Meal-in-a-cup was never a bad idea to be considered. It was, after all, time-saving and made it easy for those who are just not able to take out time to eat or awaken the desire to cook after a long day at work. And that is probably why Soylent was introduced to the world. Although it was a brilliant idea, in the meanwhile that it took for the drink to hit the shelves, people had already come up with ideas for their own for DIY Soylent Recipes.

The human history is full of records of inventions or discoveries that changed our way of living forever. Just like when someone invented fire, someone invented the wheel, or when someone found out that you could grow food by planting seeds into the ground, even when someone invented the telephone, so you could talk to people sitting so very far away from you; the modern inventors have continued to raise the standard of living despite the busy lives we lead. Soylent is one such example.

What Is Soylent?

It was invented as a meal replacement product. In other words, it was created with the idea in mind that it will act as a replacement of the full-fledged, proper meals, but with the same nutritional value that is expected to be gained. It is a part of the markets of United States of America (USA) and Canada as a ready drink or as powder to be mixed with water for desired results.

Introduced in the year 2014, Soylent was conceptualized for the people who had less time to cook or to consume food in the proportion of proper meals. These people just had enough time to open a can and drink straight from it, or to mix and whip the powder to form a drinkable meal and get the proper nutrition, to resume work with the same strength that they began with. It was also meant to be an inexpensive replacement for food to provide to the hungry. The idea was not to decrease dependence on food, but to provide a balanced diet with everything that a person might require to keep functioning. But as the time passed, the general idea of Soylent changed from that into something a bit misplaced. Some people also took it up as a challenge on themselves to survive on nothing but Soylent to look fitter.

Is Soylent Safe?

With all the talk of eating natural as much as possible, where does the Soylent finds its place? Soylent may have been prepared by the Los Angeles based Rosa Labs, but they have done so after giving in a lot of their time in researching the recipe to get it just right for public use. They made sure that it was safe for consumption by the human population by consulting a wide array of nutritionists and fitness experts before making their final blends. So to all the concerns about it being developed in a lab and amidst the questions like”Is Soylent healthy?”, it will be pretty much evident to everyone that it is, after all, safe to eat (or drink).

So, how does Soylent work? The composition of the original Soylent drink contained about 400 calories, as per the FDA. Other information that was given by Rosa Labs, the creator of the Soylent product, on the nutrition facts of the drink tell us that it is completely cholesterol-free and has about 20 grams of protein. That makes up about 20% of our daily requirement. So it is justified in saying that it is pretty much a meal in itself. The explanation to this probably lies in what Soylent is made of. The main ingredients in the drink, as per listed on their website, are water, soy protein, high oleic sunflower oil, isomaltulose, and other vitamins and minerals.

What Does Soylent Taste Like?

So what kind of flavor does it give to the drink? Well, Soylent powder and drink, which Rosa Labs make, has 3 definite flavors. These are the sweet Soylent original, chocolaty Soylent cacao, and the fruity Soylent nectar.

And it is okay if you cannot find yourself a can or two of Soylent because, with just the right ingredients, you can make your own Soylent drink at your home or work, with the kind of flavor you wish. Here are a few ideas for you to try and make your own DIY Soylent.

13 DIY Soylent Recipes For Your Daily Nutrition


1. Chocolate Soylent

Chocolate as a part of your meal; who doesn’t want that? We have all went through that time in our life where our elders just kept on telling us how harmful too much chocolate can be but we thought that we were invincible, and there was nothing like “too much chocolate” that ever existed. But come to think of it, if taken in small measures, even chocolate is beneficial for us. This recipe for the DIY Soylent has about 496 calories and 20.5 grams of protein. And to make it, you will need the following.



  • Pure Cacao protein powder- 32 grams
  • Organic Banana powder- 2 tablespoon
  • Pure Oat flour- 2 tablespoon
  • Virgin Coconut oil- 1 tablespoon
  • Extra virgin Olive oil- 1 tablespoon
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Ice

Just pour all of the ingredients above in a blender and mix them. Start with less ice and then add according to how thick you want the drink to be.

