In order to create the perfect protein bar, ingredient selection and proper ratios are key. The powder or flour you choose to combine with the other ingredients in your bar not only help dictate the flavor and texture of the bar, but also its nutrition levels.
In this guide, we will outline tips and suggestions to help you choose the best powder for your next box of custom bars. We have also compiled a list of answers to the most common questions our customer have about protein powders & flours.
The Protein & Flour Options
There are five vegan options and three non-vegan options in the ‘Protein Powders & Flours’ section. Choosing a powder is required in order to ensure proper consistency of your bars. The purpose of adding a powder to your bars is two-fold; it helps absorb the wet ingredients and adds significant levels of nutrition.
Here is a list of the powders you can choose, with a brief description of each ingredient:
VEGAN PROTEIN OPTIONS
Choosing a vegan protein (or a blend of vegan powders) is the first step to creating a bar that is 100% vegan/vegetarian. Vegan proteins are also a great choice for those with sensitivities to dairy and can’t digest whey or egg white protein.
Organic Brown Rice Protein – Made with organic sprouted brown rice. High in protein, low in fat and carbohydrates. Excellent for those with food sensitivities.
Organic Pea Protein Isolate – Made with organic Canadian yellow peas. High in protein and iron with minimal fat and carbohydrates. Earthy flavor and
Organic Vegan Blend – A blend of organic brown rice protein, organic pea protein, and hemp protein. This complete protein has a noticeably ‘earthy’ flavor if no flavor oil is used.
VEGAN FLOUR OPTIONS
Adding a vegan flour to your bar gives you the ability to further modify both the flavor and protein levels of your bar. We also added these as an option for those with food sensitivities who can’t digest certain protein powders.
Organic Buckwheat Flour – Made by grinding organic buckwheat groats. This mildly flavored seed is a good source of complex carbohydrates and fiber.
Organic Coconut Flour – Just finely ground coconut. Contains fiber, fat, and has a mild hint of coconut flavor.
NON-VEGAN PROTEIN OPTIONS
These contain the highest amount of protein per serving and are the best choice if you are trying to achieve maximal protein levels in your bars. They are also the most neutral in terms of flavor, so they really help bring out the flavor of other ingredients in your bar.
Raw Grass Fed Whey – Also know as an ‘undenatured’ whey, this is the purest/least processed form of whey protein available. It’s made from the milk from grass-fed New Zealand cows. Although it contains less overall protein and more calories than whey isolate, it’s arguably the most easily digested form of whey protein available. Exceptional amino acid profile.
Whey Protein Isolate – A great source of clean, fast absorbing protein. Contains all essential amino acids and very low levels of fat and carbs.
Egg White Protein – A nice source of pure protein (no carbs or fat) derived from freeze-dried American egg whites. It’s arguably one of the easiest proteins for the body to assimilate.
Now that we’ve outlined the protein & flour options you can choose, here are answers to some of the most common questions we receive from our customers…
DO I HAVE TO ADD A POWDER TO MY BAR?
A powder must be added to your bar in order to ensure proper consistency. Without the right percentage of wet and dry ingredients, your bars would be a gooey mess!
CAN I ADD EXTRA POWDER TO INCREASE PROTEIN LEVELS?
Not at this time. In order to make protein levels as high as possible, choose one of the non-vegan protein options (whey isolate or egg white protein).
WHY USE A FLOUR INSTEAD OF A PROTEIN POWDER?
Flours will are a good addition if you are trying to tweak the flavor profile or want to decrease the protein levels in your bars.
WHICH IS THE BEST OPTION FOR A LOW PROTEIN BAR?
Selecting either buckwheat flour or coconut flour will maintain the correct ratio of wet/dry ingredients while keeping protein levels down.
WHICH IS THE BEST OPTION FOR A HIGH PROTEIN BAR?
Whey isolate or egg protein (or a combination of the two) will make the protein levels of your bar as high as possible.
DOES BUCKWHEAT FLOUR CONTAIN GLUTEN?
Although it does contain the word ‘wheat’, buckwheat does not contain gluten and its flour is, therefore, gluten-free.
Did you find this guide helpful? If you have any questions or comments about adding powders and/or flours to protein bars, please let us know by commenting below.