Vegan Vanilla Protein Powder Review

Review of vegan protein powders

*Updated 5/16/18

My search for the perfect vegan protein powder has been a complicated one, meaning, I have never been able to find one I truly like (until now).

Despite this, I kept hearing recommendations from friends and readers about their favorite brands so I knew there was more out there to explore.

So, I decided to do a formal, side-by-side review of some of the most popular vegan protein powders on the market to see which ones delivered and which ones weren’t worth the hype (so you don’t have to!).

I started with vanilla protein powders because it’s what I’ve been reaching for as of late and they seem to be the most versatile (and decent tasting) option for adding to most smoothies.

I’ve also now reviewed Vegan Chocolate Protein Powders and Vegan Flavored Protein Powders.

The Ground Rules //

  • I tested 13 protein powders, and only ordered protein powders I could find on Amazon because a) they are most accessible to people, and b) and usually have the best prices.
  • This review is not sponsored in any way and I was not given free product or compensated for any of my reviews. I had no contact with any of these brands.
  • I had tried a handful of the powders before this review (in my own searching) and tried to remain as unbiased and objective as possible when reviewing.
  • When testing the powders in almond milk, I used Califia unsweetened plain almond milk. I mixed 1/3 cup (80 ml) almond milk with 1 Tbsp protein powder in a mason jar with 2 ice cubes then shook vigorously for 30 seconds.
  • When testing in a smoothie, I used my Ginger Colada Green Smoothie and omitted lime juice to control bitterness. I mixed 1/3 cup (80 ml) smoothie with 1 Tbsp protein powder in a mason jar then shook vigorously for 30 seconds.
  • I graded the protein powders on a scale of 1-5 (1 being poor, 5 being excellent) on:
    • Texture
    • Sweetness
    • Overall flavor
    • How well it mixes with almond milk
    • How well it mixes with a smoothie
  • For consumer awareness, I also examined:
    • Type of protein base (i.e. brown rice, pea, hemp)
    • Quality of ingredients (i.e. organic, non-GMO etc.)
    • Total # of ingredients
    • Grams protein / serving
    • Additional claims/perks (i.e. probiotics, greens, added fiber)
    • If I would repurchase

The Review //

Aloha vegan vanilla protein powder review

Aloha Protein

Texture: 1 – gritty + flecks (almost resembled flax seed)
Sweetness: 5 – perfectly sweet
Overall flavor: 3 – pretty decent – a little chalky
How well blended with almond milk: 2 – gritty + flecks, but mixed – didn’t stay mixed
How well blended with smoothie: 2 – little gritty
Protein base: Pea, Pumpkin Seed, Hemp
Quality of ingredients: Organic
Total # ingredients: 13
Protein / serving: 18g/packet (37g)
Other perks/claims: Promotes muscle formation + healthy metabolism, and boosts energy

Overall score: 13
Overall impressions: If the texture was less gritty I’d like this one more. The ingredients are high quality and the flavor and sweetness are actually pretty good. But it’s highly detectable in both almond milk and smoothies because of the texture.
Would I repurchase? No.

Bob's Red Mill vegan vanilla protein powder review

Bob’s Red Mill Vanilla Protein Powder

Texture: 4 – overall good, little gritty, chia seeds throughout
Sweetness: 4 – nice amount of sweetness, borderline too sweet
Overall flavor: 4 – nice vanilla flavor, overall pleasant, maybe a little overpowering on its own
How well blended with almond milk: 4 – mixed well, but chia seeds sank as to be expected
How well blended with smoothie: 5 – blends well even with chia seeds
Protein base: Pea
Quality of ingredients: Non-organic
Total # ingredients: 7
Protein / serving: 20g/ 1/3 cup (45g)
Other perks/claims: Chia, probiotics, high in iron, serving of Omega-3s, sweetened with monk fruit

Overall score: 21
Overall impressions: This was my favorite! The flavor is so pleasant, the sweetness and texture spot on, and it blends so well into both milk and smoothies. It makes smoothies taste better rather than worse – the only of its kind! Plus, I love the chia seeds – they’re a fun and healthy addition.
Would I repurchase? Yes.

Garden of Life vegan vanilla protein powder review

Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein

Texture: 3 – little chalky, not much grit
Sweetness: 4 – not too sweet
Overall flavor: 3.5 – Overall good, good amount of vanilla yet neutral, would pair well with most smoothies
How well blended with almond milk: 5 – mixed well, stayed mixed
How well blended with smoothie: 5 – blends completely
Protein base: Pea, Brown Rice, Amaranth Sprout, Buckwheat
Quality of ingredients: Organic
Total # ingredients: 34 (22 without probiotic & enzyme blend ingredients)
Protein / serving: 22 g/packet (31g)
Other perks/claims: Probiotics & Enzymes / Soy Free

Overall score: 20.5
Overall impressions: This is one of my favorites! The texture is spot on, the flavor is neutral, and the sweetness is perfectly balanced. I’ve had success mixing it with a lot of different types of smoothies.
Would I repurchase? Yes.

Genuine health vegan vanilla protein powder review

Genuine Health Fermented Vegan Proteins +

Texture: 3 – mostly smooth, little grit, little chalky
Sweetness: 3 – little too sweet
Overall flavor: 3.5 – tiny bit chemically/bitter, nice vanilla flavor
How well blended with almond milk: 4 – mixed well, stayed pretty mixed, little chalky
How well blended with smoothie: 3.5 – blends well, little gritty
Protein base: Pea, Brown Rice, Hemp, Quinoa, Alfalfa, Spirulina, Mung Bean Sprouts
Quality of ingredients: Non GMO
Total # ingredients: 11
Protein / serving: 15g/packet (22.1g)
Other perks/claims: Fermented, assists digestion

Overall score: 17
Overall impressions: Overall good, but the flavor was a little off-putting.
Would I repurchase? This one is a toss up, but probably not.

