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The Best and Worst Granola Bars in America in 2021—Ranked!

Watch out for too much sugar and not enough fiber!
FACT CHECKED BY Faye Brennan

Granola bars are one of the easiest grab-and-go snacks you can buy, but if you're not careful, you can end up consuming a ton of carbs and sugar by eating them. You can expect to have at least some carbs in these snacks—oats are a carb, after all—but some of them have a considerable amount of added sugar, which also makes the carb count increase.

However, granola bars aren't all bad! Many of them are made with nuts and seeds, which are a great source of good fats, protein, and fiber. When you're grocery shopping for granola bars, try looking for ones that have at least a few grams of both protein and fiber. Not only does this make for a healthier snack that will keep you fuller longer, but it will balance out a higher calorie or carb count.

Ahead, check out some of the best—and worst—granola bars you can find on grocery store shelves right now, so you can decide for yourself which ones you want to pick up! For more nutrition advice, check out the 100 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet.

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Amazon Brand – Happy Belly Sweet & Salty Almond Granola Bars

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1 bar: 160 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 160mg sodium, 23g carbs (2g fiber, 11g sugar), 3g protein

While these granola bars may taste good, they're not much better than just picking up a candy bar. They're high in calories, sodium, and fat, not to mention sugar, and don't offer much in the way of fiber or protein.

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Nature Valley Granola Bars, Sweet And Salty Nut, Chocolate Pretzel Nut

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1 bar: 150 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 110mg sodium, 24g carbs (1g fiber, 9g sugar), 2g protein

Considering the fact that you can look at this granola bar and pretty much see the sweetener, it should be no surprise that it has quite a bit of sugar. There's not a whole lot of health value to these (though they are tasty).

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Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars Oats 'N Honey

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2 bars: 190 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 180mg sodium, 29g carbs (2g fiber, 11g sugar), 3g protein

If you want to be more careful with your calories, you can eat just one of the granola bars in this pack of two, but eating both is a fairly hearty snack. They're a little high in sodium and carbs, but also offer a small amount of protein.

Related: What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Granola

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Cascadian Farm Organic Vanilla Chip Chewy Granola Bars

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1 bar: 140 calories, 3g fat (1.5g saturated fat), 95mg sodium, 26g carbs (1g fiber, 10g sugar), 2g protein

Though this granola bar is made with organic ingredients, it's quite heavy on carbs and sugar without the balance of fiber or protein.

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Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

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1 bar: 100 calories, 3.5g fat (1.5g saturated fat), 70mg sodium, 17g carbs (1g fiber, 7g sugar), 1g protein

The classic chocolate chip granola bar from Quaker isn't the best snack you can pick, but it's also not the worst. It's low in calories, which is good, but it's also low in protein and fiber, which isn't awesome.

Related: The Best & Worst Chocolate in America in 2021—Ranked!

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Kashi Chewy Granola Bars

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1 bar: 130 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 60mg sodium, 23g carbs (4g fiber, 7g sugar), 3g protein

What we do like about these is they're packed with fiber and responsibly sourced cocoa. If an eco-friendly snack is your jam, you'll love this one.

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Cascadian Farm Cinnamon Apple Bars

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1 bar: 140 calories, 4.5g fat (.5g saturated fat), 40mg sodium, 23g carbs (2g fiber, 5g sugar), 3g protein

These granola bars, despite seeming deliciously sweet, don't have any added sugars, which we love. They're also low in sodium, so they're a decent option.

Related: 14 Sneaky Sources of Added Sugar

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Sunbelt Bakery Oats and Honey Chewy Granola Bars

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1 bar: 120 calories, 4.5g fat (2.5g saturated fat), 50mg sodium, 19g carbs (1g fiber, 8g sugar), 2g protein

The soft, chewy texture of these granola bars makes them feel a little on the indulgent side, but they're still relatively low in calories and fat. Plus, they're very low in sodium!

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MadeGood Cookies and Creme Granola Bars

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1 bar: 100 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 30mg sodium, 18g carbs (2g fiber, 7g sugar), 2g protein

These granola bars are great for those who have food allergies because they're made from vegetables and don't contain nuts. They're also gluten-free and don't have a ton of sodium or sugar.

Related: The Alarming Reason So Many People Have Food Allergies

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KIND Almond & Coconut

kind bars

1 bar: 190 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 20mg sodium, 19g carbs (3g fiber, 9g sugar), 3g protein

KIND bills its bars as a nutbar rather than a granola bar, which makes sense when you look at the nutrition label. Because these have a nut base, they're high in (good) fat and very low in sodium. Not a bad deal!

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Annie's Organic Chewy Granola Bars, Chocolate Chip

annies granola bars

1 bar: 100 calories, 3g fat (1.5g saturated fat), 75mg sodium, 17g carbs (<1g fiber, 7g sugar), 2g protein

Annie's granola bars are pretty low in calories and fat, so if you're watching those in your diet, this isn't a bad snack. However, these don't have much in the way of fiber or protein, so they won't do much to satiate your hunger. Still, they're about the best we could find on grocery store shelves right now!

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Hedy Phillips
Hedy is a freelance writer with years of experience covering buzzy food trends, wellness, and weight loss. Read more