Ready Brek Honey & Raisin Breakfast bars

When I was younger my Mum always used to say, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and now as a Mum myself, I totally agree. With all four of my children now nursery or school, it is so important to me that they eat a healthy and nutritious breakfast, and that’s where Ready Brek comes in.

Ready Brek is made from wholegrain rolled oats, fortified with vitamins, super smooth and with no added salt or sugar it is the perfect choice for all the family.

The only issue we have, and this is quite a big one, is that my children refuse to eat porridge. For that reason I have been playing around with a few ideas to find ways to create a breakfast which my children will eat whilst still getting all of the goodness of Ready Brek.

This week we have made Ready Brek Honey & Raisin breakfast bars and with no added sugar they make a great breakfast for the children or as a healthy treat in their lunch boxes.

Ready Brek Honey & Raisin Breakfast Bars 

Ingredients 

  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 200g honey
  • 200g Ready Brek
  • 200g rolled oats
  • 50g raisins (these can be substituted for other dried fruit)

Method 

  • Put the butter and honey into a saucepan and heat until the butter has dissolved.
  • Add the oats, Ready Brek and raisins. Mix well.
  • Transfer the mixture to a grease proof baking tray and spread to around 2cm thick.
  • Smooth the surface with the back of a spoon.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 15-20 minutes until lightly golden around the edges.
  • Leave to cool and then cut into bar sized piece.

This recipe is completely fool proof and also a lovely one for the children to help out with. Mine all loved helping to weigh out the ingredients and take it in turns to stir in the mixture. But their favourite part, and mine too, was eating the finished bars!

There are countless ways that the whole family can enjoy Ready Brek, and so many recipes which prove that you don’t have to be a fan of porridge to feel the benefits either. I’m looking forward to trying out some new ways to incorporate Ready Brek into our diets, from muffins and smoothies, to oat pancakes. If the breakfast bars are anything to go by, I’m sure they’ll be a real hit!

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114 Comments

  1. September 28, 2017 / 7:47 pm

    Ooh they look delicious and we go through boxes of Ready Brek so always have it in. Will def be making these!

    • Laura Dove
      October 1, 2017 / 5:30 pm

      Ah great! They are really tasty! xx

  2. September 28, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    Mmm these look delicious, I’ll definitely be giving them a try.

    • Laura Dove
      October 1, 2017 / 5:29 pm

      Thanks Kate, I recommend them! xx

  3. September 28, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    I love porridge. My youngest still does too. These bars sound delicious.

    • Laura Dove
      October 1, 2017 / 5:28 pm

      They are really tasty Claire! xx

  4. September 29, 2017 / 11:11 am

    What a yummy recipe and perfect for baby led weaning as well! I loved Ready Brek as a kid. It always remind me of cold winter mornings snuggled up with my mum on the sofa!

    • Laura Dove
      October 1, 2017 / 5:05 pm

      I’ve never been a fan of porridge even though I know how filling it is so these are perfect as an alternative! xxx

  5. September 29, 2017 / 11:16 am

    What a yummy recipe and perfect for baby led weaning as well! (After 1yo of course!) I loved Ready Brek as a kid. It always remind me of cold winter mornings snuggled up with my mum on the sofa!

    • Laura Dove
      October 1, 2017 / 5:04 pm

      Definitely! I gave then to a friends one year old this week and they went down a treat! xx

  6. September 29, 2017 / 11:41 am

    Going to add to the my grocery list and give that recipe a try 🙂 Looks delicious!

    • Laura Dove
      October 1, 2017 / 5:00 pm

      Ah great! I recommend them! xx

  7. September 29, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    Ahhh I loved Ready Brek as a kid! Piglet is a right snacker so I think I might have to make some of these for him to have. Hopefully it’ll keep him more full!

    • Laura Dove
      October 1, 2017 / 4:58 pm

      They make great snacks Kim, and obviously for us too…! xx

  8. September 29, 2017 / 1:33 pm

    They sound really good and perfect for lunch boxes. If I tell you it’s one of the food I used to smuggle in when we lived abroad, I think I don’t need to explain how my little ones feel about Ready Brek!! 😀

    • Laura Dove
      October 1, 2017 / 4:54 pm

      Haha that’s so funny, it IS great! xx

  9. September 29, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    I’m DEFINITELY trying these. I’ve made things like this with regular porridge before. Why didn’t I think to use Readybrek, eh? Genius!

