Most Frequently used No-bake Protein Bar Ingredients

Over the last few weeks we’ve been compiling our customers’ protein bar recipes to share with the world (view the recipes here).

We’ve noticed that certain ingredients are used much more often than others, so we decided to create this post to list the ingredients that are used most frequently.

Now let’s take a look at the top three ingredients by category…

Nut/Seed Butters

  • Cashew Butter
  • Peanut Butter
  • Roasted Almond Butter

This category was quite close, but cashew butter took the top spot by a small margin.

Cashew butter has the smoothest texture and most neutral flavor compared to the other options.

Protein Powders/Flours

  • Whey Isolate
  • Pea Protein Isolate
  • Brown Rice Protein

Whey isolate wasn’t ahead by a large margin, but was definitely used most often.

Whey isolate has the highest percentage of protein per ounce, and is the most neutral in terms of flavor compared to the other options in this category.

Nuts/Seeds

  • Flaxseeds
  • Pecans
  • Hazelnuts

We though almonds or cashews would take the top spot in this category, but that isn’t the case!

It turns out that flaxseeds are the top choice, perhaps because of their reputation for being high in fiber and omega 3 fatty acids.

Dried Fruit

  • Banana
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries

No huge surprises here–all very familiar fruits that most people love.

A dried strawberries/banana combination seems to be a particularly delicious trend.

Flavor/Texture Enhancers

  • Cacao Nibs
  • Dark Chocolate Chips
  • Pea Protein Crisps

All three of the top options in this category share one thing in common; versatility.

Each of these options will enhance just about any protein bar recipe, no matter what other ingredients it contains.

Flavor Oils

  • Maple
  • Cookie Dough
  • Cake Batter

Maple and cookie dough flavor were the top choices by a fair margin in this category.

Cake batter was a bit of a surprise to see, though it does nice flavor to a ‘dessert’ bar.

Boosters

  • Cacao
  • Chia Powder
  • Maca & Bee Pollen (tied)

In the ‘boosters’ category, cacao and chia powder took the top two spots. Cacao adds a nice chocolate flavor, while chia powder adds fiber and omega 3’s.

Maca and bee pollen (tied) took the third position. Both offer little in terms of flavor, but plenty in terms of nutrients.

Putting it All Together

Although we’ve made thousands of protein bar recipes for our customers’ over the last few years this is the first time we’ve tracked the data, so it was interesting to see the results.

No major surprises in terms of the top ingredients, but neat to see none the less!

What are your favorite ingredients? What do you think about these results? Please let us know by leaving a comment below!

2 thoughts on “Most Frequently used No-bake Protein Bar Ingredients

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    Niraj says:

    Thanks for the information Adam. I see that all the ingredients are almost natural and I can’t find any kind of natural binder in the ingredients list. so how the protein bar gets bind and what would be the temperature effect on the bar. what is the shelf life of these bar as all ingredients are natural?

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      Adam Frankliln says:

      Hi Niraj,

      Thanks for the comment! There are no ‘binders’ listed in this article. Typically those would include dates, fiber syrup, honey, coconut nectar or other syrups. In terms of shelf life, 60 days at room temperature and up to 6 month in the fridge or freezer.

      Best,

      Adam

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