For the everyday busy bee, power bars are a wonderfully convenient snack to have around. They can be thrown into a bag and eaten at any time, usually have an impressive amount of protein, and are chock full of good-for-you ingredients (the healthy ones are, at least). While there are a ton of energy bars on the market, if you have a food restriction or preference, things can get a little tricky. Nuts, for instance, seem to be in every bar nowadays, whether in whole form or as a nut butter. And it makes sense, nuts have good fats and are protein-rich, why wouldn’t companies be using them? That being said, it’s totally possibly to find a nutritious and delicious energy bar without any nuts included. From fruits and seeds to cacao and superfoods, there are plenty of other great ingredients that can be subbed in for nuts. So, rejoice nut-free eaters! Here are 14 bars that prove that you don’t need dairy, nuts, or nut butters to make a good energy bar. 

 

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  1. That’s It Nutrition Bars

    While most of the time you have to take a look at the nutritional label to see if something is nut-free, That’s It Nutrition Bars make it pretty obvious. This particular posting is for their Apple and Pear bars, which as they state clearly on the packaging is made from just two ingredients: apples and pears. The pears provide vitamin C and B-vitamins while the apples provide fiber and other trace vitamins and minerals. The bars are raw and non-GMO and reviewers are reporting that these bars are “the next best thing to snacking on raw fruit,” aren’t overly sweet, and are great snacks for taking on-the-go. You can get a pack of 12 bars for $19.


  2. Jumpstarter Bodyfuel Bars

    Do you like to start your morning off with a big dose of nutrition and protein? If this sounds like you, consider checking out Jumpstarter Bodyfuel Bars. These wheat-free, soy-free, and non-GMO bars are made from whole grain rolled oats, organic pure cacao, oat flour, unsweetened apple powder paste, grape seed oil, unrefined raw cane sugar, unsulfured molasses, pure vanilla extract, and organic agave nectar.  These bars have contain no refined sugars, cholesterol, or preservatives. They provide 12 percent of the daily value of fiber and have a low glycemic index. Reviewers are reporting that they are tasty, undeniably nutritious, and fresh tasting. There are a few things worth noting, however. As some reviewers pointed out, the taste of this bar isn’t like milk chocolate, since it is made with pure cacao it has a richer and slightly bitter chocolate taste. Some reviewers have also said that at 1.7 ounces, these bars run a bit small. To see for yourself, you can get a pack of 12 for about $25.


  3. Luna Bar Lemon Zest Bars

    Luna Bar Lemon Zest Bars provide a refreshing option in a sea of chocolate covered energy bars. These gluten-free and non-GMO bars are made primarily from soy rice crisps, organic toasted oats, organic dried cane syrup, and organic roasted soybeans. Each bar provides nine grams of protein. Reviewers are saying that these bars are nutritious, more sweet than sour (lemon-wise), and “doesn’t taste like it’s gluten-free.” You can get 15 bars for about $14.75.


  4. Go Raw Spirulina Energy Bars

    Go Raw Spirulina Energy Bars are gluten-free, wheat-free, and nut-free energy bars made from five ingredients: sprouted organic sesame seeds, organic banana, organic coconut (unsulphured), organic date, and organic spirulina. Each bar contains 350 milligrams of omega-6, three grams of protein, and is rich in fiber. Reviewers are saying that these bars do a great job at curbing appetite, are high-quality and fresh-tasting, and are very wholesome. To see for yourself, you can get a pack of 25 bars for about $75, that’s about $3 per bar.


  5. Amrita Energy Bars

    Figuring out which flavor of energy bar to get is a common issue. This variety pack of Amrita Energy Bars doesn’t make you choose! It comes with six different flavors – Chocolate Maca, Apricot Strawberry, Apple Cinnamon, Mango Coconut, Cranberry Raisin, and Pineapple Chia. Each bar is made with mostly organic ingredients including brown rice protein, sunflower seed butter, date paste, tahini, chia seeds, and then depending on the flavor, dried fruit or cacao. Each bar is raw, gluten-free, soy-free, and peanut-free. Reviewers are raving about the delicious and wholesome ingredients. You can get 12 of these bars (two of each flavor) for $26.


  6. Clif Bar Chocolate Chip

    Clif Bar Chocolate Chip is protein bar that is made primarily from organic brown rice syrup, soy rice crisps, organic rolled oats, and vegan chocolate chips. Each bar also contains 23 vitamins and minerals, 10 grams of protein, and 44 grams of carbs. Reviewers are saying that these bars are very tasty and filling, although admittedly high in sugar. Reviewers also pointed out that you may be able to find these bars cheaper at places like Target or Walmart, however, if you don’t live near one of these establishments, it may be worth the money. You can get one six-count package for about $6.


