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

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).

Sci-MX PRO2GO Range Review

Sci-MX sent me their new protein 2 go range in return for a review. All views are my own 🙂

 

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Chocolate Brownie

I was a bit disappointed when I opened the brownie as it didn’t look like a nice fudgy brownie. Nevertheless, I tucked in and well, the taste reflected the brownie’s appearance. It wasn’t awful but it wasn’t the brownie I expected. The texture was slightly firmer than I expected and the taste was sweet but not particularly chocolatey. After eating half, I decide to pop the other half in the microwave and well, the brownie improved significantly. The brownie was so much nicer heated for a few seconds in the microwave! I think that if I bought these in the future, I would save them for an occasion where I have access to a microwave.

Rating 5/10

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Strawberry and White Chocolate Chip Cookie

The cookie has a very strong and overpowering taste of strawberry which wasn’t to my liking. I have heard very different options of this cookie – people either loved it or hated it. The texture of the cookie was perfect and not dry like other protein cookies I have tried. I liked the addition of the white chocolate chips but for me, the artificial taste of strawberry was just too prominent and I feel the cookie would have been perfect if this hadn’t been the case.

Rating 4/10

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Cookies and Cream Oat Bake

Just like the cookie, the oat bake again had a very strong flavour of cookie and cream. The texture was firm and quite dense. I again found the oat bake tasted too sweet and artifical for my liking.

Rating 3/10

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Caramel Crisp Bar

This bar was definitely my favourite. Unlike other protein bars, it wasn’t jaw aching to eat. The crispies in the bar gave a satisfying crunch and the ratio of chocolate to caramel was spot on. I would definitely recommend the caramel crisp bar! When heated in the microwave, the chocolate and caramel is simply incredible.

Rating 9/10

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Strawberry Protein Milkshake

I am always a bit apprehensive about these already protein drinks but I really enjoyed the strawberry protein milkshake. It’s not a thick milkshake like you’d get in a burger joint such as Byron but I wouldn’t want it to be as they make me feel sluggish and bloated. The milkshake reminds me of strawberry Nesquik and it is sweet but not too overpowering.

Rating 8/10

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Protein Coffee

I’ve never tried protein coffee before so I was quite interested to try this. It sort of reminded me of the cold double shot Starbucks coffees you can buy from the supermarket which I love. I thought it was slightly too sweet but the macros are amazing and I don’t think the sweetness would put me off trying it again in the future.

Rating 8/10

 

 

Fuelbox Snackbox Review

Fuelbox sent me their August Snackbox to review. The Snackbox is a monthly subscription box, delivered straight to your door which contains a range of healthy products. Each month, the box has a different selection of treats to keep it interesting!

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The August Snackbox contained the following products:-

Drinks

  • Chi Tropical Coconut Water

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Breakfast Items (just my personal preference!)

  • Lizi’s Granola
  • Pip and Nut Peanut Butter
  • Acti Snack – Fruit and Nut Mix

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Snack Bars and Balls

  • Raspberry and Goji Raw Chocolate Brownie
  • Montezuma 70% Dark Choc
  • Bounce Ball – Cacao Orange
  • Trek Bar –  Cocoa Oat

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Crisps and Bags

  • Ape Coconut Curls
  • Heactares Sweet Potato Crisps – Red Onion and Black Pepper
  • Stript Chilli Beef Jerky
  • Taarapollu Fruit Crisps

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When I received the box, I was intrigued at the range and the number of products. There were quite a few that I’d never heard of, let alone tried before, such as the Taarapollu Fruit Crisps which made the box novel and exciting.

The Snackbox subscription costs £19.99 on the first of each month with a £19.99 sign-up fee. The boxes are also available to buy as a one off for free for one month with a £21.95 sign-up fee. If you tend to snack a lot and like to have food in your bag on the go, then I’d recommend the Snackbox as it will open your eyes to the variety of healthy snacks available on the market. If you are a fussy eater, then I’d stay clear of subscription boxes as you don’t know what you’ll receive each month. As opposed to other subscription boxes, I do feel that the Snackbox has tried to incorporate a few products which are generally universally enjoyed such as the Pip and Nut peanut butter, the Bounce Ball and the Trek Bar, as well as being more adventurous with other products.

Overall, I really enjoyed my August Snackbox. I liked receiving products that I may miss out on my weekly shop, such as granola and trying out new products. My favourite products were the Pip and Nut peanut butter, the Bounce Ball, the Lizi’s granola and the Heactares sweet potato crisps.

The Fuelbox Snackbox is available on their website here.

Bodybuilding Warehouse Review

Bodybuilding Warehouse sent me some of their Millionaires Shortcake Pure Whey Protein Concentrate 80 and a box of their Chocolate Chunk Premium Lux Protein Flapjacks to review.

