Carbs: 10 grams
Fat: 8.5 grams
Protein: 20 grams
Sugars: 2.3 grams
Gluten Free, Vegan and Soy Free
Not to be confused with the better tasting 3.1 Huel Meal Replacement Bars the Huel Complete Protein Bars are a mixed bag. They come in at 200kcal making them a little lower in calories than your average protein bar, which is a good start, and they promise all the micronutrients (aka vitamins and minerals) that you’d need from a complete meal. As you may have guessed by the first line this isn’t going to be the most positive review of a Huel Product.
So, to be nice to Huel, they have a history of refining and
improving on their recipes, after all we’re on version 3.0 of their meal replacement
shakes, and the meal replacement bars are currently on their second version, so
they do definitely take on board feedback. And we’re going to have a lot of it.
We do like some of their other products, Huel Black is good, and they've got a great range of flavors on their protein shakes, but these bars are not good.
Everything you wanted to know about huel protein bars
Salted Caramal - OK, still not great
Peanut Butter - OK, still not great
Banoffee Avoid - Avoid
Raspberry - Can't Even Rank It.... Bad..... Very Bad
It's not recommended. It's likely to cause gastric distress, whilst they may try to skirt around the fact that they are meal replacement products, that is what they are and it is only recommended to swap one or two meals a day for meal replacment products.
Honestly, this is one of the worst tasting things we’ve ever
had the misfortune of tasting, the good news is that we weren’t hungry
afterwards, but that’s because we felt nauseous. We don’t think this requires
any further review. You’ll note that we haven’t ever had to do this in a
product review. It was so bad it became a challenge to see if we could eat a
full one. One of the team managed it, but he has an iron stomach.
Honestly none of them were good, sure they hit all your micro nutrients, for very few calories and were surprisingly filling for the size, but honestly we'd take a protien bar and a multivitamin every day of the week over these, ok these are a complete protein source, but if you're not vegan, there's no reason to choose these over a much nicer, cheaper protein bar. If for some reason you're masocistic enough to put yourself though this. Then the salted caramel and peanut butter were tollerable. Keep in mind, we like Huels general oatyness and the unsweetened flavour. But, these weren't for us.
There are some positives, and they’re not all as bad as the Raspberry Huel Bar. The ingredients do hit all your essential nutrients, they’re gluten free, vegan and do make a good weight loss snack as they do help keep you full.
It’s actually really good considering it’s only 200kcal, but
the fact that they’ve fortified it with so many vitamins is probably what’s
caused the bad taste. The macro ingredients are also really quite good with 20g
of protein, and 70% less carbs than their meal replacement bars.
In terms of flavour, the Peanut Butter one is ok, as is the Salted Caramel, the Banoffee is fine, and the less said about the Raspberry the better.
They're not great, go for a normal protein bar and a multivitamin, it'll be cheaper, taste better and you'll thank us later.
If you do really want to try one though, go for the peanut butter, it was the best of the lot.
Don't make the mistake we made....