I found this great recipe from Natalie Hodson at bodybuilding.com. I made a few modifications to suit my taste and these protein oatmeal bars were born. They make a great quick breakfast or snack.
I used BSN Syntha-6 Isolate Vanilla whey protein powder.
Baked Apple Banana Oatmeal Protein Bars
2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
4 scoops vanilla whey protein powder
2 tbsp ground flax seed
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 large egg whites
1 1/2 cups skim milk
1/4 Cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, combine wet ingredients. Pour wet ingredients into the large bowl and mix well.
Spray a 8 inch or 9 inch square baking pan with non-stick spray. Pour oatmeal mixture into pan and smooth top with a spatula. Bake for 40-45 minutes until top is beginning to brown, or inserted knife comes out clean.
Let cool 10-15 minutes in pan, then invert pan on a cutting board and cut into 8 bars. You could also invert on a cooling rack, and allow to cool completely before cutting. Store in the refrigerator.
To freeze, make sure oatmeal bars are completely cooled first. Then wrap each bar in wax paper or parchment paper and place in a large freezer bag or container. For quick grab and go convenience, you can also place oatmeal bars in individual snack-sized plastic bags, then refrigerate or freeze until needed.
Per serving: 226 cal, 3 grams fat, 30 grams carbs, 5 grams fiber, 9 grams sugar, 20 grams protein