Fit Bakes Review

Fit Bakes kindly sent me one of their selection boxes to try. Often lower calorie cakes can taste awful so I thought I would write a review of what I thought…

Wholemeal Carrot Cakes

The cakes were very moist (I’m sorry for using that word) but almost slightly too much so. The taste was delicious which the perfect amount of cinnamon. I really enjoyed the filling.

7/10

Blueberry Cakes

I really liked the flavour but the texture was just too heavy and stodgy for me. Although I say this, it didn’t stop me from finishing the whole pack.

5/10

 

Lemon Drizzle Cakes

I saved these until last to try because lemon drizzle cake doesn’t feel me with excitement like other cake does! These cakes had a perfectly soft texture and the balance of lemon was spot on. I think these were actually one of my favourite – I’m a convert!

9/10

 

Apple and Cinnamon Cakes

Again, these cakes had a really nice texture with pieces of apple in. I would definitely buy these in future as they were delicious.

9/10

 

Sweet Potato Brownies

You can taste the sweet potato in these brownies but they have been executed very well. They are very fudgy and chocolatey – the perfect to satisfy a sweet tooth!

8/10

 

Citrus Fudge

I really enjoyed the citrus fudge as the citrus flavour wasn’t too overpowering. The texture of the fudge was smooth and easy to eat – no jaw ache here!

9/10

 

Overall, I was really impressed by the products from Fit Bakes. My favourites were the apple and cinnamon cakes and the lemon drizzle cakes. Fit Bakes are available to buy here.

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Pret Pumpkin Spice Flat White Review

Okay, this may shock you. I’ve only just tried Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte this month. I have been meaning to try it for three years but could never bring myself to order it as I was sure it was only hype. Thankfully, it did indeed live up the hype but now a new contender is on the block. This year, Pret have release a Pumpkin Spice Flat White and I wanted to see if it is a good as the traditional PSL!

As I was waiting for my train at Euston to visit my parents, I wondered if ten minutes was enough time to speed walk to Pret for the PSFW and back. I risked it and luckily it was. After having a photoshoot with the coffee, I took the first sip. The pumpkin spiced syrup was far more prominent in Pret’s flat white compared to the traditional PSL. I was expecting the flat white to be stronger in the coffee sense due to the fact that there is less milk but obviously the cup size makes a massive difference when two pumps of syrup are used too.

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If you are calorie conscious, then Pret’s Flat White has 104 calories compared to a short skinny PSL at 195 calories (I’m not sure if this include whipped cream though!).

If you love the pumpkin spice flavour and have a sweet tooth then I would recommend the flat white. For me, I found the flavour too overpowering and a bit sickly if I’m honest! Have you tried Pret’s PSFW? What did you think? Maybe I just had a poorly made one…

Rating 5/10

 

 

 

 

Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Peanut Caramel Crisp

I have resisted the big bars of the Dairy Milk peanut caramel crisp SO many times this year due being on strict diets for various powerlifting competitions. After seeing Amy had found a smaller bar, I was desperate to find it to see if it lived up to the Milka peanut caramel bars since it is almost a direct copy!

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As soon as I unwrapped the bar, I was greeted by a delicious nutty smell and I made my boyfriend (who is allergic to nuts) smell it (sorry Con). The bar is filled with a combination of caramel, rice crisp pieces, peanuts and a peanut filling. The different textures of the crunchy peanuts, rice crisps and smooth caramel really work together to create a delicious bar. I thoroughly enjoyed the combination of savoury peanuts and sweet caramel!

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Overall, this bar is probably one of the best peanut based chocolate bars I’ve tried and I would definitely buy it again in future. I would have liked the filling to contain more actual crunchy peanuts but that is the only fault I can find. This bar was found in Sainsbury’s.

Rating 9/10

Nanny Bill’s Burger Review

Third burger review in a row on my blog but it’s National Burger Day so it would be rude not too, surely? A few weekends back, Connor and I went to a milkshake and burger festival which was pretty dismal with the exception of Nanny Bill’s.

 

I’d never heard of Nanny Bill’s previously but they are a street food vendor who travel around and are currently at the pop up – the Last Days of Shoreditch. While I was disappointed that they weren’t serving their mac ‘n’ cheese bites (Instagram research), I ordered anyway. We ordered the bacon cheeseburger sliders and a side of rosemary salted fries. I don’t usually like burger sauce, lettuce or gherkins in my burger but the sliders came with it all and I wasn’t going to deconstruct it in the middle of the festival! The burger was so juicy and succulent and the brioche bun was a perfect match for the patty. If I was being picky then I’d say that it was slightly too juicy as it did leak down my hand but not to extent of my horrible Burger & Lobster experience. I would love to try this slider in it’s full burger size glory. I cannot fault the rosemary salted fries. I love crispy fries and they were all perfectly crisp. I love the infusion of the rosemary!