Manitoba harvest vegan vanilla protein powder review

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro

Texture: 1 – chalky, gritty, unpleasant
Sweetness: 1 – not sweet at all
Overall flavor: 1 – unpleasant, not sweet, no vanilla
How well blended with almond milk: 1 – really bad – didn’t mix well
How well blended with smoothie: 1 – mixed poorly
Protein base: Hemp
Quality of ingredients: Organic
Total # ingredients: 3
Protein / serving: 9g/4 tbsp (30g)
Other perks/claims: N/A

Overall score: 5
Overall impressions: Despite having so few ingredients and the quality being high, I didn’t like the texture or flavor. This was my least favorite of the bunch.
Would I repurchase? No.

Naturade vegan vanilla protein powder review

Naturade Vegan Smart

Texture: 4 – pretty smooth, not too chalky, no grit
Sweetness: 3 – little too sweet
Overall flavor: 3 – nice vanilla flavor, but too sweet and an odd taste to it
How well blended with almond milk: 4 – smooth, not too chalky
How well blended with smoothie: 5 – blends completely
Protein base: Pea, Hemp, Chia, Potato, Chlorella
Quality of ingredients: N/A
Total # ingredients: 32
Protein / serving: 20g/2 scoops (43g)
Other perks/claims: Added vitamins, minerals, fiber, omega blend, prebiotics, digestive enzymes, fruits + veggies

Overall score: 19
Overall impressions: Loved the perks this one offered. Although the flavor wasn’t perfect, the sweetness and texture were spot on.
Would I repurchase? Yes.

Clean Lean Protein vanilla protein powder review

Nuzest Clean Lean Protein

Texture: 3 – a little chalky
Sweetness: 2 – not sweet at first, and then overly sweet
Overall flavor: 3 – heavy vanilla, a bit too sweet at the end
How well blended with almond milk: 3 – pretty well, stayed mixed, but chalky
How well blended with smoothie: 4 – blends well
Protein base: Pea
Quality of ingredients: Non GMO
Total # ingredients: 3
Protein / serving: 21g/2 scoops (25g)
Other perks/claims: N/A

Overall score: 15
Overall impressions: I liked how few ingredients there were, but the sweetness can be too strong.
Would I repurchase? Yes.
UPDATE:*Since writing this post I’ve tried Nuzest again because I love how simple the ingredients are. I also recognized my body does well with pea protein powder. It has since become one of my new go-tos and I would definitely recommend giving it a try.

Orgain vegan vanilla protein powder review

Orgain Organic Meal

Texture: 2 – kinda chalky, kinda gritty
Sweetness: 4 – good on sweetness – not too much, not too little
Overall flavor: 1.5 – unpleasant, vanilla flavor OK, generally offputting, has an earthy flavor
How well blended with almond milk: 3 – pretty well, stayed mixed, little chalky
How well blended with smoothie: 3 – smooth with chunks
Protein base: Brown Rice, Pea, Chia
Quality of ingredients: Organic
Total # ingredients: 47
Protein / serving: 20g/2 scoops (57g)
Other perks/claims: Fiber, Fruit + Veg

Overall score: 13.5
Overall impressions: Impressive list of ingredients but the texture and flavor didn’t deliver.
Would I repurchase? No.

Plant fusion vegan vanilla protein powder review

PlantFusion Complete Plant Protein

Texture: 2 – mostly smooth, but chalky and kind of “slimy”
Sweetness: 1 – way too sweet
Overall flavor: 2 – way too sweet, good vanilla flavor, but bitter and chemically
How well blended with almond milk: 3 – stayed mixed, but thick and chalky
How well blended with smoothie: 4 – blends well
Protein base: Pea, Artichoke, Amaranth, Sprouted Quinoa
Quality of ingredients: Non GMO
Total # ingredients: 12
Protein / serving: 21g/1 scoop (30g)
Other perks/claims: Enzyme blend

Overall score: 12
Overall impressions: Texture was blendable, but a little tacky. The flavor was really off.
Would I repurchase? No.

Sunwarrior vegan vanilla protein powder review

SunWarrior Warrior Blend

Texture: 3 – mostly smooth, little chalky
Sweetness: 3 – neutral, sweetness is about right
Overall flavor: 1 – not good, bitter, weird tasting, off-putting
How well blended with almond milk: 3 – pretty well, stayed mixed, little chalky
How well blended with smoothie: 4 – blends well
Protein base: Pea, Hemp, Goji Berry
Quality of ingredients: Organic
Total # ingredients: 8
Protein / serving: 18g/scoop (25g)
Other perks/claims: N/A

Overall score: 14
Overall impressions: Texture was OK, but the flavor was really off.
Would I repurchase? No.

Vega One vegan vanilla protein powder review

Vega One All-in-One Nutritional Shake

Texture: 2.5 – little chalky, little gritty, not too smooth
Sweetness: 2 – too sweet, but not bitter
Overall flavor: 2 – unpleasant, bitter, strange, vanilla flavor is faint
How well blended with almond milk: 2 – didn’t stay mixed
How well blended with smoothie: 3 – kind of gritty
Protein base: Pea, Flaxseed, Hemp
Quality of ingredients: Non GMO
Total # ingredients: 35
Protein / serving: 20g/1 scoop (41g)
Other perks/claims: Added fruits & veggies

Overall score: 11.5
Overall impressions: Overall bad. Did not enjoy the flavor or texture.
Would I repurchase? No.

