I’ve bought and tested about 40 vegan protein powders at this point.
The ones specifically labelled “keto” typically suck. They have lots of fat and barely any protein, and often don’t even taste good (e.g. Vegan Pure Keto is not a good product).
The better approach for someone on a vegan keto diet looking for protein, is to use a “normal” vegan protein powder that happens to be keto-friendly.
After factoring in protein content, price, and taste of all the keto-friendly powders I’ve tried, I created the list on this page.
Here are the 6 best vegan keto protein powders.
Future Kind Vegan Plant Protein Powder
Not only is Future Kind the best option for vegans on a keto diet, it’s also the best vegan protein powder overall in my opinion.
It has the highest percent of calories coming from protein of any protein powder I’ve seen.
In each serving, there are 85 calories, 20 grams of protein, and 1 gram of carbohydrates (1g fiber). In other words, 80 of those calories come from protein, and those last 5 calories are basically a rounding error.
The ingredients list is short and sweet, with no added sugar:
Organic Pea Protein, Organic Flavors, Organic Guar Gum, Organic Stevia.
Finally, there are a few other things that I like about Future Kind’s pea protein powder:
- The taste is great and it mixes perfect (no chalkiness or aftertaste)
- The ingredients are all sources from the USA and are organic
- Future Kind is a completely vegan company, which shows in small things like the containers being made from 100% recycled material
In almost all situations, including those looking for a keto-friendly protein powder, I’m happy to recommend Future Kind.
PlantFusion Complete Plant Protein
PlantFusion is a great plant-based protein powder in general, and with under 2 grams of net carbohydrates per serving, it’s a good option for a ketogenic diet as well.
There’s 21 grams of protein, 3 grams of fat, and 2 grams of carbohydrates in a 120 calorie serving.
Let’s take a quick look at the ingredients:
PlantFusion Amino Acid Infused Protein Blend, Natural Flavor, Stevia Extract Powder, Silica, Guar gum, Lucum powder, Luo Han Guo extract, Yacon powder.
While I didn’t list them all out, there’s a blend of 5 different plant protein sources.
It’s sweetened with stevia, and there’s no added sugar. The low amount of carbohydrates simply come from the protein isolates (which are never 100% pure protein).
On top of being keto-friendly, there’s more to like about PlantFusion:
- Has added BCAAs
- Contains an enzyme blend to improve digestion (which can really help on a keto diet)
- Very good taste with a nice frothy texture
True Nutrition Vegan Lean Protein Powder
If you want to order in bulk or have more control over flavoring options, this is the best choice for you.
True Nutrition is one of the few sites that lets you customize which flavor is added to your protein mix, and in what amount. The “vegan lean” protein powder is a pre-made mix, and the best one that I tried (although you can also create your own blend if you want).
Because the flavoring is done using stevia extract, there are few carbohydrates.
In each serving of True Nutrition vegan lean there are 110 calories, 24.4 grams of protein, 1.1 grams of fat, and 1.3 grams of carbohydrates (1g fiber).
With under a gram of net carbs, it’s a great option for a vegan keto-er.
A few other things that I’d like to highlight about this product:
- You can order in bulk (up to 100 lbs) and save a little bit
- There are over 30 flavors to choose from (that you can add in “light/regular/heavy” amounts)
- The overall taste is quite good (although there’s a slight chalky texture)
Now Sports Unflavored Pea Protein
If you’re on a tight budget, this is the protein powder for you. You can not find any cheaper that are close to this quality.
It’s also one of the few vegan protein powders without stevia, if you’re not a fan of its taste.
Looking at the nutritional facts for this protein powder, there are 120 calories, 24 grams of protein, 2 grams of fat, and 1 gram of carbohydrates per serving.
Note that the chocolate and vanilla versions do have a couple grams of added sugar. The nutritional facts above are for the unflavored version, which was the one I tested.
Here’s the gist of what you need to know about this protein powder:
- Despite being unflavored, it still tastes okay, and is great for mixing into shakes or baking with
- Incredibly cheap
- You can always add your own sweetener of choice.
The Plant Era Organic Vegan Protein Powder
The Plant Era is another good option if you’re also looking for an organic protein powder that’s keto-friendly.
There’s 120 calories per serving, along with 21 grams of protein, 2 grams of fat, and 2 grams of carbohydrates (1g fiber).
It has a minimal ingredient list with added vitamin B12:
Organic Pea Protein, Organic Brown Rice Protein, Natural Flavoring, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Chloride, Stevia Extract, Vitamin B12.
Not surprisingly, it’s sweetened with stevia extract.
Here’s a few other things you might need to know:
- Nice rich, dark chocolate taste (takes a few shakes to get used to)
- Completely vegan company
- It’s my second highest rate organic vegan protein powder behind Future Kind (the #1 on this page)
Nuzest Clean Lean Pea Protein
Nuzest is a fantastic vegan protein powder, but really expensive.
If we weren’t considering price at all, it would be #1 or 2 on this list.
In each serving of Nuzest, there’s just 100 calories. There’s also 20 grams of protein, 2 grams of fat, and 1 gram of carbohydrates.
Additionally, there’s a decent amount of several minerals like iron, phosphorus, and zinc.
Here’s what I like most about Nuzest’s pea protein:
- It tastes amazing (I drank it just for enjoyment)
- It’s sweetened with thaumatin, not stevia (which I think is much better personally)
- The pea protein is sourced from Europe (a good indicator of high quality)
If you can afford it, I highly recommend it, but I fully understand that most people cannot (I sure can’t on a regular basis).