If you want something fruity or something special and different like cinnamon bun or cake confetti , choose creative. I also discovered from my gastroenterologist that quinoa allergy is becoming much more common. I am just beginning a journey to move to a more plant based diet, and needed to replace my Whey Protein Powder with a plant based protein powder. I liked how few ingredients there were, but the sweetness can be too strong. I had a contain for months that I was slowly drinking in milk to not waste it and one day when I ran out of milk I put it in water … so much better. Note that while double-rich chocolate is the top seller, we believe that extreme milk chocolate is tastier.
Thanks for doing all this taste testing for us. Especially since they are not cheap. Any thoughts much appreciated! Thanks for this review. Thanks so much for reviewing these. I have invested in a brand of vegan protein but it causes too much discomfort. Did your top choice cause any stomach woes, or did you not consume it frequently enough?
I have had similar issues. One tip I have is to not overdo it on protein powders. That was one of my problems — I was consuming too much of a good thing. I learned that people have problems to digest the protein because they drink our shake to fast…. They said if you had to eat a steak with 30g of protein, would you eat it in 5 minutes?
So we have to take our time and relax: No issues comming from this one! I love how nerd-ily and objectively you analyzed everything. Thanks for the hard work. Fully support your opinion. I wish i had read this sooner! I just bought a BIG tub of the vega greens and protein vanilla powder from costco, and its so disgusting. Their products have never let me down and I try to support the employee owned!
Thanks for the post! Were you able to find a vendor on Amazon that sells an individual bag of it? Thank you for doing this post!
Vanilla flavored protein powders have been so disappointing for me. Thank you so very much for this review of vegan protein powders. This list will help me wade through these options. Reviews like this are much needed so thanks for taking the time to do it.
Interesting that you went with vanilla first, which tends to be the hardest protein powder flavor to get right. In addition to the qualities you have ranked, and the added comment from a reader regarding price per serving, it is also very important to know from where the ingredients are sourced and if they have any adverse health affects.
For example, many raw materials are sourced from China for protein powders. I call companies and ask. China does not have the same purity standards as America. Additionally, some ingredients can lead to adverse health outcomes such as decreases in renal or liver function. Know what you are consuming and never believe the hype printed on the package. What a thorough review, Dana! I have tried the Orgain product and I agree that it did not wow me with its flavor so I was looking for a better option.
My personal favourite is myprotein soy isolate. I would love to see a post reviewing unflavored protein powders. Thanks for doing this!! This review was so helpful, you laid it wall out so nicely, thanks again: I was surprised to see your unfavorable review of PlantFusion which is my favorite. I use unflavored and chocolate. What I like best about it is that is also contains complete Amino acids and gut enyzmes.
I have compared it to Isogenix and this is better and cheaper. Have you ever tried Arbonne products? Gluten-free, soy-free, Kosher certified, vegan, whey-free, GMO-free, minimally processed and made in an environmentally-conscious facility! I appreciate your comprehensive, organized, easy to use review. Thanks for the great breakdown!
I will be trying the vanilla next. Of course, the ingredient list is small and I could probably figure out how to replicate it at home for less, but I like what SIH does and appreciate the efforts they went to to formulate this and not spending the time to DIY. Anyway, hope maybe it helps or you if you give it a try would love to know what you think! Dana — I am an avid follower. I have been a vegan for about a year now and I constantly go to your website for nightly dinner options!
I highly recommend it! I agree with almost all of your reviews. Will try others recommended here! Thank you — I have been looking for a good round up of non dairy protein powders. Great post as usual! It is very rare to find a vegan powder with no pea protein, which tends to make me feel very bloated. Thanks for the useful post though!
After reading this I have ordered the Garden of Life one and I cant wait to try it! In the review you said you added it to multiple smoothies, could you please let me know some of the smoothie recipes you had success adding it to?
I could not be more grateful that you took one for the team when trying all of these! I was just about to spend money and time to do the exact same thing. This was extremely useful!! What about Powerootz Superfood Nutritional Shakes???!!! Their Chocolate PB Madness is the bomb plus it has rare earth minerals and 15 raw superfoods in it. I think they have a regular peanut butter flavor and a raw chocolate one to. No weird gums or fillers and its def the cleanest protein powder that I have ever had.
Thank you—deeply, sincerely—for taking the time and trouble to do these reviews—and saving ME time and trouble in the bargain. Had gotten really tired of seeing all the additives in other brands. COM, as a first-time customer. Much more reasonable than Amazon or the Red Mill site. Thank you for the reviews, it makes shopping for a vegan protein powder much easier. This is such a helpful review, thank you so much! Have you ever tried Burts Bees vanilla protein? The ingredient list looks promising… thanks!
