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The best breakfast bars are high in protein and fiber for sustained energy to get you through the morning to lunchtime. Great for those who need an easy, on-the-go and satisfying meal, these best-of-bars fit the bill.
In addition to breakfast, these bars are great to have on hand at all times and can be used as a quick, occasional snack and serve as the perfect fuel to take before or during any intense activity, such as biking, hiking or even competing in a triathlon. In addition, these are great to throw in your bag for travel and long car rides as they might end up being the healthiest option you find on the road.
Some other areas where these bars stand out are in their ingredients — they use a great combination of better for you, organic and/or sustainable ingredients, are non-GMO and use no artificial colors and flavors. Here are some of the best breakfast bars to keep on hand for early mornings and midday snacks.
1. KIND Nuts & Spices Bars
KIND Bars are made with simple, whole ingredients, including nuts that are mixed with fruits and spices bound together with honey. Low in sugar, gluten-free and non-GMO, our favorite flavor is their Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt blend. This satisfying and delicious snack is also a good source of fiber and can easily be thrown into your bag and taken anywhere for your meal and/or snack of choice.
Pros: These bars are lower on the glycemic index making them more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolized and ultimately more satisfying.
Cons: These are not a low-fat food.
2. CLIF Energy Bar
These CLIF Energy Bars are purposefully made to deliver the right amount of protein, fiber and carbs to sustain you during any adventure. Made with organic and sustainable ingredients like oats, almonds and dates, these bars are non-GMO and come in an array of delicious, satisfying flavors. These bars are the perfect energy snack to fuel up with before, during or even after your activity of choice.
Pros: These bars have a good balance of macro-nutrients to sustain you through any activity.
Cons: These bars are higher in calories and sodium, so using them as a breakfast substitute first thing in the morning might be your best bet.
3. Nature’s Bakery Whole Wheat Fig Bars
Nature’s Bakery Whole Wheat Fig Bars are made with stone-ground whole wheat, real figs and blueberries with no artificial colors and no high-fructose corn syrup. These bars are a solid choice for active, on-the-go nutrition or as a healthy snack for your child’s lunch box. Nature’s Bakery bars are also soft-baked, filled with real fruit and perfectly portioned into two bars. The twin bar packs don’t melt, crumble or break.
Pros: The fig bars are vegan.
Cons: They don’t have many gluten-free options.
4. Belvita Breakfast Biscuits
For filling and yummy snacks that can be a breakfast substitute or eaten throughout the day, we recommend the Belvita Breakfast Biscuits. This six-pack comes with cranberry orange, blueberry, cinnamon brown sugar and golden oat flavors for a total of 30 packs of four bars. Made with 18g of whole wheat, these breakfast cookies provide hours of energy and are free from high-fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors and sweeteners. Belvita bars have a crunch that anyone will love and are easy to eat.
Pros: Belvita bars are designed to be eaten on their own or as the top and bottom of sandwiches and pair well with things like peanut butter, honey, cream cheese and fruit.
Cons: The bars can easily be broken if stored in a bag or pocket.
5. Pure Protein Bars
If you like to start your day with an early morning workout, then you need an early morning breakfast bar. We recommend Pure Protein Bars, which are packed with 21g of protein per bar. These gluten-free bars are low in calories and help improve vitality without making users feel full and heavy. Designed to assist with building lean muscle mass, Pure Protein Bars provide both quick and sustained levels of energy.
Pros: The variety pack shown here lets users try three popular flavors.
Cons: The bars advertise themselves as containing only 3g of sugar, but that doesn’t include the 4g to 6g of alcohol sugar in each bar, which can be difficult to digest.
6. Quaker Baked Squares
Start your day with a boost of energy thanks to the Quaker Baked Squares. Strawberry and apple cinnamon flavors are included in the box of 20 individually wrapped breakfast bars. Made without the use of high-fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors or colors, the Quaker bars are a good source of fiber and contain 210 calories each. Because the bars are soft baked, they are also a great option for kids.
Pros: Each bar contains 23g of whole wheat grains.
Cons: One bar contains 13g of sugar, including 6g of alcohol sugar, which can be difficult to digest.
7. Kellogg’s Special K Strawberry Protein Meal Bars
Start your day eating a protein-filled breakfast bar with the Kellogg’s Special K Strawberry Protein Meal Bars. Each bar includes 12g of protein and 5g of fiber. Available in a variety of flavors including strawberry, blueberry, chocolate chip and cinnamon, the Kellogg’s bars are a delicious small meal substitute or a filling snack
Pros: The Kellogg’s bars give the sensation of a bowl of cereal that would typically be consumed at breakfast thanks to their creamy outside and crunchy rice.
Cons: The bars are made with several possible allergens, including soy, milk, peanuts, almonds and wheat.