Review: Grenade Reload Protein Flapjack
Grenade don’t do half-measures; their Reload Protein flapjack is likely to divide opinion. I found it to be as much of an inspired choice of an on-the-go protein snack, as I did a bit of a head scratcher. Whilst it’s a very enjoyable bar to eat, there are questions that need answering from a nutritional perspective. Is it a worthwhile addition to a managed diet, or a frivolous indulgence to be enjoyed off the clock?
The eating experience
First up, there was nothing I disliked about eating the Reload flapjack. Whilst it didn’t hit the indulgent highs of some other protein bars, it was a really enjoyable snack. Currently available in four tantalising flavours: Chocolate Browning, Coconut Chaos, Fused Fruit and Chocolate Orange, there’s a wide variety of tastes that should satisfy even the pickiest of consumer.
My first Reload flapjack was the Chocolate Orange one, enjoyed on-the-go in the middle of a day’s shopping with my wife and daughter. I needed a pick-me-up and Grenade’s oaty bar did just that! The first thing I noticed was its intense citrus smell as soon as I peeled back the wrapper. Bordering on being a little too much I found it a welcome invite to dive in and chomp away. I wasn’t disappointed, the beautiful combination of chocolate and orange flavours was really satisfying. Being a half-cured chocoholic, I’m very critical of any chocolate or chocolate flavoured bars. With the Chocolate Orange flapjack there was little to dislike, and I had high hopes for the rest in the range.
Next up was Fused Fruit, not a flavour I would normally choose, but one I really enjoyed. This delicious bar was a perfect balance of moist and slightly crumbly, with the strong flavours of mixed fruit punching through in every bite. The addition of large fruit pieces into the baked, oaty body was welcome and really enhanced the eating experience. I enjoyed the Fused Fruit Reload flapjack and will certainly buy it again.
I haven’t tried the Coconut Chaos flavour yet, but absolutely devoured the Chocolate Browning version in as few bites as is humanly possible. What a delightful mix of baked oats, with powerful jabs of chocolate punching through at every opportunity. If you love chocolate and flapjacks, you’ll gobble through this flavour in no time at all. I actually ate it so quickly I went and bought another one, which I enjoyed at a slower pace with a cup of strong black coffee. The combination of the flapjack and coffee was a suitable antidote to the afternoon slump I was experiencing. It got me through the rest of the working day, a pretty intense gym session—until my tummy started rumbling just as I sat down for dinner.
As tasty as the Grenade Reload flapjack is, it’s not for dieters or people on a low-calorie diet unless you’re willing to make big sacrifices in the rest of your daily calorie intake. With 323 calories in the Chocolate Orange flavour, that’s more like a small meal than a snack. That said, they are filling enough to use as a meal replacement, so if you can fit it into your daily calorie allowance, go for it!
Overall, the macronutrient balance is okay, but there really are some big questions you need to answer before eating the Reload flapjack often. We’ve discussed the calorie content, but with a whopping 13g fat in a 70g bar, it’s certainly on the high side. Carbohydrate, sugar and protein content are as to be expected with such product and on a par with competitors such as the SCI-MX Pro 2 Go Protein Flapjack and PHD’s excellent Smart Jack. Sadly, there’s nothing from a nutrition perspective that surprised me and made me think ‘wow, that’s good!’
Nutrition (Chocolate Browning 70g)
What I loved
There’s a lot to love about the Grenade Reload Flapjack, and if you’re not restricting calories or simply don’t care—there’s nothing to dislike at all! The taste, texture and even smell are all spot on and make for a very enjoyable eating experience. Whilst I did love the chocolate varieties, I think my favourite flavour was Fused Fruit, which unexpectedly satisfied a wealth of cravings.
What I didn’t love
As much as I really loved this bar, I felt a bit guilty eating it and had to make considerable sacrifices in my daily calorie consumption. Put it this way, for the same price and calorie content I could have eaten a Tuna salad with a whopping 50g of protein and about 2g of fat!
The last word
What a paradoxical protein snack. Great taste and really enjoyable to eat with ultra-cool branding. Yet, if you’re cutting or on a strict, calorie-controlled diet you might need to think twice before eating one. That said, if you’re after an off-the-clock treat, or a cheat snack, why not make it the Grenade Reload Protein Flapjack—you won’t be disappointed!