I Tested 21 Products to Find the Best Vegan Protein Powder

When I first went vegan, all the vegan protein powder rankings that I found were biased, incomplete, or made by people who had only ever tried a few different options.

That's why I set out to find the best vegan protein powder on my own, by spending over 6 months collecting and objectively testing as many vegan powders as I could find. (That's my current collection below.)

I've broken down all the results of my testing in detail on this page. If you're in a hurry, feel free to skip to the part where I reveal the winner of my research.

my growing vegan protein powder collection

You can see all my data and my unbiased (as much as possible) testing methodology on this page.


My Testing Methodology

I started by buying every vegan (non-dairy) protein supplement I could find, and doing detailed reviews of them to help anyone looking for a plant based alternative to whey powders that they may have used in the past.

To do this fairly, I wanted to create an objective testing procedure to score each product in the 4 most important aspects of a protein powder:

  • Price - How cheap a protein was per 100 grams.
  • Nutrition - What percentage of the calories come from protein.
  • Mixability - How well the powder mixes, I measured the weight of clumps to calculate this.
  • Taste - How good does it taste (subjective).

Each aspect was scored out of 25, where a high score is always a good thing (i.e. a high "price" score means that a product is cheap, a high "mixability" score means that a protein was non-chalky).

Here is the detailed testing methodology for my reviews if you’d like to understand more deeply or replicate how I tested the products.


The Results of My Testing

The data in this comparison table is the result of all my work.

Click the headers to sort by a specific score or measurement.

If you select a country, the price scores and product links will be updated to localized ones where applicable.

The 4 factors are all weighted the same when calculating the overall rating out of 100. If you'd like more control, you can generate a table with personalized weights here.

All the links to products on this page go to Amazon, since that's most convenient for most people and they have a great selection. That being said, you can find some vegan protein powders at GNC, Costco, Vitamin Shoppe, or even Walmart if you prefer to shop in person.


Now I'll go through each product individually, going from best overall score to worst.

#1: PlantFusion Complete Plant Protein

Best overall vegan protein powder, best tasting vegan protein powder

plantfusion packaging and rating

Flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, Chocolate Raspberry

The main reason that I created this page was to answer the question: What is the best vegan protein powder?

While the best one for each individual person may differ, I think it’s fair to say that the powder with the highest overall score in the table above is the best for most people.

Therefore, the honor of being the best overall vegan protein goes to PlantFusion, with an overall score of 86.

You can see my full PlantFusion review here for a detailed explanation of the scoring, but I'll give you a summary here.

Taste and digestion

It’s the only vegan protein shake that I’ve tried so far that I’ve given a perfect taste score to. It somehow manages to avoid the chalky texture and aftertaste that so many other products struggle with and mixes perfectly.

PlantFusion also includes a blend of enzymes to make digesting it easier. This is a nice bonus if you're worried about protein shakes giving you gas. A few other products also include enzymes, but not many.

It's scored a perfect 1.0 on the Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS), which is the test for protein quality that the US FDA and World Health Organization (WHO) use.

Price

Again, PlantFusion scores above average, meaning that it's cheaper than the average vegan protein supplement.

That being said, if price is a big concern, there are some cheaper options on this list (or sort by price in the table above).

Mixability

There's not much to say here, PlantFusion mixes perfectly. I couldn't strain out any clumps at all during the mixability test.

plantfusion strainer

One observation I can make is that the grains of this protein powder are much smaller than every other powder I've reviewed. This is at least part of the reason that it mixes so well, and that the texture is non-chalky.

Nutrition

The overall protein content is very solid and above average (21 grams per 120 calories, or 70% of calories), even if it’s not the very best of all powders.

The ingredients are relatively unique, in a good way.

Here's the full ingredient list:

PlantFusion® Amino Acid Infused Protein Blend: (Pea Protein Isolate,Artichoke Protein, Organic Sprouted Amaranth Powder and Organic Sprouted Quinoa Powder), PlantFusion® Proprietary Enzyme Blend: Bromelain and Alpha Galactosidase with other naturally occurring enzymes. Fructose, natural vanilla flavor, stevia glycine, silica and xanthan gum.

Why it's good: Blending together 4 plant-based protein sources gives PlantFusion a balanced and complete amino acid profile. Overall there are 4,500 mg of BCAAs (L-isoleucine, L-Leucine and L-Valine) from vegan BCAA sources, and 3.350 mg of L-Glutamine. It's also free of all common allergens like dairy, soy, nuts, and gluten.

Some people are wary about fructose, but studies have shown that fructose is only unhealthy in high doses, so a few grams in a shake here shouldn't affect you negatively at all.

Overall, if you’re looking for a plant-based powder to get started with that you'll almost certainly like, I can't recommend PlantFusion enough. (It's the one that I'll buy once I'm done with the 30+ pounds I still need to finish first.)


#2: NOW Sports Pea Protein

Best cheap vegan protein powder, best vegan protein powder without stevia

now sports packaging and rating

Flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, Unflavored

If you're looking for a cheap plant-based protein powder, this is the best one for you.

The taste isn't amazing, but it's the cheapest, while mixing well and having a high protein content.

Taste

This powder only scored a 15 out of 25 for taste, the only thing stopping it from being the #1 overall.

The texture was very chalky, which is the big issue. You likely won't enjoy it, but it's still drinkable.

You could also mix it with a smoothie to make it taste better.

Price

NOW Sports had the highest "price score" of 23, which means that it's the cheapest per gram of any product I tried.

Mixability

This protein mixes well, but not perfectly. There were 2 grams of clumps after following my mixing test procedure, which involves shaking for 45 seconds in a shaker bottle.

You'll taste a few clumps, but you notice much, and it equates to a score of 19 out of 25, making it above average of the rest of the powders.

Protein content and nutrition

NOW Sports was one of the few protein powders to get a perfect nutrition score, meaning that it's protein content was over 80% of the total calories.

now sports nutritional information

It's easy to see why when you look at the ingredients list (for the unflavored version, which is what I tried):

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

Overall, NOW Sports Pea Protein is very well rounded and the perfect choice if you're on a tight budget.


#3: True Nutrition Vegan Lean

Best for weight loss

true nutrition vegan lean packaging and rating

Flavors: Unflavored, Chocolate, Vanilla, Mocha, Cinnamon Bun, Cookies N Cream

If you’re trying to lose weight, you want a protein powder supplement with as high of a protein content as possible, which will have minimal extra calories.

In other words, as high as a "nutrition score" as possible (which measures protein content).

Three products in my results table have perfect nutrition scores, but True Nutrition is the best for weight loss.

It would have a score of greater than 25 because it broke my formula, more on that in the nutrition section below.

True Nutrition let's you create custom protein blends and you can choose from several flavors. Vegan lean is a popular pre-made blend that I ordered. You can also order a few of their powders on Amazon, although there's less flexibility.

Taste

There are many flavors to choose from - I chose the cinnamon bun.

true nutrition flavor options

The flavor was great, and I quickly went through my 1 lb bag of protein powder.

But it wasn't perfect: The only real issues were that there was both a bit of a chalky texture, and a bit of an aftertaste.

Not enough to stop you from enjoying the shake, but enough that you probably won't love it like PlantFusion.

But it's still excellent, which is why it scored 22 out of 25 here.

Price

Calculating a price score was tricky because different custom blends cost different amounts. Even the packaging and flavor intensity change the overall price. And then there's shipping on top of that if you order from the True Nutrition website.

To keep it simple and consistent with every other product here, I used the Amazon price, as True Nutrition sells Vegan Lean on there too.

Using that price, it got a price score of 12 out of 25, so a bit more expensive than average (around 16/25).

You may be able to get it cheaper off of their website.

Mixability

Vegan lean mixes really well, there was a total of 1 gram of clumps during the mixability test.

This equates to a score of 22 out of 25, near perfect.

In most cases, your shake will be very smooth and you'll barely taste the clumps.

Protein content and nutrition

Here's the label for this protein blend:

true nutrition vegan lean nutrition facts

As I said, it actually broke my nutrition score formula.

Originally, I did a bunch of research and created formulas based on the data I collected. At the time, it seemed like getting 80% of the calories from protein was the best it could get.

I was wrong...Vegan lean would have scored a 29 using my formula if I didn't cap it at 25. The ingredients list is very short:

Pea Protein Isolate, Rice Protein Concentrate, Flavoring (optional)

So if all you want is the most protein possible with the fewest calories, this is your best option.


#4: Canadian Protein All Natural Blend (Canada Only)

Best overall vegan protein powder in Canada

canadian protein packaging and rating

Flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla

This is one of a few protein powders that are only available to Canadians on this list. It's one of the best out of all the 21, and the best of any option for Canadians.

Taste

The taste is very good, no aftertaste at all. The only issue is that there's a bit of chalkiness, and the stevia is a bit overpowering.

Still, it's very easy to drink this every day, and it gets a deserved score of 20 out of 25 for taste.

Price

Once you convert prices to CAD (choose "Canada" in the country filter of the table), this protein powder becomes the #1 choice.

It is the most affordable option, even with the $9.99 shipping factored in for smaller orders.

If you order in bulk (11 lb size), you'll get the shipping for free and it becomes even cheaper.

Mixability

It mixes quite well overall, and had just 1 gram of clumps left during the mixing test. That equates to a great score of 22 out of 25 for mixing.

Protein content and nutrition

The protein content could be higher. It gets a score of 17, which is a tiny bit above average, based on this nutrition label:

The ingredient lists are pretty minimal:

  • Chocolate - Non-GMO Pea Protein Isolate, Organic Brown Rice Protein, Hemp Protein, Cocoa, Natural Flavours, Xanthan Gum, Stevia, Sea Salt.
  • Vanilla - Non-GMO Pea Protein Isolate, Organic Brown Rice Protein, Hemp Protein, Natural Flavours, Xanthan Gum, Stevia, Sea Salt.

Overall, I highly recommend any fellow Canadians reading this give this protein powder a try. I finished my 11 lb bag within 10 months, even while trying all these other powders as well.


#5: MRM Veggie Elite

mrm veggie elite packaging and rating

Flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, Mocha

MRM sells 2 different vegan protein powders, this one (veggie elite) was the best one by far.

Taste

Even though MRM Veggie Elite has a fairly strong overall score, the taste really held it back.

There were 2 huge issues, which is why it only scored 10 out of 25, which basically means that it's hard to drink (although possible).

First, it was quite chalky, and second, there was a significant bad aftertaste.

So while this product does well in the other categories, don't buy it and expect it to taste great.

Price

This is quite affordable, with a price score of 21, making it the 3rd cheapest powder on this list.

Mixability

This powder mixed perfectly, with no clumping whatsoever during the testing, so it received a perfect mixability score of 25.

Protein content and nutrition

Let's take a quick look at Veggie Elite's nutrition label:

MRM veggie elite nutrition label

Pluggin in 24 grams of protein for every 130 total calories into my formula gets a nutrition score of 21.

That's well above average, and another strong point of this product.

The ingredient list is also fairly simple:

Pea Protein Concentrate, Organic Brown Rice Protein Concentrate, Natural Chocolate Mocha Flavor, TreLEAFia™ (Stevia Leaf Extract, Trehalose, and Monk Fruit Extract), Gum Blend (Konjac Gum, Guar Gum, and Tara Gum), Salt, and Digest-All™ VP (a vegan enzyme blend).

Pay special attention to the enzyme blend at the end. If you're worried about stomach problems, this can decrease the chance that you'll run into any issues.

Overall, MRM Veggie Elite is a widely availble vegan protein powder that mixes great, is cheap, and has a good protein content. The only big drawback is the taste is not good, but only you can decide how much that matters to you.


#6: Vega Sport

plantfusion packaging and rating

Flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, Berry, Mocha

Vega Sport might be the easiest plant-based protein powder to find. It's in almost every vitamin store, as well as many grocery stores and pharmacies.

Taste

The taste of Vega Sport is great. I've tried multiple flavors and they were all good (I liked mocha the best, despite not being a coffee drinker).

It only gets a taste score of 20 (which is still quite good) because the texture is a bit chalky, and there's a small aftertaste.

I think most people will enjoy the shake as a whole, which is why I gave it a 20 out of 25.

Price

If you've ever seen Vega products in stores, you know that they aren't the cheapest.

Vega Sport ended up having a price score of 11.5 (rounded up to 12), which means that it's more expensive than average. However, it's still quite a bit from the most expensive.

Mixability

Vega Sport mixes reasonably well, with 2 grams of chunks at the end of the mixing test procedure.

That being said, some "chunks" in shakes taste worse than others, and these ones didn't have a big negative effect on taste in my experience.

Protein content and nutrition

Vega Sport is one of few proteins to get a perfect 25 for a nutrition score.

There are 30 grams of protein (120 calories) out of a 150 calorie serving.

There's nothing that stands out too much in the ingredients list in a good or bad way:

Pea protein, Cocoa powder, Pumpkin seed protein, Organic sunflower seed protein, Alfalfa protein, Tart cherry, Probiotics (Bacillus coagulans [provides 1 billion cfu/serving]), Bromelain, Turmeric extract, Black Pepper extract. Contains less than 2% of: Beetroot powder (for color), Sea salt, Natural Mocha flavors, Natural vanilla flavor, Natural chocolate flavor, Stevia extract, Xanthan gum.

The bulk of the protein is pea protein, but there's a bit of pumpkin, sunflower, and alfalfa protein included for amino acid diversity.

Overall, Vega Sport tastes really good, has a great protein content, and mixes really well. If price is not a big issue for you, I highly recommend it.


#7: Vega Protein and Greens

vega protein and greens packaging and rating

Flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla, Berry, Coconut Almond, Unflavored, Tropical

Vega Protein and Greens is a product targeted more towards the general population looking for extra protein rather than athletes.

It has the same overall score as Vega Sport. The big difference is that it's cheaper and has some extra vitamins and minerals, but it has a lower protein content.

Taste

I've only tried chocolate for this protein powder, but it was very good.

It had an almost milkshake-like texture, thicker than most other shakes.

The main issue is that the texture is a bit chalky, but not enough to stop you from enjoying it. So it scored 20 out of 25, which is above average.

Price

Vega Protein and Greens only comes in small sizes. The biggest one is just 1.79 lbs.

Plugging in the price per 100 grams, it got a "price score" of 16.7. This is slightly above average.

It's not cheap or expensive, but for a Vega product it's as affordable as it gets.

Mixability

This powder mixes very well. There was only a single gram of remnants during the test, getting a score of 22 out of 25:

Vega protein and greens strainer picture

You'll barely taste any clumps if you mix it well.

Protein content and nutrition

As I said, the main trade-off compared to Vega Sport is the protein content. This product has 20 grams of protein per 120 total calories in a serving.

That works out to a nutrition score of 16.7, right around average again. That means that it has a good amount of protein, but there's quite a few products with more if that's what you care about the most.

One aspect of nutrition that isn't factored into the score are other vitamins and minerals. Protein and Greens also contains a decent amount of iron and vitamin A.

That's why this product has a unique ingredients list:

Pea Protein, Natural Flavors, Organic Alfalfa Grass Powder, Pea Starch, Brown Rice Protein, Hemp Protein, Sacha Inchi Protein, Spinach Powder, Broccoli Powder, Stevia Leaf Extract, Papain Powder, Organic Kale Powder, Xanthan Gum.

There's powder from a variety of leafy greens to add a bit of extra nutrition.

Overall, Vega Protein and Greens is a very well rounded shake with no big weak area. It's a good choice if you're not an athlete looking for every gram of protein they can get, and just want a nice shake that's affordable and mixes and tastes good.


#8: Leanfit Complete Green (Canada Only)

The best protein for athletes

leanfit packaging and rating

Flavor: Vanilla

This is another powder that's only available to Canadians, and you can even find it at Costco sometimes (it's hit and miss for me depending on location).

Taste

There's very little chalkiness of aftertaste.

It got a taste score of 22 because it's very good, but not quite perfect. The flavor is just a bit off and I think some will find it a bit on the sweet side.

Overall though, it's tied for the 2nd highest taste score.

Price

When you convert everything to CAD, Leanfit gets a price score of 18.4, which is a bit better than average.

Vegan protein is just more expensive in Canada, I'm not sure why.

Mixability

Leanfit mixes very well, and there was only 1 gram of clumps left after the mixing test, as you can see below.

Leanfit protein strainer

In most cases, you won't even taste them, and the shake has a nice smooth texture.

Protein content and nutrition

Leanfit has 19 grams of protein and 110 calories in a serving, which comes out to a nutrition score of 18.2. This means that its protein content is a little bit above average.

Finally, let's look at the ingredients list:

Vegan Fit Plant Protein Blend (Pea Protein, Hemp Protein, Flaxseed Powder, Brown Rice Protein, Chia Seed Protein), Inulin, Natural Vanilla Flavours, Monk Fruit Extract, Sea Salt, Protein Digestive Enzyme, Xantham Gum, Stevia (Leaf, Extract)

It has a diverse set of protein sources, which is good to get a balanced amino acid profile.

Additionally, it includes a digestive enzyme, which makes it a good choice if you have a sensitive stomach.

Overall, Leanfit is an affordable powder for Canadians that tastes really good and has a decent protein content. I'm happy to recommend it to Canadians, especially those with Costco memberships.


A Quick Note...

We're at the 9th of 21 protein powders, and this is the point where I stop enthusiastically recommending products. I think most people should stick to those top 8, except in specific situations.

I'm still going to go through a brief summary of each of the remaining protein powders for the sake of completeness.


#9: Naked Pea Protein

naked pea protein packaging and rating

Flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, Unflavored

Naked Pea is a protein powder from Naked Nutrition that is all about minimalism.

It had an overall score of 72, which is okay, but not great.

Taste

The biggest problem area of Naked Pea was the taste of its shakes.

In particular, there were 3 main issues:

  • Very chalky texture
  • Significant aftertaste
  • Can barely taste the chocolate flavor
Overall, you can drink it, but you'll have to work at it a bit. That's why it got a taste score of 10.

Price

Naked Pea gets a price score of 17.5, which is right around average for vegan protein powders.

Note that you can only buy the giant 5 lb tub in Canada. Americans can also buy the smaller tub.

Mixability

Naked Pea mixes pretty well, with 2 grams of clumps and a score of 19.

You taste them a bit, but it's not horrible by any means.

Protein content and nutrition

The protein content is excellent, with 27 grams of protein per 120 calorie serving.

It makes sense considering it's almost pure pea protein:

Ingredients: Yellow Pea Protein, Organic Coconut Sugar, Organic Cacao Powder

Overall, Naked Pea is a decent protein powder, other than the dreadful taste. I can't think of a situation where I'd recommend it over one of the top 8 unless it's the only one you have access to.


#10: Purely Inspired Organic Protein

Best organic vegan protein powder

purely inspired packaging and rating

Flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate

Purely Inspired is the highest rated overall organic vegan protein powder on this list.

Don't ask me why, but I haven't come across a great organic powder yet. This is your best bet if that's important to you.

Taste

There is a bit of an aftertaste, and quite a bit of chalkiness in these shakes. The flavor is also not great.

But, it is drinkable, which means that it gets a score of 15 here.

Price

This is the best thing about this powder. You can find Purely Inspired at Walmart, and it's pretty cheap as expected.

It gets a price score of 22 out of 25, which is the second highest overall behind NOW Sports.

Mixability

Purely Inspired also mixes quite well, with just 1 gram of clumps.

That ends up with a mixability score of 22 out of 25.

Protein content and nutrition

The protein content is on the low side compared to the rest of these powders. It has 20 grams of protein per 130 calories for an overall score of 14.

Not terrible, but not great.

But if you are really interested in Purely Inspired because it's organic, you probably care more about the ingredients list:

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.

All ingredients are organic, and it has a digestive enzyme and probiotic blend, which may help it digest better.

Additionally, there's a decent amount of vitamins and minerals (iron in particular).

Bottom line, this is the best organic vegan protein powder that I tried. The price and mixability are great, but the taste isn't too good. If you're looking for a general health organic vegan powder for cheap, it's a decent option.


#11: True Nutrition Vegan Optimizer

true nutrition vegan optimizer packaging and rating

This is the second pre-made vegan protein powder that True Nutrition offers.

Vegan Lean being the other one, which was rated right near the top of this list.

Taste

Again, you can choose from several flavors, as well as different flavor intensities.

I can only judge it based on the flavor I ordered, which was chocolate fudge protein.

It was a bit better than average, but not great.

It had an almost jello-like texture, and the flavor was a bit off. However, there was no aftertaste, and very little chalkiness. I ended up scoring it as an 18 out of 25.

Price

Using the price off Amazon for this pre-made powder, which can be more expensive than ordering off their site (but more consistent), Vegan Optimizer scores a price score of 14.

This means that it's a bit more expensive than average, but not by a ton.

Mixability

This did not mix well, there were 4 grams of clumps filtered out:

True Nutrition - Vegan Protein Optimizer strainer

That comes out to a mixability score of 12, which is significantly worse than average.

You will notice the clumps unless you use a blender, and they will bring down the taste further.

Protein content and nutrition

Just like Vegan Lean, Vegan Optimizer has a great protein content. It gets a score of 24.15.

The ingredients list is very short and only consists of protein:

Gemma Pea Protein, Rice Protein Concentrate, Hemp Protein.

In summary, True Nutrition's Vegan Optimizer isn't the worst, but the taste and price aren't great, and it doesn't mix well. I don't see any reason to go for it over True Nutrition's Vegan Lean mix, which I loved.


#12: ON Gold Standard Plant

on gold packaging and rating

Flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate

ON is a super well-known supplements manufacturer, but they fell short with their first vegan protein powder according to my testing.

Taste

Instead of being chalky, which is common, this had a "grainy" texture. The bigger issue is that there's a significant aftertaste.

Between those 2 reasons, it was drinkable, but not really enjoyable, which is why it scored 15 in this category.

Price

ON Gold Standard Plant isn't cheap. It gets a score of 13 out of 25, indicating that it's on the expensive side.

Mixability

The powder does mix well, getting a score of 22 from a single gram of clumps.

Protein content and nutrition

Finally, each serving has 150 calories, and 24 grams of protein.

This ends up being a nutrition score of 15, which is right around average when it comes to protein content.

This is another powder that consists of all organic 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.

A long list, but nothing bad stands out, and it has a diverse set of protein sources.

To sum things up, ON Gold Standard Plant is a very mediocre vegan protein powder. It's about average in every category. It's worth considering if you're set on an organic option or you love the brand, but even then there might be better options.


#13: Orgain Organic Powder

orgain packaging and rating

Flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla, Unflavored, Pumpkin Spice, Peanut Butter, Iced Matcha Latte

Here's another "decent" organic vegan protein powder.

Taste

Orgain shakes are quite chalky, and definitely have an aftertaste. But, they were still drinkable without too much struggle, so this powder received a taste score of 15.

Price

With a price score of 16.2, Orgain is right about average, not cheap or expensive relative to other options.

Mixability

This is the best aspect of orgain, as it mixes perfectly, getting a mixability score of 25.

Protein content and nutrition

Orgain has a very low protein content for a protein shake. Only 84 of 160 calories per serving come from protein.

It gets a nutrition score of 7.8, which means that it has less protein per calorie than almost all the products on this list.

But you may still be interested in it for the ingredients list, which is all organic:

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

Overall, Orgain is a decent organic powder that mixes well. But it's protein content is low, the taste isn't good, and the price isn't cheap either. It's not worth trying in most situations.


#14: Sunwarrior Raw Warrior Blend

sunwarrior packaging and rating

Flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, Mocha, Berry, Unflavored

I don't think Sunwarrior is an amazing protein powder, but, it's the best "raw" vegan protein powder you'll find.

Taste

The taste was not bad here, although there's a bit of an initial dark chocolate aftertaste.

Once you get used to it after a few sips, it's almost enjoyable, which is why I chose to give it a score of 17. One of the few that I scored in-between the intervals of 5 because I was conflicted.

Price

Just by being a "raw organic" protein powder, you know it's not going to be cheap.

It gets a price score of 10.2, meaning that it's on the expensive side, but not the most expensive

Mixability

During the mixability test, there were 3 grams of clumps. This results in a mixability score of 16, which is right about average for all the powders.

You'll definitely taste some chunks, but it won't be overwhelming.

Protein content and nutrition

With 18 grams of protein and 100 calories, that comes out to a nutrition score of 21, which is actually very good.

Here's the ingredients list, although there's nothing too special in it:

Sunwarrior Proprietary Protein Blend (Raw Organic Pea Protein, Raw Organic Hemp Seed Protein, Organic Goji Berry), Raw Organic Cocoa, Organic Chocolate Flavour, Organic Guar Gum, Sea Sale, Organic Stevia, Organic Whole Ground Coconut

Overall, Sunwarrior Raw Organic Warrior Blend is probably the only raw vegan protein powder you'll find. It is drinkable and the protein content is good, so if that's what you're looking for, it could be a good option to try.


#15: Naturade VeganSmart

vegansmart packaging and rating

Flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla, Wild berries, Chai

VeganSmart is a protein shake, but it's also trying to be a general health shake, which is part of the reason it doesn't score so well overall.

Taste

There isn't much chalkiness in the texture, and the flavor is pretty good as well. But there is a significant aftertaste.

This was one that could have gone anywhere from 15 to 20, but at the time I felt it was much closer to 15 when I assigned the taste rating.

Price

The cost of VeganSmart is right about average with a pricing score of 16.

It's far from the most expensive, but many are cheaper as well.

Mixability

This was easy, because it mixed perfectly, getting a perfect score of 25.

Protein content and nutrition

This is the biggest issue with this product.

VeganSmart gets a nutrition score of 6 out of 25, meaning that it has less protein per calorie than almost any other protein powder on this page.

But there are some interesting ingredients to note:

  • Complete Protein Blend - Pea Protein Isolate, Quinoa Protein, Chia Protein, Potato Protein, Chlorella Protein
  • Fiber & Omega Blend - Inulin, Flax Seed Powder, Bamboo Fiber, Pea Fiber, Apple Fruit Fiber, Borage Oil
  • Vegan Energy Blend - Organic Cane Sugar, Sunflower Oil, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Organic Rice Syrup Solids
  • Whole Food Complex - Apricot, Mango, Raspberry, Carrot Root, Pineapple, Broccoli, Cabbage Leaf, Beet Root, Spinach Leaf
  • Digestive Enzyme Blend - Bromelain, Protease, Amylase, Lipase
  • Prebiotics - Aloe Vera Inner Leaf
  • Other - Natural Flavors, Organic Stevia, Xanthan Gum

There are a ton of ingredients that really make VeganSmart more of a general health shake than a protein shake for athletes.

If that's what you're looking for, it could be worth trying for you, with prebiotics, digestive enzymes, and a fiber blend that are all included to improve gut health.


#16: Bodylogix Vegan Protein

bodylogix packaging and rating

Flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate

This powder has potential, but mixes incredibly poorly. If you have a super good blender, you might want to consider it. But there's still usually a better choice in almost all situations.

Taste

It's common for a vegan protein powder to be a bit chalky, but this was a bit much. It's still drinkable, but takes a little work.

I debated scoring it a 10 initially, but after a little more comparison with the other proteins that I reviewed, decided 15 was fair.

Price

Bodylogix is quite affordable with a price score of 19.5.

Mixability

Here's the big issue. Take a look at my strainer:

Bodylogix small strainer

It ended up clogging my strainer. When all was said and done, there were 7 grams of remnants, which works out to a mixability score of 3. It's one of the worst protein powders here when it comes to mixing.

Protein content and nutrition

Bodylogix even has a decent protein content. There's 25 grams of protein and 140 calories in a serving, for a nutrition score of 20.

Here's the full ingredients list:

Vegan protein blend (yellow pea protein isolate, organic sprouted whole grain brown rice protein concentrate, organic hemp protein concentrate, potato protein isolate, chia protein), erythritol, evaporated cane juice, natural flavors, cellulose gum, xanthan gum, carrageenan, potassium chloride and stevia leaf extract.

As I said at the beginning, there are some nice aspects of Bodylogix, like the protein content and price, but the taste isn't good and there are plenty of better options.


#17: Kaizen Naturals (Canada Only)

kaizen packaging and rating

Flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate

Kaizen is another Canadian supplement company, and Kaizen Naturals is their plant-based protein powder.

Taste

The only real issue with the taste is that it's quite chalky, which made me feel it should score between 15-20. This was one of the earlier powders I tested and I gave it a sligtly generous 20.

Price

When you convert prices to CAD and use the Canadian pricing formula I developed, it gets a score of 20. That means that for Canadians, it's relatively cheap.

Mixability

The biggest issue with this powder is that it mixes horribly. I tested it multiple times and it averaged 9 grams of "clumps", resulting in a score of 3.125.

It's very close to the worst one, and if you did buy Kaizen, I highly recommend always using a blender.

Protein content and nutrition

The protein content is not bad, it gets a nutrition score of 17, which is slightly above average.

It has a diverse protein blend, and minimal other ingredients:

Plant protein blend (pea protein, organic pumpkin seed protein, sprouted whole grain brown rice protein, chia seed protein, organic sprouted quinoa), Inulin, Natural flavours, Dutch cocoa powder, Stevia leaf extract, Xanthan gum, Tapioca, Sunflower oil, Sunflower lecithin, Sea salt.

Overall, Kaizen is a relatively cheap protein for Canadians with a good protein content. But it mixes terribly and I've already gone over other Canadian options that are almost always better.


#18: Garden of Life Raw Fit

Best for weight gain

raw fit packaging and rating

Flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, Unflavored, Coffee

This is the second of very few "raw" vegan protein powders you'll find.

