Vegan Protein Powder
Protein is possibly one of the top things that is lacking in a vegan diet. There are many great, tasty options where you can get protein, but just having a scoop or two daily of vegan protein powder is simple and quick. It can be mixed with anything you eat or drink and can either enhance the taste or blend right in, depending on the type of vegan protein powder that you purchase. If you are looking for other vegan supplements to add to your diet, check out our complete vegan supplements guide.
Whey protein powder is generally considered the best protein and ideal for building and repairing muscle tissue. Whey contains all of the amino acids that need including leucine – the most important amino acid for muscle building. However, whey is made from milk, which is a no-go for those who are living a vegan lifestyle. There are some great vegan protein powders that are made solely from plant proteins. Check out which vegan protein powders made it to the top of our list:
Vegan Protein Powder Reviews
We have scoured the Web looking for the best vegan protein powder and came up with the list above. What was the method behind our madness? We looked at many different websites that had rankings and them added all the rankings together. If a protein powder was ranked first it would get 10 points, second would get 9, and so on until number ten got a single point. After that, the points were totaled and the list was created. We took taste, flavor options, protein sources, and price to come up with the ultimate list for best vegan protein powder. You can check our sources down below if you want to see any of the individual ranking sites. And now, without further ado, let’s get into the rankings:
Without question, the NUMBER 1 vegan protein powder is Vega One All-In-One Plant Based Protein Powder! It was nearly unanimously the number one pick across the board. Why is it so great? It falls perfectly into line with what we were looking for – plenty of flavor options, many protein sources, and it tastes great. There is a reason it is called “All-In-One” – along with the protein powder, it contains a 50% daily intake of vitamins and minerals from broccoli, kale, spirulina, strawberries, and more! Here is a quick rundown of everything you are getting when you purchase this product:
Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut Almond, French Vanilla, Mixed Berry, Mocha, Natural, Natural Unsweetened, Vanilla Chai
Protein per Serving: 20g
Protein sources: Pea, Hemp, SaviSeed, Flax
The guide wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t mention the sister product – Vega Sport Protein Powder. The sport version includes 6 grams of BCAAs and 10g extra of protein per scoop, but it doesn’t include veggies and greens or the 50% daily intake of 12 vitamins and minerals.
Coming in as the number two overall vegan protein powder is the Garden of Life Organic Vegan Protein Powder. This vegan protein contains 0g of sugar per serving and mixes perfectly with almond milk, smoothies, or even just water. It contains an amazing 13(!) different protein sources from sprouts and even has 4g of BCAAs in every serving. Protein coming from that many different sources is definitely the highlight of this brand and is one of the top things we mention when looking for a vegan protein powder. You can check out the full list down below.
Flavors: Chocolate, Unflavored, Vanilla, Vanilla Chai
Protein per Serving: 22g
Protein sources: Pea, Sprouted Brown Rice, Amaranth Sprout, Buckwheat Sprout, Millet Sprout, Cracked Wall Chlorella, Quinoa Sprout, Chia Seed Sprout, Garbanzo Bean Sprout, Lentil Sprout, Adzuki Bean Sprout, Flax Seed Sprout, Sunflower Seed Sprout, Pumpkin Seed Sprout, Sesame Seed Sprout
Just like the Vega option above, Garden of Life also has a sport version – Garden Of Life Sport Organic Plant-Based Protein. This version includes 30g of plant protein, 5.5g of BCAAs, and 5g Glutamine & Glutamic Acid per scoop.
The #1 best seller on Amazon and the product with the most reviews comes in at number 3 on our list – Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Powder. Orgain packs 21g of protein, 5g of fiber, and only 1g of sugar into each scoop of powder. The closest race on this list was between numbers 2 and 3 with Orgain just getting edged out. Orgain vegan protein powder mixes fairly well, but most people said the taste wasn’t that great, especially the after-taste. However, everyone’s tastes are different and you won’t know until you try it out for yourself. It comes in 9 different flavors so if you don’t like the flavor but enjoy the texture and mixability, you can try out one or more of the other flavors.
