Cereal bars with protein seem to be all the rage and with a forever increasing health and fitness trend it is no surprise that Special K are one of the latest brands to have jumped on this band wagon. I have tried all manner of protein bars and frankly am yet to find one that doesn’t make me want to spit it out. Here to try and win me over today is the Special K Coconut, Cocoa and Cashew Protein Bar.
Presently there are two flavours – Coconut, Cocoa and Cashew and Blackcurrant and Pumpkin Seed. They are pricier than the average Special K multipacks and come in at RRP of £2.99 for 4 bars. Being new I have seen that they are on offer in a few supermarkets, so get in quick if you want to give them a try.
Mixed cereals bar with nuts, coconuts, sunflower seeds and almond butter
I was wondering in what capacity they had injected protein into their bars and aside from soy protein isolate, they have used a combination of nuts, seeds and almond butter to give a natural source of protein, which I like.
Per 28g bar: 123 kcal, 1.5g sat fat, 5.6g sugar, 3.9g protein
This bar was exceptionally sticky, as in peeling it out the packet was pretty tricky. It could have been down to the gloriously hot and sunny weather we had on the day I tried this, however I am dubious about it. There was a lovely chewy and crunchy texture to it that gave this bar some substance. The size seemed far better than other cereal bars and when finished I did feel like I had actually eaten something. The dominant flavour was coconut which made it hard for the cocoa and almond butter to even make an appearance, which is a shame. I am not too fused on the almond butter side of things but a bit more of a cocoa taste would have been nice.
On the whole I still enjoyed this Special K Coconut, Cocoa and Cashew Protein bar. It filled a hole and was very tasty, which is a win win. There’s still a lot of fructose and glucose syrup whacked in these bars which does put me off, if you are going to try and market something to appeal to the ‘nutrition conscious’ then this is food for thought.
Have you tried these new Protein bars? What are your thoughts?
Nibbles ‘n’ Scribbles x