I sampled the Vanilla Blast flavor and was shocked by how smooth and creamy it was in my simple frozen banana shake. Not a speck of powderiness could be detected in this luxurious blend that had an almost French vanilla-like taste. Mind you, it definitely has a different flavor flare from the pea protein powder backdrop, but I found it unique in a delicious and comforting way.
Growing Naturals Vanilla Blast pea protein powder actually contains a blend of raw yellow pea protein powder and their organic whole grain brown rice powder for a total of 15 grams of protein per serving. It has just a smidgen more sugars than the straight brown rice proteins powders (3 grams vs 1-2 grams), but is perfectly sweetened (in my opinion) with a touch of organic coconut sugar, vanilla and stevia.
Some additional benefits of the pea protein powder (some from Growing Naturals, some in my opinion) include:
- 30% of your daily recommended iron in 1 serving
- Contains all the essential and non-essential amino acids, with a particularly high amount of the essential amino acid Lysine.
- An easily digestible form of raw protein that is Non-GMO and grown in the U.S. and Canada.
- A versatile creamy consistency for use in many types of recipes.
To note, Growing Naturals does make an Original pea protein powder that has just one ingredient: gold standard raw yellow protein. It has just 1 gram of sugar – I’ll update when I get the chance to trial it.
Certifications: Growing Naturals Raw Pea Protein Powders are labeled as vegan and non-GMO, but did not appear to be certified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Growing Naturals Raw Pea Protein Powders are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Growing Naturals website at www.growingnaturals.com.