Our Search For The Very Best Vegan
and Organic Health Food Bar


We ate our way through 21 popular health food bars to find the most nutritious, tasty, organic bar. Here are the results of our super sleuth investigation.    :)

We searched high and low. So many "nutrition bars" out there have dairy or eggs in them, and most of us don't want to eat a sugar-, preservative-, or GMO-filled bar.

So our requirements were simple...

Find a bar that is Vegan, Organic/Non-GMO, low to none of the bad stuff, and BIG on taste and nutrition.

Here are the results...

The Setup

We gathered up 21 vegan bars across the land.

Most of them also come in different flavors, but we centered our research on our favorite flavors (mostly chocolate and peanut). (We also list the other flavors they come in.)

First, we took photos of the outside of each package before opening, then we cut each bar in half and took a photo so you can see what they look like inside as well as outside.

Then, we ate them. Hey, it's a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it.    :)

The Top 2 Requirements

We quickly realized what was most important to us in a health food bar.

In order to make it into the final showdown, a bar had to score a "5" in two areas (the "5" score was based on a scale from 1 to 5 - the higher being the better score, natch'):

1. Organic/Non-GMO: All of the ingredients had to be Organic/Non-GMO;

2. Good Stuff: It had to contain mostly whole foods while also lacking preservatives/unpronounceable ingredients.

For example, if a bar contained Soy Protein Isolate, we delivered an automatic score of "3" out of 5.

(What is Soy Protein Isolate? The protein has been isolated from the rest of the soy nutrients. And while we can appreciate this brings the amount of protein up, we don't feel this is the healthiest choice. In addition, these days soy should be purchased organic to avoid Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), and most Soy Protein Isolate is made with non-organic soy and should be avoided.)

So again, if a bar didn't earn a score of "5" for these two points, they didn't make it into the final vote.

Those bars that earned a score of "5" for the above two points (Organic and filled with Good Stuff) which move on to the final showdown appear in red boxes below.

The Categories

After we gathered together all the bars that scored a 5 in the above two areas, we then chose a winner based on the best ratings in the following categories...

  • Cost per gram
  • Calories
  • Protein
  • Sugars
  • Fat
  • Sodium
  • Taste

In addition, because your criteria for what constitutes the best bar might be different than ours, we provide the following to help you zero in on a bar that meets your own needs (i.e., a bar with the least amount of sodium, the greatest amount of protein, a price that fits your budget)...

  • A green arrow pointing up (Green up arrow) indicates it is higher than the average of all bars to the positive (i.e. more protein).
  • A red arrow pointing up (Red up arrow) indicates it is higher than the average of all bars to the negative (i.e. more sodium).
  • A green arrow pointing down (Green down arrow) indicates it is lower than the average of all bars to the positive (i.e. less sugar).
  • A red arrow pointing down (Red down arrow) indicates it is lower than the average of all bars to the negative (i.e. less protein).
  • If you see a red and green arrow together like this (Red arrow to the left and green arrow to the right), this is the median point for this category.

While we provide the numbers of carbohydrates below for your convenience, we didn't make the decision as to what a "good" amount of carbs means. That's because rating carbs in vegan food doesn't make sense since it's an inherent part of the diet. But again, it is provided for you in case you're watching your carb intake.

So on that note you'll find a black up arrow (Black up arrow) or a black down arrow (Black down arrow) to simply indicate whether it is above or below the average for all bars we tested. Two side-by-side black arrows (Black arrows to the left and right) indicates the median point for this category.

We'll also point out the highest and the lowest of each category.

And finally, the weights of all the bars are listed by grams, but the stores show the price per ounce. So to make this easier, we'll show the cost per gram for comparison's sake, rounded to the nearest half-cent. (And, just for the record, one ounce = 28.35 grams.)

The Vegan Health Food Bars We Tested

The bars below are in no particular order - we just reviewed them in the order we ate them!    :)

We nearly always agreed on taste, but if you see a number followed by an "S", it denotes Sassy's score. If it's a "J", it's Jeff's.

We hope this entire exercise will lead you to trying a new bar you've never tasted -- or perhaps solidify your resolve to continue with your current fave.


We'd like to say, for the record, how thankful we are to all of the companies out there (whether listed here or not) that provide nutritious and tasty VEGAN food bars for the masses.

We appreciate you all!

