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Faba Bean Protein 1kg

Plant Based Protein That's Functional.






$42.00 (NZD)

Faba Bean Protein

NZ Protein's Faba Bean isolate protein powder is a newer plant based protein that's more pleasant than some other types of plant proteins, and it makes a good alternative to pea.

It's clean tasting and has less gritiness that's often associated with plant proteins.

Faba bean is high in protein (85% - unflavoured) and is a complete protein with a good amino acid profile. That means it's suitable for muscle growth and development and is comparable to other high quality sources of protein.

Like with other plant proteins, faba bean is vegan, GMO free, and naturally free of dairy, gluten, soy, and other allergens*.

Lastly, and perhaps most interestingly, it's functional. That means faba bean is likely to perform better in recipes and baking applications. It's heat stable too so works well in soups and casseroles.

faba bean plants growing


Faba bean protein is a unique one. It's quite pleasant and easy to drink on its own - certainly easier than other plant proteins.

When our scientist attempted to create various flavoured versions they didn't work. In fact, they did the opposite and made it taste strange.

Flavouring can be an odd thing. With other plant proteins, such as pea - adding flavours makes them taste better.

In this case however adding some of these flavours brought out a very 'bean' taste. The double chocolate worked though.

It is for this complicated reason that we do not offer this product in other flavours.

Clean Protein

Legumes are nutrient-dense and easy to digest foods. They're cleaner to produce and use less fossil fuel energy to grow than less sustainable animal sources of protein.

As the human population grows and the demand for protein grows it is believed that there will be more of a switch to sustainable plant based foods, such as faba bean which is a complete protein and is a suitable replacement to animal proteins.

Faba bean is a very versatile crop because they're able to grow in most climate conditions and soils. Additionally they belong to the 'nitrogen fixing' category of crops, meaning they provide an abundant and sustainable source of nitrogen into the soil.

This product is grown by our mates in Australia where the manufacturing plant has just been set up.

Faba Bean vs Pea Protein

Pea protein is hugely popular, so why bother with this new type?

Where pea and other types of plant protein have a grainy-ness to them, faba does not.

One serving of our faba bean contains 125 calories and ~26 grams of protein. One serving of our pea contains 111 calories and ~25 grams of protein, so both have similar protein levels and faba bean has slightly higher calories.

Overall, while both have comparable levels of protein, the main difference is that faba bean has a cleaner taste and pea is a better amino acid profile.


faba bean protein small bag

pea protein small bag

Protein Per 100g




Faba (broad) beans, Australia

Yellow Peas, Canada


(higher than pea; more bioactive)


Key Attributes

Vegan, plant based.

Clean texture.

Vegan, plant based.

Slightly grainy texture.

Best For

Best plant protein if taste and texture are an issue.

Functional protein - better for baking and recipes.

Higher PDCAAS score.

Good replacement for whey and has a better amino acid profile for muscle repair/growth.

Slightly lower cost.

faba beans

Taste and Mixing

This product has more of a neutral taste than other plant proteins. Flavoured varieties are available too. The texture is cleaner and not grainy. It blends easily into other foods and with other flavours.

Faba bean protein is formulated to mix with water, but other liquids (such as almond milk and yoghurt) can be used. It mixes slightly thicker than whey but not as thick as pea protein.

This product mixes easily in a handshaker or with a spoon but it's always good practice to add liquid before the powder. Our Fill n Go Funnels make this easy.

Depending on your nutritional requirements take 1-3 servings daily at breakfast, between meals, post workout, or before bed.


Plant proteins are slower digesting than general animal types. In saying that, the digestibility rate is high with 90% of the protein easily digestible.

The better a protein is digested, the more efficiently it can be used by the body. The digestibility of any given protein is related to the concentrations of its amino acids. The Protein Digestibility-Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) is a rating that determines the bioavailibility of a protein. The maximum score is 1.0. This study gives faba beans a PDAAS score of 0.75. This is greater than pea protein but less than whey.

Good for Weight Loss

Higher-protein meals decrease hunger and increase satiety compared to lower-protein meals. It can help people to lose weight and keep it off by not only reducting appetite but also by increasing metabolism and helping to control blood sugar levels.

Faba bean protein may assist with sugar cravings and can make you feel full for longer and enable more prolonged absorption.

small faba bean plants in field

Side Effects

Faba (broad) bean is a type of legume. Allergies are uncommon. Those with allergies to faba beans and favism should avoid this product.

In their raw state faba beans, like peas, contain antinutrients which can can interfere and prevent absorption of nutrients such as proteins and minerals. Though antinutrients are naturally present in faba beans, they're eliminated through the manufacture and extraction process.

