Let’s face it: We eat energy bars for one reason — to get a quick and easy bit of fuel. The problem: Most of the bars on the shelf are candy bars in disguise, packed with 20-plus grams of sugar and chemical fillers. As a result, they provide the exact opposite of what you’re after.
“Bars with sugar, or sweet substitutes, cause a lot of gut issues; energy levels aren’t sustained; and they don’t leave you feeling satisfied, which means you reach for snack after snack,” says Leslie Bonci, a nutritionist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. So we set out to make choosing simple. We found 30 of the healthiest bars out there — all with protein, fiber, good fats, and 12 or fewer grams of sugar — and then did a blind taste test to narrow it down to the six most delicious.