Kind Caramel Almond & Sea Salt Salted-caramel lovers need look no further than this chunky, nut-studded winner, which delivers dessert-like satisfaction with only 5 grams of sugar.
To buy: $2 for a 1.4-ounce bar.
*Real Simple tested bars with 12 grams of sugar or less.
Featured September 2014
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Best Fruit-and-Vegetable Bar
Gnu Foods Fiber Love Carrot Cake Vegetables (think carrots and beets) are the new "it" ingredients for snack bars, lending nutrients and surprising sweetness. This filling, carrot-and-grain–laden pick has a dense, cakey texture.
To buy: $1.80 for a 1.6-ounce bar.
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Best Chewy Granola Bar
Kashi Trail Mix Chewy Granola Bar This pick is tender but not taffylike (as opposed to some competitors) and still has plenty of texture from nuts, oats, and seeds.
To buy: $4 for six 1.2-ounce bars.
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Best Fruit-and-Nut Bar
Rise Breakfast Bar Crunchy Cashew Almond Earning bonus points for simplicity, this seven-ingredient wonder was just like eating a handful of dried fruits and toasted nuts.
To buy: $1.50 for a 1.4-ounce bar.
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Best Whole-Grain Bar
Pure Ancient Grains Peanut Butter Chocolate Loaded with peanuts, cocoa, whole grains (crisp brown rice, quinoa, and amaranth), and flax, this hearty bar has a lingering, nutty flavor.
To buy: $2 for a 1.23-ounce bar.
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Best Kid-Size Bar
18 Rabbits Jr. Mango Strawberry This wholesome kids' bar is perfectly sized (read: small) and packed with long-lasting energy from oats and seeds.
To buy: $1 for a 1.05-ounce bar.
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Best Crunchy Granola Bar
Nature Valley Crunchy Oats 'n Honey This shatteringly crisp classic brought back childhood memories for some tasters, and it still offers the deep, roasted oat flavor that first won them over.
To buy: $3.70 for two .75-ounce bars.
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Best Chocolate Bar
Clif Mojo Dark Chocolate Almond Sea Salt When a chocolate craving strikes, this candy-bar upgrade (with one-third of the sugar of many popular candy bars) will hit the spot. Testers loved the combination of roasted nuts and big chocolate chunks.