    • Laura Dove
      October 1, 2017 / 4:51 pm

      Thank you! Ready brek has so many uses! xx

  10. September 29, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    These look and sound amazing. I love how many different ways you can use Ready Brek.

    • Laura Dove
      October 1, 2017 / 4:48 pm

      Me too! It’s great in smoothies too! xx

  11. September 29, 2017 / 5:56 pm

    Oh my gosh Ready Brek is pretty much my favourite thing, I eat it in the evenings and it’s so comforting but I had never thought to bake with it! x

    • Laura Dove
      October 1, 2017 / 4:46 pm

      See we don’t like porridge so using it to bake with has been great!! These bars are so tasty, we could have done with some yesterday! xx

  12. September 29, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    These sounds right up my street! I reckon I can get on board with kids food haha xx

    • Laura Dove
      October 1, 2017 / 4:45 pm

      Haha they are tasty! xx

  13. September 29, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    Oooh these look amazing – I always think of Ready Brek as being so plain and boring but these look brilliant! I would never have thought to make anything with Ready Brek!

    • Laura Dove
      October 1, 2017 / 4:44 pm

      Yes! I think that’s why my children wont eat it, you can make it really tasty with added ingredients! xx

  14. September 30, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    They look really good! Great for breakfast on the go!

    • Laura Dove
      October 1, 2017 / 4:38 pm

      Definitely! So easy too! xx

  15. September 30, 2017 / 7:08 pm

    This is SUCH a good idea! I want to run out now, buy some Ready Brek and give it a go. I’d definitely be eating a bowl of the stuff for some comforting tonight if we had any in.

    • Laura Dove
      October 1, 2017 / 4:36 pm

      Ahh thanks Holly! xxx

  16. October 1, 2017 / 7:03 am

    This looks very tasty and like a good way to start the day 😋 I’ve never tried Readybreak but will have to give it a go x

    • Laura Dove
      October 1, 2017 / 4:32 pm

      They are lovely Nadia! I recommend them! xx

  17. October 1, 2017 / 8:28 am

    Hi, I love my porridge and always have a snack bar mid morning this would be a great aletenative to try to keep me going until lunchtime #SharingTheBlogLove

    • Laura Dove
      October 1, 2017 / 4:32 pm

      Yes, they are really filling! xx

  18. October 1, 2017 / 10:11 am

    I always buy oats to make flapjack, I always assumed ready brek was too smooth. Will have to try and make these

    • Laura Dove
      October 1, 2017 / 4:30 pm

      Ready Brek is smoother than rolled oats but just substituting half of the rolled oats for ready brek makes a really lovely textured bar! xx

  19. October 1, 2017 / 2:51 pm

    I have saved your recipe as my daughter will not eat oats – so i am going to make the bars next week and forgot to mention to her – what are they made of – is she wont eat them – then more for me i love oats 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      October 1, 2017 / 4:27 pm

      Haha great idea! My girls call them “breakfast biscuits!” and anything that’s a biscuit is a win! xx

  20. October 1, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    I have to admit I’m the same as your children – I hate porridge and can’t stand anything with oats in general. But for some reason flapjacks and bars like these I find really lovely! Keeping these in mind to make with Max as I know he’d love them (breakfast is the only meal he really loves) and they sound so simple to make.

    • Laura Dove
      October 1, 2017 / 8:43 pm

      Yep, I’m the same but these feel more like a treat even though there is no added sugar! Really yummy! xx

  21. October 1, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    These are a great idea and perfect for mornings when we are in a rush and have to eat on the go.

    • Laura Dove
      October 1, 2017 / 8:42 pm

      Yes definitely, you can even eat them on the school run if you’re mega rushed like me, haha! xx

  22. October 1, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    Aww wow how awesome do these look. A great way of getting a quick but healthy breakfast in the kids too. Sound delicious

    • Laura Dove
      October 2, 2017 / 12:44 pm

      Definitely, and so simple too! xx

    • Laura Dove
      October 2, 2017 / 12:43 pm

      You can use it in all sorts! Flapjacks, muffins, smoothies…it’s fab! xx

  23. The Mummy Bubble
    October 2, 2017 / 8:08 am

    What a brilliant recipe! I’ve been looking for something new to try with the kids for snacks as it’s all getting a bit boring with the usual raisins etc. These look lovely x #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      October 2, 2017 / 12:42 pm

      Yes definitely! Kids easily get bored of the same old snacks! xx

  24. October 2, 2017 / 8:15 am

    So simple and I bet they taste awesome! Going to get my little cook to try these at the weekend and we may pop a few chocolate chips in too to a few! #BigPinkLink on another note – just totally gorgeous to meet you Saturday xxx

