Gluten Free and Dairy Free Protein Powder Review-PlantFusion

Thanks to Amanda at Gluten Free Maui for the heads up on this product!


For many of us with celiac disease or gluten intolerance, other food intolerance’s come along for the ride.  I personally seem to do just fine with dairy, and for a very long time I only used whey and/or casein (dairy derived) protein powders when the need arose.  After learning how common dairy intolerance was, I did a bit of research and compiled Dairy Free/Gluten Free protein powder 101.  There are several options out there that are dairy and gluten free.

(Side note: Of course, eat whole “real” food whenever possible.  However, there are instances where a protein powder can be much more convenient, and it can also be used as a sweet treat.  To read more about the best and easiest way to eat a healthy gluten free diet, read this.)

Plant Fusion protein

It leaps tall buildings in a single bound...whoops, wrong superhero

PlantFusion is a “multisource plant protein.”  Basically, they’ve taken the options that I previously outlines in DF/GF protein powder 101 and combined them.  The protein blend uses pea protein, brown rice protein, and artichoke (!) protein.  This is a good thing, because these different proteins have complementary amino acids when combined together.

They call it a “hypoallergenic protein” because of the things it does NOT contain:

  • No Dairy
  • No Soy
  • No Eggs
  • No Wheat
  • No Gluten
  • No Peanuts
  • No Tree Nuts
  • No Fish
  • No Shellfish

Voila-it’s vegan!

Also, PlantFusion protein uses stevia as a sweetener.  That is my personal sweetener of choice, so I was happy to see that.

I purchased a trial pack which contained one of each flavor: chocolate, vanilla, and unflavored.

(Funnily enough, the PlantFusion website does not have a shopping cart, nor does it send you to a site where you can but the products.  I had to google search it.)

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 Scoop (Approx. 30g)
Servings Per Container: 30
Amount
Per Serving
% Daily
Value*
Total Calories 117
Calories From Fat 15
Total Fat 1.5 g 2%
Saturated Fat 0 g 0%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 360 mg 15%
Potassium 34 mg <1%
Total Carbohydrates 4 g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1 g 4%
Sugars (from fructose) 4 g
Protein 21 g 42%

The individual samples came in what looked like a vitamin bottle, not a pouch, and that was the first time I’ve seen that type of packaging for a protein powder.

The taste is good-not overly sweet.  It does have a thicker consistency from the pea protein.  It does have a distinctive taste, not unpleasant, but distinctive as the vegan proteins I’ve tried in the past have had.  Almost an earthy nuttiness.

I do like the unflavored option, which would make it easy to add into baked goods or homemade protein bars, almond meal pancakes, or really any other application, sweet or savory.

All in all, this is a great option for those who cannot tolerate the dairy proteins, and yet need a portable and convenient protein boost.

Please leave your reviews of this product below!  Also, you can check out the Gluten Free Protein Powder Review page for more.

Don’t forget the check Gluten Free and Fit 101!  (The flowchart I mentioned is coming!)

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  1. Kim says:

    Oooh!! I need to try this!! You know me and my finicky stomach!

  2. Erin says:

    Hey Kim!
    Sure, especially since you can get the 3 flavor trial pack. I say go for it!

  3. Kim says:

    I just ordered some! :)

  4. Erin says:

    Cool! After you try it come one back and let me know what you think!

  5. AmandaonMaui says:

    Hooray! This is so cool that you reviewed the product I recommended. I’m blushing and glowing over here!

    It really is the best protein powder I’ve tried (I’m not into the whey powders so those might be even tastier).

  6. Erin says:

    Of course! I appreciate you making me aware of it!
    Whey is tastier, imo, but taste is very individual.

  7. Helene says:

    I was attracted because I try to stay away from Whey (mucus) Soy (fears over hormones) so when advised to try PlantFusion, I said yes. I have been using a vegan brand, chocolate flavored and it tasted fine with my water base. I take artichoke tablets for my liver so I’m am happy that the artichoke plant is part of this recipe for good health. Drink Up!!!

  8. I like the look of this protein, being dairy intolerant I find it difficult to stomach most protein supplements.

    Thanks

    Spencer

  9. PeeWee says:

    Does any one have an updated review now that youve been using it for a few weeks?

    Me want to build muscles. me skinny

  10. Norma Skjold says:

    I’ve been using this great product for breakfast for almost a month and am now scrambling to order more. It’s very gentle, digestible and satisfying, at least for a few hours. I have terrible health issues (MS, Lyme,gastritis, allergy to smoke, soy, corn and dairy)so finding a food that doesn’t cause worse is a gift. My only complaint, and it’s minor, is that the powder is very lightweight and can become airborne — an issue for asthma but can be overcome by covering the jar and shaking instead of stirring to mix.

  11. Erin says:

    Excellent point, Norma. So glad to hear that you are doing well with it!

  12. jamie says:

    I purchased the chocolate plant fusion and it tastes amazing! I mix it with my vanilla almond milk, yum!!!! :)

  13. Erin says:

    Jamie, so glad you liked it! Thanks for taking the time to post your review :) I’m an almond milk fan myself!

  14. Dawn says:

    This is by far the BEST protein drink I have ever tried. Two years ago after the birth of my daughter I developed a severe allergy to milk and egg. One of the hardest things I have done is eliminating those foods from my diet and finding replacements that are just as good. This honestly is the only product i have tried that tastes just like a milk based protein drink. Most vegan drinks are grainy, very strong in taste and taste nothing like what I miss in a whey protein drink. My husband who is not vegan and consumes whey protein drinks even said this is the best tasting protein drink he has ever tried. I have to admit that I have not tried it mixed with water, I mix it with soy or almond milk. Thanks for such a great product!

