Recipe Round-up: Protein & Energy Bars

I get this question a lot: what's the best protein bar / energy bar / granola bar out there? We looooove an easy to grab on-the-go bar for snacking. But unfortunately, there just aren't a lot of quality, healthy ones (yet). Bars can be fairly processed, fairly sugary (helps with shelf-stability but also make them taste like candy!) and can contain a lot of unnecessary non-real-food ingredients. 

I tell most of my clients that they'd be better off taking some nuts, a piece of fruit, or some hard-boiled eggs with them, instead of trying to find an energy bar that isn't loaded down with sugar and preservatives.

But there are a few out there that will definitely do in a pinch, and a lot more even better recipes around that you can make at home!

Here's a round-up of my favorite energy bars: (all grain-free, gluten-free, dairy free, low sugar, paleo, real-food only)

In Stores:

(available at Whole Foods, Sprouts, health food stores - or via affiliate link provided)

Epic Bars - so these are the real-deal, primal, MEAT. They come in flavors like Beef/Habanero/Cherry and Turkey/Almond/Cranberry  - which means an interesting flavor, but probably the cleanest and most real-food energy you can get. 

Simple Squares Organic Snack Bars - these are my go-to for travel. An easy snack for the plane or car-ride, and made with super clean ingredients, and tasty! My favorite is the plain coconut and chocolate coconut flavor. Sweetened with honey, check the sugar grams if going low-carb.

Make your own:

Paleo Nut Energy Bars from Taste of Lizzy T's  - great recipe using dates as a sweetener - I cut down the date quantity a bit when I tried these, added one more egg white, and they still came out really great! 

Paleo Nut Energy Bars // photo: TasteofLizzyT.com

Paleo Nut Energy Bars // photo: TasteofLizzyT.com

Primal Energy Bar from Mark's Daily Apple - If Mark Sisson loves, it, count me in. The folks at Mark's Daily Apple created this recipe using whey protein powder to give it a little boost, and optional dried fruit and honey so that Sugar Detoxers can still make a batch! Plus it has the details on the macros, if you need them. (no photo) 

Frozen Coconut Macadamia Nut Bars from Mark's Daily Apple - yes, Mark's Daily Apple again! He's my primal #mancrush. These are frozen, incredibly simple, decadent, and great for a high-fat, low-carb treat! 

Frozen Coconut Macadamia Nut Bars // photo: MarksDailyApple.com

Frozen Coconut Macadamia Nut Bars // photo: MarksDailyApple.com

Kind Bars 2.0 from Primal Bites - a take on the store-bought Kind Bars, these seedy/nutty bars are delicious. Includes 1/2 cup honey in the recipe, so if you're watching the sugar intake, try sizing that down a little and watch your portion sizes (10-12 in the recipe).

Kind Bars 2.0 // photo cred: PrimalBites.com

Kind Bars 2.0 // photo cred: PrimalBites.com

Aloha Protein Bites from Get Creative Juice - tropical? YES please. With pineapple & coconut, plus honey, use these for a high energy endeavor or a treat-snack! 

Aloha Protein Bites // photo cred: GetCreativeJuice.com

Aloha Protein Bites // photo cred: GetCreativeJuice.com

How about YOU? What's your favorite snack bar? Have another recipe you'd like me to share? Let me know!

xo January