It's no secret that I'm constantly looking for new ways to trick myself into eating breakfast. My mornings are a bit of a rushed blur, between walking the dogs and attempting to look 'professional' enough to work in midtown. The dress code at work is decidedly not business casual, and we're not even allowed to wear jeans on Fridays. So I really don't ever have a morning where I can just kind of phone it in, throw on jeans and cute boots and a sweater, have a nice breakfast and then start myself on the hour-long odyssey that is my morning commute. I do my best to make my mornings as calm as possible---lay out clothes the night before, make sure my bag is packed up, even prep the lunches I bring. But breakfast has not been a priority, and we all know what they say about breakfast.
I certainly have lots of yummy homemade granola in the house, but getting myself to sit down with a bowl and a spoon is not really in the cards. So I thought I'd try some portable granola bars, based on a recipe by Nigella Lawson. With all my substitutions and little tweaks to her recipe, I came up with this:
Nigella Lawson's (Modified) Granola Bars
1 and 3/4 cups condensed milk (I made this myself rather than buying canned)
2 1/2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup mixed dried blueberries and dried sour cherries
1 cup mixed sunflower seeds and milk thistle seeds
1 cup chopped almonds
3 tablespoons yumberry powder
1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees and oil a 9- x 13-inch baking pan.
2. Warm the condensed milk in a large pan.
3. Meanwhile, mix all the other ingredients together and add the warmed condensed milk, using a rubber spatula to fold and distribute.
4. Spread the mixture into the oiled or foil pan and press down with a spatula to make the surface even.
5. Bake for 1 hour, remove, and after about 15 minutes, cut into four across and four down, to make 16 chunky bars. Let cool completely.
Everything went well, I pressed the mixture into the pan, baked it, sliced it, and yep, in no way were these going to be granola bars.
The oats and other ingredients just wouldn't stick to each other, and the result was a lot of (delicious) crumbles. So granola instead of granola bars. Next time I'll try a new recipe and see how that goes. I'm not giving up yet!