10 Best Granola Bars Tasted & Compared

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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.

Sunbelt Bakery
  • Sunbelt Bakery
  • 4.9 out of 5
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  • 7g of Whole Grain Per Serving.
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Classic Clif Bar
  • Classic Clif Bar
  • 4.9 out of 5
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  • Source of Protein & Fiber
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Quaker Chewy Granola
  • Quaker Chewy Granola
  • 4.8 out of 5
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  • 8g 100% Whole Grains Per Bar
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10 Best Granola Bars

 

Sunbelt Bakery

Sunbelt Bakery
Sunbelt Bakery Granola Bars pride themselves in their bakery fresh taste and variety of flavors. They are produced by a bakery that's family owned. Their business started with a family granola recipe.
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Ingredients/Flavors
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.

Taste/Texture
Sunbelt Bakery Granola Bars are the freshest tasting granola bar on this list. They taste sweet and have a pleasant chewy texture.

Nutrition/Energy
These bars have 70mg of potassium and 50mg of sodium. It is rare to find a processed food with more potassium then Sodium.

Cost/Value
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.
Pros
  • No preservatives
  • No high fructose corn syrup
  • Large variety of flavors
  • Bakery fresh taste
Cons
  • Relatively short shelf Life; should be eaten fresh
  • Contains many common allergens like soy, egg, wheat, and dairy

Classic Clif Bar

Classic Clif Bar
It’s hard to beat the venerable Clif bar. They are a well loved product with a large following and good reputation for a reason. They are made by a company that emphasizes their moral standards and are a great tasting product.
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Ingredients/Flavors
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.

Taste/Texture
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.

Nutrition/Energy
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.
Pros

Pros

Rainforest Alliance Certified Cocoa

Tasty!

Made by an environmentally conscious company

Impressive Variety of flavors

 

Cons

Cons

Prices Fluctuate A lot

May be to sweet for some people's taste

Annie's

Annie's
Annie's chewy granola bars are an excellent option for individuals who have a gluten-free diet. They are comparable to the Quaker chewy bars that are not gluten-free.
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Ingredients/Flavors
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.

Taste/Texture
Similar in taste and texture to the Quaker Chewy bars, These granola bars are perhaps a bit firmer but still very chewy.

Nutrition/Energy
Offering 3g of fiber in just 100 calories, these bars make the perfect snack or pre run food.

Cost/Value
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.
Pros
  • Soft Chewy Texture
  • Gluten-free
  • Very Affordable
Cons
  • May be smaller then what some people want

Fiber One

Fiber One
Fiber is important to include in your diet and you should aim for at least 3g of it in any granola bar. It is especially important when it is replacing a piece of fruit or a vegetable you would usually be eating. Fiber One bars are a decent option for an on the go snack.
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Ingredients/Flavors
The Chicory Root Extract provides the impressive ammount of fiber in Fiber One bars. They are available in a simple oats and chocolate flavor.

Taste/Texture
With a taste that won't surprise you or disappoint you, these bars taste great.

Nutrition/Energy
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.

Cost/Value
Fiber One bars are very affordable and are the best value for a fiber packed granola bar available.
Pros
  • Great source of fiber
  • Simple classic taste
Cons
  • Can cause GI distress if you suddenly add more fiber to your diet or eat to many
  • Limited variety of flavors

Nature Valley Crunchy

Nature Valley Crunchy
If chewy isn’t your thing, then try the Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars. A simple classic granola bar without any gimmick. Don’t overlook the affordable Nature Valley Granola Bar.
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Ingredients/Flavors
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.

Taste/Texture
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.

Nutrition/Energy
Not the best not the worst. Nature Valley Bars a moderately healthy pre-run snack.

Cost/Value
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.
Pros
  • Good on the go snack
  • Each wrapper has two bars so you can easily share
Cons
  • Can be crumbly and a bit messy
  • Good source of whole grains

Kashi Chewy

Kashi Chewy
Very similar to the more classic granola bar options on this list, the Kashi Chewy Granola Bar has a few unique ingredient options such as flax and cherry dark chocolate. They are a bit trendier then some of the other options on our list.
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Ingredients/Flavors
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.

Taste/Texture
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.

Nutrition/Energy
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.
Pros
  • Good source of protein and fiber
  • Satisfy your chocolate cravings
Cons
  • Some people don’t like the new recipe Kashi has changed to

Quaker Chewy

Quaker Chewy
Quaker Chewy Granola Bars may seem like something that belongs in your children’s lunch sack and not your gym bag, but they are an extremely practical and tasty option. After all, Quaker may have very well invented the granola bar.
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Ingredients/Flavors
Available in Smores, Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, and Oatmeal Raisin.

Taste/Texture
The classic granola bar, they call them chewy for a reason. Very enjoyable to eat, even while running.

Nutrition/Energy
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.
Pros

Very affordable

Classic chocolate chip oatmeal taste

Cons

Not a good source of protein

Not as “stylish” as some other granola bars

Not gluten free (ask me how I know)

Clif Crunch

Clif Crunch
Clif Crunch granola bars are very similar to the Nature Valley bars in taste, packaging, and size. They are noticeably softer and have a sweeter taste for a slightly higher price. The Clif Crunch is Clif's take at a classic granola bar.
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Ingredients/Flavors
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.

Taste/Texture
Still crunchy, but not as crumbly or stiff as the Nature Valley Bars. The peanut butter bars have a particularly strong peanut butter taste.

Nutrition/Energy
Lighter in calories then the classic Clif Bar, these granola bars offer quickly digesting carbohydrates that make it a great pre-run snack.

Cost/Value
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.
Pros
  • 2 Bars per package make portion control and sharing easier
  • Long shelf life
Cons
  • More expensive then other options

Kind Healthy Grains

Kind Healthy Grains
A sweet taste and executive styling set these granola bars apart. Kind bars have received a lot of criticism for not being the healthiest thing to eat, but as an alternative to a candy bar they are a great option.
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Ingredients/Flavors
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.

Taste/Texture
Kind Bars taste great and include a generous amount of nuts. The Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt flavor is particularly good.

Nutrition/Energy
As a healthier alternative to a candy bar, Kind bars are an excellent option for satisfying your sweet tooth.

Cost/Value
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.
Pros
  • Excellent sweet taste
  • Includes hard to find grains amaranth and millet
  • Long Shelf Life
Cons
  • 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.

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