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Granola Bars That Pass the Kid Taste Test

If your kids are getting into granola bars, you’ll be glad to know that there are tons more choices than the Nature Valley standbys we grew up on. And thankfully, many of the new ones don’t have any trans fats, artificial flavors or high-fructose corn syrup. It might take a few tries to figure out what particular combination of flavors and textures your kids prefer. Here are some fun granola bars that may be new to you—and all pass the health test!

Revolution Foods Organic Jammy Sammy – While Revolution Foods technically calls this a “sandwich bar ” because it mimics a crustless PB&J sandwich, it functions more like a granola bar from a kid’s point of view. It comes in four flavors: peanut butter strawberry, peanut butter grape, apple cinnamon oatmeal, and blueberry oatmeal. Look for them at stores such as Whole Foods or through Amazon.com. A box of five bars costs about $4.50.

Kashi TLC Crunchy Granola Bars – Kashi is known for including seven whole grains in their products, and the TLC line of granola bars shows that whole-grain snacks can be healthy and yummy. Flavors include Honey Toasted 7 Grain, Pumpkin Spice Flax, and Roasted Almond Crunch. Look for these at your nearest grocery store. A box of six two-bar pouches costs about $4 to $4.50.

Clif Kid Organic ZBar – The owners of Clif Bar & Company are parents, and they wanted to create a snack for their own kids-on-the-go. The ZBar is a baked energy bar made with whole oats and 12 essential vitamins and minerals. There are seven flavors including chocolate brownie and s’mores. Look for ZBars where Clif Bars are sold. A box of six costs about $4.

Barbara’s offers crunchy granola bars in either oats and honey or peanut butter. All of Barbara’s products are all-natural, but the crunchy granola bars are also certified organic. These come two to a pack and five packs to a box for about $5.

Cascadian Farm makes chewy granola bars in 11 flavors, including chocolate chip, blueberry-pomegranate, almond-butter, and harvest spice. Cascadian Farm products are certified organic. A box of six bars costs about $5.

Bear Naked offers “grainola” bars in three flavors: fruit and nut, chocolaty cherry and tropical fruit. Bear Naked is known for being 100 percent pure and natural — hence the name. Each bar sells for about $1.50.

Got a favorite we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments below!

—Hsiao-Ching Chou

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