Top 5 healthy granola bars & how to make your own


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On a long nature hike, you probably wouldn’t reach for a candy bar for an energy boost, but many granola bars pack a similar amount of fat and sugar. For a homemade healthy snack, your best bet is making your own granola bars: It’s easy, cost-effective and customizable. Try out our recipe, below, with your favorite ingredients.

If you’re in a crunch for a bar, though, there are few grocery store picks that make the health cut with generous servings of fiber and protein without tons of sugar.


Planters NUTrition Digestive Health Bar
160 calories, 9 g fat, 5 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 4 g protein
This nutty pick offers 20% of your daily fiber intake.



Nature’s Path Organic Apple Pie Chia Seed Plus
190 calories, 8 g fat, 3 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 3 g protein
Get a sweet crunch without too much sugar in this tasty bar.



Cascadian Farms Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
80 calories, 3 g fat, 3 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 1 g protein
Choose these lighter bars for a quick, fiber-filled snack.


Kashi Trail Mix Bar
140 calories, 5 g fat, 4 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 6 g protein
Not too sweet and perfect for a hike.



Nature Valley Peanut, Almond &
Dark Chocolate Flavored Protein Bar

190 calories, 12 g fat, 5 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 10 g protein
For serious hunger, grab one of these protein-packed bars.




  • 3 cups of rolled oats (not instant oats)
  • ½ cup of canola oil
  • ¼ cup of honey
  • ½ cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • 1½ cup of a combination of chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit and seeds


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine wet ingredients with oats and stir to coat well. Stir in your desired add-ins.

2. Lightly grease a 9-in. x 13-in. baking dish. Press the mixture into the dish, making sure it’s a uniform thickness. Bake for 15 to 25 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Allow it to cool completely before cutting out about 16 bars.

Estimated calorie count: 200