Vega protein and greens vanilla protein powder review

Vega Protein & Greens

Texture: 1 – little chalky, little grit, not smooth
Sweetness: 1 – way too sweet
Overall flavor: 2 – unpleasant, chemically, not a fan
How well blended with almond milk: 2 – had a hard time mixing thoroughly – some stuck to the bottom
How well blended with smoothie: 4 – blends well
Protein base: Pea, Hemp, Brown Rice
Quality of ingredients: Non GMO
Total # ingredients: 12
Protein / serving: 20g/1 scoop (30g)
Other perks/claims: 2 servings of greens

Overall score: 10
Overall impressions: Surprisingly unpleasant with poor texture, but high quality ingredients + perks.
Would I repurchase? No.

Vega Sport vegan vanilla protein powder review

Vega Sport Performance

Texture: 3 – mostly smooth, little chalky, little grit
Sweetness: 1 – way too sweet
Overall flavor: 3 – nice vanilla flavor, too sweet + overpowering
How well blended with almond milk: 3 – pretty well, stayed mixed, little chalky
How well blended with smoothie: 4 – blends well, little grit
Protein base: Pea, Pumpkin Seed, Sunflower Seed, Alfalfa
Quality of ingredients: Non GMO
Total # ingredients: 14
Protein / serving: 15g/.5 scoop (21g)
Other perks/claims: Probiotics, Turmeric

Overall score: 14
Overall impressions: Overall good, but way too sweet and the texture wasn’t completely smooth.
Would I repurchase? No.

Results //

Stack of protein powders as part of an extensive review of vegan protein powders

First place: Bob’s Red Mill Vanilla Protein Powder*
Second place: Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein
Third place: Naturade Vegan Smart
Fourth place: Genuine Health Fermented Greens
Fifth place: Nuzest Clean Lean Protein 
Tied for Sixth place: SunWarrior Blend + Vega Sport Performance
Seventh place: Orgain Organic Meal
Eighth place: Aloha Protein
Ninth place: Plantfusion Complete Plant Protein
Tenth place: Vega One Nutritional Shake
Eleventh place: Vega Proteins + Greens
Twelfth place: Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro

Conclusion //

I tried to be extremely honest in this review which is why it seems like a lot of the feedback was critical or negative. That’s because I honestly didn’t like many of them.

But the standouts are definitely the top 3, and my new go-to will definitely be Bob’s Red Mill Vanilla Protein – an unexpected favorite!

UPDATE:*Since writing this post I’ve tried Nuzest again because I love how simple the ingredients are. I also recognized my body does well with pea protein powder and few other add-ins. It has since become one of my new go-tos and I would definitely recommend giving it a try. I have also been enjoying Tropeaka, an Australia-based vegan protein powder with great ingredients and flavor.

Photos of protein powders tested as part of our unbiased vegan protein powders review

*Despite having a working relationship with Bob’s Red Mill in the past on Minimalist Baker (which has since been discontinued), my relationship with them had nothing to do with this positive review. I didn’t even know they had a vanilla protein powder before I did this review and had no communication with them about it. I was genuinely and pleasantly surprised with the results. This post is entirely unsponsored.

*This post contains affiliate links. In the case that you would purchase something using our link, we receive a small commission from Amazon which helps support our work here.

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  1. Keala says

    This is the most helpful article on protein powder i’ve ever read!! I have never found a protein powder that I liked the taste of-even in smoothies. I’ve tried various hemp and vega protein powders, and now that i’m training for a marathon I‘m looking for tasty ones to supplement. I’m definitely going to try the top 3-5! Thanks😄😄😄

  2. Thomas says

    You are an all star. I was looking for a review and this was truly perfect. Only thing you didn’t call out was the macros (which I know isn’t important to everyone). Thank you for doing this!

    • Danielle says

      When I went to order the Nutzest on Amazon I saw that recent reviewers said the recipe had changed. The result was more sweet and had higher sodium levels. Have you bought this since the recipe change and do you still recommend it? I am trying to find a protein powder that is easier for my stomach to digest and I was so excited to see your reviews! Thank you for putting such a well done post together for us.

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

        I haven’t! I haven’t used Nuzest often recently. My new favorites are Epic Protein (their vanilla lucuma) and Tropeaka (lean vanilla).

  3. Casey says

    Thanks for this post!!! I really don’t like any type of protein powder or bars or anything related and I’m also lactose intolerant but I need to maintain weight and a balanced nutrition to my body so I just ordered Nuzest!

  4. Marissa Mason says

    I know that it’s not on Amazon, but have you tried Compliment Protein Powder? I was thinking about trying it. I’ve tried most of the powders that you’ve sampled, but I didn’t know Bob’s Red Mill made protein powder, so I’ll have to get that. Thanks!

    • Joellen says

      I have tried it but the flavor and texture for me is just awful. Love NoMeatAthlete and wanted to support but this was an absolute no for me.I’ve got a whole bag of it after trying 3 times which will have to be trashed and it is extremely expensive. I have tried over 20 protein powders and that one was the worst. The upside maybe is if you are super committed to nothing in the powder and you yourself adding a bunch of ingredients to make a smoothie maybe it would cover that flavor, texture, chalkiness, and grittiness. I’m not sure. I don’t like 500 calorie smoothies (peanut butter, banana, fruits, chia, flavor, sweetener, etc all adds up to a really high calorie smoothie if you are not careful) and I only want to use greens and ice and almond milk in mine. With that – even adding frozen fruit I could not drink it.

