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My Attempt At Porridge Bars…

18 Oct

I’m breastfeeding our boy (more about that soon) and one way to boost/maintain your milk supply is to eat oats. I’ve gotten a bit of a baking bug recently (I think I can blame Great British Bake Off for that) but I’ve also got to watch my weight so I’ve been looking for a way to bake things that, whilst being a tad “naughty”, aren’t just empty calories. Oat based things seem the best way to go.

Luke bought me some amazing oats bars (Stoats Porridge Bars) while I was in hospital, so I thought I’d have a go at making some myself. I found this recipe online but I don’t have a lot of the ingredients so I have decided to simplify it and adapt it for what I’ve got…

So! Basically, you will need:-

130g rolled oats
300ml milk
1 large egg
1tsp vanilla extract
60g dried fruit (approx) 
30g of seeds (approx)
(optional) 1tsp cinnamon
(optional) 20g chopped nuts 
(optional) 1-2tbsp runny honey (or maybe maple/golden syrup)

…and my amended recipe looks like this:-

130g oats
300ml milk
1tsp vanilla extract
60g sultanas
15g sunflower seeds
15g pumpkin seeds
10g chia seeds
2tbsp maple syrup

I made the cinnamon optional (and then omitted it from my ingredients) because I didn’t know if it’d work that well with the maple/golden syrup. I also decided to use a heavier weight of seeds than the original recipe called for as I wasn’t using the chopped nuts.

To make the bars:-

  • mix the dry ingredients (oats, seeds, fruit and nuts) in a large bowl
  • whisk the wet ingredients (milk, vanilla, egg and honey/syrup) in a jug
  • pour the wet ingredients into the dry and combine well
  • leave for a while to absorb (use this time to heat oven and line your tin)
  • pour mixture into a lined tin (I used a tin that says it’s 15cm square but I think is actually 20cm)
  • bake at 180c for 45-60 minutes

The mixture is quite wet at first and although the oats do soak up the liquid, it’s still pretty wet when you pour it into the tray.

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I admit, I couldn’t wait until it was completely cool to turn it out and cut it (although I did give it about 30-45 minutes to cool) but it didn’t have any adverse effects. I only baked it for 45 minutes and it doesn’t seem to have cooked through properly. It IS cooked, but it’s still quite squidgy so I will probably give it the full hour next time I make these bars. It was quite golden on top though so I don’t know if the extra 15 minutes might cause it to burn…

EDIT: I’ve finally figured out what this “squidgy” texture reminds me of…cold bread and butter pudding (like the kind you can buy in slabs from Greggs)

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I cut the slab of porridge into eight, but you could get 10 decent-sized slices out of it if you weren’t greedy like me.

My recipe, what with the omitted cinnamon, is quite plain. If I was to do this again I might try adding it, or perhaps upping the amount of maple syrup. The best thing about them is that they’re essentially just oats, fruit, seeds and milk so they’re pretty virtuous…which is good seeing as I’ve eaten three slices in the last 5 minutes…

 
5 Comments

Posted by on October 18, 2015 in Food, Life

 

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5 responses to “My Attempt At Porridge Bars…

  1. MidwifeandLife

    October 19, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Did you find it boosted your supply?

     
    • onegirlandacampervan

      October 19, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      I don’t know really…I think they help (oats in general) but I’m not sure if that’s just wishful thinking on my part. I started eating them more after George had had his tongue tie cut and we were home from hospital so could just be a combination of less stress and better latch. I ❤ oats though so I'll take any excuse to eat more porridge/porridge bars/flapjacks 🙂 xxx

       
      • MidwifeandLife

        October 19, 2015 at 6:05 pm

        It’s supposed to be purely a supply and demand thing but I think keeping yourself well fed and hydrated helps. Hope all is going well with feeding for you now x

         
      • onegirlandacampervan

        October 19, 2015 at 6:11 pm

        Yeah, i think other than medication there isn’t much truth to the tales of foods and herbs that boost your supply…but perhaps it’ll work via placebo effect? 🙂 thank you xxx

         
      • MidwifeandLife

        October 19, 2015 at 6:24 pm

        Definitely x

         

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