WW Recipe of the Day: Nigella's Breakfast Bars
I've been meaning to try these breakfast granola 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 (affiliate link) 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?
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 non-fat sweetened condensed milk and cut them into 24 bars, instead of the suggested 16.
How Many Calories and WW Points in these Breakfast Bars?
According to my calculations, each bar has 155 calories and:
7 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
7 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
6 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
4 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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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 🙂
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Nigella's Breakfast Bars Made Weight Watchers Friendly
- 1 can (14 ounces) non-fat sweetened condensed milk
- 2-½ 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
- Position an oven rack in the center and preheat your oven to 250F degrees.
- Coat a 9×13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Warm the condensed milk in a pan or the microwave.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix together the oats, coconut, cranberries, seeds and peanuts.
- 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 then let cool completely.
- Store in a covered container.
If you like this recipe for Nigella's Breakfast Bars, you may also like:
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- Low-Fat Chewy Granola Bars - with pecans, raisins, and chocolate with *7 WW Freestyle SmartPoints value (SkinnyTaste)
- Homemade Cereal Bars with no added sugar and *6 WW Freestyle SmartPoints value (SnackGirl)
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Can you switch out the condensed milk for something healthier or dairy free?
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!!
Bit late now, but for future people reading. I’ve used Condensed Coconut Milk I got at my local organic shop. Works exactly same as regular condensed milk.
Thanks for letting us know, Nicky. ~Martha
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?
I use the following to calculate the nutritional estimates that I then run through my WW PointsPlus calculator: http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php. I've run it again and it looks okay to me. I don't think that 2.5 cups of oats has 60/70 points plus. According to my research 2.5 cups of oats has about 775 calories and 20 points plus.
Hope this helps.
Yeah rolled oats are 1/4 for 2 pts so IF ANYTHING the points would be 20 for 2.5 cups. On another note, could you freeze these?
Though I haven't tried to freeze them (they never last long enough) I think they would work well.
Could we use honey instead of condensed milk?
Hi Claude, I haven't tried using honey as a substitute, but think it should work.
I just tried it replacing the milk with honey and it worked fine The reason I did this is because my daughter is lactose tolerance. The bars are sweeter and probably more weight watcher points. 14 ounces of honey is 75 pts.
Hi Claude, thanks so much for letting me know!
Hi Claude I have made and love these breakfast bats many times but I was thinking of replacing the condensed milk with natural, unsweetened fruit juice next time! X x
Why do you have to warm the milk? Can you just dump it in from the can?
You just warm it to make it runnier and easier to pour, spread, work with.
These bars are delicious! I made them for a community potluck breakfast and they went fast. I had several requests for the recipe, which I followed exactly; no changes. I make these once a week now so I always have some on hand!
I make these! They’re delicious ?
I made these at the weekend - is the 250 oven temp correct as they burnt badly on the outside - please help as they seem delicious
Hi Wendy, the oven temp is for 250F or about 130C. Hope this helps. ~Martha