      For me my favorite protein powder is from Australia from a company called Happy Way. I love their vegan protein! But it’s not for everyone as it is only available via shipping.

  5. Tia says

    Thank you so much for this post!! I’ve been struggling over the decision about which protein powder to buy and your review helped make up my mind. I saw that you added in a comment about Nuzest. Would you recommend them over Bob’s Red Mill at this point? I struggle with stomach issues and need something easy to digest.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Tia, it’s hard to know which you might tolerate better! But Nuzest tends to be easier to tolerate for us.

  6. Dana J Von Seggern says

    Have you tried the unflavored version of the Bob’s Mill Protein Powder? I don’t like protein powder because it’s usually chocolate or vanilla…I have an unflavored one but it has a faint cheese taste and that is NOT appetizing in a sweet smoothie. I start drinking it and I’m looking or ok, ok pretty good and then it hits me, CHEESE NO……but I will gladly by your guinea pig ??
    I am going to order the unflavored protein you recommend and I will let you know how it goes!

      • Cheryl says

        It seems very clean, ingredient-wise. I haven’t tried it either. But, since you’ve tried so many, it would be good to get your review on this one compared to others.

    • Stephanie Fairfield says

      I LOVE that you did this! I would be curious of your opinion on Sprout Living protein powder. I don’t know where you’re located, but if you are in the US, they will ship to you, but if you’re in Canada, then they do have some retailers, however if you reach out to them they may ship to you. I also found their product at natures fare. I have a hard time understanding health benefits, and a very difficult time finding a good protein powder. The flavour of their vanilla one, on its own isn’t very yummy, but chocolate maca is good!

  7. Camille says

    This is so interesting! The funny thing to me is that I actually like the Manitoba Harvest one, I like that it’s not sweet because other protein powders I’ve tried have been like overly sweet, and for some reason I like it’s weird texture in smoothies. I have to be honest though and say I haven’t used it in maybe 2 years just because my neighborhood store stopped carrying it and I never got around to ordering it online. I don’t know if they have changed their formula at all since I used to use it. But I definitely want to try the Bobs Red Mill one because I think they do carry that at my store. Thanks for the reviews!

  8. MIchelle says

    I am allergic to all beans/Legumes
    Can anyone recommend a protein powder? I work out 5 days a week and need to protein shake

  9. Lisa says

    Thank you for this!! My challenge is that I can’t have any Pea (Also known fact, Pea Protein is one of the hardest plant proteins to digest) so I’m always looking for options without a pea protein base. Hard to find one that tastes decent. So for now, I’m on the Unflavoured Hemp Yeah Protein. Its definitely taste that takes getting used to!

  10. Rose says

    I have been thinking about trying this brand called tone it up because they have a coconut flavored protein but it’s kind of risky to buy a whole new container so let me know if you have ever tried that!

  11. Valerie says

    I have also discovered recently that pea protein doesn’t sit well with me (confirmed with a food sensitivity test). Are there any vegan shakes out there without pea protein as the base? I saw that you tied a hemp one that was awful. Any other vegan options?

  12. Stacey says

    Thank you for this thorough review. I appreciate all the time you put into your work. Did I see a recipe for a homemade protein powder on your site? I looked but could not find one.

  13. Diana Luangphone says

    Have you tried Care/of protein powder? There is a website called, where you take a small survey that personalized product that works best for your body. They have options for vegan when taking their survey. I have Care/of vegan protein powder of my own and it would be wonderful if you part-take your honest opinion on this protein powder.

    Thank you for in-depth tastings and breakdowns on each of the protein powder! I am 4 months in on my vegan journey and I am new on finding that perfect protein powder for my morning smoothie for breakfast and for my workout days.

  14. Clarissa says

    Thank you for the list – this was very helpful! I really enjoy the Bob’s Red Mill brand. My only hesitation is the monk fruit. I’ve been burnt before with the saccharine-y sweetness of some monk fruit-sweetened things. I used to buy Vega One on occasion but it was just too sweet in the end. Do you find the monk fruit in the Bob’s Red Mill brand to have that ‘fake-sweet’ taste?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      It is sweet but not overly so. Also check out Tropeaka Lean Vanilla protein! It’s our new go-to.

  15. Brande Plotnick says

    Thank you for this! I’m going to try Bob’s Red Mill. I’ve been using Garden of Life which I really like, but I’ve discovered they have been bought out by Nestle (satan). The co-op that I buy from is very socially conscious and they’ve stopped carrying all GoL products, which I respect. I’m on the lookout for a new product because I don’t knowingly buy anything from Nestle.

  16. Michelle says

    Thanks so much for sharing! I’ve been on the hunt for a good vegan protein so definitely going to give the Bob’s Mill a try. Have you tried baking with any of these??

  17. Danielle Johnson says

    I’m very picky with protein powders and can’t stand any of the ones that are gritty or chalky. The best one I’ve found thus far is Tone It Up which is sold at Target. It’s vegan and uses monk fruit for sweetener, but isn’t too sweet. I really like their chocolate flavor and it’s great in pancakes and muffins. You should try it!

  18. Craig says

    I realize you shopped Amazon so everyone could have access. But, if there is a Trader Joe’s nearby or can order from them –try their pea protein. I use plain and the taste disappears and it blends very smooth in a smoothie. Great price, also.

  19. Lena says

    Thank you for thoughtful review! I was wondering what your thoughts were on “natural flavors”… I use the Garden of Life meal replacement without stevia because I’m sensitive to stevia. However, I have found that it some “natural flavors” and 6g of sugar…what do you think about that breakdown?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      We try to avoid natural flavors as much as possible. Someone recently shared how many undesirable ingredients can be hidden under that term. The sugar is totally your call. We are OK with stevia so that doesn’t bother us much!

