Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Powders and HempShakes

15g Protein, Hi Fiber, Vanilla, Chocolate
$18.99 to $19.99 per 16-ounce canister

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On April 3, 2007
Last modified:February 13, 2017


In terms of taste, the baseline hemp protein powders are indeed hemp. They have that earthy flair, slight textural notes of grit and powder (though not too off-putting), and are void of any notable sweetness. But they do provide desirable nutrition and blend in quite well to everyday smoothies. For a little more pizzazz, we've heard that the flavors (otherwise called "Hempshakes") are a notch up in taste, but we haven't yet sampled them.

Until I came across Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Powders, my seedy exposure was limited to hemp seeds in dense store bought muffins.

Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Powders and Hempshakes (Chocolate & Vanilla) - all dairy-free, vegan and soy-free
But, I really did like those muffins, and as a fan of all things nutty, hemp seemed like it could be a good match.

Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Powders are made with 100% pure raw, certified organic hemp protein powder.  That’s it, not a single other ingredient. I decided to trial a single serve packet in a smoothie made with 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 cup of frozen fruit (peaches and raspberries), and 1/2 of a small banana.  The powder produced a very unappealing brown-green color, and the flavor did take away from the sweetness of the fruit just a bit. I added about 1/2 teaspoon of maple syrup to reach perfection.

The taste at this point was excellent.  It must have been … I finished the smoothie in three minutes flat and was shaking out the blender for more!  The hemp protein did add a powdery taste to the smoothie, and a very slight gritty texture. Though I didn’t find it off-putting in the slightest, little ones and those with “texture” issues might not approve. On the packaging, they state that Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Powders have a “nutty” flavor.  I didn’t really get this, but did think they provided a nice neutral base and thickener for smoothies.

At last check, they had two base versions of the Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Powders. One has 15 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber per serving. It’s aptly named “15g”. The other is a Hi Fiber blend with 11 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber.

Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Powders and Hempshakes (Chocolate & Vanilla) - all dairy-free, vegan and soy-free

Beyond the straight up protein powders, Nutiva also makes Organic HempShakes. Despite the fun name, they’re flavored protein powders that are sweetened with organic coconut sugar and stevia. We haven’t yet sampled the current Vanilla and Chocolate flavors, which have been reformulated a bit over the years. I will update if we do, but feel free to share your own review in the comments!

Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Powders and Hempshakes (Chocolate & Vanilla) - all dairy-free, vegan and soy-free

The Facts on Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Powders and HempShakes

Certifications: Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Powders are Certified Organic and Non-GMO Verified.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein Powders are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Select varieties are made without nuts. 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.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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