1.0 out of 5 starsNew recipie = lower protien and more sugar, this is a candy bar
ByChrison 14 June 2017
The usual trick of poorer quality ingredients. Eat a mars bar and scoup of whey protein instead, it's healthier. Learn to read ingredients and nutritional profiles people then you will see through the scams. Old bar 24g protien, new bar 20g protien with 25% more sugar.
Maxinutrition is always my go to for protein bars. They've messed around with them a lot lately, and their own site has flat out started blocking me.
This new iteration of the progain flapjack is just 'ok'. I'm not a fan of the raisins - where the last iteration had them they were pretty indistinguishable. The new Oat & Raisin can be quite heavy on the raisin and overall just too sweet.
I'll still buy them as I feel they're the best option - finding low sugar bars with quality ingredients and no dodgy sweeteners is very challenging.
Maximuscle Progain High Protein and Creatine Flapjack, 90 g - Oat and Raisin
In the box. You get 12 bars which are individually wrapped in a foil type wrapping.
Design. The bar is designed as a post exercise recovery bar which offers protein, carbs, fibre and lower sugar than many bars I have tried. They come in at around 202 calories per bar.
Taste. This is the one I like the best from the range, I have tried the cookie dough one and the Millionaires Shortbread but I prefer this one. It has a nicer texture and is not over sweet to me. Nutrition. They are formulated to give at least 20 g of protein per bar. They are batch tested for consistency. I cannot dispute the nutrition content as the firm seems to go out of t5heir way to make sure you get what’s on the packed. They do help to overcome the post exercise fatigue very well and I do feel back up to power faster after using them.
Overall. A good protein bar but the taste is a bit over sweet for me, I know this is my individual assessment but I would advise you try one before buying in bulk. On the other hand they do their job well, I can feel a difference after 10 days of using them. Overall, a good post exercise bar and they do other flavours as well. This flapjack one is my personal favourite.
Protein bars, like protein supplements of any kind, need to be consumed with caution. It's never been a secret in bodybuilding/gym circles that too much protein, especially animal protein, is not good for your kidneys. Trust me, I know first hand. Consumed in moderation, they should be fine, but do be aware that the vast majority of protein supplements are not regulated in the UK, so you are literally taking the manufacturer's own product description at its word.
As for these particular bars, Maximuscle have always seemed to be one of the better brands, with a range of different products depending what you're looking for. Unfortunately, in 2017, they decided to bring out new recipes for their bars, which was a mistake. Most of the flavours are inexplicably unpleasant tasting. Not that you expect protein bars to taste like a double chocolate fresh cream éclair, but honestly, I don't know what they were thinking when they did this. Nutritionally they claim to be the same or better, but they do not taste good. This oat and raisin flavour was more bearable than most of the other new recipes, which I think it down to the oat content.
I'm a 33 year old female and work out 4-5 days a week, a mixture of dance and gym stuff. I eat quite healthily on the whole, apart from I have a very sweet tooth and enjoy a bit of cake. I generally try to avoid chocolate bars as a habit but do need a mid-afternoon snack to tide me over until dinner time, so I typically have either a piece of fruit or one of these if I want a few more calories: Grenade Carb Killa High Protein and Low Carb Bar, 12 x 60 g - Caramel Chaos
TASTE & TEXTURE
This bar is described as an "oat and raisin high protein flapjack with creatine, half covered in a milk chocolate couverture coating".
I'm not quite sure what a couverture coating is but looking at the bar in real life can only presume it's a fancy way of saying "the bottom half is dipped in chocolate"
It's quite a solid bar as flapjacks go, but definitely more of the chewy textured flapjack. It doesn't have a crunch to it. The raisins aren't that prominent but add a little bit of texture. The chocolate is a tasty addition.
I find it a really nice yummy snack. I've tried many different protein bars and many of the other Maximuscle protein bars taste very odd with a dry grainy unappealing texture. This one is completely different and it also has about 50% more calories than your average protein bar if you're looking to gain mass.
NUTRITIONAL INFO (per 90g bar)
311 cal per bar / 20.4g protein / 41.1g carbohydrates (9.0g sugars) / 6.1g fibre / Salt 0.3g / Creatine Monohydrate 3.4g / Creatine 3.0g
The bar is quite a reasonable size, and unlike other sweet treats I actually find that if I eat one of these for breakfast I have sustained and steady energy until lunch, instead of the feeling of being a bit shaky before lunch if I've had a cereal based breakfast or too many sugary snacks.
Touted as "Progain size" I checked their website and the marketing blurb reads:
"For individuals looking for muscle growth - protein is the key. Maximuscle Progain flapjacks offer a convenient way to boost the protein content of your diet whilst providing complex carbohydrate and added creatine to support repeated bursts of high intensity exercise (when a minimum 3g of creatine are consumed per day)."
It's hard to judge whether or not I've seen any muscular gains from eating a few of these bars, but I have been eating them for breakfast and find that they're enough to fuel a workout and also get me through to lunch. If you wanted to gain serious mass you can add 1-2 of these bars on to your normal food for the day rather than eating them as a meal replacement.
With a decent protein hit (20.4g) and a large dose of fibre (6.1g), these are certainly beneficial to me and I've noticed that I've looked more lean and fit just by replacing my snacks with either this flapjack or one of the Promax bars (Lean or Restore, which I'm also trialling on Amazon Vine).
The whole Maximuscle range has been certified not to contain any banned substances, which will be a big bonus for people who are competitive athletes, but some of the ingredients do seem a bit odd if you're a health-conscious person (E numbers etc.)
I use protein bars as part of my during- and post-exercise cycling regime. I've tried quite a few over the years. All fulfill their function of maintaining my energy levels and aiding recovery, and the main distinguishing factors are taste and texture. In this respect I thought these are some of the best I've tried. The taste is pretty good; not as nice as a full-fat home-made flapjack, but very palatable. They are chewy, but not overly so, and easy to swallow and digest on the move. The chewy texture of the oats and raisins helps and overall you have a very decent snack bar that I'll happily buy in future.
This is a very filling bar, and it`s pretty tasty too. I prefer the taste of PHD`s Apple and Raspberry flapjack, but this is good too - oat and raisin does make it a bit of a muesli-type bar, and it`s quite sticky and dense. Lots of protein and very chewy so it`s actually quite a workout for your jaw but to me, it feels much more filling than most protein bars, the chocolate-covered type I normally eat. I guess the extra carbs in flapjacks are the reason. Flapjacks are normally cheaper though, so they`re a good option.
These Maximuscle Progain High Protein and Creatine Flapjack, 90 g - Oat and Raisin are an excellent snack for people that have high energy needs. They are tasty and have no aftertaste and the 90g size means they are a very filling bar - my partner said they were tasty and satisfying to eat and he was not hungry afterwards. Great for people who are training at the gym or working long days in a physical job. Good value multipack.