I don’t know about you, but I love baking with protein. One of my favorite inspirations and resources is Anna’s Protein Pow blog.

I have been wanting to post something more on the nerdy engineering side, yet I still wanted to keep my readers interested so I did a little analysis on the recipes posted on the Protein Pow blog so that we can gather a little insight as to the most frequently used ingredients, the number of ingredients in each recipe, and the macro breakdown for each entry.

My hope in all this was to have a little bit of fun, expand my computer skills, and gather a little become a better protein baker! It was also inspired from experimenting with my entry in the recipe contest. You can check out my entry here! Be sure to check out the other great entries.

Here are my conclusions so far:

1) The most frequent ingredient used when baking with protein is coconut flour

This plot shows the most frequently used ingredients in Protein Pow recipes. The number on top of each bar is the number of times that the ingredient was used.

2) The number of ingredients in each recipes is not correlated with the number of directions.

This graph plots the number of ingredients and number of directions for each protein recipe. The color corresponds to the month and year that the recipe was posted. This color scheme allows you to gather some insight as to how the number of ingredients and number of directions has changed over the course of the blog.

3) The nutritional breakdown for each recipe varies significantly. As expected, protein is always high.

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This last set of plots is showing the macronutrient breakdown based on calories from protein, fat, and carbs.

A few disclaimers: The data for this analysis was scraped from the Protein Pow blog with a script and processed using R. Recipes posted between January 2013 and April 2014 were used. Guest recipes were used in the analysis. There are errors and omission.


Don’t forget to check out my entry here!  in the competition.

I have had a lot of fun doing this and I still have more coming. Every wondered which protein powders are used the most often? Is it whey, casein, pea, hemp? So many options!


What do you do with your free time? Have you ever done data analysis? What is your favorite ingredient to use when baking with protein powder?