Granola bars serve as the perfect on-the-go snack. And the options are endless: crunchy, chewy, chocolate, peanut butter, nuts…the list goes on. These yummy bars may seem to be healthy, but many conventional granola bars are loaded with added sugars and preservatives and the worst offender of all: high-fructose corn syrup. Steer clear of the bad guys and instead reach for one of these taste-tested and ingredient-approved healthy granola bars.
With subtle hints of sage, this savory snack bar combines sweet honey with earthy elements. Simple Squares uses only five simple ingredients: nuts, honey, vanilla, sea salt and herbs. They are USDA certified organic, gluten-free and non-GMO. 1 bar, $2.49
Perfectly toasted oats and creamy peanut butter pair well in these crunchy granola bars from Cascadian Farm Organic. They are free of artificial flavors and preservatives and made with certified organic ingredients. Box of 10, $4
Gooey and subtly sweet, these granola bars are a treat. Bobo’s Oat Bars are made with non-GMO, natural and organic ingredients and they are Kosher certified. 1 bar, $2.79
Made from gluten-free toasted whole grain oats and cinnamon, Annie’s Homegrown Oatmeal Cookie chewy granola bar tastes more like a cookie than the healthy snack bar it disguises as. You won’t find any artificial flavors, synthetic colors or preservatives in these bars, just plain goodness. Box of 5, $4.69
These chewy, flavorful granola bars boast a perfect sweet and salty combination. Made with whole grains and nutritional chia seeds and sans high-fructose corn syrup, Kashi Chocolate Almond and Sea Salt is pure enjoyment. Box of 6, $4
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