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How to use Huel

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One of our priorities when designing Huel was that it should be simple to use. We think you’ll agree we’ve succeeded…

We recommend that you read all six steps below to get the most out of Huel, but if you want to get going quickly, here is our quick guide.

Quick start guide:

To prepare Huel as quickly as possible, add approximately 5 parts water to the shaker/blender first, then add Huel, screw on the lid tightly and shake/blend for approximately 10 to 20 seconds. For example, for 3 scoops, I would add 550ml of water, then add 3 level scoops of Huel. In a normal plastic shaker you can add either 1, 2 or 3 scoops. Below are the details of each:

As Huel is just food, you can also cook with it like you would with flour. For example, our customers have made pancakes, waffles, bread, etc etc. For inspiration and recipes, you can read our Cooking with Huel page.

Step 1 - How many calories do you need?

This is different for everyone and is determined by your weight, height, gender, age and activity level. Use this Calorie Calculator to work out how many calories you need per day.

You now need to decide on your goal. Do you want to maintain your weight, gain weight or lose weight?

Eat more calories than your body uses and you will gain weight.

Eat fewer calories than your body uses and you will lose weight.

Approximately 3,500 calories equals 1lb of fat. Therefore, eating a deficit of 500 calories per day should see you lose about 1lb of fat a week and vice versa. The calculator offers the option of 1lb and 2lb. It is tempting to aim to lose 2lb per week, but this is very tough, so we recommend you aim for 1lb per week. This is a much more realistic target in the long term.

We have written two useful guides:

Step 2 - What percentage of your diet will be Huel?

This is entirely up to you and your personal circumstances. Some people consume 100% Huel, whereas others replace just one meal a day. I enjoy a family meal in the evening, so I mix ⅔ of my daily calories and have it for breakfast and lunch, and then eat a meal with the family in the evening. It works out as follows:

Total calories I approximately need per day = 2,200

Total calories: 2,200

If I wanted 100% Huel, I would simply mix 2,200 calories’ worth and leave it in the fridge to drink throughout the day.

Step 3 - How to measure/weigh Huel

A scoop is provided in the box with your initial order, instead of inside every pouch, to cut down on waste. A level scoop of Huel holds approximately 38g which is approximately 152 calories. However, I'm not a fan of the scoop as a measuring device because they are imprecise. I do use them but only to get the powder out of the bag whilst I weigh my shaker and powder on a set of kitchen scales.

If you want to weigh out Huel more accurately, we recommend using some simple kitchen scales. For example, add the water to your shaker, then place on the scales and zero them. Then add your Huel for a precise measurement.

You should be able to pick up a good set of kitchen scales for £10-£20. For example, these Salter kitchen scales are only £10 from Asda, whilst a similar set is available on Amazon for £14.99 and has over 2,000 reviews with an average score of 4.5 out of 5.

The chart below is for full level scoops:

Number of Level Scoops

Weight - Grams

Huel Vanilla

Huel Unflavoured & Unsweetened



152 cals

157 cals



304 cals

313 cals



456 cals

471 cals



608 cals

628 cals

Below is a chart of calories by weight:

Weight - Grams

Huel Vanilla

Huel Unflavoured & Unsweetened


200 cals

206 cals


400 cals

412 cals


500 cals

515 cals


600 cals

618 cals


1,000 cals

1,030 cals


2,000 cals

2,060 cals


Adjusting the sweetness and consistency of Huel

Whilst some people like to change the flavour of Huel, for some, simply making their Huel more or less sweet, or more or less thick, is enough. Here are just a few ways you can do this:

Mixing Unflavoured & Unsweetened Huel with Vanilla Huel

One of the things many customers do to reduce the sweetness of Huel or change the taste is mix our Unflavoured & Unsweetened option with the Vanilla version.

The usual amount that is combined is 2 parts Vanilla to 1 part Unflavoured & Unsweetened. So, for example, 2 scoops of Vanilla to 1 scoop of Unflavoured & Unsweetened. But you can mix as much or as little as you like.

