How to use Huel


Welcome to our Huel 'How to Use' guide. Here you'll find the very best tips and tricks for making the perfect Huel across a range of our products. From getting that silky smooth consistency in your Huel Powder, to creating that perfectly rich sauce in your Huel Instant Meals, we've got you covered. Bon appétit!

To learn all you need to have a great first experience with Huel, read on - or download our Quick Start Guide. Enjoy the ride!

How to prepare the perfect Huel Powder

Follow these simple steps to start off on the right foot:

Add cold water and ice to your Shaker's 17 fl oz fill line, then:

  • Add 2 scoops of Huel ( ¾ cup/400 calories)
  • Place the internal grid in the Shaker
  • Screw the lid and cap on tightly
  • Shake hard for 10 seconds

Once you’re happy, get creative! Our top tips:

  • If you want to be precise, use scales to weigh your Huel
  • Pop it in the fridge and chill overnight
  • Add ice cubes
  • Too thick? Add more water
  • Too thin? Use less next time
  • Try milk (or milk alternative) instead of water for a creamier end result

What percentage of your diet will be Huel?

This is entirely up to you. Probably the most popular approach is to replace time-pressured, weekday meals like breakfast and lunch, then sit down for a traditional meal in the evening. This gives you the best of both worlds.

Whatever you do, make sure to gradually build up your Huel intake. Your body needs time to adjust to changes in your diet, so start with 1 Huel meal a day, and add 1 more every 3-5 days until you reach your ideal balance. 

How many calories do you need?

We’re all different and all have slightly different calorie requirements. Below are two broad examples, but work out your own at

Seth 2,454 calories per day

Seth, 25, male. 6ft and 168lbs. Exercises 3x per week. To maintain his current weight, he needs 2,454 calories. To lose weight, we recommend a deficit of 500 calories per day. To gain weight, a 500 calories daily surplus is suggested.

Goal Breakfast AM Snack Lunch PM Snack Evening Meal Evening Snack
Lose Fat
Huel 2 scoops
Huel 2 scoops Huel Bar 714cal 250cal
Maintain Weight Huel 2 scoops
Huel Bar
Huel 2 scoops Huel Bar 1,024cal 250cal
Gain Weight (+500cal) Huel 2 scoops Huel 2 scoops Huel 2 scoops Huel 2 scoops 1,104cal 250cal


Melanie, 1,908 calories per day

Melanie, 25, female, 5ft 7in and 143lbs. Exercises 3x per week. To maintain her current weight, she needs 1,908 calories. To lose weight, we recommend a deficit of 500 calories per day. To gain weight, a 400 calories daily surplus is suggested.

Goal Breakfast AM Snack Lunch PM Snack Evening Meal Evening Snack
Lose Fat (-400cal) Huel 2 scoops - Huel 2 scoops - 708cal -
Maintain Weight Huel 2 scoops Huel Bar Huel 2 scoops Huel Bar 728cal -
Gain Weight (+400cal) Huel 2 scoops Huel Bar Huel 2 scoops Huel Bar 958cal 170cal

If you want to learn more about how to gain weight or lose fat, you can read our guides, written by our Nutritionist, James Collier:

How to measure and weigh Huel

A scoop is provided in the box with your initial order, instead of inside every bag, to cut down on waste. A level scoop of Huel holds roughly ⅜ of a cup which is about 200 calories.

Huel Black Edition has a slightly lighter weight per scoop (45g) compared to Huel Powder (50g) due to differences in density. Despite the weight variation, both have the same calorie count of approximately 200 calories per scoop.

Of course, if you need a new scoop, you can just order one at checkout for a small fee.

To accurately measure the amount of Huel, we recommend using a kitchen scale. First, add water to your Shaker up to the fill line. Then, place the Shaker on the scale and set it to zero. Finally, add your desired amount of Huel to the Shaker. This method guarantees that your Huel is correctly measured and consistent every time.

