I like the McVities Go Ahead Apple soft bakes for breakfast with a cup of tea and they are great for a mid morning snack too. I find them good value for money as they come in a box of six and I usually buy them from Sainsbury's at two pounds per box. Recently they have been on offer at two for two pounds. They are a filling bar and have with lots of apple inside. I am not so keen on the strawberry variety, but love the raspberry ones, although they have become virtually impossible to find at my local supermarket for some weeks now.
One bar contains one portion of fruit and they are suitable for vegetarians. Each apple bake has 133 calories and I find them to be a good alternative to opting for chocolate as a healthier snack. The packaging suggests that they are a healthy food and I believe they are great to build up your five a day quota.
I very often get bored with the same products but I have been purchasing these apple bakes for a long while now and really like the great taste and the fact that they satisfy my sweet tooth without eating lots of sweets and chocolate.
I would definitely recommend the Go Ahead range to people who liked a filling fruity snack which does not contain too many calories. I also find it a easy choice to take out with me so that I have a snack on hand if I get a little peckish!
Available in Apple, Raspberry and Strawberry.
As there are no new reviews on this product I thought it would be a good idea to write a review on this. These come in a box of 6 and are around £2.26 in Tesco but don't go to the supermarket if you want to buy these as they are selling for a £1 in poundland. I would not buy these for any higher price because it isn't that healthy or special for it to be higher than a £1.
I think them claiming each bar to be 1 portion of fruit is a new concept but i'm not really sure and I don't quite believe it to be true because the process this fruit filling has gone through might as well have destroyed some of the nutritional benefit. However apple is my favorite flavor of the bakes even though strawberry isn't half bad either. I guess because apple flavor reminds me somewhat of apple pie. The good thing about these bakes even though it has a quite a high sugar and moderate fat levels -I don't want another one after I finished with it like I do when I had biscuits considering the level of fat biscuits have and the fact I could go through 3 or 4 biscuits until i feel sick this is quite reasonable and I am consuming less calories taking that into account. With me I am always looking for healthier alternatives when I can even though I try and have graze boxes for desserts now and then I don't totally feel satisfied but these bakes are perfectly filling so i'm not tempted to go sneak in a biscuit as well to satisfy myself.
Over all I really like the taste of these and seeing as I can't quite give up unhealthy snacks this does the job for me helping consuming a few less extra calories, I wouldn't buy it for the actual retail price but I will continue to buy it from Poundland as long as its there for.
Breakfast today again meant going through the cupboards to see what there was to eat and today I decided to give in to these Go Ahead Apple Fruit Bakes. I'm really not a breakfast bar person but decided to give it a shot for the users of Dooyoo...also, I woke up absolutely starving so it seemed like a good option. As I didn't buy them myself, I looked at online supermarket comparison websites and they retail at around £2.25 per box of 6, but Tesco currently has an offer on of 2 boxes for £3.
These bars come in boxes of 6, a box which is now different from the one above. Currently the box is predominantly light green with the same Go Ahead logo as above in the centre of the box. There are a couple of cut up apples on the box and a bar like the one above but facing the other way - all minor packaging changes and no doubt you will be able to spot them easily nevertheless. Inside you will find the 6 bars individually wrapped in wrappers of the same design. There is a nutritional bar at the bottom left hand of the box which features the information that I have listed below for you.
Nutritional information per bar/bake:
Calories - 124, 6% of your RDA
Sugars - 9.7g, 11% of your RDA
Fat - 2.5g, 4% of your RDA
Saturates - 1.2g, 6% of your RDA
Salt - 0.2g, 3% of your RDA
I ended up having 2 of these bars this morning because I saw how low the calorie count was; I should really have looked at the sugar content before I did that. I had them with some fresh fruit and they were really tasty. On opening the wrapper I was greeted by a perfectly formed, nicely golden bar and it was a nice soft bar to bite into. The apple flavoured centre did taste of apple, the fake kind though. It was somewhere between a paste and a jelly with a nice sweet taste to it. The baked part had a bit of a salty taste to it, which went quite nice with the sweetness of the apple.
Value for money - I think the 2 boxes for £3 is good value but they are quite expensive per box of 6. I like the fact that they are ideal for a breakfast on the go but I wouldn't swap them for any of my usual breakfast rituals. They are a touch too sweet for my liking but low in calories! They would also be good in packed lunches or for a mid morning snack.