Luna Bar with wrapper

Luna Bar

Organic/GMO-Free: 4
Good stuff: 3
Claim To Fame: Created for women and their unique nutritional needs

48 grams Red down arrow
Price: $1.19 (avg.) Green down arrow
Cost per gram: 2.5¢ Green down arrow
Calories: 180 Green down arrow
Protein: 9 grams Red arrow to the left and green arrow to the right
Total Carbs: 25 grams Black down arrow
Sugar: 10 grams Green down arrow
Fat: 6 grams Green down arrow
Sodium: 190 milligrams Red up arrow
Taste: 5

Luna Bar cut in half

We had enjoyed Luna bars for years mostly because they have so many flavors to choose from. But it wasn't until we started doing comparisons that some interesting points stood out for us.

They have many, although not all, organic ingredients so they get a 4 rating for that.

But upon closer inspection, one of the main ingredients is Soy Protein Isolate. We recommend avoiding Soy Protein Isolate for the reasons mentioned above.

Close up of Luna bar

There are many flavors to choose from, although we noticed they all seem to have the same underlying flavor which gets a little tiring...

Blueberry Bliss
Caramel Nut Brownie
Carrot Cake
Chocolate Chunk
Chocolate Dipped Coconut
Chocolate Peppermint Stick
Iced Oatmeal Raisin
Lemon Zest
Nutz Over Chocolate
Peanut Butter Cookie
Peanut Honey Pretzel
S'mores
Toasted Nuts 'n Cranberry
Vanilla Almond
White Chocolate Macadamia.

Website: ClifBar.com. Clif pretty much dominates the food bar scene, so it was difficult to NOT test a few of them. In fact, the following 4 bars are also made by Clif!


Clif Builders Bar with Wrapper

Clif Builders Bar

Organic/GMO-Free: 4
Good stuff: 3
Claim To Fame: Complete protein with enough carbs for sustained energy

68 grams Green up arrow
Price: $1.79 (avg.) Green down arrow
Cost per gram: 2.5¢ Green down arrow
Calories: 270 Red up arrow
Protein: 20 grams Green up arrow (Tied for Highest in Category)
Total Carbs: 30 grams Black arrows to the left and right
Sugar: 20 grams Red up arrow
Fat: 8 grams Green down arrow
Sodium: 310 milligrams Red up arrow
Taste: 4S/5J (Median Score: 4.5)

Clif Builders Bar cut in half

We had never tried a Clif Builders Bar before our trials, but we enjoyed it. It tastes very much like a Luna Bar, also made by Clif. It had a nice crunchy taste, although Sassy thought it had an odd aftertaste.

We like that it had some organic ingredients.

As you can see the protein is highest in its category. If you are looking for protein, this is it at 20 grams in this big heavy bar!

But just as with the Luna Bar, the protein is mostly derived from Soy Protein Isolate.

Close up of Clif Builders Bar

It comes in 8 flavors...

Chocolate
Chocolate chip
Chocolate Mint
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Cookies 'n Cream
Crunchy Peanut Butter
S'mores
Vanilla Almond

Website: ClifBar.com

Clif Bar with Wrapper

Clif Bar

Organic/GMO-Free: 5
Good Stuff: 3
Claim To Fame: Nutrition for sustained energy

68 grams Green up arrow
Price: $.99 Green down arrow (Tied for Lowest in Category)
Cost per gram: 1.5¢Green down arrow (Lowest in Category)
Calories: 230 Red up arrow
Protein: 10 grams Green up arrow
Total Carbs: 41 grams Black up arrow
Sugar: 21 grams Red up arrow
Fat: 7 grams Green down arrow
Sodium: 200 milligrams Red up arrow
Taste: 5

Clif Bar cut in half

This bar was quite substantial and chewy, and the price is great. We tried the Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch and enjoyed it more than we thought we would.

It is a bit high in the sodium and sugar departments, though.

These bars are also loaded with organic ingredients which we did not know until we were chomping on it and started reading the label. We love that!

But once again, Soy Protein Isolate makes an appearance as one of the major ingredients in this bar so we couldn't rate it higher than a "3" in Good Stuff.

Close up of Clif Bar

It has a wide range of flavors, too. In addition to the one we tried they also have...

