your tin and bake for about an hour, until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and leave for about 10 min before cutting 4 x 4 into 16 rectangular bars. Leave to cool completely before removing from the tin and putting in storage jar. These are still good a week later (if they last that long!)


During busier times I have experimented with boxes of fancy muesli. This resulted in a quicker and still tasty alternative. They were crunchier and more caramel like and definitely worth the minor bother! I just took the small box of museli, added a tin of condensed milk and cooked as above. I think that as long as you stick (roughly) to the overall quantity of dry food above, you can’t go far wrong!

Happy breakfasting!


The Little Things

6 Jul

I thought I would share some of the Things that have made me happy this week….

1) Getting the data in
yes it required driving to London. But. I. Have. It!

2) Getting Down To It
Yes; actually writing my results section. It’s not finished. But it’s a good way through.

3) Breakfast
I know this is becoming a re-occurring theme in my blog but having only recently re-started eating breakfast and Discovering bacon and maple syrup this has got to be worth an entry!


Which leads me nicely on to my next happy thing…

4) Double Yolk Eggs
I bought a box of extra large eggs… All of which have been double yolkers! Perfect for dipping!

Not to mention perfect comfort food!

5) Wholesome Soup
I have been trying to eat better; mostly by adding lots of veg. I figure that if I make sure I eat a pile of veg, anything else I eat doesn’t really matter. I also don’t have time to cook or sit down and make a proper event of a meal. So I made the biggest vat of sweet potato, butternut squash, celeriac, courgette, butter bean and cabbage soup ever! (I also threw in a pack of bacon as ‘seasoning’). This has kept me feeling healthyish all week…

6) Phone Calls
Making the time to stop and talk! Feeling Heard. Feeling Supported. Being Acknowledged. Offers of Help. Thank You to my lovely friend and mother.

7) Relaxed Puppies
When I take a short break from studying I go and look at the pups. I swear their calmness is contagious…


Not only is their calmest contagious… But their joy…


8) A New Toy
Yes it is filled with doggy treats… Hours of entertainment!

9) A Good Looking Correlation Matrix

My thesis results are turning out to be pretty meaningless, largely due to a lack of statistical power. Anyway. I made this table and wondered at it’s beauty. Then I tried to sleep and couldn’t. Then I decided I needed an evening off.

10) An Evening Off
The pups and I met D in the forest as he finished work. He bought me flowers and whisky (yeah I had run out!). The pups ran, scampered and frolicked. Then I spotted these dudes…

I came home,drank Pimms and am writing this post as D cooks me a proper meal.

Things aren’t so bad
I hope something made you happy this week

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