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9 of the best vegan protein powders 2023

women drinking a vegan protein shake
Vegan protein is growing in popularity, so more and more options are springing up. But which is the best plant-based protein for you? Find out in this article.

Whether you’ve only just ditched meat and dairy or you don’t get on well with traditional protein powders, there are a wide range of vegan protein powders on the market.

But which to choose? If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the choices, we’ve listed our top 10 favourites with their key features and reviews from our customers to help you decide.

Difference between vegan and plant based protein powder

Generally speaking, the key difference between the terms ‘vegan’ and ‘plant based’ is that veganism involves avoiding animal products in everything, whereas plant based usually just refers to diet.

When taking this into consideration with protein powders, they should be the same as they’ll both be made from plants.

However, some plant based products may use ingredients like honey to sweeten them, so that’s something to watch out for.

When to take protein powders

When to take protein powders

You might be wondering, when is the best time to take protein powder? In order to get the most out of it, you need to consider why you’re having it in the first place.

If you’re having it to try and eat less throughout the day, have your protein shake or snacks in between meals.1,2

If you’re taking it to build muscle mass, have it any time up to two hours after your workout session.3

And finally, if you’re taking it for endurance training and muscle recovery, it’s likely worth consuming it during your session.4

10 of the best vegan protein powder 2023

Read on to find out our best vegan protein powders of 2023…

1. Form Performance Protein Vanilla 520g

1. Form Performance Protein Vanilla 520g

One great vegan protein powder with a full range of essential amino acids is the Form Performance Protein in the Vanilla flavour is a top contender.

Key features

  • 30g protein per serving
  • Pea, hemp and brown rice protein
  • Less than 1g sugar
  • 154 calories per serving

Nutritional information

Per 40g serving
Energy (kj) 645kj
Energy (kcal) 154kcal
Fat 2.9g
Of which saturates 0.2g
Carbohydrates 2g
Of which sugars 0.1g
Protein 30g
Salt equivalent 1g
 

What our customers thought

Nicp12 – Nice taste, easy to drink – 5/5 stars

“I really like this powder with a little soy milk, berries and water. I have always been put off powders in the past due to them being thick and having a processed taste but this is really nice and works for me.”

2. LEAN Superfood Protein Powder Chocolate 500g

2. LEAN Superfood Protein Powder Chocolate 500g

High in protein, but without the dairy, the LEAN Superfood Protein Powder Chocolate Flavour is one of our favourite vegan protein powders.

Designed for use alongside an active lifestyle and healthy eating, this plant-based protein powder is made of a winning mixture of pea protein, coconut protein, Chia seeds and flax seed powder, as well as a selection of added vitamins and minerals.

Key features:

  • 20g protein per serving
  • No artificial sweeteners or flavours
  • Low sugar
  • Gluten-free

Nutritional information

Per 40g serving
Energy (kj) 575kj
Energy (kcal) 138kcal
Fat 2.9g
Of which saturates 1.1g
Carbohydrates 4.3g
Of which sugars 1.1g
Fibre 4.9g
Protein 20.4g
Salt equivalent 0.7g
 

What our customers thought

Jellyfish92 – Great Taste – 5/5 stars

Love this protein. It tastes so good with water or milk depending on preference. Will definitely be buying this from now on.”

3. Foodspring Vegan Protein Vanilla 750g

3. Foodspring Vegan Protein Vanilla 750g

Looking for a vegan vanilla protein powder that is also enriched with vitamin B12, B6, folic acid and biotin?

Look no further than the Foodspring Vegan Vanilla Protein. With a well-balanced combination of ingredients, this plant-based protein blend is ideal for weightlifters, endurance athletes, yogis or anyone who could use some extra protein in their diet.

Key features

  • 116 calories per serving
  • 26g protein per serving
  • Low carb
  • Includes calcium and zinc

Nutritional information

Per 30g serving
Energy (kj) 488kj
Energy (kcal) 116kcal
Fat 2.9g
Of which saturates 0.5g
Carbohydrates 0.6g
Of which sugars 0.3g
Protein 26g
Salt equivalent 0.02g
 

4. USN Wholefood Gainer All-in-One Vanilla 2kg

4. USN Wholefood Gainer All-in-One Vanilla 2kg

If wholefoods are important to you, you’ll love this vegan protein powder.

USN have come up with a simple, healthy way to get more protein into your diet from real, wholefood sources like oats, rice and sweet potato.

But it doesn’t end there. Their Wholefood Gainer All-in-One protein powder is also packed with fibre, healthy fats and is a low  sugar option.

