It’s like drinking liquid soil. It’s not plain in the sense that the pea protein flavour takes control and pea protein tastes vile. Buy a bag and try it but be prepared to do a half and half with vanilla. There’s a reason people do it
Honestly, UU Huel is one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever tasted. I gave it a go twice on two separate occasions and I nearly chundered as soon as it entered my mouth. For all the stick people level at different types of sweetener I now have an appreciation for them.
in my humble opinion the U/U is fine on its own, no sweetener required.
It’s got an oaty, slightly earthy taste that doesn’t bother me in the slightest. It’s very nondescript.
A squeeze of honey of agave syrup should give you the sweetness you desire… no need for these flavour boosts in my opinion.
The best thing about U/U is that it can be anything… honey, banana and peanut butter for breakfast and then
a wee bit of stock cube and some spinach and cashews dinner.
I quite enjoy plain u/u too - to me its a bit like a plain porridge, or plain rice cakes, both of which I will also eat. I do mix half and half with original, because I have it, but also use u/u on its own with coffee of cocoa in, as well as u/u on its own
I also find original too sweet, and also find the flavour boosts Ive tried so far too sweet too - strawberry was quite good, if you like strawberry milkshake, but personally if you think original is too sweet then a whole dose of flavour boost might be too sweet too. But the sample pack isn’t exactly expensive to try
Anyway, I don’t drink Huel for the flavour. If I wanted to eat something that tastes like real food I’d cook a meal.
I chuck it down my throat as quickly as possible to get nutritious fuel into my body, much like you’d fill up your car at the petrol station. Then I’m on my way.
I think there’s a certain psychological element to eating food that requires it to be satisfying in some way - taste, texture, smell, visually - because we’ve spent all our lives equating food with a satisfactory meal.
Can anyone relate to that? I certainly can.
As much as I love ‘real’ food and cooking, and all the feelings of joy and satisfaction that go with it, now I feel like i’ve separated the act of ‘putting fuel into my body’ from ‘eating for enjoyment’.
That makes it very easy to down my ‘tasteless’ Huel in the mornings, and when the ‘proper’ meal comes around again - it’s all the more satisfying.
I actually love UU.
It tastes like:
Plain porridge oats made with water
It’s not at all sweet at all. No sweetness whatsoever.
If you hate plain porridge or hate pea protein, you probably won’t like plain UU.
But, it’s easy enough to flavour up using peanut butter, coffee, flavour boosts work well but you have to use about twice the recommended amount. Mixing it with plant milk instead of water makes it sweeter, as does blending it with fruit.
I really like it as it is.
But then I will quite happily drink 40g of pea protein in a pint of water and enjoy it. Apparently I’m in the minority!!