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If you’re anything like me, then you know the transformative power of lifting weights. It’s not just about building muscles; it’s about unlocking newfound confidence that propels us to conquer mountains (both figuratively and literally).

Lifting weights helped me transform from an unhealthy junk food vegan into a health-conscious, protein-packing explorer. I now traverse the world with ease, lugging around not one, but two suitcases (one of which is often filled with vegan protein powder and vegan weightlifting gear).

It hasn’t been a walk in the park. Throughout my journey, I’ve endured the wrath of DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness), I’ve become a master of constructing makeshift gyms and oh, the protein struggle! Navigating through nations infatuated with animal protein, I’ve learnt the hard way the importance of packing a decent vegan protein powder.

Armed with seven years of weightlifting and protein powder drinking wisdom, a public health degree and heaps of experience writing for vegan fitness, wellness and nutrition brands, I’m here to share my best discoveries with you!

Ready to discover the holy grail of gains?

Tighten those lifting straps…here’s the scoop!

Vegan protein powder FAQs

Protein, an essential macronutrient, plays a crucial role in our bodies. It’s the building block of muscles, cells and bones, and it’s involved in numerous essential functions. Whilst the recommended protein intake can be a topic of debate in the scientific world, there’s no denying its importance.

For vegans, meeting protein needs can be easily achieved through a well-rounded diet. However, for us dedicated weightlifters chasing strength and bodybuilding goals, our protein requirements tend to be higher than the average person’s. Intense workouts push our bodies to their limits, breaking down muscle fibres in the process. To repair and rebuild those muscles, an extra dose of protein becomes necessary.

Sure, you could load up on tofu and other protein-rich vegan foods, but if you’re aiming for specific goals that demand a controlled intake of fat or carbohydrates, protein powder becomes a valuable ally. The best vegan protein powders offer complete proteins, just as effective as their non-vegan counterparts.

If you’re curious about diving deeper into the world of vegan protein, we’ve got you covered. Check out our comprehensive guide on how to use vegan protein to fuel your fitness journey.

When it comes to choosing a vegan protein powder, I have some key criteria in mind. My top priorities include sourcing protein powders that provide an excellent profile of all nine essential amino acids, ensuring a complete protein source. High protein content with low carb and fat content is also a must (unless bulking or meeting some other objectives), helping us meet our fitness goals effectively.

Where possible, I like to buy from 100% vegan brands like Form Nutrition, but there are also some great brands who have made vegan product lines, like MYVEGAN, which is a subsidiary of MYPROTEIN.

Sustainability is a core value for me, so I gravitate towards protein powders made from environmentally friendly ingredients. I give preference to brands that steer clear of artificial flavours, colours and unnecessary additives. In fact, given the latest research on sugar and sweeteners, I have made sure to point out which brands use them and have even included options that avoid these ingredients altogether.

Texture matters too. I prefer protein powders that are finely ground, ensuring they blend smoothly without clumps when mixed into a refreshing shake.

I also take into account the price of protein powders and have done my best to provide a range of products with price points to suit all budgets.

Of course, taste is not to be overlooked. I believe that a great protein powder should also deliver on flavour, even when just mixed with water.

Last but certainly not least, eco-friendly packaging is a big thumbs-up in my book. Who needs all those plastic spoons when we have plenty of cutlery in our kitchen drawers, right? I appreciate brands that share my commitment to reducing waste and embracing sustainable packaging alternatives. Let’s fuel our gains while being kind to the planet!

When it comes to determining the “best” plant-based protein, it ultimately depends on individual preferences and specific dietary needs. Different plant-based protein sources offer unique nutritional profiles and benefits.

Some popular plant-based protein sources commonly used in protein powders include:

Pea protein: Pea protein is rich in essential amino acids and is easily digestible. It is often considered a complete protein source and is suitable for those with allergies or sensitivities to other plant-based proteins.

Brown rice protein: Brown rice protein is hypoallergenic and easily digestible. It provides a good amino acid profile and is often combined with other plant-based proteins to create a complete protein source.

Hemp protein: Hemp protein is derived from hemp seeds and is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and minerals. It offers a complete amino acid profile and is easily digestible.

Soy protein: Soy protein is a complete protein source, containing all essential amino acids. It is particularly beneficial for its high content of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), which aid in muscle recovery and growth.

Pumpkin seed protein: Pumpkin seed protein is rich in antioxidants, healthy fats and minerals. It offers a good amino acid profile and is suitable for those with soy or gluten allergies.

The ultimate vegan protein powders

Every vegan protein powder on my carefully curated list is 100% plant-based and boasts a complete amino acid profile. The prices provided are accurate as of the date of writing and I will try my best to keep them updated. Please do let me know in the comments below if there are any updates required.

