8 Best Hemp Protein Powders to Keep Your Plant Based Diet Going Strong

Top 5 Best Hemp Protein Powder Options and What you should Know Before Buying

How the heck do you get enough protein on your diet?

I'm sure you probably have this question comes to your mind when you’ve recently taken the plunge into the vegan or plant-based lifestyle.

Brown rice, casein and soy choices are overwhelming.

And now, there’s a fairly new addition to consider: "Hemp Protein Powder".

Have you been hearing more about the benefits of hemp protein(1).And are interested in finding the best hemp protein powder, but aren’t sure which to get? And why? You’re not alone!

Few very common question I'm asked from readers is, what is it? Should you be using it? And, will it get you high?

I’ve compiled a short list of hemp seed’s benefits (2) with a brief overview of what to look for when choosing the best hemp protein powder which is organic free from hexane or harsh chemical , as well as some tips on how you can use this very digestible, renewable, protein powder to its fullest potential, by adding one or more servings a day to your diet.

Picks for the Top Hemp Protein Powder

Don't have time to read the entire guide? Then check out our picks! or skip to hemp protein powder reviews

Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein

Non-GMO, Sustainably Farmed

Protein15 grams

Fiber 15 grams


Bob's Red Mill Hemp Protein

100% organic without fillers

Protein14 grams

Fiber 8 grams


Pure Goodness Hemp Seed Protein

Best soy-free option

Protein15 grams

Fiber 5 grams


Manitoba Harvest Organic Hemp Pro Fiber

Best for smoothies or baking

Protein11 grams

Fiber 13 grams


Terrasoul Organic Hemp Protein Powder

The Budget Pick

Protein 5 grams

Fiber NA


Evo Hemp Protein Powder

Made is USA brand

Protein 14 grams

Fiber 14 grams

What Is Hemp Protein Powder? Here’s The Lowdown

"Hemp protein is the best plant based protein powder made purely from hemp seeds yes, this cousin of marijuana doesn’t contain psychoactive —so it won’t get you high."

Hemp seeds are loaded with essential fatty acids, Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9. It is a great source of fiber and supplies a high percentage of potassium, magnesium, iron, and zinc.

Hemp seed protein contains ALL 9 essential amino acids (3)(including the three branched-chain amino acids.)

Not into taking powders? Try the raw

Shelled version for healthy, crunchy, nutty bliss in your mouth! I have recently started buying shelled hemp seeds, and I like the taste and texture. I am a convert.

They are also sometimes sold as “hemp hearts,” but it is all the same thing.

  • They are perfect
  • For raw and wholefood advocates
  • For people who prefer cereals and porridge instead of smoothies
  • For people who like to indulge in healthy, weight maintenance protein snacks
  • For creative cooks and bakers
  • For anyone wanting a high protein, eco-friendly snack

Equally packed with the protein, edestin, amino acids of the powders (4). Higher in EFA’s and less processed, therefore a wholefood ingredient as opposed to a supplement.

Hemp Protein Powder Nutrition Profile

Hemp Protein Powder Nutrition Profile
  • Edestin, a globular protein exclusive to hemp seed
  • Protein that contains all the essential amino acids
  • Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (5). Although much of the EFA’s are removed in processing to make hemp seed oil, the protein powders still have a right amount.
  • Fiber for good digestive health
  • Potassium, phosphorous, zinc, magnesium and iron(6) (manganese and iron work together so by keeping iron levels up, the co-enzyme manganese can carry out its functions optimally. These minerals are essential for good health.

Protein is a very available essential macronutrient, so why do we still need to supplement? 

We can get protein from many food sources like Beans, pulses, legumes are all good sources of protein.And grains like quinoa and kaniwa are great vegetarian and vegan protein options.

Even nuts and seeds are loaded with proteins, as well as EFA’s. Non-GMO soy products are also good sources of plant based protein.

We need to supplement with protein if we are training, whether it is to get fit, to lose weight, to bulk up or to compete. We need protein if we are convalescing.

Often cancer patients or post operative patients cannot chew or swallow properly and hemp protein is ideal because it digests so well, ensuring the body can use and absorb as much protein as possible.

Other protein sources are sometimes not easy to digest and much of the benefits are lost.

