Home-made breakfast bars


In our June/July issue we featured an article called "How to work and have happy children". One of the things they mentioned was starting the day right by being organised the night before so things aren't chaotic and stressful in the morning.

Having breakfast can be one of those activities that when it's done it involves arguing and moaning and rushing or it doesn't get done at all. That's why we love these tasty breakfast bars that you and your kids can grab on the way out in the morning or you can add them to school lunchboxes.

Simply bake over the weekend and cut into bars ready for the week ahead.

Ingredients:
100g butter, plus extra for greasing
200g porridge oats
100g sunflower seeds
50g sesame seeds
50g chopped walnuts
3 tbsp honey
100g sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
100g dried cranberries , cherries or blueberries, or a mix

Method:
1. Heat oven to 160ºC. Butter and line the base of a 18 x 25cm tin. Mix the oats, seeds and nuts in a roasting tin, then put in the oven for five to tens minutes to toast.
2. Meanwhile, warm the butter, honey and sugar in a pan, stirring until butter is melted. Add the oat mix, cinnamon and dried fruit, then mix until all the oats are well coated. Tip into the tin, press down lightly and bake for 30 minutes. Cool in the tin and cut.

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