  7. Sheffa Savory Bars

    While most energy bars stay on the sweet side of the spectrum, Sheffa Savory Bars switches it up with a savory variety. These bars are made from a blend of whole grains – brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, millet – sunflower seeds, chickpeas, plant-based dietary fiber, whole sesame seeds, tapioca starch, olive oil, poppy seeds, onion powder, dried carrot, garlic powder, sea salt and spices. Reviewers are reporting that these bars are uniquely tasty, energizing, and good for when you’re hungry but don’t want a full-blown meal. Some reviewers did not particularly like the taste, but that’s all pretty subjective. To see how you feel about them, you can get a pack of 12 bars for about $15.50.


  8. Bearded Brothers Radical Raspberry Bars

    Want to grow a gnarly beard all while getting some amazing energy?! Okay, Bearded Brothers Raspberry Lemon Bars won’t really help you grow a beard, like one Amazon reviewer joked, but it definitely seems to provide a decent dose of energy. Made from organic figs, dates, hemp seeds, raspberries, lemon, and a little bit of sunflower seed butter this product is mostly raw (except for the sun butter) and is gluten, soy, GMO, and nut free. If you’re following a strict raw diet, some of the other flavors Bearded Brothers offers are completely raw, although we’ll note that this flavor seems to be a favorite according to reviews. You can get 12 of these bars for about $35.


  9. CoffeeBar Energy Bars

    Many energy bars nowadays are looking to create a blend of ingredients that will be just as energizing as a cup of coffee. CoffeeBar Energy Bars go in the other direction by infusing a cup of fair-trade coffee into each and every one of their bars. In addition to coffee, each bar is made from organic dates, organic brown rice syrup, organic gluten-free oats, organic vegan dark chocolate, organic sunflower seed butter, organic coffee, organic crisp brown rice, organic quinoa, organic agave fiber, organic chia seeds, and sea salt. Reviewers are reporting that these bars are delicious, high-quality, and very addicting. One reviewer even described these bars as “the perfect combination of flavor, performance, and nutrition.” To see if you feel the same, you can get a pack of 12 bars for $36.


  10. InBar Cinnamon Swirl Bars

    InBar Cinnamon Swirl Bars are gluten-free, vegan, and organic energy bars that are high in protein and high in fiber. They are made from organic sunflower seed butter, organic brown rice protein, organic crispy brown rice, organic rice bran, organic blue amber agave, organic pea fiber, organic caramel concentrate, organic cinnamon concentrate, and monk fruit extract. Reviewers are saying that these bars are tasty, nutritious, and low-calorie (173 calories). Reviewers are saying that these bars are sweet, but since it’s from agave, it’s not overwhelming. You can get a pack of 12 for $50, that’s about $4 per bar.


  11. Zego Organic Seed and Fruit Bars

    Zego Organic Seed and Fruit Bars ditch the nuts in their energy bars, instead using ingredients like sunflower seed butter, sorghum syrup, date paste, Sanchi Inchi seed protein, dried apples, pumpkin seeds, poppy seeds, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. These bars are paleo, organic, kosher, and low glycemic. Reviewers are reporting that Zego bars are energizing (even for hikes, surfing, and biking), are a great option for people with multiple allergies, and are “the perfect size.” You can get a pack of nine bars for $22.


  12. Perfect Fuel Dark Chocolate Energy Bite

    Dark chocolate, caffeine, and nutrients, all rolled into one convenient and tasty bite? Sounds pretty good to us! Perfect Fuel Dark Chocolate Energy Bite is a soy-free, gluten-free, and organic product that is made to give you “long-lasting endurance.” These bite-sized bars are made from five simple ingredients: cacao, cacao butter, coconut sugar, espresso bean, and vanilla bean. Each of these treats has one gram of protein, six percent of your daily recommended intake of iron, a decent dose of antioxidants, and 50 milligrams of caffeine. Reviewers are reporting that this treat is the perfect size, a tasty caffeine boost, and made with good quality chocolate. You can get one pouch with six energy bites for $11.


  13. Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Bars

    Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Bars are exactly what they sound like – energy bars powered with protein-rich hemp hearts. Specifically, these bars are made from hemp Hearts, organic coconut palm sugar, organic brown rice syrup, dried apple, cinnamon, organic apple flavor, pectin, organic sunflower oil, organic caramel flavor, and rosemary extract. Each bar provides 10 grams of protein and 10 grams of omega-6 and omega-3. Reviewers are reporting that these bars are moist and chewy, not overly sweet, and are a very wholesome snack you can feel good about. To try it out yourself, you can get a pack of 12 for about $22.


  14. GnuFoods Fiber Love Bars

    Want to chip away at your daily fiber recommendation while also getting a dose of revitalizing energy? If so, consider checking out Gnufoods Fiber Love Bars. These bars are made from a blend of high-fiber grains – whole rolled oats, whole wheat flour, wheat bran, kamut, psyllium, flax, millet – fruit juices, raisins, apples, cranberries, and a few other ingredients. Reviewers are saying that these bars are moist and bold-tasting (very orangey), chock full of “feel good ingredients,” and help stave off hunger. You can get a pack of 16 bars for about $28.

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