See below for our charts indicating the amount of calories in Huel by scoop and by weight to help you with your calculations:

Calories by scoop

No. of Scoops Cups Water* Huel v3 Powder Huel Black Edition
1  c 7 - 9 fl oz 200cal 200cal
2 ¾ c 14 - 17 fl oz 400cal 400cal
3 ¼ c 21 - 26 fl oz 600cal 600cal
4 ½ c 28 - 34 fl oz 800cal 800cal

*Use these measurements as a guide until you find the perfect Huel for you.

Calories by weight

Calories Huel v3 Powder (grams) Huel Black Edition (grams)
200 calories 50 grams 45 grams
400 calories 100 grams 90 grams
600 calories 150 grams 135 grams
1,000 calories 250 grams 225 grams
2,000 calories 500 grams

450 grams

Powder Hacks

In pure form, Huel offers precise nutrition, but you don’t have to be obsessive to benefit from it. The base flavor is fairly neutral, so you can play and experiment with different flavors and techniques to find your perfect Huel, or simply to discover new ways to enjoy your Huel.

You can also see what others are doing on our forum, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Post your own progress and tag us @HuelUSA and #Huel.


Blending Huel with a blender can improve its texture and consistency, resulting in a smoother and creamier Huel.

Chill out

The temperature of your Huel can affect its sweetness and texture. Chilling in the fridge or adding ice can reduce sweetness and improve texture, according to some Huel customers.

Change your liquid

Replacing water with milk can change the texture and creaminess of your Huel, but it also increases calories, so make sure you take this into account.

Mix your Huel

Mix Vanilla and Unflavored & Unsweetened. The usual amount that is combined is 2 parts Vanilla to 1 part Unflavored & Unsweetened. But you can mix as much or as little as you like. For example, add a little Vanilla Huel to slightly change the taste of Unflavored & Unsweetened Huel.

Get cooking

Use Huel as flour. Of course Huel is 100% complete nutrition in itself, but it also works great as an ingredient for sweet and savory recipes, bakes, and more! Find out more about cooking with Huel.

Consume or store

You can consume your Huel right away or store it in the fridge for up to 24 hours. If you prefer to carry it with you, you can keep it at room temperature for a few hours or longer if you use a thermos flask. Your Huel may separate over time, but there's no need to worry as it's entirely normal. Just give it a good shake to mix it well, and you're all set.


The new Huel Shaker is easy to clean and dishwasher safe due to its durable, stylish and stain resistant new design. Either wash by hand or put in the dishwasher to save time on the washing up!

To avoid Huel setting in your Shaker once you're done, we advise you to clean it as soon as you can. If this isn't possible, leave some water in it to stop it drying out or rinse it out with water before placing in the dishwasher.

New Huel Shaker FAQs

How is the new Huel Shaker different from the old shaker?

It's ours! Our old Shaker was off-the-shelf, so many different brands used it. It just didn't really feel like us and it wasn't designed for Huel or Hueligans. So we took matters into our own hands, we tried to design something iconic our Hueligans would be proud to carry!

The Huel Shaker has a sleek new design with many additional features that make it (in our unbiased opinion) the best Shaker yet! Below we’ve listed the main design differences:

  • New lockable cap and hard-wearing Tritan™ body provide extra spill and dent protection. So you can lock it, loop it or just chuck it in your bag - it’s even more ‘on-the-go’ friendly.
  • Pour and go—the simple fill line makes it easy to get the perfect Huel every time.

Where is the new Huel Shaker made?

Our Shaker has been designed in the United Kingdom and is manufactured in a top-notch factory located in China. We always strive to work with the best suppliers, and that's why we have chosen a Sedex member as our supplier. They regularly undergo the SMETA audit, which ensures that they comply with our high standards regarding the safety and human rights of their workers. Our team at Huel has personally visited the factory to guarantee that these standards are continually being upheld.

Is the new Huel Shaker recyclable?

Our new Shaker bottle is not recyclable, but it is not a single-use bottle and has been designed to last long.

We have used high-quality materials that can withstand extensive use and washing, and have also taken steps to prevent staining that can lead to early disposal. Our goal is to provide you with a durable, long-lasting Shaker that you can use for a long time. We believe that this Shaker will be the only one you will ever need.

If you have more questions, checkout our FAQ page, or visit Huel's forum where you can search for similar questions or post your own.

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