I bought these lately at my local Fultons store, they were on offer , two boxes for £1.50. I thought this was a bargain as I`ve seen them in Tesco for £1.99, but I dont think they are worth that.
In the cardboard box there are 6 bars of 35 grams each, all individually wrapped in a plastic wrapper.
They advertised as having less than 8% fat, but beware they have nearly 10g of sugar in each bar.
On opening an Apple bar, it immediately strikes me as a fig roll, the apple has the same outer as a fig roll and tastes the same as the biscuit part of the fig roll.
The bar to bite into is like a soft biscuit type , with the pureed apple inside, they`re actually quite moreish and I actually polished the whole box off in one day. So although they`re low in fat , eating them all in a day is not good for your diet.
The nutritional side per bar is:-
Energy - 124
of which sugars 9.7g
of which saturates 1.2g
Equivalent as salt 0.2g
I think these are a very tasty bake , I dont thing they can aid a diet in anyway and dont see them as being healthy at all.
If you look at the nutritional values, you can actually get alot of chocolate bars that have less fat/sugar in them.
So where in the market these fit, I dont know, perhaps as a biscuit with a tea or coffee?
I recently bought these Fruit Bakes from Tesco on a 2 boxes for £3.00 offer where the regular price is £1.99 for a box of 6. I bought one box of Apple and one box of Strawberry flavour. I could see no other flavours on the shelves.
Each baked bar is 35g and is split into three chunks, but are still joined together (they have ridges in them, which you will be able to see from the picture provided by Dooyoo). Each bar has 124 calories and 2.5 g of fat, which to me is neither really good or really bad.
I tend to only get two chunks because I always tear one off to give to my son, who seems to really enjoy the flavour and texture of these. The baked bar contains apple filling, which is actually quite sparse and thinly spread. The apple flavour is not particularly strong, but is identifiable.
Overall I am not particularly impressed with these, they are okay tasting and are pleasant enough as a snack. However, I doubt I would buy these again as they did not bowl me over.
I've been getting peckish quite alot lately, and have slightly gone off of my usual dry snack - the apple nutri grain bar, so whilst in asda the other day, I saw these, Go Ahead Fruit Bakes, apple flavoured. I thought they might give me a bit of a change from the nutri grain bar, but not too much to make me crave one, so I popped them in my trolley and off I went.
According to the box....
Golden baked bars with a delicious apple flavoured filling.
If you're craving a treat, try a delicious Fruit Bake. These golden-baked treats are packed with a range of refreshing fruit flavoured fillings & encased in a delicious wheat biscuit and all under 125 calories per bake.
The bars come in packs of 6, in a cardboard box (not unlike the nutri grain bars, but they come in boxes of 8). The box is around 6 inches across and 7 inches tall (that's an estimate..), it's green with and orange swirl with the go ahead bar inside the swirl - there is a picture of an apple and the inside of an apple, and then a picture of half a bar of the fruit bake - it looked tasty.
N.b - the box is different from the one pictured, as you can tell from my description.
I opened the box and found that the bars cake in a browny - orange packet with a green swirl and the go ahead logo on it. Again, there is an apple and fruit bake picture. The packet also tells us that there is 50% more fruit and less than 8% fat and 124 calories per bake. The ingredients, nutritional information and contact information is printed on the back, along with the suitable for vegetarians logo.
The bake itself is baked golden colour, and quite shiny. It reminded me of a varnished bread mouse that a car salesman gave me when I was a child - that sounds really weird to me now, but whatever. There were two little indented lines, so that the bake was split into 3. It was quite small, but chunky, so I wasn't too bothered. I broke off the first third, and saw a very thing apple puree type gel inside - that was 50% more fruit. For real? Whatever. Anyway, I took a bite, the biscuity bit was crunchy on the very outside of the biscuit (where it looked like it had been varnished), but very soft on on the inside, then my teeth came to the sticky apple filling - it tastes nothing like apple, just like a sweet mess. It was delicious though, so I wolfed the rest down too.
Each bar contains 124 calories and 2.5g of fat.
I bought these for £2.28 from Asda, and the price is roughly the same in other places too.
Overall, these are quite tasty little treats but I think I'll stick to yoghurt, fruit or carrot sticks.