My fav recipe ever of your is the red pepper pasta?? I make it all the time! My only comment which may have been made above … there were so many!! So if you still have the container throw it in some water and try again. I had a contain for months that I was slowly drinking in milk to not waste it and one day when I ran out of milk I put it in water … so much better.
This is amazing and just what I need right now! The vanilla is spot on! Is there a reason you tested the Orgain meal replacement instead of their basic protein powder? I recommend that kind if you do a review on flavored ones in the future. Looking forward to trying BRM vanilla next, now that I know it exists: Thank you for reviewing all these protein powders!
Thank you for this!! Im not a vegan but I want a good quality and tasting plant protein powder and it is soo hard to find one that tastes good to where you enjoy it! Most I try are simply awful! So this will help me narrow it down! Thank you for your honest reviews! Thank you for the extensive review. I always wondered about vegan protein powder. Now I know which ones to try.
Thank you so much for this! I might try it out once I run out of my hemp. I have a conundrum I was hoping someone could help me with… I drink a protein shake every morning. I have recently become aware that I am allergic to peas along with a bunch of other things such as dairy, soybeans, wheat, yeast and pineapple and I am reluctant to give up my morning shake.
Does anyone know of a protein powder that accommodates all of my allergies?? Thank you so much for doing this review. My husband and I are on the hunt for a vegan protein powder and your post was amazing: Thank you so much for your effort and honest criticism.
I feel like I can trust your recommendations because you seem to have about the same taste as me. I really appreciate you taking the time to complete this review. These are great reviews! I really love trying new protein powders as well, and have tried some of the same ones!
This is a great resource- thank you SO much for rating these. I was so happy to read that your Sun Warrior rating was so low- it validated my experience with it. I was so perplexed because every time I looked up reviews on in, people seemed to mostly like it.
I agree with your review on the Vega pp being WAY too sweet. Thank you for this review, would love to see it done annually! I personally use the regular Orgain protein powder in both vanilla and chocolate flavors and find it to be very smooth. Texture is a deal breaker for me.
Thank you for this post! I did my own little taste test before stumbling upon your blog which I love! I am so pleased I stumbled across this article. I just recently discontinued an expensive membership with a nutritional protein shake company.
I found the BRM protein powder at our local bulk food store. They just had received it in stock. I added peaches and spinach to the shake and it turned out Fabulous! I have tried numerous other shakes before and have not appreciate them like this one. Hey thank you so much for all the hard work put into this for your readers!
However I really wanted to use your link to by the Bob mills protein powder but the link brings me to teff flour? Im looking for the most complete shake for nutrition being a Vegan newbie. I thank you for doing this article, I really have been looking around. So thank you so much! It makes everything taste great and it fills you up! This was incredibly helpful. You put it at number 2, so I decided to give it a try.
Thanks so much for doing all the work required to review these products. What could be easier? I have tried numerous protein powders and found so many of them to taste bad or leave an after taste. Certified Vegan and Gluten free, plus no soy. It comes in a chocolate or vanilla flavor and while I mix it with almond milk and fruit for different shakes, I can drink it with straight water and enjoy it. Love it, my favorite brand and I love their ingredient policy and the company.
If you ever get the chance to try it, it is awesome. Thank you for your extensive review. I agree with your ranking for BRM. I am not vegan, but I have concerns with protein powders because I avoid grains and sugar. BRM is not perfect, because it has a little sugar and is whey-based, but it strikes the best balance to me and it does taste good. Carb load is the main concern for me.
While BRM looks like it has a lot of carbs for a 2 scoop serving, the net carbs total carbs minus fiber are relatively low. I use just one scoop in my smoothie and the net carbs are only 3. I liked Garden of Life, but was disappointed in its reliance on grains, so I had to stop using it. However, I understand they make a grain- free version now. After reading the comments, I may look into Arbonne.
Happy cooking and baking! Thanks for writing this review. I have tried most, but not all of these and share a lot of your sentiments. I recently found Gnarly Nutrition makes a vegan protein that I found smoother less grainy, non-soy, non-GMO, and not overly sweet. I drink it mostly with a combination of water and almond milk and it mixes well.
Curious if you have ever tried this one? Your review has helped me dodge a bullet. Would love to see a review on other flavors, like chocolate! Wow, this is a great comparison. I am just beginning a journey to move to a more plant based diet, and needed to replace my Whey Protein Powder with a plant based protein powder.
