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7 Must-Try Vegan Protein Powders

7 Must-Try Vegan Protein Powders

Protein powders are a quick, convenient way to get a hefty dose of protein in a single serving. Many powders can simply be mixed with water, juice or a plant-based milk for a high-protein, on-the-go snack. But we can be more creative than that! Here are a few of our favorite ways to use protein powder:

  1. Protein powder makes an excellent addition to smoothies, as it helps balance out the natural fruit sugars and carbohydrates with some satiating protein.
  2. Protein powder is also a great way to add some plant-based protein to vegan balls, bites and bars. Skip the excess packaging, high price tag and mystery ingredients and make your own energy-packed snacks!
  3. You can also add protein powder to muffins, pancakes, cookies and other baked goods to boost protein content. Simply swap out part of the flour for protein powder!
  4. Stir it into oatmeal or other hot cereals after cooking, or even sprinkle some on top of your favorite natural cold cereal!

Lucky for all of us, there are now TONS of great vegan protein powders on the market. There are also plenty of gluten-free, soy-free options. Hemp, rice, pea, soy, and all types of blends…there’s sure to be one that works for you! Here are a few great options:

  1. Garden of Life has two lines of raw, vegan protein powder – Raw Protein and Raw Meal (also available in chocolate and vanilla). A serving contains 17 grams of complete protein from sprouted brown rice, amaranth, quinoa, millet, and other whole grains!
  2. Living Harvest Organic Hemp Protein Powder comes in a traditional original flavor, as well as more exotic varieties like chocolate chili and vanilla spice. These varieties contain between 10 and 13 grams of protein per serving, from organic, cold-milled hemp.
  3. Nutiva is also a great option for hemp protein powder. The company makes original and hi-fiber varieties of their regular protein powder, as well as an organic hemp shake in chocolate and vanilla flavors.
  4. NutriBiotic makes several great flavors of rice protein powder, including a couple of organic options.
  5. PlantFusion makes a soy-free protein powder blend comprised of pea, artichoke, sprouted amaranth and quinoa. It’s available in a handful of awesome flavors, including vanilla bean, berry, chocolate, and unflavored. Each serving has 22 grams of easily digested protein!
  6. Sun Warrior makes two great vegan protein powders – the Warrior Blend and the Classic Protein. The Blend is a soy-free mix of raw pea, cranberry, and hemp proteins, and comes in chocolate, vanilla, and natural flavors. The Classic protein powder is made from raw, sprouted brown rice, and comes in chocolate, vanilla, and natural flavors. Both varieties contain 16 grams of plant-based protein per serving, and are lightly sweetened with stevia, with no added sugars.
  7. Vega makes a couple of great high-protein powder products: the Vega Energizing Smoothie, and Vega One Nutritional Shake. The energizing smoothie contains 10 grams of complete, plant-based protein and 5 grams of fiber per serving, and comes in 5 tasty flavors. The Nutritional Shake contains 16 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber per serving, and comes in Berry, Chocolate, Vanilla Chai and Natural flavors.

Did we miss your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below or drop us a line!

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20 comments on “7 Must-Try Vegan Protein Powders”

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Cathy Hermosa
11 Months Ago

I use Powerootz Superfood Nutritional Shakes. The taste is out of this world (especially the chocolate PB madness!) and there are no gritty textures. I really like how it has clay minerals and 15 raw superfoods in it to. Cant beat the taste and quality! I have tried almost all of these that you posted and they dont even come close to how good powerootz tastes! You should try them out!

Valerie McC
3 Years Ago

If anyone\'s interested in an updated gluten free vegan protein powder list, check out this extensive list:


Vegan Steven
3 Years Ago

I think #3 Nutiva\'s Hemp is a good one, esp. if you make shakes. I like to mix my hemp powder with some banana, carrots, water, and some berries. Makes a beautiful morning drink :). Also, know that Vega and Plant Fusion are much more expensive, but it\'s because they are a variety of plants to help you get a complete protein mixture. It can be worth it, esp. if you don\'t eat a lot of beans/rice/bread, which a lot of vegetarians do to get complete proteins. Hemp is a near complete protein, btw. See more vegan protein powders here: http://proteinpowderforvegans.com/

3 Years Ago

I just want to know of the brands that are nontoxic non GMO non dairy, no soy no gluton just super healthy protein, especially for seniors, thanks.

06 Dec 2014

I feel you out on that, and luckily for you, I\'ve made a list with all those requirements. :)

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Non-GMO, Vegan Protein Powders:

3 Years Ago

Foodbabe has taken Garden for Life and Sun Warrior off her list due to their heavy metals. Supposedly they are planning on taking them out by the end of 2015. Nutriva has added sugar now at 9g per serving. The protein powders containing brown rice have arsenic. Personally, I like Vega. It\'s had issues in the past, but I believe they\'ve been corrected.

08 Sep 2014

Thanks for that info, I won\'t buy Garden of Life again. So sad to learn about the toxins in theses brands!

3 Years Ago

Do you know about Nutrilite All Plant Protein Powder?

it\'s a Protein from nature’s fields. A fresh outlook on good health... http://www.amway.com/YessicaReyes

Vegan Steven
4 Years Ago

Vega and Sun Warrior = top notch quality and good taste, but expensive. Nutiva Hemp = high value, nearly complete amino acid profile. For more vegan protein powder suggestions, you can visit my site: http://proteinpowderforvegans.com/

5 Years Ago

Is the vitamin D in Garden of Life D2 or D3? The label does not indicate, nor did I see the word vegan anywhere on the can. Did I miss something? Thanks!

5 Years Ago

Hey there, i just came across this article but was surprised to not find Epic Protein by Sprout Living on the list. It's by far my favorite and has really helped me get the level of easy to digest amino acids that i need especially since i'm pregnant. I can't rave enough about it! I think you should include it in your list as it is a sprouted and fermented raw brown rice protein (like several of the others) however its also USDA certified organic (which NutriBiotic and Sunwarrior are not) as well as gluten free, vegan, and kosher! And they never use any fillers or binders, its super pure and delicious as well. I just wanted fellow vegan protein lovers to know there's an even better option out there!! http://www.sproutliving.com/products/epic-protein-organic-brown-rice-protein-powder.html

19 Nov 2012

This is great thanks Anna! I am from NZ and wanting to source the best vegan certified organic protein powders. What would you say are the top 5 in this category...? thank you!

5 Years Ago

I've recently discovered a new product called PureNourish from Ariix and really like it. http://www.ariix.com/product-details/ . Its vegetable protein, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free and NO GMOs


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