Nigella’s Breakfast Bars Made Weight Watchers Friendly


I’ve been meaning to try these breakfast bars from Nigella Lawson for weeks.

Sunday was finally the day and all I can say is, “What took me so long?”

They are the yummiest granola bar I’ve ever tasted, homemade or otherwise.

It’s a good thing I only made a half batch because they are addictive, just like she said.

Once you taste these you’ll never want another store-bought granola bar, that’s for sure!

The recipe comes from  Nigella Express: 130 Recipes for Good Food, Fast one of my favorite of her cookbooks. As soon as I saw the picture of these homemade breakfast/granola bars, I had a feeling I would fall in love with them. They’re chock-a-block full of some of my favorite things including, coconut, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and peanuts, all held together with sweetened condensed milk.

Does anyone else find the smell of sweetened condensed milk intoxicating?

Nigella's Breakfast Bars

Nigella’s Breakfast Bars

I shared a couple of these delectable oaty, chewy, sweet and crunchy breakfast bars with my Mom, who agreed that they’re delicious.

Add a piece of fruit or cup of yogurt for a great quick and easy no-cook breakfast.

To make them Weight Watchers friendly, I substituted nonfat sweetened condensed milk and cut them into 24 bars, instead of the suggested 16, giving them a PointsPlus value of 4.

I divided the recipe in half and baked them in an 8-inch pan but plan on making a full batch next time since they keep well. Try these yummy breakfast bars and see if you don’t become addicted too :-)


Nigella's Breakfast Bars Made Weight Watchers Friendly
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These Nigella Breakfast Bars made Weight Watchers friendly are amazingly delicious with 4 Points Plus
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 24
  • 1 can (14 ounces) non-fat sweetened condensed milk
  • 2-1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame)
  • 1 cup natural unsalted peanuts
  1. Position an oven rack in the center and preheat your oven to 250 F degrees.
  2. Coat a 9×13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Warm the condensed milk in a pan or the microwave.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix together the oats, coconut, cranberries, seeds and peanuts.
  5. Add the warmed sweetened condensed milk and stir until everything is well mixed and coated with the milk.
  6. Spread the mixture into the prepared baking pan and press down with a spatula or your lightly greased hands, to even out the surface.
  7. Bake for 1 hour.
  8. Remove from the oven and cool for 15 minutes.
  9. Cut into 24 bars and then let cool completely.
  10. Store in a covered container.
Cook's Notes
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1 bar): 155 calories, 6.7 g fat, 19.6 g carbs, 2.8 g fiber, 5.9 g protein and 4 WW PointsPlus value

Next time I’m going to add a few chopped dried apricots too.

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    • says

      I don’t know Olivia. I’ve never tried. You might be able to use a combination of coconut milk and brown rice syrup. If you come up with an alternative that works for you, I’d love to hear about it!!

  1. Shalini says

    Hi..just wondering…if this recipe yields 24 bars at 4 points each, the total recipe points would be 96. A can of condensed milk is around 38/40 points. Add to that, 2.5 cups of oats which is about 60/70. The points total is already over 100 points. Then there is all the other stuff – seeds, coconut etc. that which I haven’t even counted. Do you see the points discrepancy? What am I missing?

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