The 5 Best Organic Vegan Protein Powder Supplements

Originally, I wanted to find the best vegan protein powder, so I bought 21 products, and tested them all (here are the results).

It wasn’t until later that it occurred to me that some people are only interested in organic protein supplements.

So I made this page, focusing only on the best organic vegan protein powders.

Out of the original 21, that leaves 5.

I’ll go over my testing procedure, and then get right into which products scored the highest.

How I Tested Each Protein Powder

After some thought and discussion, I decided that protein supplements should be judged in 4 main categories:

Each category is out of 25, where a high score is always better.

The scores are also relative to each other. So a score of 25 in a category means that it’s as good as plant-based powders get in that category.

That’s a very quick overview of how I tested them, but you can see my detailed testing procedure if you’d like to see the specific formulas and procedures I used for each category.

The (Condensed) Results: The 5 Best Organic Powders (and one bonus)

Once I calculated scores for all the products in each of the 4 categories, I could add them up to get an overall score.

The overall score is an easy way to compare them against each other and see which one is truly the best.

If you’d like to know more about each supplement, and why they got their overall ranking, keep going to the next section.

Otherwise, here are the final results in table form.

Protein Powder Image Overall Score
Purely Inspired 72
ON Gold Standard 65
Orgain Organic Powder 64
Garden of Life Raw Fit 53
Iron Vegan Athlete's Blend 45
NOW Sports Pea Protein 82*

*Only the unflavored version is organic.

The (Detailed) Results: My Organic Vegan Protein Powders Ratings

In this section, I’ll go through the powders from best to worst and give you a detailed explanation of why it scored the numbers it did.

1. Purely Inspired Organic Protein Powder (72/100)

purely inspired organic plant protein powder packaging

First and foremost, let’s take a look at the ingredients:

Ingredients: Organic Protein Blend (Pea Protein, Brown Rice Protein), Organic Acacia Gum, Organic Cocoa Powder, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Guar Gum, Organic Natural Flavors, Organic Rebaudioside A (Stevia Extract), Organic Fruit and Veggie Blend, Digestive Enzyme and Probiotic Blend.

I’d like to point out the digestive enzyme and probiotic blend right at the end of the list. If you’ve had stomach issues with other plant-based protein powders, Purely Inspired may work better for you.

Now let’s break down the overall rating into its 4 categories:

Overall, it’s the best organic vegan protein powder that I’ve tried.

If you’d like even more detail on these scores (and pictures), see my full Purely Inspired Organic Protein review.

2. Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard (65/100)

ON gold standard plant packaging

Optimum Nutrition (ON) is arguably the largest and best-known supplement manufacturer for athletes.

This product is relatively new, and I was able to buy a tub just after it was released.

Again, let’s start with the ingredients:

Ingredients: Plant Protein Blend (Organic Pea Protein, Organic Brown Rice Protein, Organic Sacha Inchi Protein), Natural Flavor, AncienTrim Organic Grain Blend (Organic Amaranth, Organic Quinoa, Organic Buckwheat, Organic Millet, Organic Chia), Organic Cinnamon Powder, Organic Stevia Leaf Extract, Organic Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Ascorbic Acid, Organic Gum Arabic, Salt, Organic Pomegranate Powder, Cyanocobalamin.

Nothing special to note other than it’s a very long list. Lots of grains and thickeners (gums).

Let’s look at why it scored the way it did:

For even more detail, see my Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Plant Protein review.

3. Orgain Organic Protein Powder (64/100)

orgain organic protein powder packaging

Orgain turns out to be a great choice if you’re looking for more of a general meal replacement shake, rather than a pure protein shake.

Here’s what it’s made of:

Ingredients: Organic Pea Protein, Organic Brown Rice Protein, Organic Chia Seed, Organic Hemp Protein, Organic Acacia Gum, Organic High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Organic Inulin, Organic Rice Dextrins, Organic Rice Bran Extract, Organic Erythritol, Organic Natural Flavors, Organic Alkalized Cocoa, Sea Salt, Natural Flavor, Organic Acacia Gum, Organic Stevia, Organic Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum.

Now let’s break down the categories:

See my full Orgain Organic Protein Powder review here.

4. Garden of Life Raw Fit Review (53/100)

garden of life raw fit packaging

Garden of Life is not only an organic protein powder, but it’s also raw.

Here are the ingredients:

Ingredients: Organic Pea Protein, Organic Sprouted Brown Rice Protein, Organic Tapioca Fiber, Organic Chia Seed & Sprout, Organic Flax Seed & Sprout, Organic Cracked-Wall Chlorella, Organic Amaranth Sprout, Organic Quinoa Sprout, Organic Millet Sprout, Organic Buckwheat Sprout, Organic Garbanzo Bean Sprout, Organic Lentil Sprout, Organic Adzuki Bean Sprout, Organic Sunflower Seed Sprout, Organic Pumkin Seed Sprout, Organic Sesame Sprout, Organic Stevol, Organic Ashwagandha, Raw Probiotic & Enzyme Blend.

Note that the overall score is only 53 out of 100, so it’s not exactly one of the highest ranked protein powders overall (for reference, the #1 non-organic protein scored 86).

Here’s how the score breaks down.

Keep in mind that when I did the taste rating, I filtered out the clumps. Normally, I think it’d be a little hard to drink.

Here’s my full Garden of Life Raw Fit review.

5. Iron Vegan (Canada-Only: 45/100)

iron vegan athletes blend protein powder packaging

This is a protein powder that’s only available in Canada.

I saw it at a local Popeye’s supplement store, and figured I might as well give it a try.

Ingredients: Organic Sprouted Brown Rice Protein, Organic Fermented Pea Protein Isolate, Vegan Fermented L-Glutamine, Vegan Fermented L-Leucine, Vegan Fermented L-Isoleucine, Vegan Fermented L-Valine, Taurine, Beet Root, Quercetin(e), Zinc, Organic Fair Trade Cocoa, Organic Chocolate and Vanilla Flavours, Apple Pectin, Xanthan Gum, Organic Stevia Leaf Extract, Sea Salt.

I don’t have too much good to say about this one, but let’s break it down by category anyways:

You can see my Iron Vegan Protein review for more specifics.

6. (Bonus) Other Mentions: NOW Sports Unflavored (82/100)

now sports pea protein powder packaging

Why is this a bonus?

Well, technically it’s not an organic powder. In fact, the chocolate and vanilla versions are NOT organic.

However, the unflavored one, which is the one I tested, actually is.

Ingredients: Pure, organic Pea Protein Isolate [from yellow peas (Pisum sativum) (Non-GMO)].

One single ingredient, pea protein isolate, that happens to be organic.

This was also one of the highest scoring protein powders overall. So I think it’s a great option for many reading this post.

I highly recommend this especially if you’ll be blending it into a smoothie, where the fact that it’s unflavored won’t matter.

The price and protein content are as good as you’re going to find.

Here’s my full NOW Sports pea protein review.

Conclusion

Hopefully all this testing was useful to you.

One thing I need to point out is that there are a few other organic vegan protein powders out there, I just haven’t tried them yet.

If you’re really set on an organic powder, and none of the ones on this page appeal to you, keep looking. There’s a chance that you’ll find something better for you.