      • Morris Family says

        You avoid natural flavors but you’d rate a product #1 that’s not organic? Even if it tasted like a milkshake from Dairy Queen doesn’t negate the fact there could be pesticides all over the product.

  20. Whitney says

    This article was exactly what I was looking for! Vegan protein powders aren’t cheap, thanks for trying them all so I don’t have to!

  21. Rachelle says

    Wow, thank you for such a thorough review. I am new to veganism and just stared looking for some things to supplement my protein intake, especially when doing heavy workouts. I just tried the chocolate Orgain this morning and I agree with you about the chalkiness. I’ll give your top three a try.

    • Aneta says

      Very helpful! Thanks. So given the two, new items you mentioned in your update; would you still rank Bob’s Red Mill as your favorite, and, did you find out what their “natural flavors” actually are in their product? Also – I would love to know your rating on the sweetness and grittiness for Tropeaka. Thanks in advance!!

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Aneta! We do still like the Bob’s brand, but our new favorite is Tropeaka lean vanilla protein. It’s not too sweet and is very smooth! xo

  22. Julie says

    Including ‘consumer awareness’ was most helpful to me. Im going to try your least favorite (Maitoba Harvest Hemp) only because its exactly what I am looking for in regards to protein base, # and quality of ingredients. Thanks so much for the reviews!

  23. Sara says

    Hey! Super helpful, so thank you. I love nuzest,but want to try Topeka (spelling). Anyway, found your comment about not working with bobsredmill interesting…any reasoning? I have not been buying after lack of confirmation from the company regarding safety of their prods for c eliacs.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Oh, not at all! We just don’t do sponsored work anymore. They’re a lovely, reputable company in our experience.

  24. Jackie H says

    This was exactly what I was looking for! Thanks for the detailed notes, mixing, textures, and accessibility. This was thoughtful through and through. I’ll have to review my top favorites for the essential amino acid delivery. Thanks!

  25. Rebecca Green says

    This is incredibly helpful! Just wanted to say thank you for creating this content. I love every recipe I’ve ever tried from you – long time fan. <3

  26. Steve says

    Curious why you tried the Orgain Meal Replacement powder, and not the more mainstream Orgain Organic Protein Powder (so it’s an apples to apples comparison with all the others)?

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Debby, we’re so glad you enjoyed reading it! We mixed 1/3 cup non-dairy milk with 1 Tbsp protein powder in a mason jar with 2 ice cubes then shook vigorously for 30 seconds. Hope that helps!

  27. Keri says

    Thanks so much for doing all that work! I totally went to Bob’s Red Mill an it isn’t too bad. I would have never tried it if I hadn’t read your review. I need to tweak it a little bit but overall, it was pretty good.

  28. Ann says

    Thank you for taking the time to review these protein powders and for preparing them all the same way for a true comparison. I really appreciate it and I plan to try the Bob’s Red Mill ?

  29. Sue Ellen says

    Hi Dana,
    Thanks for the review. I too, have been searching for the ‘perfect’ vegan protein powder. My concern is also the purity of the ingredients. Have you heard or read about the ‘junk’ (i.e. glass, plastic, etc) other debris in these powders? Specifically the manufacturing process has me a bit concerned.
    I’d appreciate your thoughts?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sue Ellen, thanks for sharing the concern! We are familiar with some of the testing out there on protein powders- more so in regard to heavy metals, not debris. Unfortunately not all of the brands out there have been tested so it is hard to know whether this is a problem with protein powders in general or specific brands. Thanks again!

  30. Tish says

    Wow,Dana!!! Thanks SO MUCH for doing this research! I’ve recently discovered how sensitive I am to milk and have tried two of the veg proteins you did and totally agree with your low scores! I definitely will be trying the ones you gave top scores! Thanks for saving me from trying all of these on my own!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Nat, we tested all the brands back-to-back on the same day so it would be difficult to decipher whether any led to digestive symptoms. In our chocolate and flavored protein powder reviews, we did our best to find brands without sugar alcohols or oligosaccharides since those are more likely to contribute to digestive upset. Hope that helps!

  31. Kelly says

    PLEASE do not purchase Garden of Life. I think that somebody posted the link in another comment, but there is a site called The Clean Label Project that tests and ranks food and Garden of Life is in the bottom 5 for containing industrial and environmental contaminants and being the least nutritional. I implore you to remove them from your list and warn your readers about the potential danger they may be putting themselves and their families in by consuming that protein powder.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Kelly, thanks for sharing the concern and we will take that into consideration! We are familiar with some of the testing out there on protein powders. Unfortunately not all of the brands out there have been tested so it is hard to know whether this is a problem with protein powders in general or specific brands. Thanks again!

      • Deb says

        ugh ?I just saw your review. unfortunately i saw it too late after purchasing my protein powder and looks like the one i bought is one you tested and said NO too that you would not repurchase . I do not understand tho because it was rated with high reviews as one of the top protein powders and high review . This is what I bought Organic Plant-Based Vegan Protein – Creamy Chocolate Fudge :-( why is it you don’t like this one ?

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi Deb, we have only tried the vanilla, not chocolate flavor from Orgain. Let us know if you give it a try!

        • Jesse says

          I personally love the chocolate fudge orgain one, it’s my favorite chocolate protein powder I use almost daily :) it takes a little effort to mix with water/plant milk, but otherwise I love it!

