15 of the best vegan protein powders

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One challenge that people who follow a vegan diet face is getting enough protein. Sure, there are a tonne of vegan protein sources out there in different foods, but sometimes - if you've just finished a workout or are short on time - a vegan protein powder can be a quick and easy go-to. Oh, and with flavours like chocolate, vanilla, tiramisu and even, err, apple strudel on offer, vegan protein powder has never looked so good.

If you're not fully vegan, but are considering switching over to a more plant-based lifestyle, why not try building vegan days into your current routine before diving in full-time? Drastic changes to an existing diet can be difficult to sustain for a significant period, as most dietary habits are deeply ingrained, so starting by swapping your usual protein bars or powders for a vegan option could be a brilliant way to get going.

In order to save you an intense Google session, we've rounded up the best vegan protein powder options that are available in the UK - options that actually taste great and are within budget - and because we've tried and tested them out, we've gone one step further by suggesting a few handy recipe hints to go alongside each one.

The 15 best vegan protein powders

Huel Complete Protein

Although you have to order a minimum of two tubs as a one off purchase with Huel (£25 per tub), they market themselves as 'the world’s first nutritionally complete, plant-based protein powder'. It's packed with more essential amino acids (EAAs) per gram than whey protein, is sugar free, and it's really delicious. Oh, and if you're a total newbie to protein powder, you'll receive a free shaker and starter booklet with your first order to get you going. Each serving costs 87p.

Nutritional info for Chocolate Fudge Brownie:
Grams of protein per serving: 20g per 29g serving
Calories per serving: 105 kcals
Type of protein: Pea Protein Isolate
Gluten Free: Yes
Best served: On its own
Flavours: Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Vanilla Fudge, Salted Caramel, Banana Milkshake, Strawberries & Cream, Unflavoured.

Free Soul Vegan Protein Powder For Women

Not only a brilliant source of vegan protein, Free Soul's offering has also been crafted with women in mind. Fortified with Peruvian Maca (thought to help with keep hormones nicely balanced), the entire B Vitamin Complex for glossy hair, skin and nails, as well as high levels of iron, magnesium and calcium, for energy and bone density. Oh, and a dose of flaxseed for Omega-3 and optimal digestive health. It contains 20g of protein and 116 calories in a 30g serving.

Nutritional info:
Grams of protein per serving: 2og per 30g serving
Calories per serving: 117.9 kcals
Type of protein: Pea protein isolate and white hemp protein
Gluten Free: Yes
Best served: In smoothie bowls
Flavours: Chocolate, Vanilla, Berry


Form Nutrition Superblend Protein

Packed with greens and superfoods, this plant-based protein comes in some truly delicious flavours, including chocolate salted caramel, toffee, vanilla and chocolate peanut. With a base of organic pea protein with brown rice and pumpkin seed proteins in each spoonful, a few spoonfuls can serve up some seriously tasty (and nutritious) shakes. Plus, if you're conscious of the environment and the use of plastic, Form used 100% plastic free, compostable packaging. Win win!

Nutritional info for Chocolate peanut:
Grams of protein per serving: 20g per 40g serving
Calories per serving: 133 kcals
Type of protein: Pea Protein Isolate
Gluten Free: Yes
Best served: On its own
Flavours: Chocolate salted caramel, toffee, vanilla and chocolate peanut

Protein Works Vegan Wondershake

If you're missing the taste of dairy but still committed to the vegan life, try the Vegan Wondershake, which has been designed with the taste of dairy in mind, while keeping its eco-friendly credentials. Sample a whopping 14 different flavours, from apple and cinnamon or mango smoothie to vanilla crème and banana toffee.

Nutritional info for Choc caramel biscuit:
Grams of protein per serving: 20g per 25g serving
Calories per serving: 94 kcals
Type of protein: Pea, Rice and Soya Protein
Gluten Free: Yes
Best served: Oat milk, for a creamy milkshake alternative
Flavours: 14 to choose from. Our favourites include Choc caramel biscuit, Mango and Salted caramel

Innermost Health Protein Powder

Innermost's vegan option is not only soy, lactose and gluten free, but it packs a mega protein punch with 31g per serving. And you probably wouldn't suspect a protein shake to ever contribute to a strong immune system, but yes, Innermost's powder will help protect from illness with its active ingredients including medicinal mushrooms, camu camu, bilberries and acai - which offer potent antioxidant and inflammatory properties.

Nutritional info for Vanilla:
Grams of protein per serving: 31g per 40g serving
Calories per serving: 149 kcals
Type of protein: Pea and Rice Protein
Gluten Free: Yes
Best served: In smoothies or in vanilla protein pancakes
Flavours: Chocolate, vanilla

Mighty Human

If fancy something different when getting your protein hits and repairing sore muscles, opting for a berry flavour spices things up a notch. For a serious boost of super greens and vitamins, this ones your match. Plus, it's designed as a fast-release vegan protein shake specially formulated to help your muscles repair and get stronger - especially during that post-workout slump.

Nutritional info for Super Berry:
Grams of protein per serving: 20g per 30g serving
Calories per serving: 110 kcals
Type of protein: Pea protein, Rice protein, Hemp and Flaxseed
Gluten Free: Yes
Best served: As a shake using water or milk
Flavours: Super berry, Salted caramel, Chocolate

MyVegan Protein Blend

Another brand with plenty of interesting flavours, such as tumeric latte and coffee and walnut, this brand is more than just tasty - every serving provides 22g of high-quality protein, sourced from peas and fava beans (designed to help with muscle growth and maintenance). It's 110 calories a go.

