To recap our pea protein blog post from a couple years ago, pea protein is a versatile ingredient with some key benefits for natural food products. Suitable for vegans and vegetarians, this plant-based protein has a natural earthy flavor profile that fits well within a variety of food and beverage product recipes including plant-based protein drink powders, nut milks, non-dairy buttery spreads, nutrition bars and more. Pea protein is most commonly presented in a powder form. Made from yellow split peas, the powder is created by extracting the soluble protein portion of the pea itself. The method utilized is usually done via cold process to ensure that it retains the highest value of protein content while maintaining one of its core benefits, which is high digestibility.
These days, with the plant-based craze in full force, pea protein is serving as the protein source in various different types of food and beverage products, especially the snack industry. Below are some of our favorite pea protein based snacks on the market.
1. Siren Snacks Protein Bites
Flavor Options: Cookie Dough, Dark Chocolate Brownie, Lemon Poppyseed, Snickerdoodle, and Birthday Cake
Ingredients: Plant Protein Blend (Pea Protein, Almond Protein), Organic Tapioca Syrup, Coconut Oil, Dates, Organic Coconut Sugar, Prebiotic Fiber, Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Chocolate Chips (Organic Chocolate Liquor, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Cocoa Butter), Dutch Cocoa, Sea Salt, Monk Fruit Extract
2. Larabar Protein Bars
Flavor Options: Lemon Blueberry Muffin, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, Apple Cobbler, and Almond Butter Chocolate Brownie.
Ingredients: Dates, almonds, pea protein, semisweet chocolate* (unsweetened chocolate, cane sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla extract), cocoa powder*, sea salt
3. Ripple Dairy-Free Yogurt
Flavor Options: Original, Vanilla, Strawberry, Blueberry, Peach
Ingredients: Pea Protein Blend (water, pea protein), water, sunflower oil, organic cane sugar, tapioca flour, contains less than 2% of yeast extract, locust bean gum, natural flavors. Live and active cultures (bifidobacterium spp., l. acidophilus, l. delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus, l. paracasei, s. thermophilus).
4. The Safe + Fair Food Company Sea Salt Pea Protein Chips
Ingredients: Protein chip (pea protein, lentil flour, potato starch, corn flour), sunflower oil, sea salt.
5. Simply Protein Crispy Bites
Flavor options: Sea Salt and BBQ
Ingredients: Pea protein isolate, potato flakes, potato starch, sunflower oil, salt, contains less than 2% of cane sugar, calcium carbonate, spices, garlic powder, onion powder, yeast extract.