  32. Donna Morello says

    Hi Dana……
    LOVE your recipes. You are most definitely my go-to for vegan recipes that I know will be delicious:)
    I just decided to start adding protein powder into my diet. In doing my research, I came across some important information regarding pea protein. I am not sure you are aware of it, but always make sure it is organic. If not, there is an ingredient used to get the pea into the mixture that is actually used in roofing glue! Sadly, the FDA is not regulating it. And, yes it is dangerous.
    Please do your own research, but I just wanted to give you you a heads-up.
    Thanks for all the AMAZING recipes.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      It’s gone to good use! We donated any we didn’t want and used the brands we loved!

    • Meg says

      Any tips for a vegan protein powder without Stevia? I am having the hardest time finding one without fake sugar. I can’t stand it overly sweet fake taste.

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Meg, the Bob’s Red Mill one does not contain stevia. It is sweetened with sugar and monk fruit so it has less of a fake sweet taste than some of the others. Otherwise, maybe try an unsweetened one and add your favorite sweetener to taste. Hope that helps!

  33. Darlin says

    Thank you for this review, it was so helpful when I started searching for vegan proteins and immediately felt overwhelmed by all the choices.

  34. Micah says

    Hi there,
    Thanks for these reviews, really helpful! I was wondering if you could please add detail about the cost? Value for money is an important factor for many when choosing a protein.
    I live in NZ and my go to is NZ Salted Caramel protein- very yum and cheap!

  35. Lily says

    Love your review. Very easy, organised and genuine.
    However, Having looked at Bob’s Red Mill’s ingredients, it contains Sugar and Cornstarch. Which is rather disappointing.

  36. Cassie says

    I order the Bob’s Red Mill and ain’t gonna lie, I thought it was dreadful. Guess we can’t agree on EVERYTHING!

  37. Elaine says

    We’ve been using Garden of Life Raw Protein for 7-10 years. Noticed a change in health quickly. Respiratory illness dropped to almost zero a year. So many awesome ingredients added…check out the label and I doubt Garden can be beat. Plus it is organic! I drink a smoothie for breakfast every day (protein powder, almond milk, frozen blueberries, 1/2 frozen banana) YUM! I also add turmeric powder for my stiff hands and Garden of Life Greens (can’t ever get enough greens). Thank you for the reviews. Appreciate you doing this.

    • Vicki Zimmerman says

      Hi Elaine, I’m a Garden of Life fan and have been for a number of years. You mention the GoL Greens. Does that come in a large container, too? I know they have the “meal” and was wondering if this was something different. I like your smoothie recipe, too, and also add a Pink Lady Apple and my own greens like lettuce, spinach, kale and/or celery.

      • Elaine says

        The container is not as large in size as the GoL Raw Meal container. but the Greens container does have 30 days of product. Anytime I have fruit or veggies about to go bad I’ll throw them in my smoothies too. Try letting your bananas ripe then peel, break into small pieces and freeze.

    • Denise says

      Elaine — How is the taste in Garden of Life Raw Protein? I won’t be adding anything like berries to it, so taste is very important to me. I mix the powder with Coconut or Almond Milk. Recently Orgain Organic Protein Powder has been tasting awful after YEARS of it tasting great. Tried it from two different sources and yech. Looking for a new GOOD TASTING Chocolate or Vanilla flavor in organic protein powder.

      • Elaine says

        I like chocolate for traveling and if you want to add peanut butter or banana. I daily use vanilla because I also add blueberries and bananas. Without flavoring in vanilla I’m not fond of the taste. However, there’s nothing on the market that I can find with even close top the same nutritional valve.

    • Alma says

      Yes Elaine, I Love Garden of Life as well…. I Love the Vanilla Chai… I’ll have to try the Greens. And I do what Vicki does…. add spinach, kale or a mixture of both & the Pink Ladys at times- :-)
      And Thanks so much for the reviews! Much appreciated!

  38. Kim Morse says

    Hi Dana,
    Thank you for your reviews on protein powders.
    I wanted to make you aware of a fabulous vanilla protein powder available in Amazon, but not included in your reviews.
    It’s called Ora Organics So Lean and So Clean.
    I do not work for Ora, and have no relationship with them whatsoever.
    I am an extremely happy and loyal customer.
    Please check out this amazing protein powder.
    I’ve tried them all, and this is hands down the best!

  39. Tracey FitzPatrick says

    Dear Minimalist Baker,
    What a great thing to do! So useful! I’d also be interested in hearing your opinion on PranaOn, a brand that we’ve been using. It is advertised as being “the best vegan protein powder”. If you are able to, I would love to see how you feel it compares to the ones you’ve already tested.

  40. ZIna VanBergeyk says

    Thank you for this! Very helpful advice as there are soooooo many products out there!…

  41. AKN says

    This post is awesome! I would love if you include calories per serving and a nice table matrix summary as well.

  42. Taylor Johnson says

    I’m definitely interested in trying to be Bobs Red Mill protien! I personally have a really hard time with protein powders powders as they tend to make my digestive system go absolutely wild (haha sorry).

    I actually have settled on adding about 3 tablespoons hemp seeds to my green smoothies and my coconut milk banana “chocolate shakes” with cacao and it’s blended in beautifully with no digestive issues!

    Side note: I’ve also tried tropeaka (being a freak fan of Sarahs Day) and I was not stoked!! I felt it had a lot of the texture issues (chalkiness) as some of the others I have tried to incorporate in the past!

  43. Marilyn Coronado says

    Thank you for trying so many vanilla protein powders. Very informative. I like Amazing Grass. It is a bit gritty but mixes well in smoothies, is organic and contains many seeds. vegetables and fruits.

    Thanks also for all your delicious recipes!

