Energy Bar Review of Larabar

Gluten-Free Natural Energy Bars

Cashew cookie Larabar sitting on cashews

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The Larabar is a tasty raw food energy bar whose ingredient list is so short you can't believe it—just fruit, nuts, and a spice or two. Larabar often has a booth at marathon event expos, giving away samples of their energy bars to endurance runners and walkers. They are very popular as racers try to snag as many as they are allowed to carry away. They work well as energy snacks, especially the smaller mini-sized ones.

Ingredients and Varieties

The Larabar has a short ingredient list—fruit, nuts, and spices for some flavors. You won't see any added sweeteners or preservatives. They proudly tout that the bars have no dairy, gluten, soy, or GMOs. Now comes the fun part—the flavor choices. They are a dessert smorgasbord: Apple Pie, Cherry Pie, Pecan Pie, Lemon Bar, Cashew Cookie, Chocolate Coconut, Ginger Snap, Cinnamon Roll, and PBJ to name a few.

Larabar also produces Larabar Nut & Seed which is made to be crunchy and included sprouted chia seeds. Larabar Fruits + Greens is just what it sounds like, they found a way to include 1/4 cup of greens in each bar, along with fruit. Larabar Organic With Superfoods bards include things like kale, hemp seeds, and turmeric. Larabars are also available in 100-calorie mini sizes, which are easy to take along on a walk or run.

The consistency of the bar is excellent—it has no coatings to melt, it's easy to break in half, it doesn't crumble, and it's easy to chew. Larabar is really perfect for munching while walking. The taste is fantastic, with no weird flavors from additives.

Pros and Cons


  • Raw, natural ingredients

  • Satisfying and tastes good

  • No preservatives, added sugars, gluten, dairy, or soy

  • Vegan, kosher, non-GMO

  • Easy to chew but not messy


  • Not a meal replacement; lacks vitamins

  • Can stick to teeth

  • Not safe for those with nut allergies

  • May have a laxative effect if eaten in excess


Many people prefer whole foods or natural foods, but the energy bar world is full of highly-processed products. It is good to find a natural energy bar that tastes great, has all the right qualities for carrying on your walk or run, and is also 100 percent natural, vegan, and preservative-free.

Nutrition Facts

The Larabar should be used as an energy bar. It is high in sugars and fats and low in protein. If you use it as a meal replacement or recovery bar, you should supplement it with a protein and vitamin source. Here are the nutrition basics for the original Larabars (not UBER, ALT or Renola).

  • Calories: 190 to 230 per full-size bar, 100 calories for the mini bars.
  • Carbohydrates: 23 to 24 grams total carbohydrate, 4 to 6 grams fiber, all from natural fruit and nuts.
  • Protein: 4 to 6 grams per bar
  • Fat: 9 to 14 grams, all from nuts, provides omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
  • Vitamin content varies by flavor

Larabar as an Energy Bar for Athletes

The Larabar has a high amount of carbs and will provide endurance energy, especially for distance walkers, and hikers. With natural fruit and nuts, walkers should test it out for tolerance before using it in a competitive event. These can have a laxative effect for some people, so you should keep that in mind.

The bars are less well-suited for runners as they require chewing. That can be a choking hazard when you are breathing hard. But Larabars could work well on a break during a long run. They are fine for gym workouts when an energy snack is needed during a long session. Be sure you have water available to wash it down.

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