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High Protein Oatmeal Bars

What you need: 

3 1/2 cups oats (quick or old fashioned)
1 1/2 cups powdered soy milk
4 scoops vanilla soy protein
vegan equivalent of two eggs
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sugar-free maple syrup (any sweetener will do)

What you do: 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
In a large bowl, mix together oats, soy milk and soy protein. In a medium bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients. Pour wet ingredients over dry and mix with a wooden spoon until uniformly moist. The batter will be very thick like stiff cookie dough.
Dump into a 9X12 baking pan that has been greased with non-stick cooking spray (or marg, whatever you have) and spread into an even layer. The dough will be stiff and hard to work with but effort will pay off :)
Bake in oven for 15 minutes or so, or until lightly brown around the edges. The dough will not change shape at all during the baking process. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before cutting into 10 individual bars. Wrap each bar individually and store in the refrigerator for a quick snack anytime.
Note: This is a basic recipe that can easily be altered. They are not sweet so dried fruit and nuts will turn these into a sweet treat. If you wish to increase the protein content, just replace some of the soy milk with equal amounts of soy protein. Additional water may be needed. The finishe'd product should be very chewy and thick like a dense brownie. They are very satisfying and very healthy. Great for athletes. Enjoy!
Approximate nutritional info (per bar): 175 cal, 3 grams fat, 27 carbs(3 grams vegan sugar), 4 grams fiber, 11 grams protein

Preparation Time: 
20-25 mins
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
10
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

I have made 3 batches of these bars so far... I love them!  I've added 3/4 cup raisins, 3/4 cup walnuts and 1 teaspoon cinnamon to a batch-- very good.

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I used 1.5 cups of regular soy milk instead of powdered milk and water. And, instead of adding 4 scoops of protein powder, I added 4 SERVINGS of protein powder.  I used GeniSoy Vanilla Protein powder and each serving is 4 tablespoons, so these bars got 16 Tablespoons of protein powder!
:o

But, the bars taste good and have a strong (but not too strong) vanilla taste and smell.

I added about 1.5 cups of sweetened, dried cranberries and walnuts to the batter before cooking, and the batter was thin-- like cake batter. I did need to cook the bars for 25 minutes, and they were very moist and chewy. 

I wrapped them all individually and kept them in the fridge for a quick (and fairly tasty) meal or snack. 

They travel well: taste fine and stay solid when they get warm, though they do lose their shape and become a twisted, smooshed mess if they get crammed into your backpack or smashed.

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these were quite good, if a little sweet.  i am not a big sweets person, though, so if you are, go to town with the directions!  a friend of mine thought they were just fine sweetness-wise, but i must be some kind of sugar weirdo - it was too much for me.

i reduced the sweetener to 1/2 cup and used agave 'cause it's what i had.  i also added dried cranberries and pecans.  oh, and the applesauce taste is somewhat prominent - i didn't mind it but just an fyi for mix-ins and their matchins and what-have-you.  they're pretty awesome and i feel good snacking on them - i'll definitely make them again. 

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I used 3/4 cups of maple syrup and added a handful of carob chips and handful of raisins. These taste yummy still warm straight from the pan! I'll probably drizzle some melted carob chips over the top of each bar or add some Christmas sprinkles to make them look more 'kid friendly' for my munchkin.

This is a great, versatile, cheap, easy recipe that I will be using again and again!!

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hey all! i have been thinking about making these bars since thursday and was so excited to finally whip 'em up! i have been a clif bar addict for some time now, and really wanted to cut back on waste and make my own energy bars. these were super easy and delicious! i popped half in the freezer and the rest in the fridge! i used agave nectar instead of maple syrup, and added figs, raisins and walnuts. mmmmmmmm!

thanks so much for posting!!  :)

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I made this recipe, and thought it was ok, but needed something.  I melted dark chocolate (70%), and dipped the individuals bars in the melted chocolate.  Awesome.    :P

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I made some modifications to this, mainly because I did it at 2am and didn't wanna go to the grocery store. I used 2 cups of regular soy milk (not powdered) instead of the dry stuff and water. I also used honey instead of maple syrup, and added a tablespoon of creatine.

These came out surprisingly well, and are still soft after having been in the fridge for a few hours. Tasty, filling, and great for long bike trips! I'll definitely be making more of these instead of constantly buying Clif Bars.

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