  44. Kimberly Slayden says

    thx dana that was the most useful info i’ve read all year. i have a huge tub of expensive organifi vanilla protein powder sitting on the shelf i must conquer. will gladly incorporate your favorites in daily nutrition warfare. you’ve saved us all time and money. lookin forward to a green drink review… =^..^=

    • Kimberly Slayden says

      update- purchased the top rated for both chocolate and vanilla and i have to say… your sweet detecter is much different from my sweet detecter! these were not VERY sweet at all, as in way too grown up for me! ah well, the vanilla and choc flavoring is pretty sparkly so guess i’ll grow up. =^..^=

  45. mike says

    I liked Bob’s Red Mill Vanilla Protein Powder overall. I really liked that it came in eco-friendly bag as opposed to giant, half filled plastic tubs. I wanted to get away from stevia sweetened brand. Bob’s advertised and printed clearly on front of bag that it was naturally sweetened with monk fruit. GREAT I thought and ordered 4 bags. Disappointed to read ingredients label on back that said each serving contained 3 grams of sugar. I like Bob’s Red Mill products. I think they are generally good quality. While I thought the Vanilla powder tasted OK, thought labeling was a little bit misleading.

  46. Isabelle says

    I really do appreciate this review, unfortunately my struggle to find the perfect one cannot be based on taste and texture since most of those I tried give me stomach ache. I tried fermented ones, but there’s still something wrong with the formula my tummy dislikes ?

  47. Deb says

    As a physician, I have a concern regarding the safety of protein powders. Protein powders, and supplements in general, are unregulated. The FDA leaves it to the manufacturers to evaluate safety and label their products. So, there is no way of knowing if what’s on the label is actually what’s in the bottle. Fortunately there are independent labs which do test some of these products. Your readers may be interested in

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Deb, thank you for sharing this information. We understand concerns surrounding heavy metal consumption (a concern that extends beyond just protein powders) and recommend researching individual brands as needed.

  48. Shannon says

    I, too, am obsessed with finding the best clean and delicious vegan protein powder, so was really happy to see this post! One that comes close to ticking all the boxes for me is the Tone it Up vanilla protein. It’s organic, sugar free (uses monk fruit), has very few ingredients, and has a pleasant flavor. It’s sweet enough, but not too sweet.

    • Erin says

      I second that you should try the Tone It Up vanilla and chocolate protein powder! My favorite for being clean and tasting great and awesome texture!

  49. Kathi says

    Try the protein powders from The Healthy Chef’. The pea protein is a standout when comparing to other vegan protein powders .

  50. Jen in Bozeman says

    I appreciate this post so much and wish I had found it sooner! I’ve really struggled to find a decent-tasting vegan vanilla powder. So many just taste odd or not really vanilla-y at all! I’m ordering the Bob’s Red Mill one right now; I had no idea they even made this product and I’m excited to try it. Thanks for your thorough analysis, and for saving me a boatload of money :)

  51. Anna Kris says just to add – I’ve tried almost all the ones listed above…and still think their gross. Lol sorry! I’ve been drinking Vegan protein powders for 10+ years and I have one that’s truly amazing. It’s from a small company called Nutragen. It was started by a local chiropractor I used to see..It’s gluten free, soy free, organic, and Vegan. Plus it has enzymes in it to boot! I personally like the Chocolate one way better but the vanilla blends beautifully. Hope you like it if you try it. :)

  52. Emily says

    I add a protein to my smoothies that’s only 1 ingredient, high in protein and fiber, blends really smooth, adds a nice flavor, and is ridiculously cheap: beans.

  53. Bekah says

    THANK YOU. No really, I’ve wasted so much money trying to find the right vegan protein, to no avail, and when you linked this article from your newest Warming Winter Smoothie, I basically did a happy dance. Love your work. Can’t wait to try your favs. You’re the best! <3

  54. Jenny from the Cube says

    I’m looking for something with no flavour. I love no flavour no sugar added whey but it’s not vegan. Any suggestions?

    • maria ricci says

      Standard Process has a good one…it literally is just whey and has no flavor. You will need to purchase through a chiropractor or Holistic doctor.

    • Kate says

      Check out Naked Nutrition, they make completely plain protein powders from a variety of sources. For vegan they have pea and rice. I really like the rice! It blends right in with smoothies.

  55. Sherry R says

    I really enjoyed reading your ratings. I like how you did it unbiased, it’s interesting to see how
    Others feel about protein powders.
    I use one that’s non-gmo, vegan, GF, kosher, soy free and of course all plant based. It’s also a full amino acid score. I’m always curious what others think of it.
    Thanks for the info

  56. Sam Munoz says

    I’m pregnant and realized I’m not hitting my daily protein targets at all. I was just telling my husband yesterday that I needed to start having vegan protein shakes and then you post this link today. It’s like you read my mind. Such a great, thorough review. I really appreciate your feedback as you’re someone who’s opinion I honestly value. People always recommend Vega to me, and as someone who has been vegan 13 years I can honestly get down with very “green” tasting things, but I can barely swallow vega without gagging. We’re all different though. Thanks again for the review!

  57. Nanda says

    I wanted a plant-based protein powder with protein from multiple sources, but since I can’t deal with Stevia I’m using the Nuzest. Expensive but really good and very simple. Thanks!!

  58. Daniela says

    Try Vivo Life protein powder! They now sell the Vanilla flavor on Amazon, although the salted caramel maca is less sweet and has a better texture. I’m not a huge fan of protein powders but this flavor was great.

  59. Kathy Collins says

    Thanks for the review. I tried a few of these and have been using the Naturade Vegan now for years. Whatever brand i try, i always get vanilla then add my own dark cocoa to it if I want chocolate. That seems much better than their chocolate flavors.

