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 proteinflapjacks are great.
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.
I use protein bars as a way of maximising my protein intake for muscle building, I am attempting to gain maximum muscle strength to support arthritic joints should joint replacement surgery not be feasible. I'm not a body builder but I've certainly tried enough products to know exactly what I'm getting. These are some of the best I have tried. The recommendation is that they be used as a post - exercise recovery bar and as a between meal bar - at 300 calories they have quite a high calorific hit. Unlike many oatmeal based bars these do have a proper chewy flapjack texture. You won't need a bottle of water to wash these down though, they are really moist, sweet but not too sweet with a very light milk chocolate couverture base. I would have preferred 'proper' dark chocolate rather than milk baking chocolate, both as a balance for the sweet bar and for the extra health benefits, but that's a minor point, it's just a thin layer.
I found that one bar after cycling - the only aerobic exercise I can safely undertake - was really filling. I need to watch my weight gain so won't be eating two a day. These are really high in fibre at 6g for a 90g bar, so will keep things moving on the digestive front as well.
Far more portable than a 100g pot of protein enhanced quark or shake type drink and no nasty surprises if you forget about this in your gym bag. They also make a good breakfast meal replacement if required although this isn't a recommendation on the box.
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 proteinflapjack 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 proteinflapjacks 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.
The packaging for this Vine offer to review ‘Maximuscle High Protein Bars’ contains 12 individually wrapped bars each 12 x 3 x 2 cm and weighing 20g, and it has a ‘best before’ date of November 2017. Though I am not a nutritionist I acknowledge the range of ingredients listed on the packaging as appropriate to sports persons requiring energy and for physical performance. I am impressed by the details stated on the pack, and they may well be good for me – but I wasn’t keen on the taste.
The texture and chewiness are similar to a good flapjack as made by my wife with oats, butter and syrup (and sometimes dried fruit), but it lacks the flavour. I would have preferred no chocolate (the bars are half coated) but my wife thinks the chocolate is the best part. It may be worth noting the product is subjectively tested to ensure there are no sports-banned substances. Also there is a waning on the packaging that contents ‘may’ contain nuts – they certainly seem to.
Not being an athlete wary of doping tests, or a nut allergist, I will be slipping a couple of these ‘Maximuscle High Protein Bars’ into my rucsac as ‘fell food’ – but I don’t really like them – sorry.
I've had bad experiences with proteinflapjacks in the past, I often find them very dense and chewy, and not very flavoursome.
Therefore, I was very surprised with these! They are quite large, and have a coating of chocolate on the bottom half. This chocolate coating definitely helps with the taste and I don't mind these flapjacks at all. I do have a sweet tooth so would prefer them to be sweeter, but I could also do with cutting down on my sugar!
They're quite dense and chewy, and the oat and raising texture is nice.
I workout around 4-5 times a week doing HIIT and weightlifting so these are great for post workout - but I often have one with a cup of tea on an afternoon too.
However, my favourite still stands with Battle Oats White Chocolate and Coconut protein bar. I just prefer the taste of those, plus they work out at £2 a box cheaper than these. At £19 for a box of 12 Maximuscle flapjacks, they prove to be quite expensive.
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.