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Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

What you need: 

3 cups rolled oats (regular, not quick or instant)
1/2 cup soy protein powder
1/4 cup and 1/2 teaspoon succanat
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs worth Ener-G Egg Replacer or equivalent
1 cup soy milk
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cut dried cranberries (unsweetened)

What you do: 

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl, except raisins and cranberries. Mix the wet ingredients together in a smaller bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix together. Add raisins and cranberries and mix in. Spread out in a 13 X 9 inch nonstick pan (or lightly coat with oil). Bake 25 - 35 minutes. Cut into 16 rectangles.

Preparation Time: 
30 - 40 minutes
Cooking Time: 
Servings: 
16
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

So I made them...and here are some variations I need to try next:

1. using quick oats or oat flour
2. adding the correct amt of raisins and berries (I didn't use enough)
3. increasing the amount of sweetener
4. ground flaxseed (not whole like I used)
5. less protein powder

because, while I really like the ingredients of this recipe, the final product I achieved led me to believe I would still dislike the outcome if I had followed the recipe to a "Tee." I think mainly the texture is my biggest issue but in a close second is my fault of not adding all the fruits (which probably would have also fixed my want of more sweetener).

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OK ppl, I am going to try this recipe for breakfast tomorrow. Here are my planned alterations:

soy-pea-rice protein powder and coconut milk (because that's what's in the house)...wish me luck!

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Hmmm... not sure where I went wrong with these.  The taste was good, but the texture was oddly sponge-y (anyone else experience this?)  Also, my batter wasn't anywhere near thick enough to be shaped into bars like KT22A's.  ???  The only alterations I made were:

- banana protein shake mix instead of plain protein powder
- brown sugar instead of sucanat
- vanilla rice milk instead of soy milk
- 2/3 cup raisins instead of raisins + cranberries

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I've changed these quite a bit to the point they are "powerbars" and in demand with the office staff (we're archaeologists).  I use rice protein powder rather than soy...but that is just due to an inability to digest beans.  I put in about 1/2 cup ground pumpkin seeds, 1/2cup ground flax seed, some ground almonds, sweetened cranberries (omit the sugar or other sweetener), and 1/2 to 1cup of oat bran.  I cut the oats down by a cup.  I used grated apples instead of applesauce and these come out super moist and stay that way.  I grate in the peels and all.
I make them most weekends and eat them for breakfast on the way to a site or just in the office.  Oh, and I use plenty of cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg just because it's yummy.
Sometimes I add nutritional yeast if we'll be having a hard week.
My mom (a paint contractor) makes them too.

Thanks for the great flexible recipe. 

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these were pretty good! I used extra flour for the protein powder (didn't have any) and cashews for cranberries. I used flaxseed eggs and added bits of dried banana (not the chips - the chewy kind). I shaped them into bars on a cookie sheet and baked for 10-15 minutes. the recipient didn't like them at first, but then he "couldn't stop eating them," so I will be making them again. good biking fuel! if you use vanilla soymilk, I'd say you don't need to add vanilla.

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