5 Benefits of Hemp Protein powder

1. Free of trypsin inhibitors found in soy: Trypsin is an enzyme which aids digestion of proteins. Hemp is superior to soy because more of the protein is available to the body.

2. Introducing edestin for easy digestibility: This is hemp protein’s secret weapon. Hemp seeds contain 66% edestin (7).

Edestin is a globular protein similar to those found in human blood plasma. Edestin produces antibodies that boost the function of our immune system and may even repair DNA damage.

DNA damage occurs through hydrolytic and metabolic processes in the body. Cancer, inflammation, cell aging and neurodegeneration cause DNA damage.

Viruses, toxins and radiation also damage DNA. If the immune system is healthy our cells can reverse this damage.

Protein is key to this process. Edestin makes hemp protein very available to the body. Thus increasing the body’s ability to repair DNA.

3. Hemp protein is hypoallergenic: Many people are allergic to soy, avocado and nuts, all good protein sources.

Some people may find they are allergic to hemp, this is still an area that will only become evident over time. But for those with allergies and dietary restrictions hemp powder may be the solution.

People who suffer from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) can use hemp seed protein powder.

4. Hemp protein is high in glutamic acid: a neurotransmitter. This means the effects of psychological stress from work and studying will be reduced.

5. Hemp protein contains 3 branched amino acids: Leucine, isoleucine and valine (8) are branched chain amino acids (BCAA). They are essential for muscle repair and muscle building and cannot be produced by the body.

How To Choose the best Hemp Protein Powder

  • Check if it is free from fillers, sweeteners, preservatives and additives
  • Check it is free from solvents
  • Check if it has been sustainably sourced
  • Check how it was processed and where. Milled hemp seed cakes are produced by separating the husks from hemp hearts. Then the hearts are pressed to remove moisture and oils. After that the cakes are mixed back in with the crushed hulls this adds the fiber and also some extra nutrition.
  • Is it organic, 100% pure hemp seed?
  • Choose a plain 100% hemp powder over flavored. The plain is usually much cheaper (and you can add your own sweeteners and flavors if need be.)

Rather go for normal hemp powder and not the hi-fiber options. Guaranteed they will be grittier (more shell husks added) Rather add chia seeds to your daily intake to increase fiber.

Top Pick For The Best Hemp Protein Powders Brand of 2018

I chose Bob's Red Mill Hemp Protein Powder because the packaging caught my eye. It immediately made me think of “the good old days”. Fresh air, good family values, healthy, robust outdoor living.

The visuals on the packaging are perfect for what this company is all about. Started in 1978 by Bob and his wife Charlee, Red Mill has been their life. 

When Bob turned 81 he initiated an employee stock ownership program (ESOP) and now the employees are stock holders. So everyone who worked for Bob now works with Bob. I like Bob’s style.

So I tried it and was more than satisfied with the price, grittiness and taste. It comes in a box, not a pouch. And best of all the box holds 4 individual packs (16oz each), so your supply will stay fresh if you don’t take it everyday. It has a convenient pull tab so it’s easy to open the box and still keep the other three bags nicely stored, till needed. 

VERY IMPORTANT! 2 Things to remember when trying hemp protein powder for the first time

1. How’s them grits?

Most the time, regardless of what brand you buy, you will find it slightly gritty. This is the nature of how hemp protein powder is made.

Some brands will be "grittier" than others, and this is where honest reviews can help, but if you are one of those people that can’t handle that certain texture, you may find hemp protein powder disappointing.

....You could try hemp hearts.

"Hemp hearts" are "shelled hemp seeds" loaded with omega 3 and Omega 6 oils but less protein than powder.

2. It tastes so good cos it IS so good!

Every food has its own taste. For some people, they will not like it and will never acquire it. Some people will want to like it because it is so good for us. And most of us will either love it straight away or learn too! It is a nutty yet earthy taste, with a unique aftertaste.

hemp powder banana or dates to smoothies

Adding hemp powder to sweet fruit smoothies will almost always mask the taste, and if you go easy on the sweetness, you will only be left with earthy green undertones, which I personally love.

Adding anything sweet, like banana or dates to smoothies will also mask the nutty aftertaste which is wonderful so try not make your smoothies too sweet.

I love the taste and texture of hemp seed protein powder but just be warned if is it too smooth, it has been over processed.

