You wouldn't believe it with the amount of chocolate I eat but I am actually quite a health/fitness nut; I virtually live at the gym and am always on the look out for new products that are not only delicious but also pack a good protein punch.
I can often be found in the kitchen creating protein cakes/biscuits, as an alternative to the more calorie sugar laden varieties that are often on sale, that's why when I recently spotted these Muscle Brownies on American Soda I knew they were a match made in heaven for me. Chocolate brownies with 20g protein! Yum!
These are sold in 4 different flavours : Cookies n Cream, Triple Chocolate, Caramel Walnut & Peanut Butter, which all sounded extremely delicious! One of the first thing I look at when I'm buying protein bars/bakes like this is the nutritional information and I must say I was a tad disappointed to see that 20g protein was actually per 2 servings..i.e. the whole brownie (who would eat half a brownie?!); therefore it was only 20g protein in 340kcal..not really massively high protein.
Having said that if you're trying to watch your fat intake these are pretty good with only 12g fat in the whole brownie, a lot less than what you would be looking to take in if you were to go for a traditional brownie. However the real point is how did these taste?! Quite often with specific protein brands you can taste the protein, they have a strange after tang and generally don't live up to the real thing.
I am happy to say that this is certainly not the case with these..the texture was oh so fudgy/gooey and moist and even better when heated up for a short period of time in the microwave. My favourite probably had to be the Cookies N Cream Brownie which had nice crunchy cookie pieces scattered through it and a creamy vanilla style icing; although the caramel walnut came a close second which huge chunks of walnut and a sweet caramel icing.
Now would I choose these over a regular brownie? To be honest it would depend what I was after; if I wanted to completely indulge and didn't care about how many calories/fat etc was in my brownie I may go out and just have a regular one. However if I was looking for a way to increase protein in my diet, and compared to the minimal amount of actually GOOD tasting bars/bakes that are available then I would definitely pick one of these up again. At £2.49 I don't think you could turn it down really..not when it tastes that good! I'd choose one of these over a protein shake any time!
Taste - 7.5/10 - One of the best protein bars I've tasted; my personal favourite was Cookies n Cream.
Texture - 8.4/10 - Gooey, fudgy & oh so delicious. Try it warmed in the microwave with a small scoop of ice cream if you want to be truly decadent!
Appearance - 8/10 - Good chunky sized brownie with decent nutritional information & a pretty drizzle of icing.
Price - 8.3/10 - I think these are a bargain at £2.49 considering most protein bars are priced around the same and taste a lot worse.
Overall - 8/10 - A healthier alternative treat.
Any fitness fan is going to LOVE these; however even if you're not even particularly into the gym and are simply looking for a healthier alternative to your classic brownie these are great.
WHERE TO BUY?
You can pick these up from American Soda's website here.