The hunt for a clean snack bar can be a challenge when you're facing the slew of grocery-store granola bars touting themselves as “healthy” when they are anything but. That's why it pays to be a label sleuth. Look for brands that artfully blend naturally sweet foods like dates with nuts, seeds, dried unsweetened fruits and superfoods like spirulina and cacao, and nix non-CE–approved ingredients like brown rice syrup, cane sugar and canola oil. Here are six of our guilt-free snacktime favorites.
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1. Minty Melon
With moist, chocolaty flavor reminiscent of an after-dinner mint, Go Raw Grow Sprouted Raw Plant Protein Bar in Mint Chocolate boasts sprouted watermelon seeds as its star ingredient – they provide magnesium, zinc, folate and amino acids.
2. Superfood Snack
Lärabar Organic with Superfoods Turmeric, Ginger and Beet Bar combines six nourishing real foods for a pleasant punch of sweet and piquant flavors. It also offers 19% of your daily value (DV) of fiber.
3. The Raw Stuff
Sweetened with honey, figs and crushed organic vanilla beans, Earthling Organics Rawnola Vanilla Bar combines crunchy coconut, almonds and pumpkin seeds with spicy ginger and cinnamon.
4. Nuts About It
Organic ingredients like sprouted nuts, cranberries and nutmeg give big flavor to Soul Sprout Cranberry Crush Nut Bar. It's a chewy snack that's both tangy and sweet.
$2.50 to $3, soulsprout.com
5. Grain-Free Granola
Just one bite of Steve's Paleo Goods Tropical PaleoKrunch Bar and you'll feel like you're vacationing in the tropics. It offers a vibrant mix of dried pineapple, shredded coconut, macadamia nuts, honey and more.
6. Nutritious Nosh
Made with healthful ingredients like spirulina, hemp, chia and Turkish apricots, SHANTI Spirulina Energy Bar provides 95% of your DV of vitamin A and 9 grams of protein per serving.