10 Best Granola Bars Tasted & Compared
Supermarket shelves are flooded with hundreds of different energy bars and granola bars to choose from. They are a convenient option for runners, because they don’t spoil, are great on the go and provide runners with energy they need. Personally, I have enjoyed many different brands and for your consideration. Here are the 10 best granola bars for runners.
10 Best Granola Bars
Contains whole grain oats as well as most common allergens including Dairy, Wheat, Eggs. Some of the flavors that are available include Banana Oat, Oats and Honey, Oatmeal Raisin, and Chocolate Chip.
Sunbelt Bakery Granola Bars are the freshest tasting granola bar on this list. They taste sweet and have a pleasant chewy texture.
These bars have 70mg of potassium and 50mg of sodium. It is rare to find a processed food with more potassium then Sodium.
With a cost that rivals even the cheapest granola bars on this list, Sunbelt Bakery granola bars are an excellent value, particularly if you like to buy your granola bars on a regular fresh basis.
- No preservatives
- No high fructose corn syrup
- Large variety of flavors
- Bakery fresh taste
- Relatively short shelf Life; should be eaten fresh
- Contains many common allergens like soy, egg, wheat, and dairy
Classic Clif Bar
Rolled oats, brown rice syrup and a protein blend make up most of a Clif Bar with vitamins and minerals added. They contain these common allergens Soy, Wheat, and peanuts. The impressive number of flavors include the flagship chocolate chip and peanut butter flavors as well as White Chocolate Macademia, Carrot Cake, Peanut Toffee Buzz, Pomegranate Chia, Oatmeal Raisin Walnut, and cool mint chocolate.
The original Clif Bar is offered in a many different flavors. There are even seasonal options such as pumpkin spice. With a variety of flavors and a great taste, you will never get tired of eating them.
Meant to give you the most energy in the smallest package, Clif bars are packed with calories that will let you train hard enough to break you PR. Nutritionally, Clif Bars offer an excellent balance of protein, carbs, and fat.
Cost or Value
Not the cheapest, and not the most expensive, Clif Bars are an affordable option, especially when ordered in bulk.
Rainforest Alliance Certified Cocoa
Made by an environmentally conscious company
Impressive Variety of flavors
Prices Fluctuate A lot
May be to sweet for some people's taste
With gluten-free oats, these bars will allow those who have to avoid gluten the ability to eat something just like the Quaker chewy bars. They are only offered in the classic double chocolate chip flavor.
Similar in taste and texture to the Quaker Chewy bars, These granola bars are perhaps a bit firmer but still very chewy.
Offering 3g of fiber in just 100 calories, these bars make the perfect snack or pre run food.
Annie's granola bars are one of the cheapest per bar on this list, but bear in mind that these bars are also smaller then many of the others.
- Soft Chewy Texture
- Very Affordable
- May be smaller then what some people want
The Chicory Root Extract provides the impressive ammount of fiber in Fiber One bars. They are available in a simple oats and chocolate flavor.
With a taste that won't surprise you or disappoint you, these bars taste great.
With nearly a quarter of the fiber an average person needs in a day, these are a great way to supplement your regular diet with some extra fiber.
Fiber One bars are very affordable and are the best value for a fiber packed granola bar available.
- Great source of fiber
- Simple classic taste
- Can cause GI distress if you suddenly add more fiber to your diet or eat to many
- Limited variety of flavors
Nature Valley Crunchy
Commonly found in the Oats and Honey flavor, many people don't realize Peanut Butter and Maple Sugar options also exist. With a short and simple list of ingredients These granola bars contain peanut and soy allergens.
A simple taste and crunchy texture make these bars great for dipping in a jar of peanut butter or breaking up and putting on top of yogurt.
Not the best not the worst. Nature Valley Bars a moderately healthy pre-run snack.
Nature Valley granola bars are a very affordable option that can be easily found available in large quantities. Their long shelf life make them a great option if you want to stock up on granola bars.
- Good on the go snack
- Each wrapper has two bars so you can easily share
- Can be crumbly and a bit messy
- Good source of whole grains
Featuring hard red wheat oats and barley and rye, these granola bars contain dairy nut soy and wheat allergens. They are available in Chocolate Almond Sea Salt and Honey-Almond Flax flavors.
You will have to try them for yourself. Some people don’t like the texture and they may be too chocolatey for some people’s taste.
With 8 grams of sugar and 24g of carbohydrates, Kashi granola bars are a tasty snack with 130 calories to keep you going. They also have 3g of fiber and 4g of protein.
Cost or Value
Kashi granola bars rest on the border between the “deluxe” granola bars and the pantry staple offerings such as Nature Valley and Quaker granola bars. If you enjoy their unique taste then they will be a good value to you.
- Good source of protein and fiber
- Satisfy your chocolate cravings
- Some people don’t like the new recipe Kashi has changed to
Available in Smores, Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, and Oatmeal Raisin.
The classic granola bar, they call them chewy for a reason. Very enjoyable to eat, even while running.
Has 100 calories. The ingredients list is more like a cookie then a health snack but it is a good source of carbohydrates to fuel your body.
Cost or Value
The most affordable option on this list, Quaker chewy granola bars will let you save up and replace your old running shoes and still give you the energy to wear out your new ones.
Classic chocolate chip oatmeal taste
Not a good source of protein
Not as “stylish” as some other granola bars
Not gluten free (ask me how I know)
Available in Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch and White Chocolate Macademia. These bars include organic rolled oats and contains the following common allergens wheat, peanuts, sot, and dairy.
Still crunchy, but not as crumbly or stiff as the Nature Valley Bars. The peanut butter bars have a particularly strong peanut butter taste.
Lighter in calories then the classic Clif Bar, these granola bars offer quickly digesting carbohydrates that make it a great pre-run snack.
More expensive then the similar Nature Valley bars, these granola bars are a good option if you want a crunchy yet moist bar with stronger flavors then the competition.
- 2 Bars per package make portion control and sharing easier
- Long shelf life
- More expensive then other options
Kind Healthy Grains
Offered in Dark Chocolate Chunk, Dark Chocolate ea Salt, and Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate, these bars feature many hard to find gluten-free grains such as amaranth, and millet.
Kind Bars taste great and include a generous amount of nuts. The Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt flavor is particularly good.
As a healthier alternative to a candy bar, Kind bars are an excellent option for satisfying your sweet tooth.
Kind Bars definitely fall into the “deluxe” granola bar category and are not the cheapest. However, they are a good gluten-free option for people who want a sweet snack.
- Excellent sweet taste
- Includes hard to find grains amaranth and millet
- Long Shelf Life
- Can become stale if they are to old so be careful where you buy them
It can be overwhelming to wade through the marketing and incredible amount of options for granola bars, but with a little searching, you will be able to find some great options that are good for your body, your budget and your taste buds. Just remember, variety is the spice of life. Consider purchasing one of the variety packs that are available on Amazon and find out which bars are your personal favorite.