Ideally, a granola bar should be packed with fiber, protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals to act as a healthy snack that keeps hunger at bay between meals.
Yet, in reality, many granola bars are loaded with sugar or highly processed ingredients, which means they end up more like a candy bar than a nutritious snack.
Here are 12 healthy granola bars designed to suit a variety of life stages, dietary needs, and health or fitness goals.
1–2. Kid-Friendly Granola Bars
The best granola bars for children should be made from whole, minimally processed ingredients and contain as little added sugar or salt as possible.
Although very few granola bars fit these criteria — including those marketed specifically for kids — the two options below do.
1. Phyter Plant-Based Bars
These bars are made from a handful of mostly whole ingredients, including fruit, nuts, oats, and seeds, and provide very little added sugar or salt.
They're available in six flavors, ranging from sweet potato and coconut to peanut butter and berries. What's more, they contain no gluten, soy, eggs, or dairy, which also makes them suitable for kids with allergies to these ingredients.
One 1.8-ounce (50-gram) bar contains 190–200 calories, 8–10 grams of fat, 23–24 grams of carbs, and 6 grams of protein. They also pack 3–4 grams of fiber, less than 10 mg of salt, and 7–9 grams of sugar — of which only 4 grams are from added sugars.
If you want to try these plant-based bars, shop for them online.
2. Nākd Bars
Nākd bars are made from fruit, nuts, and spices and harbor no added sugar or syrups and very little added salt. They're also gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan, and come in 17 distinct flavors, including salted caramel and carrot cake.
One 1.3-ounce (35-gram) bar contains 124–156 calories, 5–11 grams of fat, 13–19 grams of carbs, 2–5 grams of protein, 2–3 grams of fiber, less than 20 mg of salt, and 12–18 grams of sugar — none of which is added.
If you can't find these tasty bars locally, shop for them online.
Kid-friendly granola bars should be made from minimally processed ingredients and contain very little added sugar or salt. Phyter plant-based bars and nākd bars are two good options.
3–5. Low-Calorie Granola Bars
Low-calorie granola bars are a convenient, pre-portioned snack that's especially handy for people trying to lose weight or reduce their overall calorie intake.
For best results, steer clear of highly processed, artificially sweetened granola bars. Instead, opt for ones made from whole ingredients, such as whole grains, fruit, nuts, or seeds, as these are more likely to help you meet your daily nutrient needs.
It's also worth favoring bars rich in fiber and protein. These two nutrients can help you feel fuller for longer, potentially aiding weight loss by reducing the daily number of calories you eat.
3. Health Warrior Chia Bars
Health Warrior chia bars are made from mostly whole, plant-based ingredients — primarily chia seeds.
These bars are also dairy-free, gluten-free, and soy-free and contain a mere 100 calories per 0.9-ounce (25-gram) bar. You can expect around 4.5 grams of fat, 14 grams of carbs, 5 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein per portion (6).
If your local supermarket doesn't carry these delicious chia bars, purchase them online.
4. Kashi Chewy Granola Bars
Kashi chewy granola bars are largely comprised of whole-grain oats, come in a variety of flavors, and provide 120–140 calories per 1.3-ounce (35-gram) bar.
One portion also contains 2.5–6 grams of fat, 21–26 grams of carbs, 3–4 grams of fiber, and 2–4 grams of protein. Each bar is sweetened with rice syrup and cane sugar, although the total amount of added sugars remains low, at around 6–9 grams per bar.
You can buy Kashi bars locally or online.
5. Sheffa Savory Bars
If you prefer non-sweet granola bars, Sheffa savory bars may be an interesting option for you.
Made from whole ingredients, such as whole grains, chickpeas, seeds, dried vegetables, herbs, and spices, they contain 140–150 calories per two 0.6-ounce (18-gram) bars.
To try Sheffa savory bars, shop for them locally or online.
Low-calorie granola bars are an option for people trying to limit their calories or lose weight. Make sure the one you choose is made from mostly whole ingredients and offers fiber and protein.
