Trek Protein Flapjack Review

Trek Protein Flapjacks on a wooden boardThe amount of times I’ve seen Trek’s protein flapjacks in the healthy bar aisles of supermarkets, but never paid them much attention is virtually criminal. In my quest to review as many protein flapjacks as possible, I picked a couple up from Sainsbury’s, and set about writing my Trek Protein Flapjack review, with a conscious element of regret for not doing so before.

I’ve eaten so many flapjacks recently, most of which are actually quite different from one another, I’m losing track of which one I like best. That said, Trek’s product is simply to die for and easily as good as any other flapjack I’ve eaten recently, or probably ever.

Although the bar is available in seven different flavours, I tried the Cocoa Oat and Cocoa Coconut varieties—both were quite similar, yet equally as delightful.

The eating experience of a Trek Protein Flapjack

This is the quintessential flapjack. It’s exactly what you expect a flapjack to be, with nothing added and nothing taken away. It’s not deconstructed, raw or reinvented or inside out. If you like classic flapjacks, you’ll love this. Even if you don’t, I think you’ll be swayed by the sheer sense of enjoyment in your mouth when you eat the Trek protein flapjack.

Both the Cocoa Oat and Cocoa Coconut flapjacks are a crumbly combination of gluten free oats and crunchy soya crisps—held together with rice syrup, rather than the calorific golden syrup used in traditional flapjacks. The top of the bar is smothered with a thin layer of dark chocolate. Strong and flavoursome enough to give you a real chocolatey kick—but slim enough not to induce a sense of guilt.

There’s an intrinsic beauty about the simplicity of Trek’s flapjacks. From an experience perspective, there’s nothing to dislike or criticise.

Nutrition

Trek Protein flapjacks close up pictureTrek’s protein flapjacks are lauded on their wrapper as a ‘guilt-free treat’. Looking at the ingredients and macros, it’s hard to disagree with that statement. There’re suitable for vegans. They’re gluten free, dairy free, transfat free and GM free. Kind of makes you wonder what’s in them at all right?

The macros are okay, but I must admit nothing spectacular. With just 9g of protein in a 50g bar, it’s not what I’d call an on-the-go protein snack. More like a healthy snack with a bit more protein than the regular choice. With so many oats, I’m surprised they only have 1.9g of fibre, when the SCI-MX Pro 2Go flapjack has more than double that in the same size bar. Does it make a difference? Yes, I think more fibre keeps you feeling fuller for longer. So, if it’s a mid-morning snack to keep you going until lunchtime. Maybe Trek’s isn’t the best choice.

Nutrition (Cocoa Oat Protein Flapjack 50g)

Calories 227kcal
Carbohydrate 21.9g
Sugar 14.0g
Fat 11.0g
Protein 9.2g
Fibre 1.9g

 

What I loved about the Trek Protein Flapjack

Eating them. It’s that simple, I cannot think of a better flapjack to sink my teeth into. They’re just delightful.

What I didn’t love

As delicious as they are, I would have liked it to have been a bit bigger. At just 50g, it’s barely four bites for somebody with a big mouth, like me. I also feel there are other flapjacks available with better macronutrient composition. But, are they made with such responsibly sourced ingredients that are free of so many allergens? Probably not. And (more importantly), are they as tasty? Almost certainly not.

The last word

The healthy flapjack market is quite a crowded one, with many different types of bar available on the high street. Trek’s protein flapjack range are as good as any other and are simply a delight to eat. Whilst there may be other products with a better split between protein, fat and carbohydrate composition—for the sake of 227kcal, who actually cares? If you try one of these, I guarantee you’ll be back for more.

Trek Protein Flapjack

9

Taste

9.5/10

Nutrition

8.5/10

Price

9.0/10

Overall

9.0/10

Pros

  • They taste amazing!
  • The quintessential flapjack.
  • Suitable for vegans.
  • Free of most allergens.

Cons

  • Macros could be better.
  • Would be nice if it’s a bit bigger.

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