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Raising the Bar: Best Energy Bars for Backpackers

We tested 40 new energy bars flavors and culled these five top picks.
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Product Nutrition Info Taste Notes
Balance Bar Bare Blueberry Açaí $2.50; 1.8 oz.; balance.com Chockablock with whole grains (7 grams). Stats 200 calories,
22 g carbs, 15 g protein, 7 g fat
“Totally hoard-worthy. The sweet blueberry and exotic açaí contrast with the creamy yogurt covering on this oaty, full-flavored bar. I also love the complex texture.”
Clif Kit’s Organic Cashew Bar
$2; 1.6 oz.;
clifbar.com
Organic and GMO-free with almost a full serving of fruit. Stats 170 calories, 27 g carbs, 3 g protein, 8 g fat “This date-based bar is light enough to eat while hiking and has only four ingredients: almonds for crunch, cashews for richness, dates for sweetness, and salt to enhance the pure and simple flavors.”
Kate’s Tiki Bar $3; 2.2 oz.; katesrealfood.com Organic ingredients. Stats 300 calories,
32 g carbs, 5 g protein, 19 g fat
“Whole nuts add crunch, and mango and coconut lend a tropical flair to this meal-portion bar. High fat content makes it a warming pick-me-up on cool-weather trips.”
PROBAR Core Peanut Butter Chocolate
$3; 2.5 oz.;
theprobar.com
Packed with recovery-aiding calories and protein. Stats 290 calories, 32 g carbs,
22 g protein, 10 g fat
“This chocolate-dipped bar has a thick layer of creamy peanut butter—like a candy bar—with added crunch from chia and flaxseeds.”
Zing Coconut Cashew Crisp
$2.50; 1.8 oz.; zingbars.com
Like the Clif Kit’s bar, this one is gluten-, soy- and dairy-free. Stats 200 calories, 27 g carbs, 10 g protein, 7 g fat “Super coconut flavor and the roasted cashew butter create a delicious combination of salty-sweet in this dense, chewy bar with a pleasant rice-crisp crunch.”

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