For people who truly can’t take the taste, you’ll be happy to know some brands have brought out flavored hemp protein shakes.

I haven’t tried the flavored types myself, so I can’t say what the flavors are like. Also, each brand will taste different, whereas many of the 100% hemp protein tastes very similar.

I’ve tried 10 different brands over the last three years, so I know.

If you go for a flavored type check the ingredients.

Without further ado, let’s get into the chosen products

Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein powder - Non-GMO, Sustainably Farmed from Canada

Established in 1999, Nutiva is promoting a set of values and standards to be admired. Simply put, their manifesto says they want to revolutionize the way the world eats by producing and promoting organic, nutrient dense, superfoods.

They place an extremely high emphasis on social and environmental responsibility and they put their money where their mouth is!

They contribute 1% of their sales to beneficial and sustainable farming.

They partner with organizations to ensure no deforestation occurs from the harvesting and growing practices.

Nutiva has also, through their Tree and Garden program, planted over 350 fruit trees in 19 schools since 2015. That impresses me.

As far as their hemp protein powder goes it ticks all the boxes.

One 30g serving supplies 15g protein, 8g fiber and 2.4g of Omega-3 FA’s. Nutiva also has hemp shakes in 3 flavors. The chocolate shake has been sweetened with coconut sugar

What I like?

  • Affordable
  • QAI, ECOCERT and USDA certified organic
  • Non-GMO
  • Cold-pressed and solvent free
  • No fillers, sweeteners or additives

What I don't?

  • The serving size is 30g (3 Tablespoons) so you will only get 15 servings from a 16 oz/1 lb bottle. You could use smaller size servings it depends on how much extra protein you want daily.

Helpful hint when ordering Nutiva Hemp Protein Powder: The 1 pound bottle option with the screw lid is best.

Not only do you avoid the bags splitting during transit, but it works out cheaper than buying a 3 pound or 2 pound bag.

So rather order 3×1 pound bottles instead of 1 bulk 3 lb bag! And save money. Also the stuff will stay fresher longer as you are only using one bottle at a time.

This company supplies wholesale to smoothie bars and health food restaurants. They are reputable and ethically sound.

Terrasoul strives for quality, value and health. They want to enhance their customers’ health.

How do they make good on this promise?

They do so by sourcing nutrient dense, fresh ingredients grown with integrity, meaning the farms are organic and the growing practices are sustainable.

Importing, packaging and testing is all done directly by Terrasoul and is not outsourced. They are one of the most well known superfood suppliers around.

Some of their products are well known but a lot of their range is made up of new, exciting products that have yet to gain mainstream popularity, like their hemp powder and their activated coconut, charcoal powder.

This is a brand that people are happy with. And it is reasonably priced.

One 10g serving provides 5g of protein. So one pouch delivers 45 servings. 3 x more than other brands. But as I mentioned, these sizes seem small to me.

I usually put a heaped tablespoon in my smoothies but I don’t take it daily, so my bag lasts longer than it should and I can afford to be generous.

It is available in 1 pound (16oz) resealable pouches. Packed in resealable pouches of 16 oz (1lb), they also give a small discount when you buy 2 packs or 4 packs.

Buying a 4 pack is ideal for body builders wanting to increase muscle mass. Then you would need 6 or more servings a day.

What I like?

  • CCOF and USDA certified organic
  • Kosher, Halaal and Vegan
  • Gluten-Free (packed in a factory handling tree nuts only)
  • 30 day 100% money-back guarantee
  • 100% pure organic hemp seeds (Cannabis sativa) from Canada
  • No fillers, sweeteners, additives
  • Hexane free
  • Cold-pressed
  • Mixes well and has a nutty taste
  • Can save money if you buy the 4 pack

What I don't?

  • The only possible drawback is that the serving size seems too small so you would probably need to increase the serving size depending on why you are taking it. This may make it more expensive than it initially seems.
  •  If using it to bulk up could be expensive

Pure Goodness Hemp Seed Protein - complete protein with all 9 essential amino acids

Pure Goodness is a superfood brand that wants to nourish the people of this planet with naturally, nutrient-rich Hemp Protein Powder.

Animal agriculture takes a third of the earth’s fresh water, 30% of the earth’s ice-free surface area and contributes 18% of greenhouse gases.

Changing to plant-based proteins are better for your conscience as well as your body and the planet.