    • Laura Dove
      October 2, 2017 / 12:42 pm

      Ooh yes! Chocolate chips…yum! Ahh you too Helen, I was a little bit star struck to be honest, you are ridiculously beautiful!!!! xxx

  25. October 2, 2017 / 8:33 am

    My little one is still eating porridge at the moment. But it’s only a matter of time before that changes and we’ll have to change strategy! #bigpinklinky

    • Laura Dove
      October 2, 2017 / 12:41 pm

      Haha they love to keep us on our toes!! xx

  26. October 2, 2017 / 8:37 am

    These look so yummy, I can’t wait to see if they’re available in stores around me! #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      October 2, 2017 / 12:41 pm

      I made them Heather, I’m not sure if Ready Brek is available over seas or not. xx

  27. October 2, 2017 / 9:03 am

    These are a great idea. I struggle to get my boys to eat porridge too. I must give these a try xxx

    • Laura Dove
      October 2, 2017 / 12:40 pm

      They are really filling Jo so great for breakfast or snacks. xx

  28. October 2, 2017 / 11:26 am

    Oh gosh these look incredible, and anything that gives mean excuse to consume more Ready Brek is amazing in my eyes!!

    • Laura Dove
      October 2, 2017 / 12:39 pm

      Haha yes, and because Ready Brek is healthy you can eat two or even three, hehe! xx

  29. October 2, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    my son refuses porridge too and its a nightmare to get him to eat breaky in general! these sound fab tho! #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      October 2, 2017 / 12:35 pm

      Haha yes I completely relate to that! xx

  30. October 2, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    Breakfast has always been a difficult one with Holly, as she is not a fan of cereal. It’s only ever been toast or pancakes for her and she gets a bit bored. These look like the perfect solution for her and I just know that she would love to make them and eat them x

    • Laura Dove
      October 3, 2017 / 12:36 pm

      Kids love baking don’t they? Mine loved doing this, and eating them too! xx

  31. October 2, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    Oh, I spotted this on Facebook the other day. They look amazing! I really want to try them with the kids. (Perhaps Garreth will actually eat something).

    • Laura Dove
      October 3, 2017 / 12:35 pm

      Haha here’s hoping! xx

  32. October 2, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    Such a great idea. I’ve done similar things with oats but didn’t think it’d work with Ready brek

    • Laura Dove
      October 3, 2017 / 12:35 pm

      Yes it makes a really lovely smooth breakfast bar. xx

  33. October 2, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    Oh a lovely idea and so easy to make, mine lovely porridge so I am going to give these a go

    • Laura Dove
      October 3, 2017 / 12:34 pm

      Thank you Stephanie. xx

  34. October 2, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    We have some Ready Brek in the cupboard and I was wondering what to do with it! These would be perfect. I would never have thought to bake with Ready Brek until I saw this post. I like the idea of a smoothie too, especially as we still have some chocolate flavour left. xx

    • Laura Dove
      October 3, 2017 / 12:33 pm

      It’s lovely in smoothies, all that goodness and the kids don’t even know it! Win! xx

  35. October 3, 2017 / 9:00 am

    These are great! Ive bookmarked it. Little man is always hungry after breakfast so I think these would be ideal for on the school run!

    • Laura Dove
      October 3, 2017 / 12:32 pm

      They are great, my girls have been eating them on the school run when we are running late, bad mother alert! xx

  36. October 3, 2017 / 10:00 am

    Fortunately my little one loves porridge. These look lovely though and perferct for me to try as I’m always rushing about. #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      October 3, 2017 / 12:31 pm

      Ahh you’re lucky, mine pull their nose at most things! They do love these though! xx

  37. October 3, 2017 / 12:24 pm

    These look amazing. My kids want eat Ready Brek as a breakfast. I now know what to do with the box thats been in the cupboard for ages, thanks.

    • Laura Dove
      October 3, 2017 / 12:30 pm

      Ah that’s great, hope you enjoy them! xx

  38. Nicky ashworth
    October 3, 2017 / 2:08 pm

    Oh this sounds SO good! Why did I never think about using ready break this way? It sounds like a healthier flapjack and I am so down for that! Thanks for the heads up!

