Prep 25 mins
Cook 30 mins
This is from "homecooking" site. Prep time is an estimation.
- nonstick cooking spray
- 1 cup powdered soy protein concentrate
- 1⁄2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1⁄2 cup oat bran
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2-2⁄3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 1⁄2 cups plain yogurt or 1 1⁄2 cups vanilla yogurt
- 1⁄4 cup canola oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (325°F for a glass pan).
- Lightly spray a 9- by 13- inch baking pan and a baking tray with nonstick spray.
- Mix together the protein powder, flour, oats, oat bran, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl.
- Crumble in the brown sugar, rubbing it with your fingers to break up any clumps.
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Measure the yogurt, oil, and vanilla into a second bowl, stirring until well combined.
- Add the wet mixture to the dry, and mix patiently until thoroughly blended.
- (May use your hands-- it will be a thick batter, almost like a dough.) Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan, patting it evenly into place with your hands.
- Bake in the center of the oven for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven and cut into bars of any size or shape.
- Place the bars on the prepared baking tray and bake for another 15 minutes, or until golden around the edges.
- (For extra-crunchy bars, turn off the oven and leave them in there for up to 45 minutes longer.) Remove the bars from the oven, and place them on a rack to cool.
- Eat the bars within a few hours, or seal them in a heavy zip-style plastic bag and store in the freezer.
- For maximum crispness,"refresh" them in a toaster oven after defrosting.
- You can make the main recipe with any combination of the following adjustments: Replace the canola oil with 1/2 cup peanut butter or almond butter (softened in a microwave).
- Replace the flour with quinoa, ground to a powder in a blender or an electric spice grinder.
- Replace the yogurt with mashed silken tofu (soft or firm).
- Add 2 to 3 tablespoons powdered egg whites.
- Add up to 1 cup chopped nuts and/or sunflower seeds.
- For nondairy bars, replace the yogurt with unsweetened applesauce, canned pumpkin, or mashed banana.
- Add an extra pinch of salt if using pumpkin or silken tofu.
Okay. A little on the dry side and could really taste the protein (not masked very well). Perhaps with some pureed fruit or yogurt?
What a great recipe! I have had this in my cookbook for a long, long time and I finally have gotten around to making it after choosing it for Pick Your Chef Nov. '04. I made these with a few variations as suggested- I used 3/4 cup pureed firm tofu and 3/4 cup yogurt, I substituted kamut flour for the white, wheat bran for the oat bran and used just shy of 1/4 cup canola oil, with about 1 Tbs natural organic peanut butter to top it off and make it the full cup! The soy protein powder I used is called Super-Green (it contains: soy protein isolate, Hawaiian spirulina, natural vanilla flavor, barley grass, psyllium seed husks, apple pectin, oat fiber, chlorophyll, lemon bioflavonoids complex, bromelain, papain, kelp, milk-free Lactobacillus acidophilus and pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B-6)) so my bars really aren't lookers, being green-tinged and all, but they sure taste great! I went with the smaller amount of sugar (1/2 cup) but next time I would use the larger amount- they aren't very sweet really. I completely forgot the salt (oops), but I think they're just fine without them. When I was looking at the recipe, I thought that 3/4 tsp (plus extra because I used tofu ) seems like a lot. Next time I make this, I probably will add a little salt, but probably only 1/8 or 1/4 tsp- we don't like our baked goods terribly salty. I got 16 fair-sized bars from this. I think that this recipe is very nice in that it is very versatile- I think that you could easily substitute all or part of the chocolate chips with dried fruit (I think dried blueberries would be very good!) or nuts, which would make these healthier. I'm sure you could also make these have all sort of great flavors like peanut butter-chocolate (I would probably use peanut butter or peanut oil for the oil, add maybe a Tbs of cocoa, and use 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup peanuts- and maybe chocolate proteing powder!) or maybe apple pie (use vanilla protein powder, up the cinnamon and add some other apple pie spices like maybe cloves or cardamom and substitue the chocolate chips with chopped dried apples.) I was also thinking about subbing some of the oats for some puffed rice for a bit more crispy-crunchiness... Anyhow, this was really easy to make and very inexpensive considering how much you would pay for the same number of bars in a store- as an added plus you control what goes in these, so you can adjust the flavors and ingredients as you like and you don't have to worry about preservatives or any other nasty stuff you don't want to consume. I will definitely make these again- they are a great energy boost for my breaks at work! Thanks WaterMelon, for a real winner!