For every product bought, one meal is provided to a hungry child. So far Pure Goodness has supplied over 72 000 meals!

One 30g serving delivers 15g protein, 5g fiber, 600mg omega-3 and 1.8g omega-6. Again I found the flavored option too costly for my liking and you only get 12 servings per container as opposed to 15 from the plain pure hemp powder.

What I like?

  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan friendly
  • Gluten, soy and dairy free
  • No sweeteners or fillers (the chocolate does have stevia as natural sweetener.)
  • Raw, cold-pressed

What I don't?

  • Slightly more expensive than other brands but taste makes up for it.

Manitoba Harvest Organic Hemp Protein - Best for smoothies or baking

Manitoba Hemp Pro Fiber and Protein supplement comes in different sizes. The 2 pound (32oz) resealable pouch seals well. And each bag provides around 30 servings.

One serving is 30g. You will only get 11g of protein per serving but will get 52% of your daily fiber requirements.

Established in 1998, Manitoba was co-founded by Mike Fata, who fell in love with using hemp protein after he used it to drop some of his 300 pounds.  

He was so stoked that he wanted to share his new health formula with others. Thanks to the high protein, high fiber and easy digestibility of hemp seeds Manitoba had an easy sell.

They made sure the laminated packaging design would protect their products from light, air and perforation. They also use good processing practices to ensure the goodness of hemp is locked into the final product.

I added Manitoba’s Hemp Pro Fiber into this list because I wanted to shed a bit of light on the difference between the 100% hemp protein powder with fiber.

First off it is way too gritty for me to just drink with water. 

They suggest making frozen fruit smoothies to improve taste and texture so unless there is a health reason why you can’t get fiber from other sources, rather try one of their other products.

The Manitoba Hemp Pro 50 is their pure hemp protein powder, without the added fiber and the Hemp Pro 70 has more protein but the label says hemp protein concentrate and natural plant extracts so I personally try and avoid anything that is in concentrated form.

What I like?

  • They use 100% wind power to manufacture their products – that is cool (excuse the pun!)
  • Kosher
  • Vegan friendly
  • Non-GMO
  • Certified organic by Pro Cert (some of their other hemp products are not 100% organic)
  • Part of B Corporation
  • Good price

What I don't?

  • Needs a bit of effort to make it palatable and less gritty but they supply recipes to help you.
  • More of a fiber supplement than a protein supplement.

Navitas Organics Hemp Powder - Best tasting USDA Organic, Kosher

Started in 2003 by Zach Adelman, Navitas is a young, vibrant company well educated and active in applying sound green business practices. Advocates of supporting small traditional farms.

Their hemp protein powder is just one of their many high quality, sustainably sourced products. Processed to deliver nutrient dense, sealed in freshness.

Navitas is a leading brand in superfoods and is reasonably priced.

Each serving provides 13g protein, 60% DV (daily value) magnesium, 40% DV iron, 25% DV fiber. A 12 ounce bag should deliver 14 servings but in reality it is about 12.

What I like?

  • USDA certified organic
  • Kosher
  • Vegan
  • Gluten free
  • Non-GMO
  • Certified B-corporation
  • Fair Trade certified

What I don't?

  • Only comes in 12 ounce bags
  • May not get the full 14 servings per bag

Paul Whitfield grows hemp on his land in Colorado, where it is legal to grow hemp now. Evo Hemp gets their hemp from this single source, it contains the same nutritional value as Canadian hemp with the added addition of being high in manganese, delivering more than the daily value of this important co-enzyme.

Evo Hemp Protein powder comes in a nice big 3 pound bag. Each 30g serving delivers 15g protein, 2.6g EFA’s, 7g fiber. One 3 pound bag will give 45 servings

What I like?

  • High in potassium, magnesium, manganese, iron and phosphorous
  • USA grown
  • Supports small family farm as opposed to sourcing from corporate managed endeavors
  • Good price
  • Good service

What I don't?

  • Not organic
  • Not sure how it is processed

Bob's Red Mill Hemp Protein Powder - without fillers or additives

As I mentioned in the prelude, Bob’s Hemp Protein is my best pick for this list. I love the taste and I find it blends quite well compared to other brands I’ve used in the past.

Bob rewarded his employees (some have been there over 30 years) by giving them shares in the company.

