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Gooey breakfast barsThis is one of my favourite breakfast snacks if I run in the morning, I can pre-make them and grab them on the go before I drop the little monster at nursery! 

The Boys love these too so I tend to keep some on hand for emergency morning meltdowns and broken alarms!

You can combine any of your favourite cereals (see the ones I’ve tried below) into a handy compact breakfast solution!

Mum’s & Dad’s – this is a way to get a burst of energy to see you through the school run and off to work OR the joy of these is that you can have them at your desk if you missed breakfast altogether!


ingredients graphic

160g Oats

60g Raisins

60g Cereal (I used cheerios this time)

110g Muscovado Sugar

110g Butter

110g Golden Syrup (watch out it’s very sticky!)

*Note: you can experiment with different cereals – multi-grain ones are best using this recipe – I’ve tried shreddies too but you have to break them up*


cocoa powder – These are very sweet already so can be a bit much –  but if you want too add 10 – 20 g cocoa powder)

You can also add seeds, dried fruits or small nuts whichever your preference 🙂


Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees

Using your hands (it’s easier but you can use a spoon if you prefer) mix together the oats, raisins and cereal

hand mixing

Put to one side and then add the butter, sugar and golden syrup to a saucepan and stir on a low heat

*Note: This requires a bit of patience because if the heat is too high you’ll burn the mixture*

Once it is melted together – it should look something like this…

mixture example

Take it off the heat and add the oat mixture to it – mix together ensuring all of the oats mixture is covered in the syrup mixture – it should look a little like this…


Line a tin with greaseproof paper (I like to leave two sides too tall to pull it out the tin when it’s finished)

*Note: Here I’ve used a 9” square tin that’s 2” deep for a more traditional look but I’ve also previously used a Victoria sponge cake tin and a variety of sizes and thicknesses so use whatever you like)*

In pan mixture ex

Spoon in the mixture and flatten down into all the corners (or not if it’s a circle tin but that’s getting pedantic)

squishing in pan

Pop in the oven for 20 – 25 mins (mine were in for 25 I like mine crispier around the edges) or until golden


Take it out of the oven, let it cool completely and then cut into squares

*Note: if you take it out of the tin before it has cooled completely it won’t set and will start to separate – damn you golden syrup*

This can be a bit tricky so careful not to cut your fingers off
This can be a bit tricky so careful not to cut your fingers off – blood ruins the recipe

Grab them on the go!

Gooey Breakfast Bars - ready to go and yummy to eat

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17 comments on “Gooey Breakfast Energy Bars”

  1. These look delicious! I am often looking for easy snacks that I can have on hand for the kids (me, for me), and these look like something we would all enjoy.

  2. These look delicious. I love something small, healthy and yum for on the go and these look perfect. Thank you for the great recipe!

  3. These look so good. I have so many cheerio boxes laying around and need a way to use them, and Nikki, I don’t know about regular Cheerios, but Multi-grain are completely gluten-free…says on the box in front of me 🙂

  4. First off, these look so good! I love having snacks that I can take with me when I leave home. I’m gluten free, so I’m loving these even more!I’m not sure if Cheerios are gluten free, but I could use chex in their place. What a great “good for you” treat a little sweet, a little dried fruit and I can take one in my purse! Love it! Thanks!

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