Joel's Super CHEAP and VEGAN Complete "Soylent" Vegan

Last updated June 9, 2017 Copy
AmountVolumeIngredient$ / daySource
194gRobin Hood Quick Oats$0.43Local or Amazon
116gVital wheat gluten (Gluten Flour)$1.09Amazon
30gYupik Organic Cane Sugar$0.15Amazon
7.5gCocoa Powder$0.13Local
0.9gXanthan Gum$0.04Amazon
3.1gIodized Salt$0.01Local
6gPsyllium Husk Powder$0.16Bulk Barn
10.4gNo Salt: Salt Substitute (by French's)$0.20Local
1.23gCholine bitartrate$0.19Amazon
0.6pillNOW Foods Vitamin k-2$0.10Amazon
2.3gNOW Foods L-Lysine$0.14Amazon
1.25pillDeva Cal-Mag Plus, Vegan, 90 Tablets (2 Containers)$0.16iHerb
1.4pillDeva Vegan Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement (Tiny Tablets)$0.19Amazon
84ml0.35cupOil, canola$0.26Local
5mlAscenta NutraVege EPA/DHA Oil$0.50Vitamart
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This recipe is based on a higher protein diet (22% of calories).

This recipe uses vegan DHA/EPA oil to ensure you get your requirements. Most people can convert ALA into EPA and DHA, but some people, males in particular, don't do it as efficiently. In any case, for a cheaper version, using Flax for ALA instead of EPA/DHA, go HERE


All ingredients are vegan in the recipe as is. Choline Bitartrate can come from both plant and animal sources, however the link on this recipe is for "Pure Bulk" branded Choline, which is listed on their site as "suitable for vegetarians and vegans". If you do source another brand, you should try to find one that says the same.


This recipe relies mostly on Gluten Flour (Vital Wheat Gluten) for protein, which is what's used to make Seitan. If you're celiac, you can replace with Pea Protein Powder ($10.99/lb at Bulk Barn) and replace the oats with certified gluten free oats. You can also leave out the Lysine if you replace with Pea Protein.


This recipe doesn't taste awful, and not great either. You will eventually get used to the taste if you're drinking it on a regular basis, and it should be tolerable from the get go. You can always adjust the recipe to have less oil and sugar and more cocoa powder for a better flavor, though cost will increase somewhat.


I like to add 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp ginger to each shake as they are great for the immune system. You can add this, or anything else you like, before hand or "on the fly". A full days worth would be 1.5 tsp turmeric, 1.5 tsp cinnamon and 3/4 tsp ginger.


Some of the ingredients are listed as "Local" meaning that you should simply buy at at a local grocery store. Prices will fluctuate a bit of course.

The Amazon prices include shipping where applicable. Most of the Amazon items are also tax free, so tax need not be added to many items (including the gluten flour).

The Deva Calcium supplement should be purchased 2 bottles at a time to get the price listed in the recipe.

The EPA/DHA oil price is based on buying the 500 ml size. For something cheaper (up front), you can get Webber Natural's capsules at HERE and just take 1 capsule daily. The cost will increase from $0.50/day to $0.61/day in this case.

The "French's No Salt Substitute" can be bought near the salt. The purpose is a cheap source of Potassium Chloride - buying just plain Potassium Chloride seems to cost about double in Canada versus just using this.


The first thing you need to do is blend the oats into oat flour. This is best achieved using a high powered blender like a Blendtec or a Vitamix. You can sub with an equal amount of oat flour, but the cost will be higher.

Combine all dry ingredients and mix very well. Store in a sealed container.

When making your shake, add the canola oil and EPA/DHA oil. You can use either a shaker or a blender to combine.


Protein is provided from the gluten flour and oats. Lysine is added to make it a complete protein.

Xanthan Gum

The Xanthan Gum is not necessary but does make it thicker and more palatable.


The sugar in this recipe makes up about 6% of calories. The WHO recommends consuming less than 10% of calories from sugar, and also recommends trying to reduce to as low as 5%. This recipe is almost down to the 5%


40% fat may seem like a lot, but it's well within recommended guidelines. Remember oil has 9 calories per gram versus 4 for protein and carbs. So while the calorie intake is 40%, the volume is less than 20%. You can sub another oil for canola though canola does have a 2:1 Omega-6:Omega-3 ratio which is an acceptable ratio for these.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Day
36% Carb, 23% Protein, 41% Fat
% Daily Values*
Total Carbohydrate189g
Dietary Fiber 27g
Total Fat95g
Saturated Fat17g
Monounsaturated Fat4g
Polyunsaturated Fat5g
Omega-3 Fatty Acids7g
Omega-6 Fatty Acids18g
* Percent Daily Values are based on "Higher protein macro profile, 38-40-22 carb/fat/protein, other U.S. government DRI male 19-50, Aug 2015". You may use the Nutrient Calculator to personalise your own profile, then select it from the list on the Recipe Editor tab.
Nutrient Profile: Higher protein macro profile, 38-40-22 carb/fat/protein, other U.S. government DRI male 19-50, Aug 2015Change

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