6–8. Protein-Rich Granola Bars
Protein-rich granola bars can help limit hunger between meals and make for a great recovery snack after a grueling workout. Here are a few options that offer decent amounts of fiber and aren't loaded with added sugars or artificial flavors.
6. Lärabar Protein
These gluten-free granola bars are made from a blend of fruit, nuts, and spices and enriched with pea protein.
They contain no artificial flavors, preservatives, or sweeteners and provide around 210–230 calories, 7–10 grams of fat, 24–26 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fiber, and 11 grams of protein per 1.9-ounce (52-gram) bar.
They also pack around 18 grams of sugar per bar, which can appear high at first glance. However, only up to 2 grams come from added sugar, with the rest from naturally sweet ingredients, such as dates, apples, and blueberries.
Many supermarkets carry Lärabar protein bars, but you may get a better deal online.
These 8-ingredient, high-protein bars are made in large part from dates, egg whites, nuts, and spices. What's more, they're gluten-free and contain around 200–210 calories and 12 grams of protein per 1.9-ounce (52-gram) bar.
If you want to give RXBARs a try, buy them locally or online.
8. Kashi Go Protein Bars
These protein-rich granola bars come in three flavors — dark chocolate and almonds, crunchy peanuts and peanut butter, and dark chocolate and peanut butter.
They're made from plant-based ingredients, including oats, nuts, and pea protein powder.
If you can't find these tasty bars at your local store, shop for them online.
These high-protein granola bars are rich in fiber and contain very few added sugars or artificial flavors. They're a great way to reduce hunger between meals or speed up recovery after a workout.
9–12. Nut- or Grain-Free Granola Bars
Nut- or grain-free granola bars can come in handy for people with allergies or food intolerances. Here are some good choices.
9. Purely Elizabeth Bars
These grain-free bars are made exclusively from nuts, seeds, coconut flakes, coconut oil, and spices. All flavors are gluten-free and vegan. Besides, they contain no genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and are sweetened with only a small amount of coconut sugar.
While you may be able to find these bars locally, buying online is another option.
10. Caveman Grain-Free Granola Bars
These grain-free bars are mostly made from a mix of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit and sweetened with a small amount of sugar and tapioca or maple syrup.
They come in flavors like blueberry almond, cinnamon raisin, and coconut cashew. Each 1.3-ounce (35-gram) bar contains 180 calories, 12 grams of fat, 13–14 grams of carbs, and 5–6 grams of protein.
If you want to try these grain-free bars, shop for them locally or online.
11. Enjoy Life Chewy Bars
Enjoy life chewy bars are free from the top eight allergens, including nuts and wheat. They also certified halal, kosher, and non-GMO and come in seven flavors.
These bars are made from a blend of rice, buckwheat, and millet flours, plus ingredients like flax seeds, sunflower seeds, dates, dried fruit, and spices.
Find these tasty chewy bars at your local store or online.
12. Go Raw Sprouted Bars
Go Raw sprouted bars are made from whole ingredients, such as fruit, sprouted seeds, and spices.
They're free from most nuts and grains, although some bars do contain coconut, which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lists as a tree nut. That said, experts suggest that most people allergic to tree nuts can safely eat coconut.
Bars come in sizes varying from 1.2–1.7-ounces (34–48 grams) and contain 140–250 calories, 7–15 grams of fat, 19–21 grams of carbs, 5 grams of fiber, and 3–6 grams of protein per portion.
Go Raw sprouted bars are available in specialty stores or online.
These nut or grain-free granola bars are mostly made from whole or minimally processed ingredients and can be particularly appealing for people with food allergies or intolerances.
Homemade Granola Bars
Homemade granola bars are a great alternative to store-bought ones.
Because they typically use minimally processed ingredients and very little added sugar or salt, they're often more nutritious than packaged versions.
Plus, they're very simple to make. To get started, mix the ingredients below in a large bowl:
- 2 cups (160 grams) of oats
- 1 cup (130 grams) of chopped nuts of your choice
- 1 cup (147 grams) of packed, diced, pitted dates
- 1/4–1/2 cup (60–120 ml) of your nut butter of choice
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) of maple syrup or honey (optional)
- dried fruit, coconut flakes, or chocolate chips to taste (optional)
Once well mixed, spread the mixture equally over a lined loaf pan or baking dish. Bake for 25–30 minutes at 350℉ (176℃) and let cool before slicing and serving. Alternatively, freeze for 20–25 minutes before serving.
