Best Granola Bars: These Are the 6 Best Granola Bars to Eat on the Go

The best granola bars are crunchy, chewy, sweet, and easy to eat, but I am not as oat-sessed as many people are in 2022. I refuse to participate in the cold, wet nightmare that is the overnight oats trend. Hot oatmeal isn’t much better. Because of my oat skepticism, I typically stay away from granola bars too. Today, however, I am here to show you the best granola bars at the grocery store for the oat fans and the oat haters alike.

Just the thought of thick, chewy oats in bar form immediately makes my mouth feel dry. Yet, when the Sporked team set up a taste test through the wide world of bars, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that my granola bar fear was completely unwarranted. Some are actually really delicious! That being said, all store-bought granola bars are certainly not created equal. Here are the six that I think you should snag the next time you’re at the grocery store.

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Best of the Best

Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut Almond Granola Bars

These are, hands down, the best granola bars I’ve ever had in my entire life. I don’t even really like granola bars, but I loved these. I would happily grab one for a quick breakfast or easy snack. As promised, they are sweet and salty, while also packing a flavor punch of oat and almond. The almond butter dip that lines the bottom of the bar tastes more like frosting than almond butter, and that’s exactly the way I like it.

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Rating:

10/10

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Trevor Evart’s Pick

Sunbelt Bakery Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

As soon as he took a bite, Trevor named the Sunbelt Bakery Chocolate Chip Granola Bar the best granola bars in his personal opinion. I get it! This bar has the perfect texture: It’s soft but firm and loaded with chewy oats. Like sprinkles on an ice cream cone, the chocolate chips stud the bar adding a mild flavor and pleasing texture. Don’t worry, though. If you’re looking for a granola bar that’s main focus is the granola, this bar maintains an extremely tasteful granola to chocolate ratio.

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Chocolaty

Fiber One Chewy Bar, Oats and Chocolate

I have to be honest: The first thing I noticed about the Fiber One Oats and Chocolate Chewy Bar is that they were much less aesthetically pleasing than the packaging suggested. I deducted a few sporks for the fact that the top of the bar lacked the beautiful chocolate drizzle. That being said, Fiber One did bring the chocolate flavor. The bars gave off a wannabe candy vibe. Kudos bars don’t exist anymore and these feel like the next best thing (and one of the best granola bars we tried).

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Rating:

7/10

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Best Nutty

Trader Joe’s Simply Nutty Bars

If the granola is your least favorite part of the granola bar, these Trader Joe’s Simply Nut Bars are a great option for you. The amount of nuts is intense. Since they’re loaded with nuts, they’re also loaded with protein. If you like taking long hikes, these would be the perfect satiating snack. If you just love the flavor of peanut and chocolate, these would also be the perfect snack for sitting on the couch. The choice is yours. And while some might consider these a granola bar, but we do! They are alternative, but one of the best granola bars we tasted.

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Rating:

6/10

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Best Organic

Cascadian Farm Organic Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Having the word “farm” in the title makes me feel like this bar was plucked from a field by the hand of a strong man wearing overalls. I imagine his wife hand packaging everything and their daughter delivering a basket of Cascadian Farm Organic Chocolate Chip Granola Bars to my house. I know that’s not how granola bars are made, but I can dream, can’t I? Chewy texture, perfectly dispersed chocolate chips, and lots of overall sweetness make this one of the best granola bars.

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Rating:

6/10

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Best Crunchy

KIND Healthy Grains Dark Chocolate Chunk, Gluten-Free Granola Bars

I have one word for you: Chunks. I love a chunk and this bar is chock full of them. Why would you ever want a chocolate chip when you could have a chocolate chunk? While it got knocked down to the bottom of the list because it was not a favorite of the group, I really liked the KIND Healthy Grains Dark Chocolate Chunk Bars. They also have more crunch than chew, which sets them apart from many of the other bars on our list.

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Rating:

5/10

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About the Author

Jordan Myrick

Jordan is an L.A.-based writer and comedian who believes all food should come with extra sauce. When they're not writing for Sporked, Jordan is at the movies or sharing an order of french fries with their elderly chihuahua.

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  • Totally agree!!

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  • How can the Kind bars get 5/10 sporks and a last place finish without anything negative being said about them?

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    • Great question! We try a TON of products and these are just the ones that made the list. Technically, the last product on each list is not last place out of all the things we tried. Everything that makes the article is good, some are just not as good as others.

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  • Thank you Trevor. I know it’s probably the least nutritional bar but omg yum.

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