Apricot
Banana Nut Bread
Black Cherry Almond
Blueberry Crisp
Carrot Cake
Chocolate Almond Fudge
Chocolate Brownie
Chocolate Chip
Coconut Chocolate Chip
Cool Mint Chocolate
Crunchy Peanut Butter
Maple Nut
Oatmeal Raisin Walnut
Peanut Toffee Buzz
Sierra Trail Mix
White Chocolate Macadamia
(Plus a few other seasonal flavors)

Website: ClifBar.com

Kit's Organic Bar with Wrapper

Kit's Organic

Organic/GMO-Free: 5
Good Stuff: 5
Claim To Fame: Only 4-7 ingredients, gluten-free, fruit and nuts

48 grams Red down arrow
Price: $1.49 Green down arrow
Cost per gram: 3¢ Green down arrow
Calories: 180 Green down arrow
Protein: 4 grams Red down arrow (3-Way Tie for Lowest in Category)
Total Carbs: 25 grams Black down arrow
Sugar: 15 grams Green down arrow
Fat: 12 grams Red up arrow
Sodium: 105 milligrams Green down arrow
Taste: 4S/3J (Median Score: 3.5)

Kit's Organic Bar cut in half

We tried the Chocolate Almond Coconut flavor, and Sassy enjoyed this one. It was chewy, but the nuts inside also gave a nice crunch. It was sweet, but not overly so. Jeff didn't like it quite as much.

It is a Clif brand (yet again!), but this one is 100% organic with the kind of ingredients on the label that we like to see because we knew what everything was. No scientific compounds in here, just natural whole foods.

With scores of "5" in Organic and Good Stuff, this will be a contender for the win.

Close up of Kit's Organic Bar

It also comes in three other flavors...

Berry Almond
Cashew
Peanut Butter

Website: ClifBar.com

Mojo Bar with Wrapper

Mojo Bar

Organic/GMO-Free: 3
Good Stuff: 2
Claim To Fame: Energy for the trail

45 grams Red down arrow
Price: $.99 Green down arrow (Tied for Lowest in Category)
Cost per gram: 2¢ Green down arrow
Calories: 200 Green down arrow
Protein: 9 grams Red arrow to the left and green arrow to the right
Total Carbs: 20 grams Black down arrow
Sugar: 9 grams Green down arrow
Fat: 9 grams Red arrow to the left and green arrow to the right
Sodium: 220 milligrams Red up arrow
Taste: 5

Mojo Bar cut in half

These two Clif Mojo bars were one of the first commercial bars that we really loved, especially for road trips. We never really looked into the ingredients back in those days because they tasted too dang good. We eventually became practically addicted to them!

But after a year had to stop because when we did begin to examine the ingredients of the bars we ate a little more closely, we found other bars that are just as good with better ingredients.

The price is nice and low -- but then again the size of the bar is less than the average of all bars tested.

While there are some organic ingredients, many of them are not, and along with various oils and non-whole foods, does not make for the most nutritious bar.

Once again, Soy Protein Isolate. Bummer.

Close up of Mojo Bar

It also comes in the following vegan flavors...

Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut
Dipped S'mores
Mixed Nuts
Mountain Mix
Peanut Butter Pretzel
White Chocolate Macadamia

Website: ClifBar.com

Organic Food Bar with Wrapper

Organic Food Bar

Organic/GMO-Free: 5
Good Stuff: 5
Claim To Fame: 4,000 mg green superfoods provide optimal energy

68 grams Green up arrow
Price: $2.59 Red up arrow
Cost per gram: 4¢ Red up arrow
Calories: 310 Red up arrow
Protein: 11 grams Green up arrow
Total Carbs: 33 grams Black up arrow
Sugar: 26 grams Red up arrow(Highest in Category)
Fat: 15 grams Red up arrow
Sodium: 10 milligrams Green down arrow
Taste: 5

Organic Food Bar cut in half

We were not expecting this bar to taste as good as it did, although the sugar is highest in category. It had a delicious date-like flavor to it. It was moist with a nice chocolate chip crunch surprise.

It is also gluten-free.

The protein is derived from brown rice.

With scores of "5" in Organic and Good Stuff, this will be a contender for the win.

Close up of Organic Food Bar

It comes in...

Chocolate Covered Active Greens
Active Greens Protein Chocolate Covered
Active Greens
Active Greens Chocolate
Chocolate Chip
Cranberry
Omega-3 Flax
Original
Protein
Vegan
Wild Blueberry

Website: OrganicFoodBar.com

Health Warrior Chia Bar with wrapper

Health Warrior Chia Bar

Organic/GMO-Free: 4
Good Stuff: 5
Claim To Fame: 1000 mg Omega 3. Nutrient-dense Chia seeds provide lasting energy

25 grams Red down arrow (Lowest in Category)
Price: $1.25 Green down arrow
Cost per gram: 5¢ Red up arrow
Calories: 100 Green down arrow (Lowest in Category)
Protein: 4 grams Red down arrow (3-Way Tie for Lowest in Category)
Total Carbs: 14 grams Black down arrow
Sugar: 5 grams Green down arrow (Lowest in Category)
Fat: 4.5 grams Green down arrow
Sodium: 45 milligrams Green down arrow
Taste: 2

Health Warrior Chia Bar cut in half

We did not like the bland taste of this small bar at first, which is most likely due to the low sugar and sodium content.