This recipe is very versatile and can be adjusted according to your personal preferences.
For instance, you can substitute the oats with puffed rice, kamut flour, or cooked quinoa or millet. The dates can be swapped for mashed banana and the nuts replaced with seeds.
You can also adjust the quantities of all ingredients to your liking. Granola bars stored in an airtight container will remain fresh for around 1 week. You can extend their shelf life by storing them in your freezer and defrosting small amounts as needed.
Homemade granola bars only require a few ingredients and are simple to make. They're also often more nutritious than store-bought versions.
The Bottom Line
Though granola bars are easy and convenient, many of the options lining supermarket shelves are loaded with added sugar, salt, and heavily processed ingredients — making for a less-than-ideal snack.
Still, with some searching, it's possible to find healthy alternatives. The healthy options above are made from mostly whole, nutrient-rich ingredients with little to no added sugars.
If you can't find them or are looking for a lower-cost alternative, you can make your own using your choice of simple, nutrient-rich ingredients.
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By Gavin Naylor
Sharks elicit outsized fear, even though the risk of a shark bite is infinitesimally small. As a marine biologist and director of the Florida Program for Shark Research, I oversee the International Shark Attack File – a global record of reported shark bites that has been maintained continuously since 1958.
A Big, Diverse Family<p>Not all sharks are the same. Only a dozen or so of the roughly 520 shark species pose any risk to people. Even the three species that account for almost all shark bite fatalities – the <a href="https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/discover-fish/species-profiles/carcharodon-carcharias/" target="_blank">white shark</a> (<em>Carcharodon carcharias</em>), <a href="https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/discover-fish/species-profiles/galeocerdo-cuvier/" target="_blank">tiger shark</a> (<em>Galeocerdo cuvier</em>) and <a href="https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/discover-fish/species-profiles/carcharhinus-leucas/" target="_blank">bull shark</a> (<em>Carcharhinus leucas</em>) – are behaviorally and evolutionarily very different from one another.</p><p>The tiger shark and bull shark are genetically as different from each other as a dog is from a rabbit. And both of these species are about as different from a white shark as a dog is from a kangaroo. The evolutionary lineages leading to the two groups split 170 million years ago, during the age of dinosaurs and before the origin of birds, and <a href="https://www.ck12.org/book/CK-12-Human-Biology/section/7.2/" target="_blank">110 million years before the origin of primates</a>.</p>
White, tiger and bull sharks are distinct species that diverged genetically tens of millions of years ago. Gavin Naylor / CC BY-ND<p>Yet many people assume all sharks are alike and equally likely to bite humans. Consider the term "shark attack," which is scientifically equivalent to "mammal attack." Nobody would equate dog bites with hamster bites, but this is exactly what we do when it comes to sharks.</p><p>So, when a reporter calls me about a fatality caused by a white shark off Cape Cod and asks my advice for beachgoers in North Carolina, it's essentially like asking, "A man was killed by a dog on Cape Cod. What precautions should people take when dealing with kangaroos in North Carolina?"</p>
Know Your Species<p>Understanding local species' behavior and life habits is one of the best ways to stay safe. For example, almost all shark bites that occur off Cape Cod are by white sharks, which are a large, primarily cold-water species that spend most of their time in isolation feeding on fishes. But they also aggregate near seal colonies that provide a reliable food source at certain times of the year.</p><p>Shark bites in the Carolinas are by warm-water species like bull sharks, tiger sharks and <a href="https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/discover-fish/species-profiles/carcharhinus-limbatus/" target="_blank">blacktips</a> (<em>Carcharhinus limbatus</em>). Each species is associated with particular habitats and dietary preferences.</p><p>Blacktips, which we suspect are responsible for most relatively minor bites on humans in the southeastern United States, feed on schooling bait fishes like menhaden. In contrast, bull sharks are equally at home in fresh water and salt water, and are often found near estuaries. Their bites are more severe than those of blacktips, as they are larger, more powerful, bolder and more tenacious. Several fatalities have been ascribed to bull sharks.</p><p>Tiger sharks are also large, and are responsible for a significant fraction of fatalities, particularly off the coast of volcanic islands like Hawaii and Reunion. They are tropical animals that often venture into shallow water frequented by swimmers and surfers.</p>
