Protein powders come in many different types. Most people are familiar with the milk-derived whey and casein proteins, but there are lesser-known, plant-based options like soy protein, hemp protein, pea protein, and even rice protein. Though these protein sources aren't quite as popular as casein and whey, they are absolutely essential for some vegetarians and vegans.
Contrary to popular belief, many plant proteins do contain essential amino acids, but not in the same amounts as those found in animal sources like eggs and dairy. It is possible to obtain all nine essential amino acids necessary for muscle growth and optimal bodily function with a balanced vegan diet. Protein-rich supplements are the perfect accompaniment to that diet for any hard-training athlete.
For omnivores, the main benefit of plant-based protein powders is that they tend to be much easier on the digestive tract than some animal sources. However, many people worry that plant protein supplements taste like, well, plants.
Vegan or not, if you're looking for a plant protein but are worried that it might taste like a handful of dirt, check out this list! We've compiled the 10 best-tasting vegan protein powders, as voted by you.
MRM Veggie Elite
"Best alternative to whey I have found!"
"This protein tastes amazing, very similar to a coffee drink. The shake is also very creamy with great mixability. Overall I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a great vegan protein."
"It's a great blend of pea and brown rice protein, and it tastes delicious! I'm hooked on the Chocolate Mocha flavor."
"Taste is very good for a greens supplement. I love how healthy it is to drink these shakes every day!"
"I have tried both the French Vanilla and Vanilla Chai so far, and enjoyed both (especially considering this is my first plant-based protein product)."
Sun Warrior Protein
"I love this protein powder! It blends really well and tastes great!"
"If you're tired of bad-tasting protein and want something without dairy, give this a try!"
"For what you are getting, this is a superb product. Organic, raw, vegan rice protein that doesn't taste like pure rubbish."
MRM Veggie Protein
"This is the first veggie-based protein powder I have tried, and I love it. It tastes amazing in shakes and smoothies, and is not bad on its own either."
"I've used this protein for a couple of years now. It's a well-formulated product that tastes great and mixes well in the blender."
"The taste did surprise me because it's not as sweet as others powders but in a shake with fruit and ice it became addicting."
"It's expensive, but it's a great-tasting vegan protein."
"The raw plant ingredients in this product are amazing enough, but the fact that I can use it with a peace of mind and have such amazing flavor as well is fantastic. It definitely deserves its 10/10 rating!"
NutraFusion Nutritionals PlantFusion
"I am pleasantly surprised by the flavor. It does take a little getting used to compared to the others, but once you've had a couple shakes it's great."
"I use it with just plain almond milk and it is definitely drinkable. It's also good in oatmeal for added protein! I'm looking forward to trying other flavors."
"This is by far the best-tasting protein I've ever had. It digests easier than soy although soy protein has that aftertaste similar to whey."
VEGA Sport Performance Protein
"This is definitely [one of] my favorite proteins. It's all natural and perfectly sweet."
"This stuff is incredible! It has added to my recovery, even with my digestion. The flavor is great, too. Will definitely keep buying this."
NutraFusion Nutritionals NitroFusion
"I love this stuff. It's actually really nice flavor- and texture-wise. I have used other vegan protein powders and some taste like chalk, but this is nice."
"Having celiac disease, I find it difficult to find a quality protein powder that does not have gluten. NitroFusion is gluten-free and not bad tasting."
Garden Of Life
"By far my favorite protein! I mix it with almond milk and I am good to go! The taste is a little grainy, but I am used to it. I don't eat much sugar or sweets so it tastes good to me."
"One of the few powders that's both gluten- and dairy-free! The taste is amazing and it's just enough protein for me!"
"For me, I have no problem [with] pre-workout ingestion of RAW protein. Don't panic, keep it organic."
Labrada Jamie Eason Signature Series Peanut Protein
"This protein tastes so good, especially if you are a fan of peanut butter."
"I have only tried this as a shake so far. I have to say the flavor is terrific."
"This protein powder rocks! I really love the fact that it is so natural, as I don't put anything artificial in my body, and I couldn't believe how good it was."