Pea Protein Isolate is a natural vegetable protein derived from yellow peas.
Today, it’s considered to be one of the best protein sources for both muscle growth and recovery for vegans and vegetarians due to its balanced amino acid spread and high protein concentration.
Pea Protein Isolate is free from common allergens such as lactose and soy, so it is also an ideal protein for people with food intolerances.
How is it Made?
Yellow peas (usually from Canada) are ground and mixed in water. The starch and fiber are then removed, leaving a paste that is thoroughly dried. The end result is a powder that is between 80-85% protein.
What’s in it?
In addition to protein, pea isolate contains a substantial amount of iron, and a small amount of fiber. Each 30g serving contains 20-25g of protein, around 7g carbohydrates, and no fat.
Pea protein is not a complete protein and does not contain all 9 essential amino acids. Mixing it with another vegan protein will clear take care of this though.
How Well is it Digested?
Pea protein is generally easy for the body to assimilate. It is digested at a much slower rate than whey protein for example, which has specific benefits and drawbacks.
How Does it Taste?
It has a very distinct taste–many describing it as ‘earthy’. When used as a protein bar ingredient it has a distinct flavor and texture that most can tolerate once they become accustomed.
Putting it all Together
Overall, pea protein isolate is a solid vegan protein option you can add to any protein bar recipe.
It has a high bioavailability, is over 80% protein, contains few carbohydrates, and is relatively decent when it comes to taste and texture.
All of the protein bar recipes listed below contain pea protein isolate as an ingredient: