Get your plant-based protein fix with one of the best vegan protein powders you can buy. 

According to The Vegan Society, interest in ‘veganism’ increased sevenfold in the five years between 2014 and 2019. In the last count by the non-profit organisation, there were 600,000 vegans living in the UK.

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If you’re new to eating plant-based, the most common question you’re likely to get asked is where you get your protein from. The answer is simple: you can get all the protein you need from a well-planned diet that includes lots of plant-based sources like tofu, beans, lentils, seeds and spinach.

That said, vegan protein powders can make sure you’re getting enough protein, especially if you’re keeping fit and gaining muscle. Here, we’ve found a handful of the best to whizz into your smoothies.

Top vegan protein powders

1. Form Nutrition Performance powder

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Protein powders have a bit of a bad reputation for being chalky and unpalatable. This post-workout powder is incredibly smooth and doesn’t add that tell-tale unsavoury taste to your shakes. It’s made with brown rice and hemp protein, delivering 30g of protein with each serving. The British Nutrition Foundation advise the RNI for adults is 0.75g of protein per kilogram bodyweight, per day.

What we love about this powder is that it’s combined with curcumin, a powerful anti-inflammatory found in turmeric, which is thought to increase muscle growth and reduce exercise fatigue. The vanilla flavour mixes really well with oat milk, bananas and peanut butter. It also comes in a tasty Tiramisu flavour too.

Form Performance Protein - Vegan Protein Powder - Complete Amino Acid Profile with BCAAs and...
  • 30g of Vegan Protein per Serving From Organic Pea Protein with Brown Rice and Hemp Protein
  • 5g BCAAs and 5g Glutamine and Digestive Enzymes
  • Curcumin and Black Pepper Extract, Proven Anti-Inflammatory to Help You Recover Quicker and Get Back to Training Faster

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2. Innermost Health Protein, Chocolate flavour, £29.95 for 600g 

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This chocolatey post-workout treat should ideally be taken within 45 minutes of exercise, or you can sip it as a daily drink to help top-up your protein intake. As a result of its sweet flavour, it lends itself well to baking, and you can add it into cake recipes and chilled protein balls.

Innermost says they’ve specifically blended their pea protein with brown rice protein, as it contains all nine essential amino acids. A complete protein is one that has all of the essential amino acids, which can be tricky for vegans to find.

We also like that they’ve added adaptogenic ingredients into the mix, like Japanese medicinal mushrooms shiitake, maitake, reishi and cordyceps. Adaptogens are known for their ability to help the body and brain to fight stress.

3. Bulk Vegan Protein Powder, Unflavoured, £15.99 for 500g (bulk.com)

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This smooth and silky powder uses pea protein, brown rice protein, pumpkin protein, flaxseed powder and quinoa flour to deliver 23 grams of protein per serving. As it’s unflavoured, it’s really versatile and can be added to pancakes, porridge and overnight oats, as well as veggie-packed protein shakes.

It’s free from soya, dairy, gluten and any nasty additives, so it’s a great option for anyone with dietary requirements.

Bulk Soya Protein Isolate Powder, Vegan Protein Shake, Unflavoured, 1 kg, Packaging May Vary
  • Premium, high quality Soya Protein from a leading sports nutrition brand
  • A high quality source of protein for vegans and vegetarians.
  • Natural occuring over 5g Glutamic Acid and 2g Arginine per serving

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4. No1jrish Pure Vegan Plant Protein, Salted Caramel, £24.99 for 525g

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There’s a generous 24.4 grams of protein per scoop of this powder, which uses a combination of pea, pumpkin and hemp protein.

The powder also includes 32% of your recommended daily intake of B12, a vitamin that’s only naturally found in animal products. B12 is an important nutrient that helps to regulate the nervous system and make DNA. 

Even though it’s salted caramel flavour, there’s less than a gram of sugar per serving in the powder, so you can satiate your sweet tooth without an energy spike and crash. 

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