Store-cupboard cereal bar

As promised, here is a healthy-ish snack (‘healthy’ because it is full of oats and nuts which give nice slow-release energy, ‘-ish’ because of the sugar!);  it is based on a flapjack recipe but is slightly different every time (like the leftovers soup!) because it uses up odds & sods in my baking cupboard. So, not only is it healthy-ish but it is also pretty cheap and helps with the tidying up!

In this version I included prunes, pine kernels and the tail-end of some muesli; as mentioned previously I am not very good at breakfast so this recipe is rather good for using up cereal which I haven’t managed to get through.


Basic Recipe:

  • 6 oz /175g Soft Dark Brown Sugar
  • 6 oz /175g Butter or margerine
  • 1 ½ dessert-spoons Golden Syrup
  • 9 oz /250g Oats
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 2 tablespoons Dried Fruit and Nuts

Variations/ Substitutions:

The fruit and nuts can be pretty much anything you like; the joy of this recipe is that if you already have a few baking ingredients you don’t need to go shopping because you can use whatever dried fruit & nuts you happen to have in the cupboard. My particular favourite combination is date and walnut; however I have also been known to add sunflower seeds, pecans, crystallised ginger or, as in this example, prunes and pine kernels.

If you have cereal such as muesli that you want to use up I would suggest that you substitute it for about 1/3 of the oats; you may find that you need to then add a few more oats (~ a tablespoon) at the end so that the mixture isn’t too gooey.


Preheat the oven to 150oC. Line a 11″ x 7″ tin (or similar) with greaseproof paper.

Put the butter, syrup, sugar and ginger into a large saucepan and melt slowly over a low heat. When completely melted stir in all of the dry ingredients.

Transfer to the lined tin and bake in the centre of the oven for 40 – 45 minutes.

Lick the spoon.

Remove from the oven and let it cool in the tin for about 10 minutes before transferring it, still on the greaseproof paper, to a cooling rack. While it is still warm take a knife and score it into portions to make it easier to break up later on.

8 thoughts on “Store-cupboard cereal bar

  1. Catching up on your blog posts and I’ve got to applaud you on how well written it is. I have a well stocked cupboard and freezer yet still manage to spend a fair amount each week so I was thinking about what I spend it on. A lot of it is snacks and nibbles. Other than these flapjacks, are you much of a snacker? Also, does your £5 cover all three meals a day?

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    1. Hey 🙂
      I appreciate the comment on how well written it is- thanks for the encouragement!
      Yes, the £5 a week does include 3 meals a day and snacks, and yes I am a snacker!
      I have probably been snacking a little less since I started the challenge; one thing I have been enjoying nibbling is plain crackers (water biscuits) with butter and a sprinkle of salt. I have also been raiding my baking cupboard for dried Apricots and nuts etc.
      Also, because it is post-Christmas I still have things such as a nice tin of shortbread which my uncle gave me 🙂


    1. Hi!
      I would love to. I could even see if I could get hold of an old ration book.
      It would be quite good timing to start in a month or so because it also be time to get stuck in to my veg patch.


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