Our second bite, though, was much better. It just took some getting used to.

The selling point of this bar is how very high it is in Omega 3s.

The bar is truly a whole foods bar, though, and most (but not all) of the ingredients are organic.

It might be the chia seeds that make it so healthy, but it is also the seeds that get stuck in your teeth.    ;)

Close up of Health Warrior Chia Bar

Flavors...

Chocolate Peanut Butter
Coffee
Banana Nut
Apple Cinnamon
Coconut
Acai Berry

Website: HealthWarrior.com

Kutoa Bar with wrapper

Kutoa

Organic/GMO-Free: 0
Good Stuff: 3
Claim To Fame: Handcrafted from fresh fruits, seeds, and raw nuts

48 grams Red down arrow
Price: $2.49 Red up arrow
Cost per gram: 5¢ Red up arrow
Calories: 186 Green down arrow
Protein: 5 grams Red down arrow
Total Carbs: 37 grams Black up arrow
Sugar: 22 grams Red up arrow
Fat: 3 grams Green down arrow (Lowest in Category)
Sodium: 84 milligrams Green down arrow
Taste: 4S/5J (Median Score: 4.5)

Kutoa Bar cut in half

We tested the Chocolate Banana flavor. It's thin and crispy with a lingering aftertaste. The one we sampled was quite true to its name as the banana flavor was very strong.

This low-fat bar has mostly whole food ingredients, although none are organic (but they never claim to be an organic bar).

And once again we have a bar which includes Soy Protein Isolate.

Close up of Kutoa Bar

These bars also come in...
Cherry Cashew
Blueberry Almond
Peanut Butter + Jelly

Website: Kutoa.com

Go Macro Bar with wrapper

Go Macro

Organic/GMO-Free: 5
Good Stuff: 5
Claim To Fame: Wholesome energy bars made with ingredients found in nature

71 grams Green up arrow
Price: $3.39 Red up arrow (Highest in Category)
Cost per gram: 5¢ Red up arrow
Calories: 290 Red up arrow
Protein: 12 grams Green up arrow
Total Carbs: 38 grams Black up arrow
Sugar: 15 grams Green down arrow
Fat: 11 grams Red up arrow
Sodium: 10 milligrams Green down arrow
Taste: 3

Go Macro Bar cut in half

These bars are very nutritious and very low in "the bad stuff". The ingredients are truly top-notch and all organic, which is why it likely comes with the highest price tag of all bars we tested.

The protein is derived from brown rice and pea, both excellent sources of concentrated protein.

The bar was super dense and filling with a taffy-like chewiness. Unfortunately, it is the low sugar and sodium that also makes the bar rather tasteless, which is a bummer because it is so darn healthy for you! But it does not taste bad, either.

We think you might want to choose a flavor that appeals to you and see if you like it.

With scores of "5" in Organic and Good Stuff, this will be a contender for the win.

Close up of Go Macro Bar

Flavors...

Protein Pleasure - Peanut butter chocolate chip
Prolonged Power - banana + almond butter
Protein Purity - sunflower butter + chocolate
Sweet Rejuvenation - cashew butter
Wholehearted Heaven - almond butter + carob
Balanced Goodness - granola + coconut
Protein Replenishment - peanut butter
Sweet Revival - sesame butter + dates
Sunny Uplift - cherries + berries
Protein Paradise - cashew caramel
Morning Harvest - apples + walnuts

Website: GoMacro.com

Owdwalla Bar with Wrapper

Odwalla

Organic/GMO-Free: 3
Good Stuff: 3
Claim To Fame: Filled with fruits and nuts

56 grams Red arrow to the left and green arrow to the right
Price: $1.19 Green down arrow
Cost per gram: 2¢ Green down arrow
Calories: 200 Green down arrow
Protein: 12 grams Green up arrow
Total Carbs: 26 grams Black down arrow
Sugar: 17 grams Red up arrow
Fat: 6 grams Green down arrow
Sodium: 160 milligrams Red up arrow
Taste: 3

Odwalla Bar cut in half

The first thing that comes to mind about these bars was chewy. If you like a crunch, this is not the bar for you. We did think that it went quite well with our coffee, though. But, we needed it to help get the bar from sticking to our teeth.