  15. Erin says:

    Dawn,
    Thanks so much for sharing your experience with PlantFusion! It seems across the board that most people who cannot tolerate whey prefer PlantFusion, which makes sense since it’s a blend. Awesome to hear the feedback! (You have the good folks at PlantFusion to thank for the product though, not me. I’m just the lowly reviewer ;))

  16. Bob says:

    Had small bowel surgery three months ago and lost 25 lbs, had same surgery a year ago and lost 35 lbs. Down 60 lbs overall and very skinny. I have been using the vanilla along with rice milk in a little bullit blender for the past few months. I have not put any weight back on, but I haven’t lost anymore either. I think that it tastes great and I have not had any problems with it. I am very lactose intolerant since the surgery and have to make sure that I don’t consume any whey and it is almost all lactose and used to be a waste product of making cheese.

  17. Erin says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Bob. Glad to hear that your weight has stabilized and that you are doing well with the PlantFusion. Take care!

  18. John says:

    I’ve tried so many protein supplements out there and I have to say this is the best!

  19. Christian says:

    Thank you for the review! I am glad to see some people have been enjoying the product as much as I have. Iv been using Plant Fusion for almost a year and absolutely love it – It is great for Veg’s or Vegans – Just be sure to add plenty of water if you use more that One scoop as i do after working out. Its smooth, tastes great and provides a great boost of energy before or after the gym or to get you going in the morning – Enjoy :)

  20. Erin says:

    Thanks for stopping by Christian! It’s been very cool so far to see nothing but positive reviews for PlantFusion.

  21. Audra says:

    Honestly, this is a miracle worker!!!!! I use it every morning for breakfast either alone or with a small portion of good carbs like oatmeal or gf toast. I can tell my body just works better. I’m less hungry, don’t crave during the day and overall much happier. I’ve recently added a 2-3 sessions of intense weight training to my fitness routine and am very glad to get a little protein boost for my muscles! Love the product. I use the vanilla flavored mixed with frozen berries and vanilla flavored almond milk. Also love that it’s super low in calories.

  22. Erin says:

    Sounds great Audra! Adding a bit more protein to your diet can definitely help in many areas. Glad to hear you find it so helpful and tasty! :)

  23. Mary Kate says:

    Have been using this product for years and love it. My favorite breakfast recipies – 1/2 scoop plant fusion, 1/2 frozen banana, 1/4 cup frozen pumpkin, 1/2 c almond milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla all blended – it’s like pumpkin ice cream for breakfast, or 5 oz spinach, almond milk, frozen banana, frozen peaches and/or mango, ice and blend. Either way a great way to start your day.

  24. Erin says:

    Mary Kate,
    Those sound like great smoothies! Now that I have a Blendtec I’m always on the lookout for new ideas. Thanks! Also, so glad you are enjoying the Plant Fusion. Overall it seems that reviews are overwhelmingly positive for this product.

  25. nicole says:

    Does this product contain caffeine?

  26. Erin says:

    Hi Nicole,

    Not to my knowledge. The chocolate flavor may contain a small amount of caffeine from the cocoa powder. I definitely suggest contacting the manufacturer directly if you have questions.

  27. Joan says:

    I have used one container of this product and it seems to suit me well and I have just ordered another one.
    But: doesn’t it seem like an awful lot of sodium for very little potassium, in a plant based product? Wonder why this should be..
    PS talking about the unflavored one

  28. Lil says:

    Im lactose intolerant and have tried a few shakes in the market. Ive just started drinking this today for the purpose of weight control. Its very tasty with almond milk and more tolerable than a lot ive tried :-)

  29. Erin says:

    Awesome! Glad to hear it’s working well for you.

  30. Kimberly says:

    How many grams of protein per serving?

  31. stacy says:

    Can you use this for an 8 year old? My daughter is only 42 lbs and is gluten and dairy sensitive. I’m trying to put some healthy weight on her. Can I use 1/2 the serving or less?

  32. Peggy says:

    One of my vegan friends introduced me to this about 6 weeks ago. I’m intolerant to gluten, dairy and soy. I mix the cookies & cream flavor in with unsweetend vanilla almond milk and it is absolutely fabulous! I have also used the unsweetened in chocolate almond milk which is great, and blend the unflavored in with almond milk or hemp milk and frozen fruit for smoothies. It agrees with me 100% and I believe that it helps me to feel my best. An awesome product in my opinion!

  33. Jana says:

    I have tried several plant based protein and this is the only one that tastes good and is not gritty.

  34. Mary Jean says:

    I LOVE PlantFusion! I’m not GF but I’m vegan. Just bought an ice cream maker today to try protein ice cream with it! I haven’t tried the cookies & cream version of the powder yet but I am planning to next. I believe there is only 1 website (veganprotein dot com) that sells it & that flavor isn’t even listed on the PlantFusion website…they also have Choc raspberry which I have heard rave reviews about. PF never bothers my stomach & 2 days ago I tried a different vegan protein powder & my stomach has been off ever since. I am never cheating on PlantFusion again lol!

  35. Stephen says:

    I bought this recently and saw it contains fructose. Do you know what kind of fructose it is as there are many man made and processed fructose and are different to fruit juice (levulose). Not sure why it needs fructose as a sweetener if it already uses stevia.

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