Recipe from Pure Food Company

2. DIY Soylent Recipe With Peas

According to the Wired magazine, this is the most famous Soylent recipe in the entire UK. It uses the usual ingredients like Maltodextrin, Sunflower oil, along with Peas, Flaxseed, and Brown Rice. The recipe is a little complicated, but as per the claims, it will all be worth it. Here is all that you will need to make this drink.



  • Unsalted dry split peas- 36 grams
  • Pea protein- 80 grams
  • Flaxseed Meal- 55 grams
  • Brown Rice flour- 94 grams
  • Maltodextrin- 56 grams
  • Olive oil- 6 ml
  • Sunflower oil- 19 grams
  • Iodised salt- 2 grams
  • Multivitamin- One
  • Sulfur powder- 2 grams
  • Choline bitartrate– 1 gram
  • Potassium Chloride– 5 grams
  • Calcium tablets- 2
  • Vitamin D plus Vitamin K tablets- 2
  • Distilled water- 2.5 liters

Microwave the rice flour and water mixture for about two minutes. Make a powder out of the dried peas and use a sieve to sort out the chunks. Crush the different pills and mix them with the rest of the ingredients, along with some distilled water in a blender. How thick the mixture turns out to be is totally your choice, however, you should avoid making it too thick. This Soylent is enough to last a whole day with the calorie content of a whopping 1500. Keep in the refrigerator for a delicious drink.

Recipe by Robin Davey first featured in the Wired magazine.


Schmoylent is the name given to a little tweaked DIY version of the first ever Soylent recipe. Instead of the artificial flavor, it uses the natural vanilla, and replaces the sucralose because of sensitivity issues in people. What is better that it is completely soy-free and you can give it the flavor you want, like vanilla or chocolate. Here’s what you will need.



Blend all the ingredients together with about 6 to 8 cups of water, depending on the consistency that you expect from the drink. Schmoylent is also available as a powder that you can buy online.

Recipe by Axcho, on Complete Foods

4. Sean Superfood Version 3

If you are looking for gaining weight through exercise, it is gonna take a lot more efforts and time than you imagine. Your regular diet is not gonna cut it, and you need to increase the number of calories you intake. It was, originally, based on the authentic Schmoylent recipe but with more calories and proteins. For Sean Superfood, the total calories exceed the 3000 mark with as much as 167 grams of protein. Here is what you need.



  • Vanilla Rice protein- 180 grams
  • Oat flour- 200 grams
  • Maltodextrin- 200 grams
  • Canola oil- 100 grams
  • Daily Multivitamin- 1 pill
  • Psyllium husk powder- 20 grams
  • Potassium Citrate- 10 grams
  • Calcium/magnesium- 10 grams
  • Iodized salts- 1 teaspoon
  • Choline Bitartrate- 3 scoops
  • Stevia Powder- quarter teaspoon

Measure and combine the dry ingredients in a bag or a can that is airtight. Shake the mix to make it homogeneous. If the bag or can is airtight, then you can store this powder for an indefinite amount of time. When you want to consume, just mix 2.5 liters of water with a blender, followed by oil and blending again. It is better served refrigerated and cold.

Recipe by Glint, on Complete Foods

5. Delta Chow

DIY soylent ideas came into being because some people just do not like waiting. Some complained about the tastes, others about the presence of soy in the mix. And while it was impossible to please everyone individually, it was still possible to spread the word about personal Soylent recipes, which fit everyone’s personal requirements of different nutrition. One such recipe is the Delta Chow. With about 1757 calories and 79 grams of protein, it is packed with all that a person needs in a day. Following is how you can make the Delta Chow.



  • Oat flour- 243 grams
  • Whey protein isolate– 55 grams
  • Multivitamin mix- 22 grams
  • Calcium and Magnesium mix- 6 grams
  • Potassium Citrate- 6 grams
  • Iodized salt- 4 grams
  • Choline Bitartrate- 2 grams
  • Soybean Oil- 75 grams

Simply blend everything and add water afterward, depending on your choice of thickness for the drink.