Best overall vegan protein powder (and the tastiest): Form Nutrition’s Performance Protein

Best budget-friendly option: MYVEGAN’s Vegan Protein Powder

Best for women’s health: jrny’s plant-based protein vitality blend

Best random find: USN’s 100% Plant Protein (Vanilla Maple flavour)

Best low FODMAP: That Protein’s Nutty Nutty Peanut Butter Super Protein

Best for post-workout recovery: LyfeFuel’s Performance Protein

Best unflavoured vegan protein powder: Wyldsson’s Naked Vegan Protein Powder Superblend (Plain & Unsweetened)

Best pea protein: Pulsin’s Pea Protein

Best soya protein: Pulsin’s Soya Protein

Best for weight gain: USN’S Wholefood Gainer

Best for weight loss: Vegolife’s Vegan Protein Blend

1. Best overall protein powder (and the tastiest)

Form Nutrition's Performance Protein

Plant-based proteins:

Organic pea, brown rice and pumpkin seed

Nutrition stats (per 100g):

E.G. Banoffee = 379 calories, 5.4g fat, 2.6g carbs, 76g protein

Recommended serving size:

40g – contains 30g protein

Price:

£26 for 520g or £20.60 on subscription

Sugar/sweeteners:

Stevia, Thaumatin

Form Nutrition is our firm favourite vegan protein powder company. Their protein powder blends the best and their flavours are the nicest tasting. No overly sweet fake-tasting vegan protein powders here!

Performance Protein combines a vegan protein blend of organic pea with brown rice and pumpkin seed proteins to deliver 30g of protein per 40g serving.

The macro ratio is pretty fab and the powders also contain BCAAs, glutamine and digestive enzymes to support new muscle growth and aid digestion.

There are plenty of flavours to choose from. A tad pricey but the subscription option helps. We only wish they sold their powder in bulk!

Form Nutrition is also easily the most eco-friendly offering here with compostable packaging and zero plastic spoons – hurrah!

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Read our full Form Nutrition review.

2. Best budget-friendly option

MYVEGAN's Vegan Protein Powder

Plant-based proteins:

Pea and fava bean

Nutrition stats (per 100g):

E.G. Turmeric Latte = 367 calories, 1.8g fat, 10g carbs, 73g protein

Recommended serving size:

30g – contains 22g protein

Price:

£16.99 for 500g

Sugar/sweeteners:

Sucralose

MYVEGAN is a fully vegan protein company (although a subsidiary of MYPROTEIN) offering many different kinds of vegan protein products, from powders to supplements, and superfoods to protein cookies.

They have both vegan protein powder blends, perfect for smoothies and shakes, and clear vegan protein powders, perfect for water-based drinks.

They have so many different flavours that it is almost hard to choose which to go for. We do find some of them a little synthetic tasting but recommend Chocolate Peanut Caramel. Luckily, they’re cheap enough to experiment with a few different flavours to find the one you love.

The protein powder does blend but you’ll need to give your protein shaker a good old rattle to get rid of any lumps!

You’ll get about 22g of protein per 30g serving with MYVEGAN protein powder but it’s worth noting that they also incorporate high oleic sunflower oil as a plant-based creamer and sucralose, which I know from personal experience reacts with certain people’s guts 💨

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3. Best for women's health

jrny's Plant-Based Protein Vitality Blend

Plant-based proteins:

Pea, hemp and flaxseed

Nutrition stats (per 100g):

E.G. Double Chocolate Brownie = 470 calories, 3g fat, 20g carbs, 70g protein

Recommended serving size:

30g – contains 21g protein

Price:

£29.95 for 500g or £26.96 on subscription

Sugar/sweeteners:

Xylitol and Steviol Glycosides

Female nutrition comes first with jrny, which we love. If all the macho-ness surrounding protein scares you off, then this is the brand for you.

Rather than just containing protein, jrny is a multi-nutrient blend tailored towards female health and well-being! We love the addition of flaxseed, which we have always added to our protein shakes. At 21g of protein per 30g serving, it’s pretty good for those gains too!

What’s more, this company have now stopped stocking whey powder products and is 100% vegan! We love progressive companies 🙂

We found their powders to be more neutral than others with no strong sweetener flavour, they blend well but can leave lumps if only shaking it up. 

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4. Best random find

USN's 100% Plant Protein (Vanilla Maple flavour)

Plant-based proteins:

Pea, rice and hemp

Nutrition stats (per 100g):

Vanilla Maple = 455 calories, 8.8g fat, 11g carbs, 86g protein

Recommended serving size:

30g – contains 26g protein

Price:

£26.89 for 900g

Sugar/sweeteners:

Sucralose and steviol glycosides

I stumbled upon this vegan protein powder whilst in Montenegro, of all places. I received a recommendation from the guy at the protein shop in Tivat, and I must say, he really knew his stuff.