 

Ratings

Sliders – 9/10

Fries – 10/10

Shake Shack Review

What, another burger review?! Last weekend was a weekend of burgers, after going to Hawker House on Friday, on Sunday I went to Shake Shack. I’d seen Shake Shack in Covent Garden but I’ve always chosen to go to other places instead but Connor (the boyf) assured me it was somewhere I needed to try.

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After the disappointment of the single patty disaster of the Bleecker Burger, I went for a double ShackMeister with bacon. The ShackMeister is a cheeseburger with crispy ale marinated shallots and ShackSauce. With my burger I had a chocolate peanut butter milkshake (despite Connor being allergic to nuts, I know, I know, I’m an awful girlfriend but needs and musts n all) and Connor and I shared the BBQ bacon cheese fries.

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The burgers are definitely more of a fast food burger as opposed to a gourmet burger but the combination of the crispy shallots, bacon, double patty and bright yellow plastic cheese was amazing. If only the cheese was of slightly better quality and the bun wasn’t so thin! I was in my element while eating this burger and I didn’t want it to end. The crinkle fries were also pretty good but I think I prefer more traditional fresh cut fries as they did seem like the variant you’d find from the frozen aisle of the supermarket. I felt they could have been more sparing with the cheese but the bacon and BBQ sauce was delicious. The chocolate peanut butter milkshake was nice but no where near as good as others I have tried. The peanut butter flavour was in fact just syrup which was all at the bottom of the shake. I was disappointed to see that there was no cookies n cream shake on the menu!

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Ratings
Burger – 8/10
Fries – 7/10
Milkshake – 5/10

 

Bleecker Street Burger Review

The Bleecker Street burger is frequently dubbed as the best burger in London and it’s been on my burger list (yes I have a list) for a while now. Last night I went to Hawker House Street Feast and to my luck, Bleecker have just been released as the new vendor there.

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I was slightly worried that I’d find the Bleecker burger too greasy after having an awful burger experience at Burger & Lobster where I had tidal waves of grease running down my arms… I decided to go for the Bacon Blue burger as the famous Bleecker Black was not on the menu. I watched my fresh patty meet the grill and within a few minutes of assembling it was on a paper plate in front of me. As soon as I saw my single patty, I wished that I’d gone for the double patty, nevertheless I tucked into my burger. I think I had the burger hyped up a lot in my head, don’t get me wrong, it was delicious but I think the double patty would have made a massive difference. The combination of the blue cheese, the streaky bacon and the succulent beef patty was a party of flavours in my mouth but I think they could have been more liberal with the blue cheese! The burger bun was nice and soft but too big for a single patty. I regret not going for the double patty option as the beef was of excellent quality. I plan to go to Spitalfields or to the Bleecker restaurant in Victoria after my rookie error…

Rating 6/10

Battle Oats Protein Cookies Review

Battle Oats sent me their new cookies to try. I have eagerly been waiting for the cookies to launch after being a fan of the Battle Oats bars.

First things first, I can’t believe how soft these cookies are! They literally crumble into your mouth.

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Double Chocolate Cookie

The cookies is chocolately as expected but does occasionally leave a slight taste of pea protein. This is my favourite out of the two flavours and I think I’ll be purchasing a whole box!

Macros per cookie (60g): 236 cals, 22.8g carbs, 9.6g fat, 10.2g protein

Rating 8/10

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Chocolate Chip Cookie

The pea protein taste was a lot stronger in the chocolate chip cookie and although it was nice, I think the double chocolate flavour is far better!

Macros per cookie (60g): 237 cals, 24g carbs, 9.6g fat, 10.2g protein

Rating 6/10

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Price

£16.99 for a box of 12.

The cookies are available from the Battle Oats website.

 

Battle Oats Cherry Bakewell Review

Battle Oats sent me one of their new cherry bakewell bars to try. I have to admit that I’m not a massive cherry bakewell fan but agreed to try it with my partner in crime, Con who is allergic to nuts. Despite being cherry bakewell, the bar does not contain almonds!