It does have some organic ingredients, but not enough for our standards.

That said, it definitely packs some nutrition and does have whole fruit and cereal grains. We noticed that all the flavors vary quite a bit in carbs, sugars, and sodium content.

We tried the Chocolate Peanut Butter, but we found out later that it contains milk even though it was not mentioned at all on the label! So, we're slightly bummed about that.

This flavor in particular contains Soy Protein Isolate, which means an automatic score of "3" in the Good Stuff category.

Further research shows that most of their bars, however, do not contain Soy Protein Isolate, but since we didn't get a chance to taste-test any of them our results are inconclusive at this point. If their label had clearly stated that it contained milk, we would have tried a different flavor.

Close up of Odwalla Bar

If you would still like to give an Odwalla bar a try, they do (fortunately) have six flavors that are vegan...

Choco-walla
Dark Chocolate Chip Walnut
Super Protein
Superfood
Orange Cranberry
(All the other flavors are not vegan, although the labels on the bars themselves are not explicit about this.)

Website: Odwalla.com


GypsyWe interrupt this page for a special shout out to Gypsy. Thanks, girlfriend, for being so patient (and such a lady!) while we taste-test our bars!

And now, back to our regularly scheduled program.    :)


Vega Bar with Wrapper

Vega Vibrancy Bar

Organic/GMO-Free: 2
Good Stuff: 5
Claim To Fame: Packed with Omega-3 and 40% daily intake of fiber in every bar

50 grams Red down arrow
Price: $2.09 Red up arrow
Cost per gram: 4¢ Red up arrow
Calories: 180 Green down arrow
Protein: 10 grams Green up arrow
Total Carbs: 24 grams Black down arrow
Sugar: 10 grams Green down arrow
Fat: 7 grams Green down arrow
Sodium: 130 milligrams Red up arrow

Taste: 2

Vega Bar cut in half

With a great name like Vega, and us being vegans, we were surprised we hadn't tried this one before.

First and foremost let me just state that the founder of Vega, Brendan Brazier, rocks. He's a former professional Ironman triathlete and two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion. I love his books and how he brings veganism into the spotlight for professional athletes.

It contains a couple organic ingredients but not enough to earn it a "5". Interestingly, the label in the U.S. shows some organic ingredients, where the label in Canada shows none. This is likely because the organic labeling in Canada is a little different than here in the U.S., and this is quite common in many products out there.

Still, it is filled with Good Stuff like Brown Rice and Pea Proteins as well as so it gets a "5" in that category.

While it did have a smooth texture with a nice light crunch to it, it was the flavor that we just could not get past. Unlike other bars that had little flavor, the Chocolate Decadence bar we tested had a strong chicory root taste we did not enjoy. If you love chicory, though, this is definitely the bar for you.

Close up of Vega Bar

It also comes in two other flavors...

Chocolate Cherry
Chocolate Almond

Website: MyVega.com

Macro Greens Bar with Wrapper

Macro Greens

Organic/GMO-Free: 5
Good Stuff: 5
Claim To Fame: Raw, Organic, Superfood, Probiotic bars

42 grams Red down arrow
Price: $2.69 Red up arrow
Cost per gram: 6.5¢ Red up arrow (Highest in Category)
Calories: 200 Green down arrow
Protein: 4 grams Red down arrow (3-Way Tie for Lowest in Category)
Total Carbs: 10 grams Black down arrow (Lowest in Category)
Sugar: 7 grams Green down arrow
Fat: 12 grams Red up arrow
Sodium: 30 milligrams Green down arrow
Taste: S4/J5 (Median Score: 4.5)

Macro Greens Bar cut in half

Wow, this bar is loaded with 100% Organic ingredients and Good Stuff, earning it a "5" in both categories. It also contains Probiotics (healthy bacteria), which is not found in most health food bars.

This bar was an odd experience for us, because right away it did not look like we would enjoy it. The name and the label and even the look of the bar just didn't seem like it would be a tasty treat.

And with our first bite, our apprehensions were confirmed as it had a strong bitter flavor we did not enjoy.

But with our second bite we had second thoughts. It became interesting and enticing, so...

...we went with a third bite, and we loved it.