Thank you for reading!
i think that the mcvities apple bakes are really tasty if you are trying to cut down on the calories. in my opinion they are not the best out of the mcvities low calorie range. the apple and sultana biscuits are really tasty and they are very low in calories. it certainly does taste like you are eating something very sweet however i dont think that they are that filling a piece of fruit probably would be more appetising. as i say there are a lot of products in the mcvities go ahead range that are really tasty it just depend what sort of taste you are after. you can definately tell that they are healthy and calories are reduced by tasting the apple bakes.i think these are more like an apple pie than a substitute for a bar of chocolate. not a bad taste if you were on a diet. value for money
One of the problems with Christmas is not only the fact that you can pile on the weight over the festive period but also the fact that you get into bad eating habits of eating between meals and craving sweet stuff more often than you normally would.
In an effort to offset this I bought in a few low caorie items and the first one I have tried are these Go Ahead Apple Fruit Bakes which come in boxes containing six of the apple fruit bakes in all.
As far as taste goes they are not bad at all, you can definately taste the apple flavouring which is quite smooth and not at all harsh tasting, the outer shell is very soft and a little doughy in texture and the filling is like a stewed jelly fondant, they are very soft to bite into.
As a substitute for a chocolate bar they are about as filling with half the calories and as such hey make an ok substitute but to be honest I would rather just eat an apple itself.
I'm always snacking on chocolate and crisps and I am a lot worse since I got a job in an office. I have a statsh of crisps, biscuits and chocolate in my bottom drawer and I always seem to give in to a pain au chocolat nearly every day.
I don't need to loose weight but I have always been slim and am always frightened of piling on a few extra stone! I wanted something healthier to snack on and something that would fill me up until lunch-time.
The Go Ahead range in Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons is quite large and its easy to find.
***ABOUT GO AHEAD***
Go Ahead are passionate about making great tasting snacks which are better for you than your average treat.
Go Ahead do a large range of products including:
* Yogurt Breaks
* Crispy Fruit Slices
* Fruit Bakes
* Mini Crispy Fruit Slices
* Ceral Bars
* Crunch Bars
* Rice Crisp
* Crinkly Crisps
* Savoury Slices
***APPLE FRUIT BAKE***
These come in boxes of 6 and each one are indivudually wrapped in a plastic wrapper.
Unwrapping these bars, you are greeted by a lovely golden coloured bar and you can smell apple faintly. The bar itself has 3 small sections which you can break off or bite into.
The bar looks quite hard but when biting into the bar its very soft and cakey like. The fruit filling looks a bit like jelly and its very tasty. You can definately taste the gorgeous apple filling as you bite into and chew the bar.
With 50% more fruit in these bars which are less than 8% fat, I think they are a very tasty treat and would stop me snacking on other treats such as chocolate, crisps and even pain au chocolat's.
I got 2 boxes of bars from sainsburys which were on offer, for something like 3 boxes for £3.00, so they are very good value and not only that but you can get 1 box of the apple and another box of another flavour as well.
The bars also come in these fabulous flavours:
* Apple & Blackberry
* Wholemal Strawberry Twist
Nutritional Information per bake:
I would definately recommend these bars to anyone who finds themselves snacking on crisps and chocolate like I do.
I have also tried the raspberry flavoured bakes and they are just as tasty.
Despite my attempts to shift a few extra pounds, my body simply will not function without at least one sweet treat per day. So whilst I'm attempting to curb my intake of chocolate, cakes and ice cream for a while, I needed a relatively healthy substitute.
It was during a visit to Somerfield that I found myself stocking up on salads and vegetables and other healthy things when I inadvertently wandered down the chocolate and biscuit aisle. In an attempt to stay relatively faithful to my new diet, my eye soon settled on the Go Ahead range which offers a selection of low fat snacks and treats. A few items appealed to me but it was the yellow 50% reduction sticker on the Apple Fruit Bakes that finally made up my mind for me. 50% was the minimum reduction required for me to buy these since the RRP for a box of 6 bars is £2.19.
I hadn't tried these before but the packaging described them as 'golden baked bars with a delicious apple flavoured filling.' There is a picture of one of the fruit bakes on the box with lots of slices of freshly cut apple which added to the wholesome healthy feel of the product. Not that I was in complete denial though. Whilst there may only be 124 calories per bake, the fat and sugar content was still relatively high. But it would still make a far healthier alternative to a chocolate bar.