Taste

For a raw, organic protein powder, this actually tasted decent. It got a score of 15, which basically means that it's "drinkable".

The texture is frothy, but also quite chalky. There's also a significant chalky aftertaste.

Price

With a price score of 16, Raw Fit is right about average when it comes to cost. However, organic products usually cost more, so it's a pretty good price.

Mixability

With such a chalky texture, it's no surprise that this powder does not mix well.

There were 6 grams of clumps left in my strainer, which equates to a poor score of 6 out of 25.

raw fit strainer

Protein content and nutrition

There's 28 grams of protein and 170 calories per serving in Garden of Life Raw Fit, which puts it around average with a nutrition score of 16.

This is the highest amount of calories per serving, which is why it won the award of best vegan protein powder for weight gain. If that's all you care about, it's not a bad option.

Here's the full list of organic 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 Pumpkin Seed Sprout, Organic Sesame Sprout, Organic Svetol, Organic Ashwagandha, Raw Probiotic & Enzyme Blend

If you're set on an organic vegan protein powder, Raw Fit is an option, but I do think there are many better ones that we've already looked at.


#19: Iron Vegan Athlete's Blend (Canada Only)

iron vegan packaging and rating

Flavors: Natural Vanilla, Natural Chocolate, Unflavoured

I see this in every supplement store and many grocery stores that I walk into, and I'll never buy it again. I hope you see this and save your money.

Taste

I was able to finish this shake, but it was a struggle and took a long time. I can't imagine drinking it on a regular basis.

The texture was almost slimy, and the flavor was just off. It was a chore to drink and that's why it got a taste score of 5.

Price

It's quite an expensive protein powder, getting a price score of 7.

Mixability

Thankfully it at least mixes well, there were only 2 grams of clumps, giving it a decent mixability score of 19.

Protein content and nutrition

There are 30 grams of protein and 190 calories overall. That results in a nutrition score of 14, meaning that its protein content per calorie is a bit less than average.

The one thing I really do like about it is that it uses fair trade cocoa:

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.

It's expensive, the protein content is mediocre, and is tastes terrible. I don't recommend Iron Vegan Athlete's Blend unless you have no other options.


#20: MRM Veggie Protein

mrm veggie protein packaging and rating

Flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla, Unflavored, Cinnamon Bun

The first MRM Vegan protein I reviewed ranked pretty well, but this one was disappointing.

Taste

I can drink pretty much any protein shake...but not this one.

It was super chalky and the aftertaste was unbearable. You'd have to pay me a lot of money to drink this again. Unfortunately I think the rest of the tub is going straight into the bin.

Price

It is pretty cheap, with a price score of 20.5.

Mixability

The mixability is the worst of all the protein powders I tested. I bought a bigger strainer because it clogged my small one, and then it clogged that one as well.

There was literally 45 grams of clumps leftover during the test:

That is an easy score of 0 here.

Protein content and nutrition

MRM veggie has a nutrition score of 12, meaning that its protein content is lower than average.

MRM Veggie Elite is a pretty good protein powder, but this other MRM protein is just terrible - do yourself a favor and don't buy it.


#21: Vega One All-in-one

vega all in one packaging and rating

Flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate, Berry, Unflavored, Vanilla Chai

Last and least is Vega One All-in-one, which is a nutrition shake that happens to have a decent amount of protein in it. It might have been unfair to include it on this list since it's not a pure "protein powder".

Taste

This was one of 2 shakes I could not finish. That says a lot.

It was extremely grainy, with a strong aftertaste and bad flavor. I like every other Vega product, so I'm not sure why this one was so bad.

Price

This is a very expensive powder, with a price score of 5.

Mixability

It also mixes poorly, with 6 grams of remnants and a score of 6 as well.

Protein content and nutrition

With 20 grams of protein and 170 calories, it gets a nutrition score of 4 because it has much less protein per calorie than most shakes.

There are some vitamins and minerals included thanks to some ingredients:

Pea Protein, Whole Flaxseed (Micro-Milled), Cocoa Powder, Organic Acacia Gum (Naturally Occurring Fiber), Saviseed (Sacha inchi) Protein, Organic Gelatinized Maca Root, Organic Broccoli, Organic Spirulina, Organic Kale, Organic Marine Algae Calcium, Fruit.

Overall, I'm a fan of Vega, but not this product. I'd recommend any other vegan protein powder over it.

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