The small bar is very smooth and chewy with a nutty after-taste. It is also gluten-free. It is difficult to make such a good tasting bar with so little sodium and sugar, but they really did a good job.

Close up of Macro Greens Bar

Website: MacroLifeNaturals.com

Pro Bar with Wrapper

Pro Bar Meal

Organic/GMO-Free: 4
Good Stuff: 4
Claim To Fame: Solid 3 ounces to make a meal replacement

85 grams Green up arrow (Highest in Category)
Price: $2.99 Red up arrow
Cost per gram: 3.5¢ Green down arrow
Calories: 390 Red up arrow (Highest in Category)
Protein: 9 grams Red arrow to the left and green arrow to the right
Total Carbs: 47 grams Black up arrow (Highest in Category)
Sugar: 23 grams Red up arrow
Fat: 18 grams Red up arrow (Highest in Category)
Sodium: 70 milligrams Green down arrow
Taste: 5

Pro Bar cut in half

This bar is meal in itself. I mean, the bar is super heavy, so perhaps it makes sense that the calories, carbs, and fats are highest out of all the bars we tested.

It contains mostly organic ingredients, although not all so it didn't earn a score of "5" in that category.

Most of the ingredients are excellent whole foods, but since there is a smattering of non-whole foods it didn't earn a "5" in the Good Stuff category either.

It has a great mix of textures that makes it fun to eat. There are crispy parts, chewy parts, but nothing that makes it boring like a mono-textured bar that is the same thing over and over. And the flavors are superb. It reminded us of a healthy dessert that you might make in your own kitchen.

Close up of Pro Bar

Sassy's favorite flavor is Superberry & Greens. Jeff's fave is Double Chocolate.

It also comes in other flavors as well...

Chocolate Coconut
Mint Chocolate
Oatmeal Raisin
Original Blend
Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
Superfood Slam
Koka Moka
Wholeberry Blast.

Website: TheProBar.com

LaraBar with Wrapper

LaraBar

Organic/GMO-Free: 0
Good Stuff: 5
Claim To Fame: No more than 9 whole food ingredients

45 grams Red down arrow
Price: $1.29 Green down arrow
Cost per gram: 3¢ Green down arrow
Calories: 220 Green down arrow
Protein: 6 grams Red down arrow
Total Carbs: 26 grams Black down arrow
Sugar: 19 grams Red up arrow
Fat: 11 grams Red up arrow
Sodium: 60 milligrams Green down arrow
Taste: 4

LaraBar cut in half

We were drawn to this bar as they claim that each bar has nine or less ingredients, which is always going to be a good thing. And the bars are simple and not filled with a laundry list of chemicals earning it a "5" in the Good Stuff category!

But, unfortunately, none of them are organic which earns it a "0" score in that category (although they never claim to be an organic bar).

We noticed later after we ate it that it "may contain milk from chocolate chips." May? We wish companies knew exactly what they are making. But, then again, they never did make the claim to be vegan, just that they are "kosher."

Close up of LaraBar

That said, the bar was pretty good tasting and we enjoyed it.

They have many flavors to choose from...

Apple Pie
Banana Bread
Blueberry Muffin
Cappuccino
Carrot Cake
Cashew Cookie
Cherry Pie
Chocolate Chip Brownie
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Chocolate Coconut Chew
Coconut Cream Pie
Key Lime Pie
Lemon Bar
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Peanut Butter Cookie
Pecan Pie

Website: LaraBar.com

Tahoe Trail Bar with Wrapper

Tahoe Trail Bar

Organic/GMO-Free: 0
Good Stuff: 4
Claim To Fame: Energy and fuel for the journey

74 grams Green up arrow
Price: $2.69 Red up arrow
Cost per gram: 3.5¢ Green down arrow
Calories: 310 Red up arrow
Protein: 6 grams Red down arrow
Total Carbs: 46 grams Black up arrow
Sugar: 17 grams Red up arrow
Fat: 12 grams Red up arrow
Sodium: 190 milligrams Red up arrow
Taste: 5

Tahoe Trail Bar cut in half

Yummy, was our first impression after biting into one of these. We really enjoyed this gluten-free bar that tasted similar to an Almond Joy.

This is a heavy, substantial bar. While it is vegan, we really hoped it was made up of organic ingredients, but since it wasn't it earned a "0" in the Organic category. (Of course, they never claim to be an organic bar.)

Most of the ingredients are whole foods, but since a couple were not we rated it a "4" in the Good Stuff category.