You can also add a little Vanilla Huel to help improve the taste of Unflavoured & Unsweetened Huel if you wish.

Add an extra flavour if you like

Huel has been optimised for nutrition rather than flavour. Its flavour is best described as ‘neutral’ with a hint of vanilla. This is intentional, so it’s not so delicious that you want to consume too much!

However, if you do want to add some extra flavour, it’s very easy to do. Here are a few ideas:

(Please note: we have not tested all of the ideas above, so these are not recommendations, just ideas.)

Step 4 - How to create a Huel meal

Huel is supplied as a dry micro-fine powder so can be used in different ways (and also this dramatically increases the shelf life). Here are some examples:

1) Mix with water and drink (our serving suggestion)

For speed and convenience we suggest you consume Huel with water.

There are two methods. One is using a blender, which gives the best results (it makes it smoother to consume), but you do create more washing up. Using a ‘bottle shaker’ is quicker because there is less washing up to do afterwards.

The general principle is to first add 5 parts water to a blending bottle or blender, then weigh or scoop the amount of Huel that you need. Add some ice if you require, and shake or blend for 10 to 15 seconds. Then simply add a little extra water as you see fit to attain the consistency you require. Huel can be consumed ‘thin’ like water or ‘thick’ like a milkshake.

Below are is a video and detailed instructions on how to use a blender and shaker using an example of 100g of Huel.

Using a blender (best result, makes a smoother drink)

First add 500ml of water to the blender, then put the blender on some kitchen scales and add 100g of Huel (if you don’t have scales, adding 100g will be tricky as a level scoop holds 38g, so you could use 3 level scoops of Huel = 114g). I personally like ice in mine, so add 3-4 ice cubes, then blend for 15 seconds. Add more water if it's too thick for your liking. Then pour into a glass and drink.

Using a shaker

I would suggest adding 500ml of water to the shaker, then put the shaker on some kitchen scales and add 100g of Huel (if you don’t have scales, add 3 level scoops of Huel = 114g). I personally like mine very cold, so add 3-4 ice cubes, then add the ice barrier (the thin plastic mesh), screw on the lid (make sure the threads are level) and give it a good shake.

2) Huel cookies

You can use Huel like a flour to make cakes, cookies, etc. Just make sure you take into account the calories and nutritional content of the ingredients that you add and adjust the amount of Huel you consume accordingly. Check out our Cooking with Huel page for more ideas.

Here is a very basic idea for a Huel cookie recipe. I'm not a chef, so you might like to change/tweak this recipe. But they turned out OK.

And here are some cookies JGoodland made:

3) Huel pancakes

Below is a recipe to make American-style Huel pancakes. Thanks very much to Jess Nurden (@pandasaurus_J) for this recipe:



4) Huel biscuits

These are great - but be careful, they are very moreish!



Add the butter, caster sugar, egg yolk and ground almonds into a large bowl. Beat until soft and combined. Add vanilla flavouring. Sift the Huel into the bowl and mix until a soft dough (use hands!). If the mix is too wet, add more Huel (½ to 1 level scoop).

Roll out using a rolling pin until ½cm thick using a sprinkling of Huel powder to keep the dough from sticking to the surface and rolling pin. The mix will be slightly sticky.

Cut out biscuit shapes and place on a tray lined with baking paper. Bake in the centre of a pre-heated oven at 160°C for approximately 25 mins or until dark brown. Remove from the oven and leave to cool; the biscuits will be soft to the touch when hot but will harden when cool.

User 2958302 on our forum created these delicious-looking biscuit people:

For more information on cooking Huel, click this link.

Step 5 - Consume or store

Drink/eat your Huel, or if you want to store it, you can place it in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Your Huel may separate after a while. This is completely normal and you just need to give it a quick swirl or shake to re-mix it.

Step 6 - Clean

If you've ever left a bowl of porridge to dry out, you know it can set like cement. Don’t worry, Huel isn't that bad, but because it does contain porridge oats, we do advise you to clean your bottle as soon as you can. If this isn't possible, leave some water in it to stop it drying out. It will make it easier to clean once you get a chance to wash up. 


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