Key features

  • 483 calories per serving
  • 30g protein per serving
  • Made with wholefood ingredients

Nutritional information

Per 125g serving
Energy (kj) 2025kj
Energy (kcal) 483kcal
Fat 7.9g
Of which saturates 1.8g
Carbohydrates 71.2g
Of which sugars 1g
Protein 30g
Fibre 4.5g
Salt equivalent 1.1g
 

5. Mighty Ultimate Vegan Plant Protein Superberry 510g

5. Mighty Ultimate Vegan Plant Protein Superberry 510g

Another favourite is the Mighty Ultimate Vegan Plant Protein in Superberry.

Not only is it high in protein, but it is also nutrient dense in other ways.

For example, this vegan protein powder uses a combination of four different plant proteins, three super greens and 15 different vitamins and minerals.

Key features

  • Over 20g protein per serving
  • 15 vitamins and minerals
  • No added sugar or palm oil
  • 117 calories per serving

Nutritional information

Per 30g serving
Energy (kj) 487kj
Energy (kcal) 117kcal
Fat 2.1g
Of which saturates 1.5g
Carbohydrates 2.8g
Of which sugars 0.8g
Protein 20.8g
Fibre 1.9g
Salt equivalent 0.91g
 

What our customers thought

PaulJ – Great tasting protein – 5/5 stars

“Bought this to try along with the other flavour, really great flavour & not grainy.”

6. Pulsin Vanilla Keto Protein Powder 252g

6. Pulsin Vanilla Keto Protein Powder 252g

After a plant protein formula designed specifically for keto diets?

The Pulsin Vanilla Keto Protein Powder offers just that.

With a combination of medium chain triglyceride (MCT) fats from coconut, plant-based protein powders and vitamins, this protein powder is perfect for low to no-carb lifestyles.

Key features

  • Keto-friendly
  • Over 9g protein per serving
  • Less than 1g sugar per serving
  • Added vitamin complex

Nutritional information

Per 28g serving
Energy (kj) 545kj
Energy (kcal) 130kcal
Fat 9g
Of which saturates 8.3g
Carbohydrates 1.1g
Of which sugars 0.3g
Protein 9.2g
Fibre 4g
Salt equivalent 0.44g
 

What our customers thought

LalaLou – Enjoyable and tasty – 5/5 stars

“This product Exceeded my expectation , taste delicious. Rich taste and so filling full of nutrients perfect for keto diet.”

7. NU26 Nutritionally Complete Real Food Raspberry Shake 1kg

7. NU26 Nutritionally Complete Real Food Raspberry Shake 1kg

Looking for a nutritionally complete vegan protein powder? Look no further than the NU26 Nutritionally Complete Real Food Shake in the raspberry flavour. With 26 vitamins and minerals, 10 billion live friendly bacteria and high fibre contents – this plant-based protein is perfect for busy lives.

Key features

  • 404 calories per serving
  • Less than 2g sugar per serving
  • 35g protein per serving
  • Contains 26 essential vitamins and minerals

Nutritional information

Per 100g serving
Energy (kj) 404kj
Fat 13g
Of which saturates 2.2g
Carbohydrates 39g
Of which sugars 1.6g
Protein 35g
Fibre 7.2g
Salt equivalent 0.94g
 

What our customers thought

Cb5875 – Perfect on the go meal – 5/5 stars

This shake tastes so good and is a perfect breakfast substitute for me on the go. Would definitely recommend”

8. PhD Nutrition Diet Plant Salted Caramel 500g

8. PhD Nutrition Diet Plant Salted Caramel 500g

Looking for a macro friendly vegan protein powder? PhD Nutrition have got you covered with their Diet Plant High Protein Lean Matrix in Salted Caramel.

Low sugar, high protein and a lower calorie option compared to a lot of protein powders, this one is super for slotting into any nutrition plan.

Key features

  • 94 calories per serving
  • 20g protein per serving
  • Contains 0.05g sugar
  • High in BCAAs

Nutritional information

Per 25g serving
Energy (kj) 593kj
Energy (kcal) 140kcal
Fat 2.1g
Of which saturates 0.7g
Carbohydrates 3.1g
Of which sugars 0.05g
Protein 26.3g
Fibre 2.3g
Salt 0.14g
 

What our customers thought

Freddy01 - Nice vanilla flavour, not too sweet – 5/5 stars

“This is my go-to protein powder now. Taste isn't overly sweet or overpowering like other ones I have used before. Reasonable price for the amount you get in each bag.”

Jdub - Vega clean protein – 5/5 stars

“Great flavour and blends well into Smoothies! I’ve used this powder with loads of different frozen fruit and it always enhances the taste. A fab way to easily add protein into a vegan diet.”