In the 60’s they had a stone mill in Redding, after moving to Oregon they bought a stone mill there, it burnt down in ‘88 but Bob rebuilt it and to this day it has remained a wholesome, American company built on old school values.

They have given their support both financially and in time, by starting educational initiatives to end childhood obesity (ECO) and teach nutritional cooking skills.

Thanks to them FAMI (food as medicine institute) now exists and in 2012 they funded the Bob and Charlee Institute for Nutrition and Wellness, at Oregon University.

They do not say their hemp is gluten free as their factory also packs wheat and soy products. I find it commendable that they don’t say gluten free.

Some companies say gluten free ingredients but then just add a tiny font warning about the factory using nuts or soy etc.

I’m not gluten intolerant and even people following a gluten free diet can use products with traces of gluten. It is only people with celiac disease that really have to be careful.

Each quarter cup or 30g serving contains 15g protein and 8g fiber. 15 servings per bag or 60 servings if buying a box of 4.

What I like?

  • Paleo friendly
  • Vegan
  • Kosher
  • High fiber
  • Single ingredient product

What I don't?

  • Does not say organic anywhere.
  • Slightly more expensive than other brands but well worth it as it mixes well.

Sunfood Hemp Protein powder - perfect for adding to shakes

Sunfoods also have a good range of superfoods to which they have added pure organic hemp seed protein powder.

They are also a responsible company that wants to build a brand based on quality, education, sustainability and community.

Therefore they source good quality ingredients from small independent farmers who practice sustainable farming.

Promoting superfoods comes hand in hand with educating consumers and their packaging is designed to slow down oxidation, preserving nutrient density.

Each 30g serving provides 15g protein, 4.5g of essential amino acids (of which 2.1g are branched chain amino acids), 2.6g EFA’s and 7g of fiber. But you will only get 7.5 servings per pouch.

What I like?

  • CCOF and USDA certified organic
  • Vegan
  • Kosher
  • Gluten, soy and dairy free.
  • Raw, cold-pressed
  • Good packaging, resealable

What I don't?

  • Only comes in 8 oz pouches
  • One of the more expensive brands

How much hemp protein powder should I take?

Dosage: 1 serving is 30g or 3 tablespoons.

You will generally get 15g of protein from 1 serving. You can take as many servings as you need, depending on your specific protein requirements.

How to Use Hemp Protein Powder?

Best when mixed into smoothies or shakes. Use frozen fruit for better blending if a gritty texture puts you off. Can be mixed with water...but don’t. Not a pleasant experience.

  • Add it to almost any recipe, whether baking sweet or savory. Substitute 25% of the flour you are using with hemp protein powder.
  • Add to salad dressings and soups.
  • Add to dips like hummus or sprinkle over yogurt or desserts.
There are no shortages of innovative, delicious recipes on the web.


Possible side effects of hemp protein powder

Fiber may cause bloating and gas:  When starting any new supplement, some individuals may experience slightly adverse side effects (9).

In some rare instances one may feel bloating, cramping or other slight gastrointestinal discomfort. This could be from the high fiber, cut your dose down and choose a normal powder, not one with added fiber.

THC concerns – Some people worry that the psychoactive THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) found in the illegal strain of Cannabis will be present in hemp.

This is just not possible. Hemp is a different strain of Cannabis and the THC is not present in the seeds, which the powder is made from.

In some tests, negligible amounts of THC metabolites were present in urine. These amounts will not fail you in a drug tests and will not make you high at all.

Any THC residue in seeds are not psychoactive, even if you ate a bucketful of seed. Which is not humanly possible.

Final words

And that, in a hempshell, is our review all wrapped up. I hope you have found this review informative and helpful.

If you were unfamiliar with hemp protein before, hopefully now you will be quite keen to try this plant-based protein out. Much better tasting than pea protein and way easier for the body to digest and utilize.

Join the hemp revolution, you can eat it, wear it and even fuel your car with it. And still keep the planet clean and green!

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I’m Sophia, the voice behind Daily Detox Hacks. I’m a wife, a real mom. Dealing with real health issues, whole food lover, researcher. Her mission with Dailydetoxhacks.com is to bring you latest trends in Healthy, Non-Toxic Living, dieting tips, nutrition facts, beauty and cleaning tutorials, natural remedies and more!

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