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Humans Are Not Targets<p>Sharks do not "hunt" humans. Data from the International Shark Attack File compiled over the past 60 years show a tight association between shark bites and the number of people in the water. In other words, shark bites are a simple function of the probability of encountering a shark.</p><p>This underscores the fact that shark bites are almost always cases of mistaken identity. If sharks actively hunted people, there would be many more bites, since humans make very easy targets when they swim in sharks' natural habitats.</p><p>Local conditions can also affect the risk of an attack. Encounters are more likely when sharks venture closer to shore, into areas where people are swimming. They may do this because they are following bait fishes or seals upon which they prey.</p><p>This means we can use environmental variables such as temperature, tide or weather conditions to better predict movement of bait fish toward the shoreline, which in turn will predict the presence of sharks. Over the next few years, the Florida Program for Shark Research will work with colleagues at other universities to monitor onshore and offshore movements of tagged sharks and their association with environmental variables so that we can improve our understanding of what conditions bring sharks close to shore.</p>
More to Know<p>There still is much to learn about sharks, especially the 500 or so species that have never been implicated in a bite on humans. One example is the tiny <a href="https://www.newsweek.com/one-worlds-rarest-sharks-also-one-most-adorable-325280" target="_blank">deep sea pocket shark</a>, which has a strange pouch behind its pectoral fins.</p><p>Only two specimens of this type of shark have ever been caught – one off the coast of Chile 30 years ago, and another more recently in the Gulf of Mexico. We're not sure about the function of the pouch, but suspect it stores luminous fluid that is released to distract would-be predators – much as its close relative, the <a href="https://sharkdevocean.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/second-ever-pocket-shark-discovered-in-gulf-of-mexico/" target="_blank">tail light shark</a>, releases luminous fluid from a gland on its underside near its vent.</p>
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Caribbean corals sprout off Texas. Pacific salmon tour the Canadian Arctic. Peruvian lowland birds nest at higher elevations.
Known and anticipated changes in species distribution due to climate change around the world have implications for culture, society ecosystems, governance and climate change. Figure used with permission from Gretta T. Pecl, originally published on 31 Mar 2017 in Science 355(6332).<p>How we define species is critical, because these definitions influence perceptions, policy and management. The U.S. National Invasive Species Council (NISC) defines a biological invasion as "the process by which non-native species breach biogeographical barriers and extend their range" and states that "preventing the introduction of potentially harmful organisms is … the first line of defense." But some say excluding newcomers is myopic.</p><p>"If you were trying to maintain the status quo, so every time a new species comes in, you chuck it out," says Camille Parmesan, director of the French National Centre for Scientific Research, you could gradually "lose so many that that ecosystem will lose its coherence." If climate change is driving native species extinct, she says, "you need to allow new ones coming in to take over those same functions."</p><p>As University of Florida conservation ecologist Brett Scheffers and Pecl warned in a <a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-019-0526-5" target="_blank">2019 paper in <em>Nature Climate Change</em></a>, "past management of redistributed species … has yielded mixed actions and results." They concluded that "we cannot leave the fate of biodiversity critical to human survival to be randomly persecuted, protected or ignored."</p>
Existing Tools<p>One approach to managing these climate-driven habitat shifts, suggested by University of California, Irvine marine ecologist Piper Wallingford and colleagues in <a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-020-0768-2" target="_blank">a recent issue of Nature Climate Change</a>, is for scientists to adapt existing tools like the <a href="https://www.iucn.org/theme/species/our-work/invasive-species/eicat" target="_blank">Environmental Impact Classification of Alien Taxa (EICAT)</a> to assess potential risks associated with moving species. Because range-shifting species pose impacts to communities similar to those of species introduced by humans, the authors argue, new management strategies are unnecessary, and each new arrival can be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.</p><p>Karen Lips, a professor of biology at University of Maryland who was not associated with the study, echoes the idea that each case is so varied and nuanced that trying to fit climate shifting species into a single category with broad management goals may be impractical. "Things may be fine today, but add a new mosquito vector or add a new tick or a new disease, and all of a sudden things spiral out of control," she says. "The nuance means that the answer to any particular problem might be pretty different."</p>