It is also rather high in sugar and sodium, which may be another reason they tasted so dang good!

If they could stuff their bar with organic ingredients, this would likely become one of our all-time favorite bars. It's delicious.

Website: TahoeTrailBar.com

NuGo Organic Bar with Wrapper

NuGo Organic

Organic/GMO-Free: 5
Good Stuff: 3
Claim To Fame: Real dark chocolate. 100% organic

50 grams Red down arrow
Price: $1.99 Green down arrow
Cost per gram: 4¢ Red up arrow
Calories: 190 Green down arrow
Protein: 10 grams Green up arrow
Total Carbs: 26 grams Black down arrow
Sugar: 16 grams Red arrow to the left and green arrow to the right
Fat: 5 grams Green down arrow
Sodium: 60 milligrams Green down arrow
Taste: 4.5

NuGo Organic Bar cut in half

NuGo has three organic bars, Dark Chocolate Almond, Double Dark Chocolate, and this one, the Dark Chocolate Pomegranate.

These are Jeff's favorite bars for taste as he loves the crunchiness and rich chocolate flavor. Sassy likes them and thinks they are just okay with just a little too much pomegranate flavor to which Jeff replies "It's supposed to taste like pomegranate" to which Sassy replies "Fair enough".    :)

While this Organic line contains all organic ingredients earning it a "5", it DOES have some ingredients that may not be of the highest nutritional value, such as the dreaded Isolated Soy Protein which brought it down to an automatic "3" in Good Stuff.

Website: NugoNutrition.com

NuGo Dark Bar with Wrapper

NuGo Dark

Organic/GMO-Free: 2
Good Stuff: 3
Claim To Fame: Uses real dark chocolate. Gluten-free.

50 grams Red down arrow
Price: $1.59 Green down arrow
Cost per gram: 3¢ Green down arrow
Calories: 205 Green down arrow
Protein: 10 grams Green up arrow
Total Carbs: 28 grams Black down arrow
Sugar: 15 grams Green down arrow
Fat: 6 grams Green down arrow
Sodium: 110 milligrams Green down arrow
Taste: 4

NuGo Dark Bar cut in half

It seems the biggest selling point (in Nugo's own words) is that they're gluten-free.

They are quite tasty, but not as good as their organic variety of bars (above).

NuGo Dark is made with Soy Protein Isolate which is a bummer and earned it an automatic "3" in the Good Stuff category. Although it IS GMO-free which saved it from getting a "0" in the Organic category.

We liked the textures in it, crispy, creamy, and crunchy. But it did possess a bit of an odd lingering aftertaste.

Website: NugoNutrition.com

Zing Bar with Wrapper

Zing

Organic/GMO-Free: 3
Good Stuff: 4
Claim To Fame: Made for Celiacs to enjoy. Gluten-Free

50 grams Red down arrow
Price: $2.69 Red up arrow
Cost per gram: 5.5¢ Red up arrow
Calories: 200 Green down arrow
Protein: 10 grams Green up arrow
Total Carbs: 23 grams Black down arrow
Sugar: 13 grams Green down arrow
Fat: 12 grams Red up arrow
Sodium: 100 milligrams Green down arrow
Taste: 4

Zing Bar cut in half

Zing tasted very much like a candy bar that is very heavy on the coconut and cherry flavors. We enjoyed it.

Some, but not all, ingredients are organic. Most, but not all, of the ingredients are whole foods.

Website: ZingBars.com

Pure Organic Bar with Wrapper

Pure Organic

Organic/GMO-Free: 5
Good Stuff: 5
Claim To Fame: Organic, gluten-free, pure fruit and nut bars

48 grams Red down arrow
Price: $1.99 Green down arrow
Cost per gram: 4¢ Red up arrow
Calories: 190 Green down arrow
Protein: 6 grams Red down arrow
Total Carbs: 26 grams Black down arrow
Sugar: 18 grams Red up arrow
Fat: 8 grams Green down arrow
Sodium: 5 milligrams Green down arrow (Lowest in Category)
Taste: 5

Pure Organic Bar with Wrapper

If you love brownies, you will love this rather small bar. Although Jeff is not a big fan of brownies because he likes crispy and crunchy textures, he had to admit this was a delicious bar - soft and chewy with the nuts giving a bit of the occasional crunch.

Since we taste-tested this bar, we have tried the other flavors and they are ALL completely delicious.

If you're watching your sodium intake, then this is the bar for you since it's lowest in the category for all bars tested.