Since I'm not a morning person, the last thing on my mind when I stagger out of bed is breakfast. I therefore decided to pack one of these fruit bakes with my lunch each day and aim to eat it as breakfast once I was wide awake enough to do so. This is usually after my third mug of strong black coffee, at about 10am.
On trying the Go Ahead Apple Fruit Bakes, I have to say I'm quite impressed. If you've ever tried a Kellog's Nutrigrain before, the premise is quite similar with a sweet apple filing encased in a sweet pastry case. In the case of the Go Ahead Fruit Bakes, the pastry is less crumbly than with other bars I have tried which suits me as it makes them less messy when I am eating them one handedly at my desk. The pastry is sweet and soft without being too sticky and the apple filling inside is very sweet and, well, appley. It has a similar flavour and consistency to apple sauce in a jar which I could happily eat by the spoonful. The result is a sweet and tasty snack with an element of healthiness. After all, the packaging suggests it's healthier than other snack alternatives and it does contain apple! It might not be as tasty as warm apple pie and custard but it works well as a healthier alternative.
Having checked out the ingredients, the amount of apple contained in these Fruit Bakes is somewhat dubious, but dried apple does feature so I can con myself into thinking these are doing me some good. Obviously, if you're serious about losing weight, then these bars alone are not going to do the trick. But combined with healthy eating and regular exercise, the pounds are already dropping off me. I think it helps that I still get to satisfy my sweet tooth with somewhat healthier alternatives such as these Go Ahead Fruit Bakes. It might not taste as good as chocolate, but it beats a carrot stick!
Whenever I see Go Ahead products from McVities, I always think of the dry garibaldi type crackers or delicious chocolate rice bars they sell against anything else the Go Ahead range may actually include. This is no fault of the maker but rather me, as I have only tried a few successful variants along the way and still return to the dry fruit slices whenever I see them in the shops.
Recently though I was looking for something a little different since the last biscuit type thing I had was Sainsburys Fig Rolls and as delicious as they may well have been the advent of running to the toilet as an option after consumption was not considered here!
By all means these Apple Bakes in the Go Ahead range are still relatively new although I have seen those months ago, I was put off by the initial prices seen in supermarkets for a box of 6 and wished they had come down in price.
** Price **
The problem sometimes is just how much do you spend for lower fat goods? I was shocked to discover that a box of 6 bars from this company come in between £1-30 to £1-55 at supermarkets and never mind taking into consideration that the bars are seldom available to buy on their own. Some supermarkets such as Somerfields and Tesco are currently selling the product at 99p or BOGOF (Buy One Get One Free) offers which counteracts the offset price at the time. If you do see them at this price rather than higher, do consider buying these if anyone in your family likes apples!
The pound shop near me however has yet again ruled supreme! Not just content to offer one box of 6 individually wrapped bars, the company are selling two boxes of 12 bars for £1 which is I am sure you will agree this is an extraordinary bargain.
** Design and Content **
Being apple based in flavour, the boxes are naturally green and white and there is quite a lot of informative content going on with the picture of the bars and a picture of apples on the front. The bars themselves are however individually wrapped and contained in green coloured wrappers and are relatively easy to tear open; these would perhaps be a good alternative to pack in your childrens lunches against chocolate bars.
And if you like Fig Rolls, you will love these because what McVities have done here is to design a three line fig roll, jammed together with similar design of the pastry bar with a soft pureed apple sauce in the middle; the filling is similarly emphasized by the fact that each portion has a raised roof, of filling rather than a standard triple vertical design of pure pastry and a thin line of apple sauce that will be the claimed 50% content of apple then! Each portion can break off easily which is more enjoyable when taken for example with a cup of tea, for instance. Each bar isnt very wide but there is a lot of filling.
The pastry mimics the soft kind of pastry which Kelloggs put in with those morning/NutriGrain bars which to my teeth is a welcome sign rather than hard and brittle pastry which fig rolls sometimes impart.
** Scent and Taste **
The pastry smells quite good, much like the pastry smell you would find on most baked goods, or nearer to the mark the kind of strong yeasty smell you would find on a decent mince pie, such as those offered by Marks & Spencer or even Mr Kipling!