In recent years, northern flying squirrels in Canada have found themselves in the company of new neighbors — southern flying squirrels expanding their range as the climate warms. Public Domain / USFW<p>Laura Meyerson, a professor in the Department of Natural Resources Science at the University of Rhode Island says scientists should use existing tools to identify and address invasive species to deal with climate-shifting species. "I would like to operate under the precautionary principle and then reevaluate as things shift. You're sort of shifting one piece in this machinery; as you insert a new species into a system, everything is going to respond," she says. "Will some of the species that are expanding their ranges because of climate change become problematic? Perhaps they might."</p><p>The reality is that some climate-shifting species may be harmful to some conservation or economic goals while being helpful to others. While sport fisherman are excited about red snapper moving down the East Coast of Australia, for example, if they eat juvenile lobsters in Tasmania they could harm this environmentally and economically important crustacean. "At the end of the day … you're going to have to look at whether that range expansion has some sort of impact and presumably be more concerned about the negative impacts," says NISC executive director Stas Burgiel. "Many of the [risk assessment] tools we have are set up to look at negative impact." As a result, positive effects may be deemphasized or overlooked. "So that notion of cost versus benefit … I don't think it has played out in this particular context."</p>
Location, Location, Location<p>In a <a href="https://www-nature-com.ezp3.lib.umn.edu/articles/s41558-020-0770-8" target="_blank">companion paper</a> to Wallingford's, University of Connecticut ecology and evolutionary biology associate professor Mark Urban stressed key differences between invasive species, which are both non-native and harmful, and what he calls "climate tracking species." Whereas invasive species originate from places very unlike the communities they overtake, he says, climate tracking species expand from largely similar environments, seeking to follow preferred conditions as these environments move. For example, an American pika may relocate to a higher mountain elevation, or a marbled salamander might expand its New England range northward to seek cooler temperatures, but these new locations are not drastically different than the places they had called home before.</p><p>Climate tracking species may move faster than their competitors at first, Urban says, but competing species will likely catch up. "Applying perspectives from invasion biology to climate-tracking species … arbitrarily chooses local winners over colonizing losers," he writes.</p>
The marbled salamander, a native of the eastern U.S., is among species whose range could expand northward to accommodate rising temperatures. Seánín Óg / Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0<p>Urban stresses that if people prevent range shifts, some climate-tracking species may have nowhere to go. He suggests that humans should even <a href="https://ensia.com/features/time-for-trees-to-pack-their-trunks/" target="_blank">facilitate movement</a> as the planet warms. "The goal in this crazy warming world is to keep everything alive. But it may not be in the same place," Urban says.</p><p>Parmesan echoes Urban, emphasizing it's the distance that makes the difference. "[Invasives] come from a different continent or a different ocean. You're having these enormous trans-global movements and that's what ends up causing the species that's exotic to be invasive," she says. "Things moving around with climate change is a few hundred miles. Invasive species are moving a few thousand miles."</p><p>In 2019 University of Vienna conservation biology associate professor Franz Essl published a similar argument for species classification beyond the native/non-native dichotomy. Essl uses "neonatives" to refer to species that have expanded outside their native areas and established populations because of climate change but not direct human agency. He argues that these species should be considered as native in their new range.</p>
