The 11 Best Breakfast Bars

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Last week’s Label Lesson unwrapped the dark side of breakfast bars. This week we want you to take an oath:

I swear I will NEVER touch another Healthy Food Imposter breakfast bar again. I will ONLY eat breakfast foods that provide my body with whole grains and other natural, healthful ingredients – no matter how long it takes to prepare such a breakfast…

Just kidding! You don’t have to give up convenience to enjoy a great breakfast.

That’s right…you can be good to your body even if you don’t have time to prepare a full-blown morning meal. The food sleuths here at have tracked down a few good breakfast bars that have nutrients and convenience!

Case in point: LARABAR Raw Food Bar Chocolate Coconut Chew


Cals 220, 12g fat, 0 sodium, 18g sugar, 5g fiber, 5g protein

Ingredients: Dates, Almonds, Walnuts, Unsweetened Coconut, Unsweetened Cocoa Powder.

Friends, this bar contains the Holy Trinity of healthy eating: CONVENIENCE, NUTRITION and ENERGY!

Decoding the fine print

So why is this breakfast bar worth your time and money, you ask? If the ingredients don’t speak for themselves, our food sleuths are happy to speak for them. Take a look:

  • This bar (like all the LARABAR varieties) is crafted from fewer than six ingredients.
  • The unsweetened cocoa provides more antioxidants than green tea.
  • The dates, coconut, almonds and walnuts are all nutritional superstars!
  • The fiber, protein, good carbohydrates and healthy fats are derived exclusively from whole, raw foods.
  • This bar is a wholefood NATURAL source of 16 essential vitamins and minerals, including fiber, vitamin E and folic acid. There’s no need for a red-flag label claim like “fortified with vitamins and minerals.”
  • Sugars and carbs come from fruit, not from processed, added junk sources.
  • And the best part, they come in 14 amazing flavors all of which are free of added sugars and sweeteners, preservatives, fillers, and artificial colorings.

There’s nothing not to love about this breakfast bar!

Best Brands

Variety is the spice of life – and important to any healthy eating plan – so we’re serving up more nutrition-on-the-go breakfast bars that meet our BestBrands standards:

  • The first few ingredients are made from wholefood sources like dates, nuts or whole grains such as rolled oats, wheat, barley or brown rice flour.
  • They have at least two grams of fiber per serving, and no more than 250 calories per bar.
  • And of course, they’re void of our least favorite junk ingredients like refined sugars, refined grains, trans fats, artificial sweeteners and colors, and harmful preservatives.
  • Finally, they’re good and good for you! And by the way, these aren’t just for breakfast anymore – they make great in between meal snacks too!

Note: Remember, all varieties of the same brand are NOT created equal! Please make sure you are choosing the recommended variety within each brand. When in doubt, read the ingredients label!

Clif Nectar Organic Fruit and Nut Bar (all flavors)
Health Valley Granola Bars Lowfat Chocolate Chip
Kashi TLC Chewy Granola Bars Honey Almond Flax
Kashi Honey Toasted 7-Grain
Kashi Chewy Granola Bars Trail Mix
LARABARS (All flavors)
Nature’s Choice Multigrain Cereal Bars
Nature Valley Granola Bites Oats ‘N Honey
Nature Valley Roasted Nut Bars Peanut Crunch
Odwalla Nourishing Food Bars Carrot Raisin
Simple Harvest All Natural Multigrain Chewy Granola Bars (all flavors)

Remember, when you’re armed with a little eBrandAid know-how, you’re in control at the grocery store.

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In Our Opinion: The information contained in the eBrandAid e-newsletters is strictly based on the opinions of the eBrand Doctors. We have created a set of guidelines that we believe will help shoppers to better understand and decode food labels on products found in most grocery stores. Our mission is to help shoppers find the healthier brands that have the least amount of chemicals and other junk ingredients.

One Response to “The 11 Best Breakfast Bars”

  1. kerry said...

    Thanks for this great information and the great list, can’t wait to use it!

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