Homemade Cereal Bars

19 April 2013

homemade cereal bars
I'm really not a morning person. I never have been. I've got better since I had the darlings but I still find it SO hard to drag my body out of my warm comfy bed in the morning. 

On a work day I'm up at 7am and out of the door by 7.25 so every second counts. Some poeple don't like breakfast but I love it and really believe it's the most important meal of the day. So as soon as I get to work I make a coffee and have a cereal bar with it. I usually have something oaty like Alpen or Special K bars but by 9.30 I'm sometimes hungry again... and end up eating a bowl of porridge!

homemade cereal bars
So I was very intrigued when I came across a recipe for homemade cereal bars and had to have a go. I made them one Sunday evening and my breakfasts for the week were sorted. I took some extra bars into work for a couple of my colleagues to try and they loved them too. I cut my batch into 16 bars which are still quite big and they really filled me up, they're much more satisfying than the bought ones... and much cheaper too!

homemade cereal bars

Homemade Cereal Bars

Makes 16 bars
Preparation time 10 minutes
Baking time 30-45 minutes

350g good quality muesli (I used Alpen)
75g dried cranberries
75g dried apricots chopped
390g tin of condensed milk

Preheat your oven to 130°C {260°F}  Line a baking tray (about 23 x 33 x 4cm) with baking paper.

Heat the condensed milk in a large pan over a low heat. Keep stirring it so that it doesn't burn. It will get thinner as you stir and should only take a minute or so.

Add the muesli a berries to the pan. Stir thoroughly so all the muesli is coated with the condensed milk.

Pour it into your prepared tin and press it down to flatten it. Pop it onto the middle shelf of the oven for 30-45 minutes depending on whether you like chewy or crispy bars. The longer you bake them, the darker & crunchier they'll become.

Take out of the oven and leave to cool for 15 minutes. Lift out of the baking tin using the paper, chop into bars and leave to cool completely.

Enjoy with a coffee to keep you going all morning!

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  1. Mmm Debra these look good! I make my own too & we eat way too many!

    1. Thank you :) they really are yummy and save us so much money!

  2. Hi Debra! These look delish! Is the condensed milk you used the sweetened kind? Thanks for a good recipe!



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