The taste is however quite different. Whilst the pastry is not overly sweet, the apple sauce filling is very sweet and I was surprised that a product such as this, which is seen as an additional food stuff on a balanced diet, could contain such sweet apple filling. At certain points I found some of the apple filling was also bitter as opposed to sweet which makes the product appear un-universally sweet all the time but it counteracts with the pastry which means = a good balance!
The taste of the apple however is not completely fresh although it does mimic the taste of jar apple sauce which in my book shouldnt be discounted; some pieces of actual apple however could be included to offer a suitable crunch factor, but the overall impression is that the Apple bakes do taste baked only by the soft pastry constituent whilst the apple sauce on its own serves up images being very soft and gooey against dryer products found in the rest of the Go Ahead ranges.
** Nutritional Information **
Well, whilst Go Ahead offer much explanation and tables located on the actual box which these bars come in, there is a lot to look at in terms of what these bars actually contain and I was surprised to notice that the fat content is actually quite high despite claims of being low in fat. Whilst the calories are low, the saturated fat content per bar is quite high which serves up a 5 or 6 points on Weight Watchers diets which isnt especially low.
Milk, Gluten and Soya have been included in the bars whilst there are warnings that the product may contain traces of nuts. They are however suitable for Vegetarians.
Correct nutritional information for this product can be found at:
** Conclusion **
Do these Apple Bakes finalise the sweet smell and taste of success? Well they do smell nice and certainly not off putting but by their own accord, they sit between a balance of healthy food and fattening food, and should not in my experience, be used as an alternative all the time to sweet biscuits and chocolate if you are on a diet. Sadly whilst there are lower fat ranges in the same family of Go Ahead, these apple bakes do taste delicious but at the cost of a diet requirement if you are on one and if you are not, then the warnings of sugar content are high regardless. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2007
Like many other people I'm sure, I seem to be constantly fighting a losing battle with my weight! It's probably got a lot to do with the fact that most of the things I really enjoy eating are a little on the fattening side and I don't seem to have the willpower to say 'no'! Therefore, I am always on the look out for the type of snack that I will enjoy but will not do nasty things to my waistline!
The problem is that, in my opinion, most of the things that claim to be good for you don't actually taste as nice as all the things that don't make this claim! However, one of the brands that actually does seem to combine taste with healthy eating are the 'Go Ahead' range from MvVites, and just recently I have discovered quite a liking for their apple bakes!
This is probably because deep down I am a real apple pie lover, and although these are not actually apple pies there are a number of similarities as I will explain.
So, when you first go into the supermarket you will generally tend to find these with the healthier type of biscuit and cereal bars. Unfortunately, in Sainsburys, this area tends to be right next door to the unhealthy biscuits! (Maybe supermarkets should organise their aisles in terms of healthiness, and that way you wouldn't need to go anywhere near temptation!) You can pick up a pack of six apple bakes for £1.59 which works out at just over 25 pence per bar - not too bad! On the packet it reads:
'go ahead can be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle, so you can relax and enjoy any of the range of great tasting snacks'.
This sounds good, so when I first saw them I thought they were definitely worth a try. I also noticed on the packet that each bar contains 124 calories and 8% fat. Neither were quite as low as I would have hoped, but they are not too high either! As with anything, you just have to factor them in to everything else you are eating, and make sure that you do not exceed your daily intake!
When you open the packet, you find that each apple bake is wrapped individually in order to help maintain the freshness. On taking the bake out from the packet it looks like a long slab of pastry which is roughly divided into three. The best way to eat it is to break of the thirds and savour one at a time. When you break off the first third you see that inside is a lovely gooey apple filling. It is really very tasty and has a similar taste to the inside of an apple pie! Not too sweet and not too sharp either! The pastry covering has a lovely taste and a nice crumbly texture too! The combination of the apple inside the pastry also works really well together, as I said before, not dissimilar to an actual apple pie! Only, with this one you really shouldn't have any cream!
So overall, I do think this is quite a tasty litle snack and certainly does as an alternative to less healthy biscuits and chocolate bars. I also do tend to find that one of these bakes is filling enough, and so prevents me from reaching straight into the packet for another one!
These apple bakes can be found in all good supermarkets and are part of a wider range of more healthy biscuits and snacks!