What impressed me the most about this powder is its exceptional blendability. It also tastes great when just mixed with water (even better with some ice and a shot of coffee). It’s not as thick as some protein powders though, so it doesn’t give that milkshake mouthfeel 🙁

USN’s 100% Plant Protein is crafted from a high-quality blend of hemp, pea and rice, ensuring a complete amino acid profile. It’s also enriched with iron and vitamin B12, which are essential for a balanced vegan diet.

I should mention that with 8.8g of fat and 11g of carbs, it does contain a few more calories compared to some other vegan protein powders on my list. However, the trade-off is well worth it when you consider the impressive protein content: a whopping 86g per 100g, translating to 26g of protein per 30g serving!

Overall, I’m thrilled with this find; it’s a fantastic choice for those seeking a protein powder that delivers on taste, quality and nutritional value. The only thing I really dislike is how they’ve made their packaging look like recyclable paper but it’s not.

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5. Best low FODMAP

That Protein's Nutty Nutty Peanut Butter Super Protein

Plant-based proteins:

Peanut, pea, chia

Nutrition stats (per 100g):

487 calories, 20g fat, 18g carbs, 46g protein

Recommended serving size:

30g – contains 14g protein

Price:

£13.31 for 300g

Sugar/sweeteners:

Palmyra nectar

This unique vegan protein powder combines the goodness of peanut, pea and chia proteins, delivering a wholesome boost to your fitness routine.

While the protein content may not be the best and the calorie count is a bit on the high side, it’s worth noting that a 30g serving still provides a respectable 14g of protein.

In terms of value, Nutty Nutty is certainly not the most budget-friendly option compared to others on my list, but it does offer a unique feature: it’s low FODMAP. So, if you’re sensitive to FODMAPs or follow a low FODMAP diet, this powder can be a game-changer for you.

But here’s the real standout feature: That Protein prides itself on simplicity and quality. They stay away from thickeners and creamers, focusing on pure, high-quality ingredients. The ingredient list is only four items long!

It utilises palmyra nectar as a sweetener, which is a natural alternative to artificial sweeteners and potentially less disruptive to the insulin response compared with stevia.

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6. Best for post-workout recovery

LyfeFuel's Performance Protein

Plant-based proteins:

Brown rice, quinoa, golden pea

Nutrition stats (per 100g):

405 calories, 8g fat, 16g carbs, 68g protein

Recommended serving size:

37g – contains 25g of protein

Price:

$60 for 900g or $50 on subscription

Sugar/sweeteners:

Coconut sugar and stevia

What sets LyfeFuel’s Performance Shake apart is its focus on delivering a berry blend that has been studied for its recovery-boosting properties. These ingredients work synergistically to aid in your body’s repair and rejuvenation process after intense workouts. Additionally, the high leucine content in this shake further contributes to muscle recovery and growth.

The shake has also been supplemented with a range of other beneficial nutrients, ensuring you get more than just protein. The macro ratio of this shake is also noteworthy, with high protein content at 25g of protein per 37g serving, balanced fat levels and moderate carb amounts.

While the texture may not be as smooth and creamy as some protein powders, the taste of LyfeFuel’s Performance Shake is still quite enjoyable, featuring only a subtle hint of chlorella.

It’s priced at $60 for a 900g package though, making it a premium choice. It used to only be available in the US but LyfeFuel recently introduced international shipping to Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and the UK!

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7. Best unflavoured vegan protein powder

Wyldsson's Naked Vegan Protein Powder Superblend (Plain & Unsweetened)

Plant-based proteins:

Pea, pumpkin, sunflower, flax and chia

Nutrition stats (per 100g):

411 calories, 10g fat, 6.9g carbs, 65.9g protein

Recommended serving size:

17.5g – contains 11.5g of protein

Price:

£27.99 for 1kg 

Sugar/sweeteners:

None!

Wyldsson’s Naked Vegan Protein Superblend is a versatile and affordable protein powder option. With its unflavoured and unsweetened formulation, it offers a blank canvas, allowing you to incorporate it into various recipes like protein pancakes and cookies. It’s also organic!

While the protein content may not be as high as some other unflavoured powders (11.5g of protein per 17.5g serving), Wyldsson’s Superblend makes up for it by providing a range of essential vitamins and nutrients, including omegas, iron and magnesium. This nutrient profile makes it a valuable addition to a balanced plant-based diet.