9. PE Nutrition Performance Plant Protein Vanilla Cream 784g

9. PE Nutrition Performance Plant Protein Vanilla Cream 784g

Last up in our list of the best vegan protein, is the Performance Plant Protein in Vanilla Cream from PE Nutrition.

Deliciously creamy and packed with protein, this plant-based protein powder is ideal for a whole range of recipes, thanks to its versatile flavour.

Key features

  • 117 calories per serving
  • Mix of pea and brown rice protein
  • 20g protein per serving

Nutritional information

Per 28g serving
Energy (kj) 465kj
Energy (kcal) 117kcal
Fat 2g
Of which saturates 0.5g
Carbohydrates 2.5g
Of which sugars 0.4g
Protein 20g
Fibre 0.8g
Salt 0.87g
 

What our customers thought

Varinder - Yammmy vegan protein – 5/5 stars

“I love vegan protein the taste is amazing you can put if in anything I love it it’s so creamy texture I’m glad they gave back in stock.”

How to choose the best plant-based protein powder for you

When choosing which is the best vegan protein for you, there are a few things you should clarify first:

  1. Are you looking for a high level of protein in the powder?
  2. Do you plan on using your protein powder in baking as well?
  3. Do you want your protein powder to be low in sugar?
  4. Will you be using your protein powder as a meal replacement?
When is the best time to take protein powders?

To get the most out of your protein powder, you need to consider why you’re using it in the first place, such as using it to help you build and maintain lean muscle mass.

If you’re consuming protein powder to try and eat less throughout the day, you’ll likely want to have your protein shake in between meals.11

Or, if you’re taking it to build muscle mass, ensure to have it any time up to two hours after your workout session.12

And finally, if you’re taking it for endurance training and muscle recovery, it’s likely worth consuming it during your session.13

The final say

Vegan protein powders are great for fuelling your body with essential amino acids to aid muscle repair and growth.

We hope you found our guide useful for choosing the best vegan protein powder to suit you and your health goals.

FAQs

Is vegan protein powder bad for you?

Nope! A lot of vegan protein sources come from the ground, meaning they’re often made with a range of natural ingredients.

In some instances though, they might not make up all the amino acids that dairy protein powders contain, but this is easily combatted by choosing a vegan protein powder that contains a blend of ingredients to ensure you get all the essentials.

 

How do vegans get protein powder?

Since the vegan diet has boomed in popularity, getting good quality, vegan protein powder is becoming a lot easier.

While choices may still be limited in supermarkets, health food shops should offer a range of vegan protein powders from different brands to help your find your favourite.

 

What is the healthiest vegan protein?

The healthiest vegan protein usually contains the following:

  • A good amount of all essential amino acids
  • Low sugar
  • Low carbohydrate
  • All organic ingredients
 

How much protein do you need?

The ideal amount of protein varies from person to person, but you can calculate how much protein you need by following the guidance of 0.75g of protein for each kilogram of your body weight. So, for instance, if you weigh 65kg, your estimated daily protein intake would be around 49g of protein per day.5

 

Can vegetarians use vegan protein powders?

Yes! You don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy vegan protein powders, but you can be confident that they don’t contain any animal-derived products, so they’re suitable for vegetarians too.

 

Are there side effects of vegan protein powder?

Many vegan protein sources come from the ground, meaning they’re often made with a range of natural ingredients - which is a good thing!

However, some people may experience some potential side effects after consuming protein powders. These can include stomach upset like bloating and cramps and allergic reactions.6

Vegan protein powders must be consumed in moderation as part of a healthy, balanced diet and should not be relied on as this can lead to further issues like deficiencies in certain nutrients.7

You should always check with a doctor before taking any supplement, and protein powders are no different. Your doctor can advise whether adding whey protein to your diet is safe for you and guide you on how much you should take.

 

Is vegan protein powder harder to digest?

It’s thought that vegan protein powders could actually be easier for your body to digest than normal protein powders. Dairy products, like whey, are thought to be harder to digest, so swapping to plant protein could be the key if you feel you struggle with normal protein.8,9

Hemp as a protein source is believed to be the most digestible type of protein for humans as it is made up of two highly digestible proteins, edestin and albumin.10

 

Where can you find vegan protein powders?

Since the vegan diet has boomed in popularity, getting good quality, vegan protein powder is becoming a lot easier.

While choices may still be limited in some places, we offer a vast range of vegan protein powders online and in-store for you to explore.

 

Are all protein powders vegan?

No, not always. Some of the most popular protein powders contain whey, which is a protein that is derived from cow’s milk – a no-go for vegans and those who are lactose intolerant.

 

What is the healthiest vegan protein?

The healthiest vegan protein usually contains the following:

  • A good amount of all essential amino acids
  • Low sugar
  • Low carbohydrate
  • All organic ingredients
 

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