Recipe from Daily Dot

6. Vanilla Based Soylent Drink

If you do not like the plain Soylent and are a little too health conscious to go for the chocolate flavored one, you can prepare your own, with keeping vanilla as the base to build on. This drink is very similar to the original Soylent because it contains around the same amount of calories, that are about 520. The protein present in it is about 25 grams. Here is how to prepare this amazing Soylent.



  • Vanilla protein powder- 32 grams
  • Organic Oat flour- 2 tablespoon
  • Flaxseed (Organic) – 2 tablespoon
  • Avocado oil- 1 tablespoon
  • Organic Noni fruit powder- 1 tablespoon
  • Cinnamon- 2 tablespoon
  • Water- 2 cups
  • Ice

Mix all ingredients in a powerful blender with a small amount of ice initially. You can later add more ice and blend as you choose the consistency that you require from the drink.

Recipe from Pure Food Company

7. People Chow

People chow is one of the most popular DIY Soylent dishes out there on the internet. It is so famous that it has more than 1500 variants on the Complete Foods network, which is considered as the Soylent Wiki for recipes. The latest upgrade that was made in the original recipe was named “tortilla perfection.” The main reason for the fame of People Chow is that it happens to be the exact replacement of a person’s daily meal. It has exactly 2000 calories and 88 grams of protein. Another one is that the average cost of one meal is as low as about $3.5. The lack of oats also keeps it easy on the stomach. Here is what you need to make the people’s favorite.



  • Masa Harina- 345 grams
  • Whey protein isolate- 55 grams
  • Vanilla bean multivitamin- 23 gram
  • Calcium and Magnesium mix- 6 grams
  • Potassium Citrate- 6 grams
  • Iodized salt- 4 grams
  • Choline Bitartrate- 2 grams
  • Soybean Oil- 50 grams

Mix all the ingredients in a container. Add lukewarm water into this mix, about 6-8 cups, depending on the thickness that you desire from the drink. The dish is now ready to be served, but works best if it has been refrigerated for a little while prior to serving.

Recipe by Max, of Complete Foods

8. Ax Chow

Ax chow is a variant of the well-known People Chow Soylent recipe only with a slightly higher calorie content, and much more protein packing. It is better tasting and more balanced as well. The soybean oil was swapped with the olive oil and Vitamin K. It also has more fiber because of the addition of Psyllium husk powder. At 2004 calories and a full 100 grams of protein, the Ax Chow is your perfect choice if you are looking for muscle or mass gain. The ingredients that you will require to make it are as follows.


  • Gluten free Oat flour- 190 grams
  • Whey protein isolate- 70 grams
  • Multivitamin powder- 22 grams
  • Chia Seeds 20 grams
  • Psyllium hus powder- 9 grams
  • Potassium Citrate- 7 grams
  • Calcium Magnesium- 6 grams
  • Iodized salt- 4 grams
  • Choline Bitartrate- 1 gram
  • Vitamin K 2- 1 pill
  • Olive oil- 95 ml

Mix all the dry Soylent ingredients and make a powder out of it. Then a few hours before use, put olive oil in a blender and mix the powder into it. If you want to add any spice or flavorings, now is the best time to do that. Mix them thoroughly again. After adding water and mixing for the last time, refrigerate the drink for about a few hours because it is best enjoyed that way only.

Recipe by Axcho, of Complete Foods

9. Chocolate Soylent 2

Is your requirement less fat, more carbohydrates, and more protein? But you want to keep the chocolate flavor of the Soylent. That is okay because that can be done by a few simple tweaks. This recipe has about 500 calories, meaning it is a mini-meal in itself, with about 26 grams of protein in one serving and 60 grams of carbohydrates. Also, one serving costs about $3.13. Here is how to make it.



  • Cacao flavored protein powder- 32 gram
  • Steel cut oats– Quarter cup (cooked or soaked)
  • Banana- 1
  • Organic coconut oil- 1 tablespoon
  • Water- 2 cups
  • Ice
  • Dark chocolate shavings (optional)

Mix all the dry ingredients. Blend the powder with water until it reaches the desired consistency. Then mix the oil and blend again. Once done, pour in the cup you will drink it from and garnish with shavings of dark chocolate.