The vegan protein powder is sold in a convenient 1kg bag size, ensuring you won’t run out anytime soon. It’s just unfortunate that the recycling options may be limited.

A word of warning: the unflavoured taste of plant-based protein may not be for everyone!

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8. Best pea protein

Pulsin's Pea Protein

Plant-based proteins:

Pea

Nutrition stats (per 100g):

406 calories, 9.1g fat, 0.2g carbohydrates, 80g protein

Recommended serving size:

10g – contains 8g of protein

Price:

£15.34 for 1kg or £13.81 on subscription

Sugar/sweeteners:

None!

Pulsin’s pea protein is a top choice for vegans who are strictly adhering to a diet plan for bodybuilding shows. With an impressive 8g of protein per 10g serving, it truly delivers on the protein front.

It’s also super low in carbs and doesn’t contain too much fat, so the macro ratio is pretty awesome. Plus, it’s only £15.34 for a 1kg…yep, you read that correctly!

Of course, pure pea protein isolate has a distinct taste that may not be as enjoyable when mixed with water or even oat milk powder. Instead, you can add it to soups, pasta sauces, baked goods (prior to baking) or blend it into your favourite smoothies for an extra protein boost.

Whilst Pulsin’s pea protein impresses in many aspects, one area for improvement lies in its packaging. It would be even more desirable if they offered compostable packaging options.

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9. Best soy protein

Pulsin's Pea Protein

Plant-based proteins:

Soya

Nutrition stats (per 100g):

390 calories, 2.4g fat, 1.2g carbs, 90g protein

Recommended serving size:

10g – contains 9g of protein

Price:

£16.95 for 1kg or £15.26 on subscription

Sugar/sweeteners:

None!

Pulsin’s soya protein is a stellar option, assuming you don’t have a soy intolerance. With an impressive 9g of protein per 10g serving, it’s tailor-made for those seeking substantial strength gains.

It’s also super low in carbs and fat, so the macro ratio is spot on. Plus, it’s only £16.95 for a 1kg, which is a teeny weeny bit pricier than their pea protein but still a huge bargain.

Pure soya protein isolate also has a distinct taste that some may not enjoy. Not to worry, there are numerous ways to incorporate this powerhouse protein into your meals; I like to add it to pancakes, waffles, energy balls, gravy and veggie burgers!

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10. Best for weight gain

USN's Wholefood Gainer

Plant-based proteins:

Pea and rice

Nutrition stats (per 100g):

E.G. Banana Blueberry = 379 calories, 6.3g fat, 56g carbs, 24g protein

Recommended serving size:

125g – contains 30g of protein

Price:

£32 for 2kg

Sugar/sweeteners:

Sucralose and steviol glycosides

Unlike traditional mass gainers, this vegan protein blend harnesses the power of rice, pea, and sweet potato protein sources. No need to rely on synthetic or animal-based proteins for 30g of protein per 125g serving.

When taking into account the large serving sizes, you don’t get as many servings as you think in a 2kg container but it’s a great blend of plant-based wholefood ingredients for lean muscle growth and really packs in the calories to help you gain.

It’s got a good fibre content; not too much that it’s going to fill you up and stop you from eating for further gains, but not too little that it doesn’t provide any of the digestive benefits. Contains some thickeners and sweeteners though.

Furthermore, its recyclable plastic container ensures a more sustainable approach compared to some of the non-recyclable protein powder bags on the market.

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11. Best for weight loss

Vegolife's Vegan Protein Blend

Plant-based proteins:

Pea and soya

Nutrition stats (per 100g):

353 calories, 2.3g fat , 14g carbs, 70g protein

Recommended serving size:

30g – contains 21g of protein

Price:

£29.98 for 1kg

Sugar/sweeteners:

Stevia and sucralose

Protein is renowned for its ability to keep hunger at bay, and Vegolife’s blend takes it a step further with the inclusion of pea protein, which acts as a natural thickener, providing a satisfying and filling experience.

Not only does this blend offer a high concentration of branched-chain amino acids, essential for promoting muscle protein synthesis, but it also features soy, a complete protein source containing all essential amino acids. Additionally, the Vegan Protein Blend is enriched with phytonutrient-rich acai berry and green tea extract, known to support digestion, and l-carnitine, which aids in glycogen replenishment and may contribute to a decrease in BMI.

It’s only 106 calories but still delivers 21g of protein per 30g serving. For an added weight loss boost, I suggest incorporating fibrous foods alongside this protein powder, such as in a refreshing green smoothie.

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Alice Johnson

Alice Johnson

Writer, scientist, amateur mycologist | I write stuff for a living. Mainly about vegan things, science, fungi, and travel. Find out more at Alice's Cerebrum

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