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Also known as breakfast biscuits, cereal bars are the snack food of choice for those who are in a rush or perhaps looking to lose weight.
They are also the perfect lunchbox companion for children needing some extra energy at breaktime.
Cereal bars are typically made with one type of cereal, such as oats or grains, and are combined with either dried yoghurt, fruits, seeds, nuts, or peanut butter.
Sugar and chocolate is also sometimes added to sweeten the taste, though the best cereal bars are packed with wholesome, organic ingredients.
Not only are cereal bars an excellent source of slow-releasing energy, but they contain protein, which helps to repair cells and build muscle.
Finally, many cereal bars are surprisingly low in calories, making them a great option for a low-calorie, low-fat diet.
Cereal bars have historically received bad press because of their high sugar and fat content. While that may be true of some store-bought brands, not all cereal bars are created equal.
Cereal bars are a good source of carbohydrates when they are eaten as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
They are also high in fibre, which helps to keep us feeling full for longer and can help with digestion.
Cereal bars also prevent dieters from reaching for calorie-laden snacks whenever they are hungry, such as chocolate, crisps and cakes.
So, if you are looking for a healthy cereal bar to help curb those cravings and prevent those dreaded 3pm energy slumps, we have got a range of healthy cereal bars for you to try.
This includes the Nature Valley Oats and Honey bar.
Made with 100% wholegrain oats and real honey, it is the perfect on-the-go snack.
You will also find no colours and preservatives – Nature Valley only uses the tastiest ingredients, allowing you to make the most of your day.
And at under 200 calories a bar, it is friendlier on the waist and hips than most standard chocolate bars.
Or if you are looking for something to feed your adventure, the Clif White Chocolate Macadamia Bar contains a mix of whole grains, protein and fibre.
They are also packed with wholesome ingredients, offering a source of energyenergy whenever you need it – whether you’re on 150-mile bike ride or out for a gentle stroll.
Clif White bars are also available in crunchy peanut butter and smooth chocolate chip, so there’s something to suit every taste.
Traditional cereal bars are made with regular oats and wholegrain wheat, meaning they are unsuitable for anyone with a gluten intolerance.
However, Nine’s Pumpkin & Sunflower Seed Bar is made without gluten and contains a delicious medley of pumpkin, sunflower, sesame and hemp seeds.
It also contains 9.1 g of protein per bar, making it the perfect choice for those looking to increase their protein levels. Oh, and the bar is also vegan!
Similarly, YES! has a range of delicious gluten free cereal bars, including banana and pecan and sea salt and almond.
And if you are looking for plant-based protein, their almond, peanut and double chocolate and cashew, blueberry and dark chocolate bars are not only gluten free, but they are made with 10 g plant-based protein.
There are also no artificial colours, flavours, additives or preservatives in any cereal bar in the Yes! range, making them a guilt-free snack.
They are also high in fibre and contain only 5 g of sugar. What’s not to love?
While most cereal bars are fine for vegetarians to eat, some are made with added ingredients, such as honey and chocolate. This makes them unsuitable for vegans.
Luckily, there are many cereal bars nowadays that are made with 100% plant based ingredients.
We have already mentioned that Nine is a vegan-friendly cereal bar, but Aduna Superfood Energy Bar in Banana Boost is also another vegan delight.
It is made with 100% natural ingredients and contains no added sugar. Ugandan sun-dried bananas give this bar a chewy, toffee-like taste and texture.
It is also packed with vitamin C, fibre and antioxidants.
Not only that, but it’s super-charged with African baobab fruit – one of the planet’s most nutritionally-dense foods.