Recipe by Pure Food Company

10. Chia Based Soylent Drink

In the cases where different members might have different requirements for food, an easily customizable Soylent drink can do wonders. This chia-based drink is what you can really use. It is easy to make and customize. Here is all that you will need



  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Hazelnuts
  • Brazil nuts
  • Milled Flax seeds
  • Golden Flax seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Dried coconut
  • Goji berries
  • Cinnamon
  • Sweet powder: Maca, Mesquite, or cocoa

Just mix all the ingredients, with a little caution on Brazil nuts and no caution with the chia seeds or cinnamon. Mix it all, and then blend with milk, which is not from the dairy. If you take low-carbohydrate meals, then this blend is perfect for you, as is. And if you want to take a high-carbohydrate content meal, then simply add fruits like dates and banana to the blend and enjoy.

Recipe from Eat Sleep Grow Repeat

11. Keto Chow

Like mentioned earlier, the central idea for developing the Soylent was to create a balanced meal for those who did not have the time to make one for themselves. But then as time progressed and people’s creativity chimed in, thousands of variants of Soylent came into being, all for different purposes. Keto Chow happens to be one of them. It was created as a meal to aid people who are aiming at weight loss. It contains a total of 1955 calories and about 99 grams of protein, along with everything that you will need to reduce weight. This alternative cuts down on the carbohydrates and includes more of the good fat in your diet. If you have tried a lot of different meal plans and supplements, but none of them worked, you should probably try Soylent, especially this one. You can prepare Keto chow at you home using these.



  • Whey protein (chocolate)- 110 grams
  • Acacia gum– 16 grams
  • Potassium Citrate- 6 grams
  • Salt- 6 grams
  • Calcium Magnesium powder- 5 grams
  • Calcium Phosphate– 2 grams
  • Choline Bitartrate- 2 grams
  • Xanthan Gum- 4 grams
  • Vitamin K2- 1 pill
  • Daily multivitamin- 1 pill
  • Heavy whipping cream- 383 ml
  • Fish oil- 2 pills
  • Peanut flour (light roast)- 30 grams

Mix all the dry ingredients to make a simple homogeneous powder out of them. Mix this with the whipped cream, and add about 450 grams of water. You can decrease or increase the water as per your requirement. Now, do this at least a few hours before you have to drink it because that is the best tasting option.

Recipe by Chris Bair of Keto Chow
You can find the exact ingredients at Complete Foods

12. Vanilla Based Soylent Drink 2

And here comes again, everyone’s favorite vanilla-flavored, healthy, and nutrition-packed Soylent. This one replaces the Flax seeds with the Chia seeds, so you enjoy more of vanilla without tasting the nut, like in the taste of the former. Also, this drink contains only about 494 calories per serving with only 30 grams of carbohydrates. To make this drink, you will need these.



  • Vanilla Protein powder- 32 grams
  • Organic Chia seed powder.- 2 tablespoons
  • Maca Powder (Organic) – 1 tablespoon
  • Organic Banana Powder- 2 tablespoons
  • Coconut oil (Organic) – 1 tablespoon
  • Extra virgin Olive oil- 1 tablespoon
  • Water- 2 cups
  • Ice

Mix all the ingredients in the water and blend with a handful of ice. Keep adding ice depending on how thick you want your drink to be.

Recipe from Pure Food Company

13. Superfood

Weight loss is directly related to the kind of diet that you opt for, along with all the exercise that you do. Soylent, being a complete and balanced diet in itself, is probably the best bet people have at getting what their body requires, for either losing or gaining weight with exercise. That is why people around the world keep developing Soylent recipes to help with weight loss, and the one that is ahead of most in this is Superfood. It is a DIY Soylent made for weight loss with no compromise for the taste. It has different recipes for both male and female consumers.


