Over the last two weeks of meal replacement, I have tried nearly all possible combinations of Huel and other stuff. Here’s a list, so you don’t have to.
TL;DR: half vanilla and half plain Huel with fresh fruit, instant coffee, cinnamon or chocolate flavour works OK.
- Mix 300 ml water, 1 scoop Huel, half a teaspoon of cinnamon, 1.5 teaspoons of sweetener (xylitol) and a few drops of vanilla essence.
Not too sweet, has a bit of a spicy taste from the cinnamon, and the vanilla is OK. It’s a bit like cold runny porridge but at least it has a little flavour. I’m OK with that – I’ll have this one again. 5/10.
- Mix 300ml water, 1 scoop Huel, half a teaspoon vanilla essence and 2 teaspoons of sweetener.
Tastes a bit like lumpy runny vanilla milkshake. Not entirely horrible. However, as Huel do a vanilla flavour powder (and I have a bag of this powder) I guess I should be more adventurous in my own flavourings. Home made vanilla like this is a little less sweet than the Huel vanilla, which is good. 5/10.
- Mix 400ml water, 1 scoop Huel, 1 scoop vanilla huel, about a teaspoon of “sweet freedom chocolate shots”.
Slightly chocolatey vanilla thick milkshake thing. The mix of plain and vanilla Huel works quite well. 5/10.
- Mix 300ml water, 1 scoop Huel, one Carob or Chocolate Huel Flavour Boost.
Actually nice. Chocolate flavour, complements the slight coconut in the powder, tastes a bit like a lumpy chocolate milkshake. Note: I can’t really tell the difference between carob flavour and chocolate flavour. I’d repeat these. 5/10.
- Mix 400ml water, 1 scoop Huel, 1 scoop vanilla huel, about a teaspoon of instant decaf coffee.
Again the mix of plain and vanilla work well, and coffee is good. Indeed coffee flavour is one of my favourites so far, and with decaf it’s possible to drink it late in the evening too. This is what I have for lunch at work. 6/10.
- Mix 400ml water, 1 scoop plain and 1 scoop vanilla, some fruit and half a banana. Blend.
Best yet. Most faff too – but definitely the best yet. Using half vanilla half plain reduces the overpowering sweetness of the vanilla Huel, and the fruit gives it a nice flavour. This, I think, will happen every meal until I run out of fruit. With additional Huel (making it a 3-scoop meal) this also works. 6.5/10.
- Mix 400ml water, 1 scoop plain and 1 scoop vanilla, some chocolate shots and half a banana. Blend.
Equal best yet. I think the banana is key, it helps the texture and the flavour. 6.5/10.
- Mix 300ml water, 1 scoop Huel (half and half vanilla/plain, which has become my standard now), and a Banana Huel flavour boost.
This is like those banana sweets you get which taste of chemicals and yellow. It doesn’t look yellow but it tastes yellow. The banana flavour comes in a little sachet and is a fine white powder, which billows out when you open the sachet making your entire kitchen smell of fake banana. If you like the taste of yellow, this is probably OK. 3/10.
- Mix 300ml water, 1.5 scoops Huel, one Matcha or Mocha Huel Flavour Boost (I’ve lumped these together.) (Pun intended.).
These ones are alright. Taste a bit like those shop-bought green tea drinks or cold coffee drinks from the fridge in the supermarket (but lumpy). Not as sweet as many of the “flavour boost” sachets but still pretty sweet. I think I prefer my slightly sweet pseudo-coffee or pseudo-tea in a less solid state though. 3/10.
- Mix 4 parts water, 1 part coffee (from the morning cafetiere), 1 part Huel.
Insipid, cold porridge. Minor flavour of coffee, some taste of oats, a hint of coconut, rather dusty. Not an experience that’s particularly pleasant but nor is it particularly unpleasant. 3/10.
- Mix 300ml water, 1 scoop Huel, about a teaspoon of “sweet freedom chocolate shots”.
Slightly chocolatey but not very. Not sweet. Might be good with vanilla Huel instead of plain. 4/10.
- Mix 400ml water, 2 scoops Huel, 2 spoons instant coffee.
Instant coffee was the best “savoury” one so far so I thought I’d try a thicker shake. I’m not sure that thick, cold, coffee made with porridge is my favourite thing. 4/10.
- Mix 5 parts water, 1 part Huel, 2 spoons instant coffee.
Like a slightly lumpy coffee milkshake, but made with runny porridge instead of milk. I’m OK with that. 4.5/10.
- Mix 300ml water, 1 scoop Huel (vanilla).
The Huel vanilla is OK. I think it’s a little too sweet for my taste. But it’s not terrible. Using some nice vanilla essence and a little sweetener with plain is probably nicer, but more of a faff. 4.5/10.
- Mix 400ml water, 2 scoops Huel (vanilla), handful of blueberries. Blend.
A thicker mix this time – this was my first blended Huel and my first with actual fruit added. It feels more substantial – more like “food” than the the runny-gruel Huel. The vanilla flavour is overpowering and there’s a heavy taste of artificial sweetener. I am not sure I can really taste the blueberries. The texture and thickness is an improvement, but it’s like eating sweeties (without any of the fun). 4.5/10.
The OMG NEVER AGAIN
- Mix 300ml water, 1 scoop Huel, one Rhubarb and Custard Huel Flavour Boost.
Fuck this one’s bad. Cold runny porridge, with lumps in, tasting of sherbert and synthetic fruit. Quite the worst one yet. 0/10.
- Mix 300ml water, 1.5 scoops Huel, one Pineapple and Coconut Huel Flavour Boost.
This one’s also pretty bad. Tastes like those pineapple cube boiled sweets. I think a pattern is emerging here – for me, Huel goes with coffee/chocolate/banana type stuff but not with fruity acidic flavours. 0.5/10.
- Mix 300ml water, 1 scoop Huel.
Cold, runny wallpaper paste. Bland does not come close to describing this taste. It’s a taste vacuum, with occasional lumpy bits. This is an experience I will try to avoid repeating. 1/10.
- Mix 300ml water, 1.5 scoops Huel, one Toffee Huel Flavour Boost.
This one’s bad but not entirely terrible. The Huel equivalent of a toffee Muller Light yoghurt (but lumpy). Very sweet. 2.5/10.