    • Laura Dove
      October 3, 2017 / 3:03 pm

      Its great as there is no added sugar! I recommend them! xx

  39. October 3, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    Love this idea. In fact I was talking to the girls the other day about getting Ready Brek for kids and saying it was ‘central heating for kids’. I got two very blank faces and tumbleweed rolling across the kitchen. Just me then that remember the advert 😂 #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      October 4, 2017 / 11:03 am

      Hahah yes! Showing our age now Jo! xx

  40. Heaven
    October 4, 2017 / 1:17 am

    These look and sound so good! My favorite meal is breakfast so I love finding new recipes!

    • Laura Dove
      October 4, 2017 / 10:56 am

      They are great for breakfast and snacks on the go too! xx

  41. October 4, 2017 / 8:02 am

    I always say I’ll make oaty breakfast bars but never get around to it. You’ve inspired me to finally make some!

    • Laura Dove
      October 4, 2017 / 10:55 am

      They are so easy Sophia and really yummy too! xx

  42. October 4, 2017 / 12:21 pm

    Forget the kids, these sound like my IDEAL snack! Flapjacky / oaty things are just so good. They sound great for taking out and about to footy training, swimming etc too 🙂 #BigPinkLink

    • Laura Dove
      October 4, 2017 / 2:04 pm

      Hah they are really tasted Charlie, and they fit perfectly in your handbag…! xx

  43. October 4, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    gosh i haven’t had ready brek in years! what a lovely lunch box idea and I love your photos – very beautiful. thanks for sharing. I found you on the #BigPinkLink – going to have a look at some of your other posts now! xx

    • Laura Dove
      October 4, 2017 / 2:02 pm

      Ahh thank you so much Michelle! xx

  44. October 4, 2017 / 6:51 pm

    These look really good and I know my one year old would adore them too! Though he fortunately loves porridge anyway!

    • Laura Dove
      October 5, 2017 / 5:45 pm

      Ahh you’re lucky! mine are so fussy! xx

  45. October 5, 2017 / 8:50 am

    Great idea. I can’t get my two to eat porridge either but they’d wolf these down, I’ll have to them a go.
    Thanks so much for linking up with #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time x

    • Laura Dove
      October 5, 2017 / 5:37 pm

      Thank you Alana! xx

    • Laura Dove
      October 5, 2017 / 5:37 pm

      They are super tasty! xx

  46. Joanna
    October 5, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    It sounds like a really tasty treat rather than a breakfast meal. I don’t like oats but I would eat them if they would come in a breakfast bar, with honey and raisins.

    • Laura Dove
      October 5, 2017 / 5:26 pm

      Yes me too, I can’t eat porridge but this is a great way of still getting the goodness of them! xx

  47. October 5, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    That’s such a good idea, like a breakfast flapjack! I love a bit of faux cake for breakfast haha! #bigpinklink

  48. October 7, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    Bars are so much easier at breakfast time when you are all on the go and having to rush places. #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      October 8, 2017 / 8:41 pm

      Yes, way easier than eating a bowl of cereal on the school run, hehe! xx

  49. October 8, 2017 / 7:29 am

    These sounds so yummy and so simple!! I’m hungry now, my tummy literally just gurgled! Thanks for being my fabby co-host this week. #bigpinklink

    • Laura Dove
      October 8, 2017 / 8:33 pm

      Ahh thanks Lou! always a pleasure! xx

  50. October 8, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    They look so delicious! Looks like quite easy to prepare so I will try to make them:)
    #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      October 9, 2017 / 8:32 am

      They are lovely, the kids really enjoy them! xx

  51. October 9, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    They look lovely! My daughter won’t eat porridge or that I make with honey and only ever wants something chocolate coated so I’m hoping these may twist her arm! #KCACOLS

  52. October 11, 2017 / 9:12 am

    My mum too also always said to me that the most important meal of the day is breakfast. We love Ready Brek here! These bars look delicious. I think we might have to try them ourselves. xx

    • Laura Dove
      October 11, 2017 / 12:15 pm

      Yes mine too! They are really easy to make too! xx

  53. October 11, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    Ah they look SO tasty and delicious! I love Ready brek xx #KCACOLS

    • Laura Dove
      October 12, 2017 / 9:15 am

      They are super tasty, and very filling! xx

  54. October 12, 2017 / 6:31 pm

    Cool – I really like these kind of things when we get back into the school run after the holidays. We’re often late and they can always eat them in the car if they haven’t finished breakfast :-/ #kcacols

    • Laura Dove
      October 13, 2017 / 9:44 am

      Yes!! That’s my thinking, we are always running late! xx

    • Laura Dove
      October 14, 2017 / 12:27 pm

      Haha they are super easy to make! xx

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