Superfood for him-


  • Organic blue corn Masa Flour- 200 grams
  • Whey protein isolate- 81 grams
  • Chia seeds- 26 grams
  • Organic raw Cacao- 20 grams
  • Soy lecithin granules (Organic) – 12 grams
  • Organic Cinnamon powder- 4 grams
  • Sea salt- 4 grams
  • Potassium Citrate- 3 grams
  • Extra virgin Olive oil- 29.5 ml
  • MCT oil– 29.5 ml
  • Drinking water- 1500 ml
  • Multivitamin- 1 pill
  • Vitamin D3 and K2- 1 pill

This has 1776 calories and 99 grams of protein. This seems to be the ideal mix for any male because it fulfills almost all the requirements.

Superfood for her-


  • Organic Blue Corn Masa Flour- 200 grams
  • Whey protein isolate- 36 grams
  • Chia seeds- 26 grams
  • Raw Cacao (Organic) – 20 grams
  • Organic Soy lecithin granules- 11 grams
  • Calcium and Magnesium Citrate- 5 grams
  • Potassium Citrate- 4 grams
  • Sea salt- 4grams
  • Cinnamon powder- 4 grams
  • Extra virgin Olive oil- 29.57 ml
  • MCT oil- 14.79 ml
  • Multivitamin- 1 pill

The superfood for her has about 1485 calories with 59 grams of protein in the mix.

You should mix all the dry ingredients beforehand and make a powder. It is recommended that you mix the liquids into the dry ingredients hours before you have to drink it, so that all the ingredients get soaked in properly. Do not forget to refrigerate this mix for a few hours, preferably overnight. And right before when you have to drink, blend this mixture. On the question of how much water, it is totally your choice. The recommended value is about 1.5 liters.

Superfood for him by QuidNYC, on Complete Foods
QuidNYC’s female blend, on Complete Foods

Things to Remember When Using Soylent

  1. Not a Permanent Solution for Weight Loss:

You cannot live off just Soylent or its alternative DIY drinks for your entire life. You have to eat regular food along with it. Also, Soylent does not fulfill your daily water requirement, and so, you have to drink your quota of simple water every day, which is between 4 to 6 liters depending on the body type. So, if you put about 1.5 liters of water in your Soylent, you still need to drink an average 3 to 3.5 liters of water daily.

2. No Meal Replacement Can Beat Real Organic Food

Soylent is marketed as a more convenient alternative to cooking because it relieves you of the struggles of it. And although Soylent provides as one with all that is a part of the ideal balanced diet, it cannot compete with real or whole food. The concept behind Soylent is noble, and stands by the notion that what matters when it comes to food are calories, proteins, fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals but, the reviews tell us a different story about how it cannot replace food. There are other micronutrients that should be a part of our daily diet too, and on the very top of that list are the antioxidants, which are essential for ridding the body of harmful products of oxidation of food. So, is Soylent good for you? Yes, but it’s not complete because the whole food is equally as important as nutritious food and you should not do away with it completely.

3. Be Watchful of the Shelf Life

Also, storing Soylent before and during usage is something that varies according to products. Any Soylent product that you buy has a shelf life of about a year, after which the Vitamin blends begin to lose their effectiveness. And so, you should use the Soylent product within a year of its manufacturing date. If you notice a change of flavor midway through a package, you should throw it out because the product has lived its shelf life and is now unhealthy.

4. To be Consumed Within 72 Hours

If you have made a drink with the powder, it should be consumed in the next 48 hours and should always be kept refrigerated during this period. If you opened a bottle of Soylent ready to drink beverage, you should keep it refrigerated and consume within 72 hours.

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Soylent was developed as a replacement for a meal. The main two motives of it were to, a) provide proper and balanced nutrition to a person as per his/her requirement and, b) to make an inexpensive food source that was available to everyone for consumption. People have taken up challenges in their lives of staying alive only on Soylent, as a measure to stay fit. Several others have made their own DIY Soylent recipes tailored to their own needs, like for more protein to gain mass quickly while exercising, or for help in weight loss. But the thing to remember is that Soylent is nothing more than a replacement for your meals, and certainly not food. Before taking up a Soylent diet or before experimenting with a recipe of your own, it is advised to talk to your physician or physical trainer to know what you need and what you should cut off from your diet.

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