They Never Come Alone<p>Meyerson calls for caution. "I don't think we should be introducing species" into ecosystems, she says. "I mean, they never come alone. They bring all their friends, their microflora, and maybe parasites and things clinging to their roots or their leaves. … It's like bringing some mattress off the street into your house."</p><p>Burgiel warns that labeling can have unintended consequences. We in the invasive species field … focus on non-native species that cause harm," he says. "Some people think that anything that's not native is invasive, which isn't necessarily the case." Because resources are limited and land management and conservation are publicly funded, Burgiel says, it is critical that the public understands how the decisions are being made.</p><p>Piero Genovesi, chair of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Invasive Species Specialist Group, sees the debate about classification — and therefore about management — as a potential distraction from more pressing conservation issues.</p><p>"The real bulk of conservation is that we want to focus on the narrow proportion of alien species that are really harmful," he says. In Hawaii "we don't discuss species that are there [but aren't] causing any problem because we don't even have the energy for dealing with them all. And I can tell you, no one wants to remove [non-native] cypresses from Tuscany. So, I think that some of the discussions are probably not so real in the work that we do in conservation."</p><p>Indigenous frameworks offer another way to look at species searching for a new home in the face of climate change. According to <a href="https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11625-018-0571-4" target="_blank">a study</a> published in Sustainability Science in 2018 by Dartmouth Native American studies and environmental studies associate professor Nicholas Reo, a citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, and Dartmouth anthropology associate professor Laura Ogden, some Anishnaabe people view plants as persons and the arrival of new plants as a natural form of migration, which is not inherently good or bad. They may seek to discover the purpose of new species, at times with animals as their teachers. In their paper Reo and Ogden quote Anishnaabe tribal chairman Aaron Payment as saying, "We are an extension of our natural environment; we're not separate from it."</p>
The Need for Collaboration<p>The successful conservation of Earth's species in a way that keeps biodiversity functional and healthy will likely depend on collaboration. Without global agreements, one can envision scenarios in which countries try to impede high-value species from moving beyond their borders, or newly arriving species are quickly overharvested.</p><p>In Nature Climate Change, Sheffers and Pecl call for a Climate Change Redistribution Treaty that would recognize species redistribution beyond political boundaries and establish governance to deal with it. Treaties already in place, such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which regulates trade in wild plants and animals; the Migratory Bird Treaty Act; and the Agreed Measures for the Conservation of Antarctic Fauna and Flora, can help guide these new agreements.</p><p>"We are living through the greatest redistribution of life on Earth for … potentially hundreds of thousands of years, so we definitely need to think about how we want to manage that," Pecl says.</p><p>Genovesi agrees that conservationists need a vision for the future. "What we do is more to be reactive [to known threats]. … It's so simple to say that destroying the Amazon is probably not a good idea that you don't need to think of a step ahead of that." But, he adds, "I don't think we have a real answer in terms of okay, this is a threshold of species, or this is the temporal line where we should aim to." Defining a vision for what success would look like, Genovesi says, "is a question that hasn't been addressed enough by science and by decision makers."</p><p>At the heart of these questions are values. "All of these perceptions around what's good and what's bad, all [are based on] some kind of value system," Pecl says. "As a whole society, we haven't talked about what we value and who gets to say what's of value and what isn't."</p><p>This is especially important when it comes to marginalized voices, and Pecl says she is concerned because she doesn't "think we have enough consideration or representation of Indigenous worldviews." Reo and colleagues <a href="https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/sites.dartmouth.edu/dist/9/52/files/2012/10/Reo_etal_AIQ_invasive_species_2017.pdf" target="_blank">wrote in American Indian Quarterly in 2017</a> that climate change literature and media coverage tend to portray native people as vulnerable and without agency. Yet, says Pecl, "The regions of the world where [biodiversity and ecosystems] are either not declining or are declining at a much slower rate are Indigenous controlled" — suggesting that Indigenous people have potentially managed species more effectively in the past, and may be able to manage changing species distributions in a way that could be informative to others working on these issues.</p><p>Meanwhile, researchers such as Lips see species classification as native or other as stemming from a perspective that there is a better environmental time and place to return to. "There is no pristine, there's no way to go back," says Lips. "The entire world is always very dynamic and changing. And I think it's a better idea to consider just simply what is it that we do want, and let's work on that."</p>
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