HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >

Protein bar binders - HELP!!

r
ronnie420 Sep 15, 2011 05:09 AM

I have been experimenting with making my own protein bars. I am using a mix of dried fruits and nuts, and adding whey isolate protein powder, flax seed, and cinnamon. I have been using a little honey as a binding agent. I mix all the ingredients in a processor, smush into a pan, and freeze them to let it set. They are great, but they dont last long out of a refrigerated environment. They tend to get soft, and come apart. Is there something I can add to keep them solid for a longer period of time? I want them to be all natural. so artificial preservatives are not gonna work
Please help!!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. danionavenue RE: ronnie420 Sep 15, 2011 06:25 AM

    brown rice syrup or agave nectar?

    1. t
      taboo RE: ronnie420 Sep 15, 2011 06:55 AM

      dates or figs are good binders. you can also try using fiber one cereal.

      1. l
        luciaannek RE: ronnie420 Sep 15, 2011 07:07 AM

        If you bake them instead of freezing them they should set up better. I'd bake them low and slow, but you'll have to experiment to get it right.

        1 Reply
        1. re: luciaannek
          r
          ronnie420 RE: luciaannek Sep 15, 2011 07:11 AM

          I hear you. I was trying to avoid this being a baked product. I am working on getting them ready for mass production for resale, and I dont wanna have to cook them if its not necessary.
          thank you for your help

        2. n
          nsstampqueen RE: ronnie420 Sep 15, 2011 08:46 AM

          What about adding some peanut butter? The chunky kind - all natural of course - should help I would think.

          Show Hidden Posts