Saturday, 15 June 2013

Breakfast on the go.....

If you are anything like me, you don't have much time for breakfast. Apparently its the "most important meal of the day", but usually I'm a cereal (haha!) breakfast skipper! 

For me, breakfast needs to be quick, filling, healthy and tasty. So doing this on such a strict budget is a real challenge. 

I discovered with some basic ingredients and a small amount of time at the beginning of the week, I could prepare tasty portable breakfasts that would last me more than a week!

and this is one of the options I am going to share with you today.

Manna Budget Breakfast Bites

makes 12 bars
oaty and chewy

preparation time 5 mins
Cooking time 45 mins
cooling 30 mins


1 x can Condensed Milk
250g oats
100g raisins
1tsp Ground ginger
4 Tbsp Honey

1. Preheat oven to 130 C and grease a baking tin and line with grease proof paper.

2. Place condensed milk and honey into a saucepan and heat until warm. (do not allow to boil!)

3. Mix the oats, raisins and ground ginger in a large bowl.

4. Pour the condensed milk into the bowl with the oat mixture and stir to combine.

5. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking tin.

6. Put into the oven on the middle shelf and bake for 45mins or until golden brown

7. Once baked, take out of the oven and leave it to cool in the tin for 15 mins before cutting up into bite sized cubes.

8. Once cooled store in an air tight container

9. Munch on the way to work :)

There are many ways you can be creative and make this recipe to suit your taste, here are some ideas:

  • Add peanut butter in with the honey
  • Instead of adding ginger why not try some mixed spice
  • Add some different dried fruit if you have it such as cranberries or apricots 
  • Add some nuts or seeds
  • mix in some desiccated coconut with the oats


These bites are much cheaper compared to similar cereal bars you can buy.
  • We bought oats last week for 75p for 1kg. This recipe required 250g, so that's 18p.
  • We also bought raisins, they cost us £1.49 for 500g. This recipe used 100g, so that's 30p.
  • I found a jar of honey in Sainsbury's for 99p (340g). If I used 8g of honey - that's 2p.
  • Ginger is 95p for a 38g jar. I probably used about 1g - 2p!
  • Sainsbury's also provided us with condensed milk for 99p.
So all together, 12 breakfast bites, came to £1.51, that's 12p each - bargain!

We already had most of these ingredients, but if you didn't, then the real cost would set you back £5.17.

1 comment:

  1. Sound good - I would put them in the oven at the same time as the suggested puddings; anyone short of money would avoid putting the oven on for so long and just one thing!