  60. Jody says

    I use leanfit complete green Organic protein (Vanilla bean)! It tastes pretty good when blended into a smoothie! It has 5g fibre, 21g of protein, 100 cal, 0 sugar. Give it a try…available at most Canadian Costco’s! It is also a pea protein;)

  61. George says

    Thank you Dana for this beautiful revuew. but i have one question did you try the IronVegan protein shake. if yes can you please give me your feedback and if not can you please check it out and let me know as well.

    Thank you so much!

  62. Ana says

    Thank you for this! I have tried only from essential nutrition with almond and pea protein and I really like it but thought before re-purchasing, if I should try something else :-) so your review is super helpful. Question though – are your favorites sugar free and if so, what is the sweetener?
    Thanks so much!

  63. Tabitha says

    Ok, have you tried Nutiva Organic plant protein in vanilla? It’s hands down my favourite vegan protein EVER! Perfect flavour, texture and ingredients (includes probiotics and 12 vitamins and Minerals!) plus a fruit and vegetable blend! It blends well with anything and makes the best homemade protein bars! Please give it a try you won’t be disappointed ?? Love your site by the way! Keep on making delicious food!

  64. Shemaiah says

    Thanks for the in depth research. I am on the hunt for a vegan protein powder. Your helpful pointers take out the guess work!

  65. Ashley says

    My boyfriend and I LOVE the Orgain chocolate fudge. I prepare mine by mixing a frozen banana, a few ice cubes, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/4c rolled oats, some flax, and sometimes a scoop of nut butter, and it’s literally like drinking a filling chocolate milkshake.

  66. Miranda says

    Love this list! I’ve recently switched to plant-based protein powders because my stomach seems to be a little sensitive to whey. I do still have a problem with the taste/consistency of some of the plant proteins out there though.

    Have you tried IdealRaw yet, it’s one of the better tastings I’ve had so far.

  67. Roya Sedighi says

    Thank you so much for this thorough and very helpful review of some plant based protein powders! I recently tried SunWarrior and I thought it was so nasty I couldn’t even finish it. I’m not the biggest fan of Orgain but I’ll drink it over SunWarrior. I start a mostly liquid diet tomorrow in preparation for my upcoming bariatric surgery so I am about to walk into Whole Foods right now and I will probably go with Garden of Life. I don’t think they have Bob’s Red Mill here but I will find out. Someone commented earlier that BRM was whey-based. That was a bit puzzling because whey is dairy and I thought BRM was a plant based protein powder. Anyway, I will find out for sure, but I do want to thank you so much for this helpful review!!! I will be checking out your site more often! Thank you!

  68. M Rae Harris says

    Hi! I’m just getting started on my sugar-free sweet life journey to health! As do so many others who’ve overcome health issues and sense their mortality as they age, I am finally improving my diet! Two important reasons for this are:
    1.) My overall health, and
    2.) To show by my actions the results of making a lifestyle change for a sweeter life experience!

    Anyway, I wanted to Thank you for taking the time to compare all these products and wondered if you’ve down other comparisons since?
    You noted that your system responds best to pea based products and I came across “Naked Pea” by Naked Nutrition.
    Have you tried this product?
    Sincerely appreciate your site!

  69. brite says

    Thank you for this review. I just started with some vegan protein powder I got from my gym and although it hits all the marks for nutrition and protein it’s so very very sweet. Thanks to your comparison I will know what to buy next.

  70. Nahum A Nicholas says

    I am going to try the hemp one because pea protein does not agree with me. Have you tried Spirutein & Fruitein? So many delicious flavors.

  71. pooja says

    Thank you so much. This was a very helpful post as I have to buy one of these for my daughter and this gave me all the info I needed to choose one to start with. She has some limitations so we are going to try Nuzest. SO appreciate this post!

  72. KW says

    Tried the Bob’s Red Mill because of this post and am totally smitten! Have been using it now for the past four months or so :)

  73. Deb says

    Thanks for the review. I was just about to spend too much time searching for a protein powder after finishing my Nutiva powder. Nutiva is double the price of your favorites, so I’ll definitely try one of your top 3.

  74. Gretchen says

    Thanks for this review! I love bob red mills nutrional booster. One thing I have been searching is the clean label test. So many plant based proteins rated poorly for lead, mercury and bpa etc. so upsetting.
    I can’t find the clean label review for bobs yet. Have you looked into the clean label project? Thoughts? Thanks again for this thorough review.

  75. Maria Christina says

    Hello, thank you for all your recipes and the above reviews of the protein powders. I followed your advice and bought the Garden of Life protein and indeed I also thought it was a good product. The second time I bought, the taste of the powder was totally different, much blunter. Is this normal?

    I just ordered some Tropeaka.

    Enjoy the rest of the summer!

  76. Madeline says

    Thank you so much for this post – I honestly come back to it time and time again. I obviously love your recipes, but just wanted to call this one out.

    Thank you for putting so much time and effort into this, it is so appreciated!

  77. Angela Batty says

    Thank you so much for this! This was exactly what I needed. Excited to try Bob’s Red Mill Protein Powder!

  78. Profuel says

    Im impressed, I must say. Really rarely do I encounter a blog thats both educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. Your idea is outstanding; the issue is something that not enough people are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that I stumbled across this in my search for something relating to this.

  79. Andrea Carioca says

    This review was so interesting and useful!!! My family is a big fan of smoothies with protein powders, and after a few tries I kinda of settle for the least bad one. Some here are completely new to me and expanded my horizons! Thank you!!!