Millionaires Shortcake Pure Whey Protein Concentrate 80

Ingredients

Ingredients:    
Flavoured Versions: Whey Protein Concentrate (Milk), Cocoa Powder (Chocolate flavours only), Flavours, Colouring: Beetroot Red (Strawberry Flavour only), Caramel Colour (Banana Peanut Butter flavour only), Xanthan Gum, Instantising Agent: (Soy Lecethin, 0.4%), Sweetener: Sucralose, Stevia.

 

Nutritional Information

Nutritional Information Per 25g Serving:
Kcal 94
KJ 396
Protein (Dry Basis) 20.03g
Protein (As Is) 19.02g
Carbohydrates 1.17g
Sugars 1.17g
Fibre 0.00g
Fats 1.43g
of which Saturates 0.21g
Salt 0.00g

 

Price

£9.99 for 500g, £15.79 for 1kg and so on… I think that this is a bargain for the price!

 

Review

When I first opened the Millionaires Shortcake protein, I got this amazing biscuit-like smell and I couldn’t wait to try it. The whey protein powder mixes well with water and worked well in porridge oats. I enjoyed the taste of this protein and I’m definitely going to have it again. I wouldn’t say it tastes exactly like millionaires shortbread as how can you in a protein powder but it does come pretty close – more biscuit like in my opinion. Overall, I would give the Millionaires Shortcake protein a 8/10. The Millionaires Shortcake Pure Whey Protein Concentrate 80 is available from the Bodybuilding Warehouse website here.

 

Chocolate Chunk Premium Lux Protein Flapjacks

Ingredients

Ingredients Per Serving:

Rolled Oats, Toasted Oats (contains Honey, Malt Extract, Sugar, Vegetable Oil), Protein Blend (Milk Protein, Hydrolysed Gelatine), Glycerine, Fructo-Oligosaccharide, Cocoa Powder, Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Emulsifer: Soya Lecithin), Sweetener (Stevia), Flavouring.

 

Nutritional Information

Nutritional Information Per 75g Protein Bar:

  • Energy (kJ) – 1041
  • Energy (kcal) – 248
  • Protein (g) – 20g
  • Carbohydrates (g) – 33.5g
  • of which sugars – 3.4g
  • of which polyols – 13.8g
  • Fat – 4.2g
  • of which saturates – 1.4g
  • Dietary Fibre – 8.9g
  • Sodium – 0.13g

 

Price

£14.99 for 12 75g bars. I think that this is a very reasonable price for protein bars.

 

Review

I thought that the Chocolate Chunk Premium Lux Protein Flapjacks would be more like flapjacks but they definitely tend more forwards the protein bar side of things. They have a nice texture – soft, not horrifically chewy and dry like some bars I’ve tried. I was a bit disappointed after all the hype I have seen on Instagram. I thought that the taste of stevia was quite overpowering. The flapjacks did taste a lot nicer when heated in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. I think that if you like Quest bar and other similar brands then you will probably love these but personally, they are not for me -sorry guys! Overall, I would give these a 4/10 as the texture is good and they contain a decent amount of protein. I gave my boyfriend one of the flapjacks to try and he absolutely loved it. He agreed that it wasn’t like a flapjack but he thought it resembled a fudge-y brownie. When I asked him to rate it out of 10, he gave the bars 10/10, saying that if I gave him a 100 then he’d eat all 100 of them so I guess it’s down to personal preference! The Chocolate Chunk Premium Lux Protein Flapjacks are available from the Bodybuilding Warehouse here.

 

 

 

Battle Oats – White Chocolate Coconut Review

I was sent a box of the White Chocolate Coconut Battle Oats bars to review.

 

Ingredients

100% Natural Ingredients: Whey Protein Concentrate (Milk)(19%), Fructo – Oligosaccharide, Honey, Butter (Milk), Gluten Free Oats (10%), Whey Crisp (10%) (Whey Protein Isolate (Milk), Lactose (Milk), Rice Flour, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin)), Desiccated Coconut (10%), Coconut Oil, White Chocolate Chunks (4%)(Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Whole Milk Powder, Whey Powder (Milk), Lactose (Milk), Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Natural Vanilla), Brown Sugar, Caramel Colour, Natural Flavouring. ’For allergens, including cereals containing gluten, see ingredients in bold’ White Chocolate Contains 20% Minimum Milk Solids

 

Nutritional Information

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Price

£16.99 for a box of 12 70g bars. I think this is quite reasonable compared to other protein bars/flapjacks and considering how nice these are.

 

Review

The combination of the white chocolate and coconut go together perfectly! As someone who loves coconut, these flapjack bars were delicious. The flapjacks have a soft and chewy texture with an added crunch of whey crispies – it may sound odd having crispy parts in a flapjack but I think it really works well. I really like the massive chunks of white chocolate too. Top tip – if you’re at home, put a bar in the microwave for 15 seconds, it tastes amazing. Overall, I would give these a 9/10 and I’m looking forward to trying the other flavours in the Battle Oats range. The White Chocolate Coconut Battle Oats flapjacks are available from their website here.