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Any Good Snack/Energy Bars Out There? [moved from Manhattan board]

I've tried a number of these so called energy snack bars and I gotta tell you they leave much to be desired, have you got some good ones for me?

Thanks for your input

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  1. It's not really marketed as an energy bar, more as a raw food snack bar...have you tried the Lara bars? Mostly dates & walnuts, with chocolate & other flavors like mint, cherry, etc. All made from minimally processed stuff, with no additives/preservatives. They're my candy bar of choice these days.

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    1. re: Hungry Celeste

      yes to Lara bars --
      and the reason I started buying them is because I'm trying to avoid products with palm oil, at least non-sustainably grown palm oil. The palm oil is not so much a nutrition issue -- I've learned that largely because of rapid forest clearing in Indonesia for palm oil, orangutans are likely to be extinct in the wild within 10 years (and many other animals also more endangered too). Palm oil is highly stable so an attractive replacement for transfats. Anyway, I know that's ot, sorry (but if you'd like more info, I can provide it.)

      But, with my heightened label reading, it seems Lara Bars have generally lots less stuff added, which I appreciate. Don't know if they really provide the "energy" that energy bars are supposed to, though. But I do like the taste (and I thought I didn't like dates.)

      So, I'm wondering if you all know of other energy bars w/o palm oil?

      And, yes, Trader Joe's has good prices -- altho in my town, Whole Foods now seems to meet TJs prices on power bars, go figure, perhaps competition actually works?

      1. re: mselectra

        Energy is energy -- a calorie is a unit of energy, and thus bars with the same amount of calories have the same amount of energy. What can be different is the rate at which the calories are absorbed -- most energy bars are designed to include ingredients that are absorbed quickly (simple carbs) for an immediate boost with ingredients that are absorbed more slowly (proteins, fats and complex carbs), for more sustained energy. Since fruit falls into the former category and nuts fall into the latter, any bar that has fruit and nuts is going to perform well as an "energy bar." The same concept, btw, is behind "trail mix."

    2. Most of the Clif Bar products are decent tasting and all are made from mostly organic ingredients (think the guarantee is 70%). The classic Clif Bars typically have a good amount of fiber, which is not typical of the protein bars. Recently, I came across the orange-cranberry-almond Karma Bars made by Worldwide Sports. This is also an organic product and has 13 grams of protein. It has a pleasant taste and good texture.

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      1. re: srcusa

        The company that makes Clif bars also makes Luna bars, which are supposedly designed for women. They're pretty good, both the flavors and the ingredients (my favorite is the lemon). Trader Joe's has great prices on snack/energy bars, and if you have a Grocery Outlet in your area, they often have a limited selection of Clif bars really cheap.

        My sister swears by Lara Bars.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Another vote for Luna bars. They're 'designed for women' because they include a decent amount of iron and folic acid, which women need much more than men. My favorite flavors are Nutz About Chocolate, Chocolate Pecan Pie, Iced Oatmeal Raisin, and Toasted Nuts & Cranberry.

          TJ's does have great prices on individual bars. I've also found boxes of 6 at Target for cheap.

          1. re: mojoeater

            I also like Luna bars, but I REALLY like cliff's version of the Larabar...I think it's just called nectar? Essentially just dried fruit and nuts, but I think the cliff's version uses less nuts per bar, since they are much lower in calories/fat than the larabars. My particular fave is the cherry pomegranate...even my 3 year old refers to them as a "treat".

        2. re: srcusa

          Seconding Clif bars. I used to be skeptical about bars in general, but my husband turned me on to the Clif bars and now I keep an oatmeal raisin Clif Bar in my purse for all kinds of emergencies, I always carry several before I head out for any kind of air travel. You can turn them into a meal with a cup of coffee or a glass of milk or a yogurt and they keep you from getting hungry for a good length of time. My husband also likes the cherry almond and the peanut buzz. We get them at Trader Joe's. They're cheaper there than anywhere else.

          1. re: welle

            Me too, I can't believe we are the only two that have mentioned these bars they are really good!

          2. I do not purport any of these as really *healthy* bars, but they are snack/energy bars...

            Taste-wise I LOVE Pro Max Cookies'n'Cream bars.

            Zone Chocolate Graham bars

            Body-for-Life Cookies'n'Cream bars (red wrapper)

            Pure Protein S'mores flavor (good graham cracker bits and marshmallow bits)

            Myoplex Carb Sense - Blueberry Pie (or something like that), Chocolate Cream Pie, Cookies'n'Cream all have several dimensions, like a creamy, a crunchy, and a chocolatey exterior...

            Power Bar Protein Plus Low Carb Chocolate Peanut Butter flavor

            I personally can't stand them, but my mom and her fiance love the Gnu fiber bars... to me they're too healthy tasting; a lot of people love Luna bars, but I don't find them satisfying either.

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            1. re: Emme

              The Oatmeal Raisin Gnu Fiber bars are really good, and IMO don't taste too healthy. They have like 12 grams of fiber. I think the Zone Perfect Fudge Graham bars are pretty good if you're looking for more protein.

            2. Clif Bars.

              Best flavors: Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Crunch and Banana Nut Bread.