Energy bars are a convenient way to take in calories while you are competing or training, usually running or bicycling. They are meant to provide a large amount of calories (mostly carbohydrates) to working muscles in as little volume as possible.

So it’s much easier to carry an energy bar with you than normal food, which is not as calorie-dense. It also goes down faster. That’s really what it’s about – convenience. When training, you’re not eating food for enjoyment; you’re eating food for fuel. It’s more of an inconvenience than anything.

Energy bars should not be used as meal substitutes during a normal meal. They are no substitute for a healthy, well-balanced diet. (See: Energy Bars Aren’t Meant to Be Real Food.)

So when I review energy bars, I’m usually looking for high calories, plenty of carbohydrates, and more. I still favor more natural energy bars (few artificial ingredients and minimal processing,) but what I look for in an energy bar is not what I look for in normal health food.

Here are my energy bar reviews:

Energy bars.

Energy Bar Reviews

Clif Bar was making good-tasting energy bars before it was cool. And they keep releasing fun new flavors. Unfortunately, they haven't made any big changes

Based on fruit, nut butters, and seeds, the Clif Fruit Smoothie Filled Energy Bar is basically a fruit smoothie in a bar. It's a Clif

The Epic Performance Bar contains all natural ingredients, but unlike most other products from Epic Provisions, these bars do not contain meat. They're just fruit,

GU enters the hot stroopwafel market with the GU Energy Stroopwafel. Gu says this is "a Dutch-style syrup waffle that acts like an energy gel,

Kashi bars sound healthy. But are Kashi granola bars healthy? Let's look at their bars. Let's answer the question today. (We have discussed Kashi cereals

This isn't just any waffle. It's a "Stroopwafel" like you find in the Netherlands, but it comes packaged like an energy bar. They have been

Very few energy bars contain just a handful of ingredients. Even fewer contain sweet potatoes. And fewer still contain beef and sweet potatoes. Needless to

While I readily consume highly-processed food substitutes while training and racing, I try to eat as naturally as possible under normal circumstances. Steel cut oats

Bonking is never fun. It hurts, and it usually means your ride is over. Bonk Breaker Energy Bars, on the other hand, will keep you

If I see something that says Larabar on it, I've gotta get my hands on it! Such was the case when I noticed something new

The Good Greens Bar. It sounds like a block of spinach and broccoli disguised as an energy bar, but (fortunately) that's not the case at

After years of writing about the latest and greatest new offerings in the energy bar world, I'm taking the time to point out the energy