We love grabbing a breakfast bar on our way out the door. We’re sharing our favorite healthy breakfast bars! We’ll also bust some of the myths around whether or not granola or oatmeal breakfast bars are fattening or actually healthy!
What to Look for in Healthy Breakfast Bars
Whether you’re making or buying bars, you want to look for a few things.
Each bar should:
- avoid a lot of added sugars (14 grams or below is good).
- be under 200 calories.
- contain at least 3 grams of fiber and protein.
This is easier to see if it’s a store-bought bar; however, the recipes we’ll share below are AMAZING.
They are whole foods, and you know exactly what you’re eating! We love to make a batch and freeze them too!
However, if you have to buy pre-made bars. Here is our recommendations on brands.
The Best Store-Bought Breakfast Granola Bars
Each of these links go to Amazon. We are affiliates with them.
- Luna Bar Chocolate-Dipped Coconut
- Clif Crunch Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bar
- KIND Bars Fruit & Nuts
- KIND Breakfast Bars, Blueberry Almond, Gluten Free
- Kashi GOLEAN Honey Pecan Baklava, Gluten Free
- Health Warrior Chia Bars – Vegan, Dairy, Soy and Gluten Free
Bar Brands to Avoid
These brands typically pack in preservatives and added sugar – even if they are marketed as a healthy choice.
- Special K
- Quaker Oats
- Cereal Bars
Homemade Healthy Breakfast Bars
Below are some of our favorite healthy breakfast bars! We’ve tried to include vegan and gluten-free breakfast bars as well.
Some of the options may be a little lower in fiber or protein, but we allowed it since it’s homemade.
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal Blondies – (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free)
- Golden Berry Date Bars (Gluten-Free And Vegan)
- Cranberry Date Quinoa Breakfast Bars (Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free)
- Chocolate Peanut Butter & Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Bar (Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Dairy-Free)
- Ancient Grains Breakfast Bars (Gluten-Free And Vegan)
- Chocolate Almond Granola Bars (Gluten-Free And Vegan)
- Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free)
- Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Protein Bars
- Strawberry Banana Oat Bars (Gluten-Free And Vegan)
- Easy No-Bake Cereal Bars
- Healthy No-Bake Mini Hazelnut Date Bars (Gluten-Free)
- Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip No Bake Bars
- Pumpkin Seed Bars (You might doubt check us but these look Gluten-Free too!)
- 3 Ingredient Breakfast Cookie
- Carrot Cake Granola Bars (Soy and Dairy-Free)
The Myths Behind the Bars
The type of marketing mentioned above is why we tend to get snotty about labeling anything a healthy breakfast bar. We’ve also shared a few of our favorite protein bar brands along with how to read the ingredients before. Below, we’ll hit on whether or not a breakfast bar is a good or bad choice when it comes to weight loss.
Are granola or breakfast bars fattening or good for you?
Just like anything it depends. Someone may say they had pizza last night but a cauliflower crust veggie pizza is a lot different than a large Papa John’s! Same goes with every type of food!
Typically a granola or snack bar will contain oats, nuts, and something to sweeten it up like chocolate or dried fruit. If you’re following one of the recipes above, you’ll be good! If you’re looking for a store brand, check the ingredient list just like you would if you were following a recipe! Choose real foods over additives.
Bars definitely keep us from hitting the drive thru or getting HANGRY and making bad choices.
Just make sure to refer back to the rules above: under 200-300 calories and 3grams+ of fiber and protein!