Faba Bean Recipes

Faba Protein Breakfast Smoothie

A smooth, thick, plant-based smoothie with 26.5g protein per serve! Faba bean protein works miracles as a plant based protein in a smoothie because it doesn't change the taste or texture.
View Recipe

Faba Protein Quinoa Bar

This recipe is really simple and tastes deliciously sweet! Combining the textures of almonds, nut butter, quinoa and chocolate chips, it makes for a gooey, chewy protein bar with plenty of protein, fibre and flavour.
View Recipe

Please note that this product is processed in a facility that also handles milk, egg, soy, peanut, and gluten ingredients.

Rated 5/5 Based on 7 customer reviews.

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sooo yummy, even better than pea - creamy, chocolatey, delish
Review by: katya on Tue, Sep 28, 2021 8:11 AM
The chocolate flavour is genuinely the best plant protein I've ever had, and I've tried many different brands (mostly pea proteins).

Has a much nicer flavour than any pea protein and is very smooth and creamy. It's just like drinking a chocolate milkshake even when mixed with water. Also has significantly lower sodium content than most pea proteins as well.
Review by: Harry on Fri, Sep 17, 2021 1:37 PM
Incredible new plant based protein out of Australia. Texturally superior to pea protein (not grainy) and without the bitterness and high sodium content of pea protein.

Mixes well with powdered peanut butter and/or cocoa to create a delicious protein packed spread to put on toast. Add some hazelnut extract and you darn near have high protein Nutella (using unflavoured faba protein with extra erythritol to sweeten). I imagine the double choc flavour will work even better for this purpose.

Hoping NZProtein offer bulk purchase discounts for this product soon.
Review by: Anthony on Tue, Sep 14, 2021 9:48 PM
Pleasant (neutral) taste, mixes well in shakes, good substitute for flour in baking, I tolerate it better than milk based proteins, does not cause any gastro issues often associated with beans. I like the fact it’s produced in Australia and has better environmental credentials than animal derived proteins.
Review by: Anonymous on Sat, Sep 11, 2021 1:22 PM
Been looking for a great tasting easy to mix plant based protein powder for a while and this is one of the best. Quick delivery in these hard times and came packed really well

Looking forward to using it in baking some plant based treats too.

Great stuff!
Review by: Pat on Mon, Sep 6, 2021 5:12 PM
Genuinely delicious protein. Have it by itself and it's a really smooth creamy protein. Mix it with Banana into a smoothie and it gives that little bit of sweetness which I'm sure we have all come to expect from using pea isolate. Super delicious protein, very nice and creamy.
Review by: Blake on Mon, Aug 23, 2021 7:40 AM
Great protein powder, mixes a treat and I double it up with matcha powder too. Taste is fine as long as you’re not expecting a sweet hit with every mouthful.
Review by: Paul on Tue, Jul 20, 2021 8:18 PM


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Serving size: 31.25g (2 heaped scoops)
Servings per pack: 32

Name Ave Quantity Per Serving Ave Quantity Per 100g
Energy 522kJ 1670kJ
Calories 125 399
Protein 26.5g 85g
       - Gluten 0g 0g
Fat - total 1.7g 5.4g
       - Saturated 0.5g 1.2g
Carbohydrate 1.2g 3.8g
       - Sugars <0.5g <1g
       - Fibre <0.5g <0.5g
Sodium 91mg 290mg

Ingredients: Faba Bean Protein Isolate.

Double Chocolate

Serving size: 31.25g (2 heaped scoops)
Servings per pack: 32

Name Ave Quantity Per Serving Ave Quantity Per 100g
Energy 516kJ 1652kJ
Calories 123 395
Protein 23.1g 73.9g
       - Gluten 0g 0g
Fat - total 2.1g 6.9g
       - Saturated 0.7g 2.4g
Carbohydrate 2.7g 8.6g
       - Sugars 0.4g 1.2g
Sodium 79mg 252mg

Ingredients: Faba Bean Protein Isolate, Cocoa, Flavours, Sweetener (Sucralose).

Typical Amino Acid Profile

(mg per serving - unflavoured)

Branched chain aminio acids:
Isoleucine 1010
Leucine 1750
Valine 1220
Other essential aminio acids:
Lysine 1460
Methionine 175
Phenylalanine 960
Threonine 880
Tryptophan 140
Non essential aminio acids:
Histidine 580
Alanine 1010
Arganine 2070
Aspartic Acid 2440
Cysteine/Cystine 180
Glutamic Acid 3720
Glycine 960
Proline 980
Serine 1190
Tyrosine 800