8 of the best vegan protein powders

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Photo credit: Tatiana - Getty Images
Photo credit: Tatiana - Getty Images

One challenge that people with a vegan diet face is getting enough protein. Sure, there are a tonne of vegan protein sources out there in different foods, but sometimes - if you've just finished a workout or are short on time - a vegan protein powder can be a quick and easy go-to. Oh, and with flavours like chocolate, vanilla and even, err, apple strudel on offer, a darn tasty option too.

If you're not fully vegan, but are considering switching over to a more plant-based lifestyle, why not try building vegan days into your current routine before diving in full-time? Drastic changes to an existing diet can be difficult to sustain for a significant period as most dietary habits are deeply ingrained, so starting by swapping your usual protein bars or powders for a vegan option could be a brilliant way to get going.

In order to save you an intense Google session, we've rounded up the best vegan protein powder options that are available in the UK and beyond (and have suggested a few handy recipe hints to go alongside some of our favourites too).

Innermost Health Protein Powder Vanilla

Containing sixty scoops, Innermost's vegan option is not only soy, lactose and gluten free, but it packs a mega protein punch with 31g per serving. It's not only great for a protein shake with a water or plant-based milk, but it can be added to smoothies, porridge (yum!) and baked into snacks, such as oaty flapjacks. It's 150 calories per serving.

Bulk's Vegan Protein Powder

We love Bulk (and so does Anthony Joshua, which is somehow reassuring, no?) as not only does its vegan protein powder come in a huge variety of fun flavours - hello, caramel latte - but it does the classics justice too. Vanilla and chocolate are also sturdy options, alongside the more unusual apple strudel, chocolate peanut and white chocolate coconut.

Each serving is packed with 23g of protein (and 130 calories), made from an exclusive blend of 5 plant-based sources. Simply add water, shake and you're good to go (or if you're feeling adventurous, why not add a handful of raspberries to the vanilla flavour? It gets a ten from us).

The Protein Works Vegan Protein

Also containing protein from five different sources - hemp, brown rice, sunflower, soy and pea - the vegan protein powder from The Protein Works has a strong nutritional value. It has 110 calories per serving and boasts 25g of protein in there to boot.

Boostball's Vegan Keto Protein Powder (in Raw Choc Brownie)

A low sugar option that has been designed especially for those who follow a keto diet (which is thought to help ease symptoms associated with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). Each serving contains 14g of protein and comes in at 221 calories.

MyVegan Protein Blend

Another brand with plenty of interesting flavours, such as tumeric latte and coffee and walnut, this brand is more than just tasty - every serving provides 22g of high-quality protein, sourced from peas and fava beans (designed to help with muscle growth and maintenance). It's 110 calories a go.

Free Soul Vegan Protein Powder For Women

Not only a brilliant source of vegan protein, Free Soul's offering has also been fortified with Peruvian Maca (thought to help with keep hormones nicely balanced), the entire B Vitamin Complex for glossy hair, skin and nails, as well as high levels of iron, magnesium and calcium, for energy and bone density. Oh, and a dose of flaxseed for Omega-3 and optimal digestive health. It contains 20g of protein and 116 calories in a 30g serving.

SCI-MX Nutrition Pro V-Gain Protein Powder

Featuring a highly commendable 33g of vegan protein - made from a blend of premium soy, pea and rice protein - per serving, SCI-MX's protein powder also prides itself on having anti-workout fatigue properties. It's infused with vitamin B6, B12 and magnesium (all of which should help to counteract tiredness), with the idea being that if you slurp down one of these shakes after a heavy gym session it'll perk you right back up again. On the calorie front, this option is 174 calories a serving.

Pulsin's Natural and Unflavoured Pea Protein Powder

For anyone who is quite frankly sick to death of protein powders that have a strong taste, Pulsin's natural, unflavoured pea protein powder is bound to be a winner - it's neutrality means it works nicely when added to both sweet and savoury dishes. It's also heat stable, so ideal for soups and casseroles, as well as in a peanut butter and banana smoothie. Each 10g serving contains 8g of protein, is 41 calories and has less than 1g of fat or sugar.

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