Protein powders are an easy and powerful way to boost protein intake and Health.com have provided their take on some of the best protein powders available online.
Vegan protein powders come from plants and nuts rather than from the usual dairy, meat and egg sources and include powders coming from hemp, rice, peanut and soy.
Soy, hemp, pea, rice, and peanut are all examples of vegan protein powders. However, it’s important to keep in mind that soy is the only complete vegan protein, containing all nine essential amino acids, says Leslie Bonci, RD, a nutrition consultant for the Kansas City Chiefs. “The other plant-based proteins are missing at least one of the essential amino acids.”
So if you’re not using a soy product, look for a powder that combines protein sources, such as pea and rice. Or, you can combine the powder with another food, suggests Bonci. Mix hemp protein powder into oatmeal, for example, or put pea protein powder in a smoothie with nut butter.
It’s also worth noting that not everyone loves the aftertaste of vegan protein powder. “But that can be improved by adding things like spices such as pumpkin pie spice, cocoa powder, some citrus such as grated orange peel, or extracts such as vanilla, almond, or lemon,” Bonci says.
Want some recs? Below, check out the 15 best vegan protein powders you can buy online. These are our favorite powders based on their ingredients, consistency, protein content, and taste.
1 Tone It Up Plant-Based Protein Powder
Made for women by women, this plant-based protein option comes from the female duo Karena and Katrina of the Tone It Up brand, which you’re probably already familiar with. Each serving provides 15 grams of protein, and has no artificial flavoring or coloring. It’s also gluten-, dairy-, and GMO-free, and it comes in yummy flavors like coconut, café latte, chocolate, and peanut butter.
2Orgain Organic Protein Plant-Based Protein Powder
With 21 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, and only 5 net carbs per serving, this tasty plant-based option is a winner. The protein comes from pea, brown rice, and chia, and each serving is only 150 calories, with no added sugars. This vanilla flavor goes well in post-workout smoothies, though you can also opt for chocolate or unflavored.
3KOS Organic Plant-Based Vegan Protein Powder
This plant-based vegan powder is chock-full of tasty ingredients that are USDA-certified organic, including cocoa powder, Himalayan pink salt, coconut milk, stevia, and monk fruit extract. While these yummy flavors give the powder a natural chocolate-y taste, it’s also made with an organic, vegan protein blend of pea protein, flax seed, chia seed, and pumpkin seed, along with digestive enzymes to support healthy digestion. Free of any soy, dairy, or gluten, the non-GMO formula contains 20 grams of protein in each serving. And if you’re not a big chocolate fan, you can opt for vanilla instead—Amazon reviewers say both flavors are super tasty, and gave the powder more than 1,700 perfect 5-star ratings.
4Garden Of Life Raw Organic Protein
The name says it all—raw, organic and plant-based! This protein powder checks all the boxes, and provides 22 grams of sugar-free pea and sprout protein with each serving. It also has essential vitamins A, D, E and K, as well as probiotics in every scoop. Choose to buy a tub or individual packets.available
5 Your Super Skinny Protein Mix
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Not only does a serving of this mix have both hemp and pea protein, it also contains moringa, spirulina, and alfalfa, so you get a serving of these green superfoods as well. A mere two tablespoons will provide you with 9 grams of protein, so you can have a little a couple times a day, or just up the serving size.available
6 Nuzest Clean Lean Protein
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Every protein from this company is vegan so take your pic of natural flavor, real coffee, smooth vanilla, rich chocolate, or wild strawberry. The products are made using pea protein and also don’t contain any gluten, dairy, soy, or GMOs. If you like the clean flavors, the company also makes functional flavors that include other ingredients such as MCT oil, matcha and turmeric for other functional benefits.available
7Vega One All-In-One Plant-Based Protein Powder
What do you get when you combine pea and seed protein with super greens, omega-3s, eight vitamins and minerals, and probiotics? This plant-based protein shake powder! It has four grams of fiber, too, which will help keep you feeling full. Choose from chocolate, vanilla, coconut almond, berry, mocha, or plain unsweetened flavors.
8 Sakara Life Source Super Powder
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A celebrity favorite, this plant-based meal service and superfood company offers super powder, which not only contains 12 grams of protein per packet, it also has phytoceramides and collagen-boosting amino acids. Detoxifying greens such as spirulina, chlorella, wheatgrass, barley grass also help promote healthy skin.available
9 Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Organic Plant Based Vegan Protein Powder
If you’re an Optimum Nutrition fan, you’ll want to check out the company’s first-ever plant-based protein. The vanilla-flavored formula offers 24 grams of protein per serving, which is made from a blend of organic pea, organic rice, and organic sacha inchi (a type of seed) proteins. Each serving also contains the healthy, filling, and gluten-free grains amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, and chia.
10 Aloha Organic Protein Powder
USDA Organic seal approved, this plant-based protein comes in three different flavors—chocolate, vanilla, and banana. It’s gluten-, dairy-, and soy-free, and has no GMOs. When mixed with just water, the protein does leave a bit of a chalky taste in your mouth, but when blended into a smoothie or a pancake or waffle recipe, you can’t notice it. The brand also partners with two non-profits that help protect Hawaiian lands and resources.
11 Designer Protein Essential 10 100% Plant-Based Meal Replacement
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This product gets its name because of the ingredients it contains: soy-free plant protein, prebiotic vegetable fiber, unsaturated vegetable-based fats, and vegetable-based carbs. Each serving contains 22grams of non-GMO protein. Plus the vegetables and fruits in it provide antioxidant benefits to promote your immune health. It comes in chocolate and vanilla flavors.
12 BodyLogix Vegan Protein
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A hundred and fifty calories per serving, 25 grams or protein, and 5 grams of fiber is what you’ll get in a serving from this four-pound tub. The protein comes from chia and quinoa, and the entire product is dairy-, gluten-, and soy-free. Add a scoop to water for a lean post-workout recovery drink, or throw some into your smoothie or favorite baking recipe.
13 Plnt Protein
This company’s mission is to keep all artificial additives and ingredients away—hence the lack of the letter “a” in their name. And it still tastes great, too. Each serving contains a complete amino acid profile with 18 grams of protein, and lacks GMOs, dairy, gluten, soy, and preservatives. They make a pea and hemp protein, too.
14 SunWarrior Plant-Based Vegan Protein Blend
This plant-based vegan blend packs 17 grams of protein per serving, plus a slew of amino acids for quicker muscle recovery. Also good: You won’t find any added sugars or synthetic ingredients, and reviewers say it blends well “with no gritty texture.” Choose from chocolate, vanilla, natural, mocha, or berry flavors.
15 BN Labs Organic Vegan Protein Powder
Pea, pumpkin, and brown rice are mixed to form a complete vegan protein in this option—and each serving will give you 21 grams of it with just 1 gram of sugar. This USDA-certified organic powder also contains flax seed for an extra boost of fiber and heathy fat to keep you satiated. Hundreds of shoppers left positive reviews for the protein, with many praising its delicious taste, great flavor profile, and creamy texture that blends well.