They certainly live up to their name as all the ingredients are organic and pure whole foods.

With scores of "5" in Organic and Good Stuff, this will be a contender for the win.

Website: ThePureBar.com

Core Pro Bar with Wrapper

Core Pro Bar

Organic/GMO-Free: 2
Good Stuff: 3
Claim To Fame: Protein bar high in Omegas

70 grams Green up arrow
Price: $2.79 Red up arrow
Cost per gram: 4¢ Red up arrow
Calories: 290 Red up arrow
Protein: 20 grams Green up arrow (Tied for Highest in Category)
Total Carbs: 32 grams Black up arrow
Sugar: 14 grams Green down arrow
Fat: 11 grams Red up arrow
Sodium: 350 milligrams Red up arrow (Highest in Category)
Taste: 5

Core Pro Bar cut in half

The taste was great with three unique layers that really blended together in a nice mix of textures. It reminded us of a chocolate cake with a bit of a crunch.

This entry by Pro Bar does have some Organic ingredients, but not many so it only earned a "2" in that department.

It's a nice-sized bar with a high protein content.

It contains Soy Protein Isolate as well as fractionated palm kernel oil (meaning a higher saturated fat content) so it could earn no higher than a "3" in Good Stuff.

And as you can see, it is also highest in sodium out of all the bars we tested.

Website: TheProBar

Green Superfood Bar with Wrapper

Green Superfood - Original

Organic/GMO-Free: 5
Good Stuff: 5
Claim To Fame: Superfood energy bar. No sugar added. Raw. Cold processed.

60 grams Green up arrow
Price: $2.99 Red up arrow
Cost per gram: 5¢ Red up arrow
Calories: 210 Green down arrow
Protein: 5 grams Red down arrow
Total Carbs: 36 grams Black up arrow
Sugar: 25 grams Red up arrow
Fat: 8 grams Green down arrow
Sodium: 25 milligrams Green down arrow
Taste: 2

Green Superfood Bar cut in half

With one exception, the Green Superfood bars are as good as you can get, from a nutritional standpoint.

We originally were going to sample the Original and the Chocolate Peanut bar. But when we got them home, we noticed that while the Original bar is organic and vegan, the Chocolate Peanut bar was neither.

Back at the store we examined two other bars they offer, and found them to be organic vegan, so the Chocolate Peanut bar is most likely their only offering that does not qualify for this study.

Unfortunately, although the Original bar is superior in nutrition and quality, we didn't really care for its taste.

We thought, to be fair, to try a couple of their other bars which we discovered were organic vegan: Sweet & Savory Almond, and Chocolate Chip Coconut. We hoped that maybe these two flavors were better than the Original.

We actually loved the Almond version, which tasted like a salted nut roll - although it was even more expensive (same price per bar, but only 45 grams which comes out to more than 6.5¢ per gram, making it the most expensive bar in this study).

The chocolate chip coconut was way too coconutty for our tastes with a strong aroma that kind of permeated our nostrils.

With scores of "5" in Organic and Good Stuff, this will be a contender for the win.

Website: AmazingGrass


A Winner Is Chosen...

As mentioned earlier, in order to move on to the final showdown a bar had to earn a score of "5" for both Organic/Non-GMO ingredients as well as containing mostly Good Stuff (straight-up whole foods and no unpronounceables).

Out of the 21 bars, only 6 qualified to make it into the final round.

Let's face it, all of our finalists deserve to win as the best health food bar because they're organic and stuffed with whole foods. But, to be fair a winner was chosen based on whichever bar gathered the most "best scores" across the remaining categories.

We have highlighted the best in each category with BOLD type.

Bar
Cost/Gram
Calories
Protein
Sugar
Fats
Sodium
Taste
Kit's Organic
180
4
15
12
105
3.5
Organic Food Bar
310
11
26
15
10
5
Go Macro
290
12
15
11
10
3
Macro Greens
6.5¢
200
4
7
12
30
4.5
Pure Organic
190
6
18
8
5
5
Green Superfood
210
5
25
8
25
2

And the winner with most category wins is....

DRUMROLL PLEASE...


Pretty colorful lights shining on Pure Organic Food Bar
Congratulations Pure Organic!

Hope you'll agree that all of our finalists deserve a big round of applause!

Feel free to leave a comment below. What is YOUR favorite VEGAN and ORGANIC bar filled with GOOD STUFF?

As always, thanks for joining us!


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p.s. We received nothing from these companies in exchange for our reviews.

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