There is one range of supplements that gets touted and marketed as a portable meal for bodybuilders. A protein supplement that is (apparently) a bodybuilders best friend.
A food supplement that we are led to believe can help us to build muscle. A supplement that can replace the need to “cheat” on our diets with chocolate bars.
Protein bars. Oh you mean flavourless jaw workout with crappy macros…Hmm, not always.
Some protein bars are straight up crap. Nothing more than a chocolate bar, disguised in a misleading packet. Some protein bars are pretty damn good.
Today im reviewing the PhD Protein Flapjack +
How does it taste? How is the nutritional profile? Is it worth your macros? Find out in this PhD Protein Flapjack review.
As far as protein bars go I’m not really a fan, having tried a few different brands and flavours I never really found any that amazed me.
Yes, I’ve tried quest bars. They’re pretty tasty, but can think of better things to spend a couple of quid on and would genuinely rather make my own protein based dessert with some whey protein and nut butter. Job done.
Driving home a couple of nights ago though, I knew I had to eat something. A scabby horse probably would have done the job!
Luckily, it just so happened that I had been in Holland and Barrett that weekend, and out came the PhD peanut butter protein flapjack bar!!
Taste & Texture
In terms of flavour this was second to none, peanut butter on anything works for me. Literally anything, only smooth works in certain situations though….
The flavour of the PhD Flapjack bar worked really well, there was a strong, distinct flavour, and unlike other protein bars there was no nasty chemical aftertaste.
Texture wise, it was moist, unlike Battle Oats Bars. The PhD flapjack was actually quite enjoyable to eat. it wasn’t overly chewy or cardboard like, and I didn’t need a litre of water to wash it down.
The bar was filling and kept me going until I could get home for some proper scran.
PhD Protein Flapjack Nutrition
PhD advertise this bar as “an ideal snack for any athlete looking to increase muscle mass and help replenish the body with quality, healthy calories after a hard bout of intense exercise or throughout the day to support an athletic lifestyle”. What a sales pitch. Men’s Health cover here we come!
The macros to be fair aren’t at all bad. PhD Nutrition Flaphack is as follows.
Per flapjack they come in at 19g protein, 7.1g fat and 35g carbohydrates per bar. This may not be ideal to everyone and every situation, but most could easily justify one of these post-workout…
Just make sure its within 30 seconds of finishing your last set or that workout was a complete waste of time. Seriously though, I found it a tasty way to get fairly good quality calories on board, and a good way to keep a bit of a peanut butter junkie happy.
PhD Protein Flapjack Ingredients
The ingredients of these PhD bars are quite solid. As this is a flapjack style bar the main ingredient is obviously oats, unlike something like protein chox, which is a chocolate based bar.
Like most protein bars on the supplements market nowadays, the protein source is made up of a protein blend including whey concentrate and milk protein. Unfortunately, the breakdown or ratio of each protein source isn’t provided so it’s hard to tell how much of each you’re really taking in.
I imagine that whey concentrate will make up the smallest percentage, a good addition would have been a whey isolate source, but in an oat based bar this may have been wasted anyway.
The bar comes with the additional sweeteners and additives you would expect from a protein bar, but used alongside a diet full of fibrous vegetables and fruits, these will do no harm at all, and let’s face it, it’s good to be bad.
Having a scan of the PhD website, I have noticed that PhD also offer a Forest Berry and Apple and Raspberry flavour bar. If I had to, I would possibly try the Forest Berry flavour,
However, if I am ever in a situation where I need a quick fix again, I would rather reach for the peanut butter flapjack.
All in all, this was a tasty little snack, but nothing to lose your head over.
I can imagine it would be nice warmed up and crumbled over some oats or mixed in with some Greek yoghurt. A nice simple, easy, high protein recipe for you there.
I would recommend the purchase of these if you’re really stuck and would rate the bar with a solid 3 stars out of 5, with ample room for improvement, i.e more peanut butter!
Head over to our discount codes page and take a punt if you can grab them for cheap!