Flavors: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, Cookies & Cream, Creamy Chocolate Fudge, Iced Matcha Latte, Natural Unsweetened, Peanut Butter, Pumpkin Spice, Sweet Vanilla Bean, Vanilla Almond
Protein per Serving: 21g
Protein sources: Pea, Brown Rice, Chia Seed, Hemp
Number four in the best vegan protein powder rankings brings us ALOHA Organic Plant-Based Protein Powder. There are a couple of reasons this falls at number four – texture, sugar, and amount of protein. The texture is very gritty and doesn’t mix well with food or drinks. It uses coconut sugar instead of artificial sweeteners and that increase the amount of sugar per serving. If you don’t like the taste of artificial sweeteners, this could be a great choice for you. ALOHA protein powder also contains 18g of protein per serving, which is the lowest on the list so far. However, it does contain 200mg Omega-3s, complete amino acid profile, and is an excellent source of iron & magnesium.
Flavors: Vanilla, Banana, Chocolate, Mixed Berry
Protein per Serving: 18g
Protein sources: Pea, Pumpkin Seed, Hemp Seed
Coming in at number 5 is Sunwarrior Raw, Plant Based, Organic Protein Powder. Although many vegan protein powders can taste chalky, this stood out above the rest – and that is not a good thing. The chocolate flavor is said to be the best out of the bunch, but that does not make up for the chalky texture. The ALOHA protein powder only contains 17g of protein per serving. One of the only pluses is that it contains MCTs from coconut oil.
Flavors: Berry, Vanilla, Mocha, Chocolate, Natural
Protein per Serving: 17g
Protein sources: Pea, Cranberry, Hemp Seed
In at number six is Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Vegan Protein Powder. Strangely enough, this didn’t appear on any list that we saw considering it is one of the top 3 best selling vegan protein powders and Optimum Nutrition is the #1 brand for protein powder. For those two reasons alone, we decided to include it on our list. It comes in at 24g of protein per scoop – the highest on our list. ON vegan protein powder also contains 4g of BCAAs and 4g of glutamine per scoop. Combined with the low price per serving, this is definitely one of the best values on this entire list. The only limiting factor is that there are only two flavors.
Flavors: Plant Chocolate, Plant Vanilla
Protein per Serving: 24g
Protein sources: Pea, Brown Rice, Sacha Inchi
At number seven is Bob’s Red Mill Vanilla Protein Powder. The only reason that this product shows up on the list is because it comes in at #1 on Minimalist Baker’s vanilla protein powder experiment (link at bottom of page). This is actually the lowest rated vegan protein powder on Amazon on this list. Although she had a working relationship with Bob’s Red Mill in the past, Minimalist Baker said that is not why is was rated so highly. Bob’s Red Mill Protein Powder contains 180 calories and costs over $2 per serving which are both the highest on this list.
Flavors: Chai, Vanilla, Protein & Fiber, Chocolate
Protein per Serving: 20g
Protein sources: Pea
Rounding out the final spot on our list is the PlantFusion Complete Protein Powder. Now, just because it is last on our list doesn’t mean that it is bad. This is a “best of” list – not a complete list of all the vegan protein powder you should try. Making the list is still quite the accomplishment. This protein powder includes 21g of protein in every scoop and is free of all major allergens including diary, soy, rice, gluten, eggs, nuts, fish, tree nuts, and shellfish.
Flavors: Chocolate, Chocolate Raspberry, Cookies N Creme, Natural Unflavored, Vanilla Bean
Protein per Serving: 21g
Protein sources: Pea, Artichoke, Sprouted Amaranth, Sprouted Quinoa
There you have it! Our complete guide to the best vegan protein powder. Remember that everyone has different tastes and the 1 star reviews for all of these protein powders are saying how bad the taste is. My suggestion is to keep searching for a vegan protein powder that tastes good to you and stick to it! I hope you found the guide informative and helpful to make a purchasing decision. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comments below.
Minimalist Baker – Minimalist Baker was a huge help in getting information for this post. She tried nearly every vanilla vegan protein powder on the market. Her #1 recommendation was Bob’s Red Mill and that came in at #7 on our list. Highly recommended to go check out!
The Wire Cutter – The Wire Cutter sampled a panel of 10 vegans to come up with a top 3 that is very similar to our list. Click the link to read about their process and in depth explanations.
PETA – Gave a great overview of all of the different options on the market. The reviews were a little lacking, but it was still helpful!