Energy Bar Tests and Comparisons

There are hundred of energy bars out there claiming to be the best. Here is a short list of some of the best ones and basic information on them so that you don’t have to chew your way through them all to compare them yourself! Enjoy!

Pemmican Fruit and Nut

The moist, homemade quality of this cake-like treat makes it a favorite. Made with soy flour, malted corn, and barley, and sweetened with honey and grape juice, the bar contains a whopping 58 grams of carbohydrates and 16 grams of protein, enough for two power-packed snack breaks or lunch. Some claim this bar to be the best all-around energy bar. Other flavor available: Carob-Cocoa.

Size: 106 g
Calories: 420
Price: $1.39

Clif Builder’s, Chocolate

This crispy bar is liked for its 20 grams of protein, thick coat of chocolate frosting, and crunchy cocoa crisps. Made with soy protein and organic and natural ingredients, the bar also packs 23 vitamins and minerals into a filling snack or breakfast that gave us several steady hours of energy on the trail. Although, a downside is that it’ll melt in hot weather. Other flavors available: Peanut Butter and Cookies ‘n Cream.

Size: 68 g
Calories: 270
Price: $1.89


This all-around favorite comes in only one flavor, but it’s a winner. Its hefty, all-natural mix of raisins, sunflower seeds, cashews, and chocolate chips earned it strong endorsements. Made with 15 natural ingredients, this performance bar packs a nutritional punch with a 60-15-25 carb-protein-fat ratio, an ideal combination for backpackers.

Size: 106 g
Calories: 350
Price: $2.99

Detour Runner

This nutty core generously dipped in chocolate overpowers saliva-sucking whey protein. A top pick for replenishing late-day endurance, the Runner includes a protein-based dietary supplement called MicroLactin to help muscles and joints recover.

Size: 50 g
Calories: 210
Price: $1.25

Bobo’s Oat Bar Cinnamon Raisin

Moist and chewy, this bar is a favorite on mornings when you don’t want to fuss with dishes, as it is a great breakfast replacement. To extend its energy boost (and aid digestion), many hikers ate this bar by tearing off small hunks over time.

Size: 84 g
Calories: 180
Price: $1.65

Larabar Jocalat Chocolate Mint

Layers of chocolate over a minty core will make your mouth water for this dessert-like bar. Plus, the chocolate is fair trade and the ingredients are organic. Jocalats aren’t powerhouses, but their mood-lifting cocoa and stomach-settling peppermint give a mental and physical boost. A strong dose of antioxidants sweeps up free radicals spawned by exertion.

Size: 48 g
Calories: 190
Price: $1.69

ProBar Apple Cinnamon Crunch

Dried apple, pineapple, and papaya give this bar a fruity flavor. And despite a hefty caloric load, its all-natural goodness helps it go down easier. Plus, whole-grain ingredients provide a quarter of your recommended daily fiber. These bars deliver almost twice the calories, meaning twice the energy, of other bars available.

Size: 85 g
Calories: 370
Price: $3.29

Balance Sweet & Salty Peanut Butter

This bar has a mix of salty flavor and serious nutrition. It consists of a layer of nuts and oats piled atop a gooey, sweet base. Plus, it packs many vitamins and minerals. It contains 100 percent of your daily vitamins C and E, as well as hefty doses of protein and other important nutrients. Why care? Because converting carbs and fat into energy requires sufficient levels of riboflavin and iron (which many trail foods lack). Plus, vitamin C and zinc boost your immune system.

Size: 50g
Calories: 210
Price: $1.10

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by bpm on November 4, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Wow thanks for a great post! I love having a short description with the basic specs and prices of each bar. Its nice to have a website too. Not a fan of the Clif bars or the Detour Runner or the Probar, but I love the Balance Sweet & Salty Peanut Butter!! It tastes so stinking good. Plenty of nutrients and calories and a pretty small price tag! Thanks again.


  2. Interesting Read! Very detailed blog.
    Thanks for sharing


  3. Posted by Gary on January 6, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Great list I’ve looked for a comparison like this for awhile now. Nice short specs and price. Haven’t tried any of these, but maybe I’ll have to give some of the cheaper bars a try. Thanks for the post.


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