WFs is my local shopping venue — and they pointed me to the Vega Vanilla. Thanks for taking the time to do this comparison, and posting it. Thank you so much for this list! I appreciate your honesty and all the work put into creating it. For me, like you said, the sweetness and vanilla was a little too much for my preference. There are so many protein powders on the market that I was dreading even reading reviews to pick a new one, but I am already a huge fan of your site and was SO relieved when I saw you did an article about it!
Thanks for doing all this work to help others! And so far so good! But it can be bought on Amazon or their site. Thank you for taking the time and expense to do such an extensive review. Your input is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for doing this review!!! I was having the hardest time deciding on a new protein powder and it helped so much. After reading this blog I bougbt the Garden of Life protein powder ranked second , and I was completely disappointed. It was super chalky.
Didnt blend at all, felt like I was eating sand! I was looking for a low carb powder… so, dont buy Garden of Life! I wanted to try a berry flavor and bought Vega. Tossed the entire pouch in the garbage. Thank you so much for this review Dana! Spent the last few days reviewing powders until I found this article. Keep up the amazing work! I loved you post after I read it over a year ago.
It helped me find my favourite powder Garden of Life and a much better alternative to Vega One. Unfortunately Garden of Life was bought out by Nestle in December I will try the bob mills, love most of the other stuff this brand makes. I have tried lots of vegan protein powders and my absolute favorite is Gardenia! You must try it if you have not already! I found this sooooo helpful!
Thanks for this thorough review of everything. I really appreciate it and now, I know which ones are the best for me to try out. Thanks for the reviews. I recently found out that the protein powder I have been using for the last year is actually contains some not very nice things, even though it is sold at my local health food store and came recommended. They are normally careful about what they carry. Have had good luck with their products.
Thanks again and cheers! Thanks for the thourough review! Its so interesting to see how different personal preferences can be. I personally love all the Vega ones and I keep coming back to them though for you they were too sweet. I like the bobs ones but I dislike that the carb content is too high considering it should be lower as it is protein powder.
Seeing as you like less sweet ones — I highly recommend trying the muscle pharm plant based versions and also Sunshine protein — fairly sure both are US brands, they are not too sweet and the flavour isnt overpowering: Hi Dana Have u tried the Welleco protein powder.
They are very expensive but was curious on whether it was worth the hype or not. The one you are holding on your recent post isnt here. This review was so interesting and useful!!! My family is a big fan of smoothies with protein powders, and after a few tries I kinda of settle for the least bad one. Some here are completely new to me and expanded my horizons! Im impressed, I must say. Really rarely do I encounter a blog thats both educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head.
Your idea is outstanding; the issue is something that not enough people are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that I stumbled across this in my search for something relating to this. This was exactly what I needed. Thank you so much for this post — I honestly come back to it time and time again.
I obviously love your recipes, but just wanted to call this one out. Hello, thank you for all your recipes and the above reviews of the protein powders.
I followed your advice and bought the Garden of Life protein and indeed I also thought it was a good product. The second time I bought, the taste of the powder was totally different, much blunter. I love bob red mills nutrional booster. One thing I have been searching is the clean label test. So many plant based proteins rated poorly for lead, mercury and bpa etc.
Have you looked into the clean label project? Thanks again for this thorough review. I was just about to spend too much time searching for a protein powder after finishing my Nutiva powder. Have been using it now for the past four months or so: Thank you so much. This was a very helpful post as I have to buy one of these for my daughter and this gave me all the info I needed to choose one to start with. She has some limitations so we are going to try Nuzest. SO appreciate this post!
I am going to try the hemp one because pea protein does not agree with me. So many delicious flavors. Thank you for this review. Thanks to your comparison I will know what to buy next. Save my name and email in my browser for the next time I comment. Your email address will not be published or shared. Rate this recipe after you've made it: I Have a Question. Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting. You will not be subscribed to our newsletter list.
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We felt the same thing about the raw products. It tastes like dirt with sugar. Thank You Dana for taking the time for this review. PS, Dana, this is incredible work — really appreciated! Glad to read this, sun warrior is terrible since they reformulated, and I need a replacement! Thanks for the tips ladies — Going to try tone it up next! It would have been nice to see a price comparison. Dana— awesome review list!! I like that I can see it too! It seems less engineered that way!
This is awesome, thanks! Did you make any vegan gains with all that protein? OOOoooo, that sounds good! Thank you for the recommendation!!! Would be interested in hearing about how these might fare in baked goods. Have a great Holiday Season and thanks again! Biosteel Vegan Protein Powder is excellent. Try Nutiva plant protein! I wish you had reviewed something from Amazing Grass or Healthforce, two brands I love.
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