On opening I was slightly worried that the bar looked a bit dry but to my pleasure, the flapjack softly crumbled when I bit into it. I was surprised when I actually really enjoyed the flavour. The cherry and almond were perfectly balanced and the sickly marzipan-like taste which I hate was absent. The bar has chunks of white chocolate and cherry but these were rare to find in the bar – where dem chunks at?!

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Nutritional Information

300 calories (per 70g bar)

Carbs 25g

Fat 13g

Protein 15g

Price

£16.99 for 12 bars

Summary

I think that the white chocolate coconut Battle Oats is still my favourite but if you like cherry bakewell then give these a try! The macros aren’t the best if you’re focusing purely on protein content but are perfect for a balanced fuel. I just wish that there were more chunks!

Rating 7/10

Novo Nutrition Proteinos Protein Cereal Review

Optigura sent me two boxes of the Novo Nutrition Proteinos to try. I thought I would review them and let you all know if they are worth the hype!

Texture

I was surprised at how crisp and crunchy the proteinos are. When served with milk, I found the cereal didn’t go soggy as quickly as normal cereal which was a bonus for me!

Taste

The proteinos taste almost identical to normal cereal. I think there is a slight taste of protein in the aftertaste but it wouldn’t stop me from purchasing them in the future.

Chocolate Flavour – I personally think they could have had a stronger taste of chocolate but I enjoyed them nevertheless.

Honey and Vanilla Flavour – I think I preferred this flavour over chocolate as the honey flavour made the milk sweet and delicious.

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Nutritional Information

Per 34g serving
Energy 134 kcal
Fat 1.4g
Carbs 13g
Protein 16.2g
Ingredients

Ingredients: Milk protein, pea starch, pea fibre, seasoning (sugar, flavouring, natural flavouring), Oil (Rapeseed oil, natural flavouring), Pea protein isolate, Acidity regulator (citric acid), sugar, salt, flavouring, sweetener (stevoil glycosides)

Price

£5.99 per box

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Conclusion

Overall, I really enjoyed the proteinos and they have definitely satisfied my cereal cravings! The macros are amazing – 16.2g of protein per serving for cereal! I would have given the proteinos a higher rating if they were a more reasonable price as I think that £5.99 is expensive for a box of cereal.

Chocolate – 8/10

Honey and Vanilla – 9/10

Novo Nutrition Proteinos are available from Optigura here.

Oatein Brownie, Flapjack and Cookie Review

After being disappointed with my Salted Caramel Cookie, Oatein contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing a sample of their products.

White Chocolate Brownie

When I opened the brownie, I was greeted with a familiar small. It smelt and tasted like white chocolate protein powder which by no means is a bad thing but I did find it a bit overpowering. The texture of the brownie was quite dense but not at all dry. I think the brownie is more of a blondie and I don’t think I’d buy a whole box of these personally.

Macros 254 calories, C26.5, F8.6, P17

Rating 6/10

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Cookies ‘n’ Cream Brownie

The cookies ‘n’ cream brownie was quite similar to the white chocolate one in texture. I didn’t think it tasted that much like cookies ‘n’ cream but I preferred it to the white chocolate flavour. Both flavours of brownie tasted incredible when heated in the microwave.

Macros 250 calories, C24.5, F8.7, P17

Rating 7/10

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Blueberry and White Chocolate Cookie

So this cookie surprised me. It tastes like a blueberry muffin and has re-ignited the blueberry muffin obsessed I once had. The texture is soft and crumbly like a normal cookie. I would definitely buy a box of these in future – well done Oatein, you got it bang on here!

Macros 307 calories, C30.4, F12.3, P16

Rating 10/10

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Strawberry Cheesecake Flapjack

I have become a bit wary of strawberry flavoured protein products after previous reviews. The texture of the flapjack was nice, dense and oaty. The flavour was not too overpowering and I was thankful when I didn’t have a lingering artificial, sickly taste of strawberry in my mouth afterwards. I enjoyed this more than I expected and I would be interested to try the other flapjack flavours as I do prefer chocolate flavours to fruit flavours.

Macros 302 calories, C38.1, F7.9, P18.7

Rating 7/10

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Okay, so Oatein have redeemed themselves after the disappointment of the salted caramel cookie. I really want to try the other flavours now and I have a feeling I may end up ordering…

Oatein products are available from their website here as well as from many other major sport nutrition websites (e.g. CSN, Protein Pick and Mix).