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.
Really bad, too sweet, has rasins in there. The new formula is no good, I have been using maximuscle progain flapjacks since 2009. The new recipe is absolutely crap, they have 4g less protein and the creatine content has been reduced, yet the amount of sugar in the bar has increased. To me it looks like cost saving measures while keeping the price the same. There are better bars for a lower price, e.g. my protein flapjacks are great.
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.
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.)
Protein bars and indeed the range of protein supplements available seem to ahve exploded over the last few years. Advances in ingrediants and products mean now more than ever you can get tasty supplements. I remember trying a protein bar almost 20 years ago and I couldn't describe the taste in polite conversation. These thankfully are light years ahead.
The progain protein flapjacks are part of a wide range designed to support different stages of training. With 41g of carbs, 20g of protein and 3.4g of creatine these are designed to help you bulk/gain. Practically a meals worth in one bar with only 300 calories they are a great alternative to a post workout shake or a mid morning snack etc.
I keep these in work and I have one around 3 before the gym or on the way home after the gym. Depends where you want to fit them in. These would also make a filling mid morning snack or possibly a meal replacement. Portable and more convenient I prefer these to a shake as sometimes you just want to physically eat something.
taste wise, they are actually reasonably good as far as these things go. Moist enough not to be hard going I like the chocolate coating but despite that it is on the bland side which isn't necessarily bad. Great for a variety of situations.
These are designed for use after workouts, instead of a liquid protein shake, but we have also used them when walking as high energy, light to carry fuel. They are certainly chock full of protein with a touch of creatine and easily accomplish the goal of presenting lots of protein and claories in a small package.
The bars are well formed and don't easily disintegrate when carried all day in a rucksack which is important. They taste all right, they are certainly not disgusting but I wouldn't call them appetising and I wouldn't reach for them if there was a good alternative available but so many of these products are not tasty at all so this is definitely at the more palatable end of the market.
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.
It's a bit of a mixed bag for me this bar. I think Maximuscle have been changing their recipes as of late, this latest one just doesn't do it for me.
The bar itself is high in protein, high in carb with a bit of Creatine kicked in. So a good workout snack, or for a hard gainer, but not a dieting snack. The protein is a mix of milk, hydrolysed collagen and vegetable. Not exactly tip top, but not the worst I've seen either.
As for taste, meh. I didn't like them, it tastes like sawdust with a couple of dried berries in. However the guys at worked I asked to try really liked them, so it's sort of an each to it's own. At the end of the day it's a protein bar, it's not going to be amazing.
It is quite expensive, nearly £20 for 12 bars. Personally for the taste and nutrient profile that's not great value, but if you try one in the shops and love it to pieces then by all means just go nuts.