Have you tried looking for gluten-free granola bars recently? It used to be a hopeless exercise, but now there are lots of choices -- even gluten-free oat bars! I've listed my favorites below. I only see them in stores sporadically, but they can all be purchased online (with discounts for bulk purchases). Check the manufacturers' prices, and look on Amazon and gluten-free mail-order vendor sites, too. Most of these are technically not granola bars, because they don't all have grains -- but they all have plenty of fiber and healthy ingredients.
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KIND Fruit + Nut bars are delicious snacks for a heart-healthy diet, made with whole almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts, peanuts, and chunks of all-natural dried fruits held together with honey. KIND PLUS bars, also made with fruit and nuts, are enhanced with antioxidants, calcium, protein, and other nutritional benefits. I love these bars. Give me one with a cup of coffee and I'm happy. They come in a wide range of flavors, and you can get discounts if you order them by the case. (KIND is manufactured by Peaceworks
, and 5% of profits go to the PeaceWorks Foundation.)
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Now available in 16 flavors, LÄRABARS were one of the first gluten-free fruit and nut snack bars on the market. They're made from a blend of raw foods: unsweetened fruits, nuts and spices. Each bar has no more than eight ingredients and no fillers, supplements or flavorings. They're gluten-free, dairy free, soy free, vegan and kosher. I don't know how I would have gotten through all my travels in the past few years without LÄRABARS in my purse to sustain me when I needed a snack.
Copyright © 2009 NuGo Nutrition
NuGo's gluten-, soy- and dairy-free bars come in three flavors: Dark Chocolate Crunch, Dark Chocolate Trail Mix and Carrot Cake. I just had my first NuGO FREE snack bar recently -- one of the Dark Chocolate Crunch bars -- and I was very impressed. Tasty, crunchy (as promised), chewy, and packed with 9 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. I wasn't hungry again for hours. These earned a place on my list.
Believe it or not, there are finally gluten-free oat bars on the market. thinkPink sells two gluten-free bars: cranberry nut and honey-and-oats, and both contain gluten-free oats. If you haven't been including this great source of fiber in your diet, read about gluten-free oats
, and talk to your doctor. (A portion of proceeds from the sale of thinkPink gluten free bars will be donated to women’s cancer research.)
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Nature’s Path Organic, one of the oldest and most trusted manufacturers of quality organic foods, has long been including delicious gluten-free foods in its product line. The company's EnviroKidz crisy rice bars now come in five kid-friendly (and grown-up friendly) flavors: Lemur Peanut Choco Drizzle, Fruity Burst, Peanut Butter, Cheetah Berry, and Koala Chocolate.