More and more people are choosing to follow a vegan diet, and although this would have seemed like a difficult decision in recent history, the sheer number of vegan options available to the average consumer makes it an easier choice than ever.
One thing which always held many people back from going vegan was a worry about the lack of protein, especially for people who are going to the gym and looking to build muscle.
But there are more vegan protein powders on the market now than ever before, and the choice is almost to the point of being a bit overwhelming. We thought it would be useful to round up the best vegan protein powders that we've found and tried, let's get into it:
Pulsin Faba Bean Protein
Most vegan protein powders will use rice or pea as the protein source, but we're really interested in the range of protein powders from Pulsin as the brand is often using less common protein sources.
For example, the Faba bean protein powder from Pulsin uses Faba beans as the protein source, which is uncommon but actually a very good idea.
According to Pulsin, Faba beans have a similar protein content to soya and whey isolate, making them an excellent food to make protein powder from.
Faba beans are also very versatile and have a neutral taste. You can buy an unflavoured version of this protein powder, but we enjoyed the vanilla flavour (pictured). Learn more and buy it here - ocado.com
PE Nutrition Performance Plant Protein
PE Nutrition is a brand of protein sold exclusively by Holland & Barrett, and the whey protein sold by this brand has quickly grown in popularity.
We've also been really impressed by the vegan protein powder from PE Nutrition, which contains 20g of protein and just 87 kcal per serving. The powder is made from a blend of pea protein isolate and rice protein, and each bag contains 28 servings.
We tried the vanilla cream flavour which we really enjoyed, but it comes in chocolate flavour too. Learn more and buy it here - hollandandbarrett.com
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Plant
Optimum Nutrition is one of the biggest protein powder companies in the UK, so we weren't surprised to see that this brand has also released a vegan protein powder.
We tried a few of the flavours but found that the vanilla variety tasted the best.
Impressively, this protein powder contains a complete amino acid profile, and it's also vegan society approved.
The product contains no artificial colours or flavours, and is also gluten free. Each scoop of this powder contains 24g of protein, a good amount. Learn more and buy it here - amazon.co.uk
Applied Nutrition Clear Vegan Pea Protein Isolate
Clear protein powder is a little strange to look at, but it can actually be better than normal protein powder in many instances.
This clear vegan protein from Applied Nutrition is made from ultra-hydrolysed pea protein isolate and has a much lighter and more refreshing taste than the other protein powders in this list.
So although it doesn't contain quite as much protein as some of the other protein powders in this list at 11g per serving, the real benefit of this product is that you could easily drink it during a workout and not find it too heavy.
There are lots of clear whey protein products on the market at the moment (we wrote previously about the Upbeat protein water), so it's nice to see a vegan version. Learn more and buy it here - appliednutrition.uk
MYO Plant Nutrition powder
MYO is a vegan protein powder brand which we spotted in Boots recently, so we decided to give it a go.
The Chocolate flavour that we tried tasted really good even when mixed with water, and we loved that the powder had a mix of vegan protein sources including hemp, pea, and rice.
The powder also contains stevia which helps with the flavour. It was really easy to mix and we also tried the Mango flavour (pictured) which was great too. Learn more and buy it here - amazon.co.uk
Hopefully, this guide helps you to find a delicious and effective vegan protein powder. Let us know if you've tried any of these or if you have any other recommendations for us! If you want to read something similar we have an entire guide dedicated to the best chocolate vegan protein powder you can buy.