Nutritional info for Coffee & Walnut:
Grams of protein per serving: 22g per 30g serving
Calories per serving: 110 kcals
Type of protein: Pea Protein
Gluten Free: Yes
Best served: On its own or made into protein balls
Flavours: Banana, Cacao Orange, Carrot Cake, Chocolate, Chocolate Salted Caramel, Coffee and Walnut, Strawberry Cheesecake, Turmeric Latte, Unflavoured, Vanilla, White Choc Raspberry

The Protein Works Vegan Protein

Also containing protein from five different sources - hemp, brown rice, sunflower, soy and pea - the vegan protein powder from The Protein Works has a strong nutritional value. It has 110 calories per serving and boasts 25g of protein in there to boot.

Nutritional info for Millionaire’s Shortbread:
Grams of protein per serving: 25g per 30g serving
Calories per serving: 112 kcals
Type of protein: Soy Protein
Gluten Free: Yes
Best served: Delicious on its own
Flavours: Millionaire’s Shortbread, Natural, Salted Caramel, Vanilla Creme, Strawberries n Cream, Choc Mint Brownie, Choc Peanut Cookie, Chocolate Silk, Cookies n Cream

PHD UK Smart Protein Plant

Super versatile, not only can you use this Vegetarian Society-approved plant-based powder in your protein shakes, but in your baking and dessert-making ventures as well! The perfect way to keep your creations low in calories but popping with flavour, pick from chocolate cookie, caramel or strawberry variations.

Nutritional info for Strawberries & cream:
Grams of protein per serving: 19g per 25g serving
Calories per serving: 93 kcals
Type of protein: Pea and Soya Protein
Gluten Free: Yes
Best served: Smoothies and high-protein cookies
Flavours: Salted caramel, belgian chocolate, strawberries and cream, vanilla

Motion Peanut Butter Organic Protein

Perfect for a pre-workout shake or to sprinkle in a particularly delicious pancake batter, peanut butter lovers should sample this organic delight ASAP. Not only do you get 12 servings in a pretty tin, the entire packaging itself is plastic free and compostable. Good for your body, good for the planet.

Nutritional info:
Grams of protein per serving: 17g per 25g serving
Calories per serving: 97 kcals
Type of protein: Pea Protein
Gluten Free: Yes
Best served: Peanut butter shakes
Flavours: Peanut butter

Vivo Life Sport Perform

A great choice for your digestive system as well as your tastebuds, the turmeric in Vivo's recipe helps you recover and bounce back from heavy workouts quicker. What more could you want? Pick from flavours such as madagascan vanilla, banana and cinnamon or salted maca caramel.

Nutritional info for Madagascan Vanilla:
Grams of protein per serving: 25g per 36g serving
Calories per serving: 143 kcals
Type of protein: Pea and Hemp Protein
Gluten Free: Yes
Best served: Overnight oats
Flavours: Madagascan Vanilla, banana and cinnamon or salted maca caramel

Bulk's Vegan Protein Powder

We love Bulk (and so does Anthony Joshua, which is somehow reassuring, no?) as not only does its vegan protein powder come in a huge variety of fun flavours, it does the classics justice too. Vanilla and chocolate are sturdy options, alongside the more unusual apple strudel, chocolate peanut and white chocolate coconut.

Each serving is packed with 23g of protein (and 130 calories), made from an exclusive blend of 5 plant-based sources. Simply add water, shake and you're good to go (or if you're feeling adventurous, why not add a handful of raspberries to the vanilla flavour? It gets a ten from us).

Nutritional info for Caramel Latte:
Grams of protein per serving: 23g per 36g serving
Calories per serving: 143 kcals
Type of protein: Pea, Rice, Pumpkin, Quinoa and Flaxseed
Gluten Free: Yes
Best served: On its own or in baking
Flavours: Caramel latte, Apple Strudel, Banana Caramel, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Peanut, Peanut Butter, Strawberry, Vanilla, Unflavoured, White Choc Coconut

Maximuscle Plant Max Vegan Protein Powder

Made up from a premium blend of pea protein and brown rice protein, Maximuscle's dairy free offering is also gluten free and soy free, offering up chocolate or banana fudge flavours. Yum. The perfect (and tastiest) way to get your iron and Vitamin B12 fix.

Nutritional info for Banana Fudge:
Grams of protein per serving: 20g per 30g serving
Calories per serving: 108 kcals
Type of protein: Pea Protein Isolate
Gluten Free: Yes
Best served: Pancakes or porridge!
Flavours: Banana Fudge, Chocolate

Pulsin's Natural and Unflavoured Pea Protein Powder

For anyone who is quite frankly sick to death of protein powders that have a strong taste or unusual flavours, Pulsin's natural, unflavoured pea protein powder is bound to be a winner - its neutrality means it works nicely when added to both sweet and savoury dishes. It's also heat stable, so ideal for soups and casseroles, as well as in a peanut butter and banana smoothie. The great thing about Pulse's entire vegan protein powder range is that they offer more than just pea protein. You can also grab yourself pouches of soya, hemp, faba bean and rice protein options - just in case you have intolerances or preferences.

Nutritional info:
Grams of protein per serving: 8g per 10g serving
Calories per serving: 41 kcals per 10g serving
Type of protein: Pea protein
Gluten Free: Yes
Best served: Basically anything, but we recommend pancakes
Flavours: Unflavoured

Gold Standard 100% Plant Based Protein

For a serious source of Vitamin C and B12, add a spoonful of either chocolate or vanilla flavoured powder to cold water for the perfect snack for when you're on a mission to build and maintain your muscle mass, particularly while weight/resistance training.

Nutritional info for chocolate:
Grams of protein per serving: 26g per 34g serving
Calories per serving: 143 kcals
Type of protein: Pea and Rice Protein
Gluten Free: Yes
Best served: With water straight after exercise
Flavours: Chocolate, vanilla


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