Meal bars are great for when you’re on the go – sometimes with our crazed and hectic lives, there just isn’t time for a sit down meal!
However, finding the right kind of bars can be a bit tougher on Whole30 – not just any old bars will do of course, since you’ll need to seek out protein bars that don’t have any added sugar or strange additives (and sadly, for many “health” bars, sugar and additives are the norm).
There are actually a few different Whole30 bars that you can use on your program, and we’ll detail them here to help with your program (plus show you where you can order them).
Official Whole30 Bars
These protein bars are officially endorsed by Whole30. These protein bars actually have meat as a base, making them more appropriate for the Whole30 program.
1. Epic Bars
Epic makes Whole30 compliant protein bars, along with jerky sticks, and bite packs (packs of protein bites), that are responsibly sourced from farmers who raise animals that are vegetarian fed, humanely treated, hormone-free and antibiotic.
The Epic foods are gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, no added nitrates, low glycemic.
Their commitment to healthy snacks has earned them a spot as an official Whole30 partner, and they’re a great option for Whole30-ers who want some quick and tasty protein bars to get them through their program, guilt-free.
Epic Bars even offers a Whole30 starter kit! This starter kit is packed with 16 varieties of jerky, protein bars, and bites that are Whole30 approved to jumpstart your program and ensure that you always have some emergency foods on hand!
Note that while most Epic bars are Whole30 compliant, a couple of the bars contain brown sugar, which makes them not allowed on the program. The bars that contain brown sugar are the Bison Bacon Cranberry and the Wild Boar Bacon – so avoid those! Always double-check ingredient lists to be safe, as ingredients may change.
Whole30-Compliant Epic Bars (Updated for January 2020):
- Beef, Apple & Bacon
- Chicken Sriracha
- Chicken Sesame BBQ Bar
- Venison, Sea Salt & Pepper
- Beef Habanero Cherry Walnut
- Chicken, Egg Yolk & Apple Bar
- Turkey Almond Cranberry Bar
- Lamb Currant Mint Bar
Epic Bars Not Allowed on Whole30:
- Bison, Bacon & Cranberry
- Wild Boar Bacon
- Bacon & Egg Yolk Bar (Contains Maple Sugar)
- Smoked Maple Bacon Bar
Where to Get Them: You can purchase Epic bars and snack bites on the Epic website, Amazon, or for 25% off at Thrive Market.
2. Wild Zora Bars
Wild Zora Bars are meat and veggie protein bars that are officially endorsed by Whole30. Wild Zora Bars feature 100% natural meat (grass-fed beef with no antibiotics or hormones).
These tasty sugar-free, Whole30-friendly bars are available in many flavors such as Chili Beef with Kale and Curry Masala Turkey with Spinach and Dates.
Where to Get Them: You can purchase Wild Zora Bars on the Wild Zora website, online on Amazon, or for 25% off at Thrive Market.
3. DNX Bars
DNX Bars are another meal bar company working as official partners with the Whole30 team! DNX Bars provides healthy protein bars made of grass-fed beef & bison, and free-range chicken, along with organic fruits and vegetables.
DNX Bars even has a Whole30 Starter Pack, offering a deep discount on their most popular Whole30-compliant bars and sticks. The pack contains 6 bars (2 of each) and 6 sticks (3 of each) in the following flavors:
- Grass Fed Beef Uncured Bacon Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper Bar
- Free Range Chicken Raspberry Uncured Bacon Bar
- Grass Fed Beef Sweet Potato Pecan Bar
- Grass Fed Beef Jalapeño & Uncured Bacon Stick
- BBQ Free Range Chicken Stick
Unofficial Whole30 Bars
We’ve covered the Whole30 protein bars that are officially endorsed by Whole30.
The following protein bars are Whole30 compliant, but are not endorsed officially by the Whole30 program. The reason for this is that – while these bars are made with the highest quality, real, and authentic ingredients – they do make themselves susceptible to eating abuse.
The problem is that some of these bars are dried fruit and nut bars, and taste sweet – almost dessert-like. They don’t have any sugar that isn’t fruit, so they are Whole30 compliant, but some people end up inadvertently using these sweet fruit bars to quell their sugar cravings.
Whole30 program organizers saw that individuals were defaulting to these fruit and nut bars to satisfy their sugar dragons, and so they took ALL fruit and nut bars off the official approved partners list.
On the opposite end of the protein bar spectrum, the officially endorsed Whole30 bars mentioned above use meat as the protein base and have very little, if any, fruits. They aren’t a sweet snack, and therefore are less likely to be abused as a sugar substitute. That’s why the above bars remain as officially endorsed Whole30 snacks.
However, just to be clear, the bars listed below – Larabars, RxBars, Beaver Bites, and Yawp Bars – are still Whole30 compliant. You can absolutely buy and eat these on Whole30. Just don’t abuse them by becoming reliant on them for a sweet fix. Only use these bars as an emergency food.
Now that we’ve made all that clear, let’s cover the rest of our Whole30 protein bars.
Larabars are tasty Whole30 compliant bars, using organic fruit and nuts to create a delicious, healthy protein bar.
Larabars are one of the more popular Whole30 bars, likely due to the fact that they are easier to find in stores (they are common in health food stores, Whole Food grocery stores, and Trader Joe’s).
These bars are GMO free and made with only real recognizable ingredients.
However, it’s important to note that while many Larabars are Whole30 compliant, not all are. See our guide to Whole30 compliant Larabars for more info.
Where to Get Them: You can find Larabars at several physical locations or on Amazon or discounted at Thrive Market.
RxBars are authentic paleo protein bars with no BS ingredients – in fact, RxBars never have more than 7 ingredients, which already sets them apart from the vast majority of “protein” bars.
RxBars use simple, clean, whole ingredients with no whey, no soy, no dairy, no GMO, no gluten, no added sugar, and no other additives.
Each Rx Bar contains 15 grams of protein from dried egg whites, making RxBars basically a complete mini-meal. Each bar also contains around 30 grams of carbohydrate from fruit, and between 7 and 14 grams of fat from coconut meat and oil.
RxBars come in numerous tasty flavors, and it’s awesome how the ingredients are listed right on the package – no tricks or deception here.
Some RxBars are quite controversial, most notable the bars that include chocolate as an ingredient. While these bars are compliant from an ingredient standpoint, many Whole30-ers do not use them and even consider them against Whole30 since they can easily be used to feed your sugar dragon and satisfy your sweet cravings, rather than help you overcome them.
We recommend having a few RxBars on hand for emergencies only, and generally avoiding them when possible.
The good news is that the chocolate in RxBars is ground cacao nibs, with no sugar added, so it is indeed a compliant ingredient, as shown from this tweet by an RX rep below:
Whole30-Compliant Rx Bars (Updated for January 2020):
- Apple Cinnamon
- Mint Chocolate
- Chocolate Sea Salt
- Banana Chocolate Walnut
- Chocolate Cherry
- Coffee Chocolate
- Coconut Chocolate
- Chocolate Hazelnut
- Chocolate Chip
- Mixed Berry
- Gingerbread (Seasonal)
- Pumpkin Spice (Seasonal)
Rx Bars Not Allowed on Whole30:
- Peanut Butter
- Maple Sea Salt
- Peanut Butter Chocolate
- Peanut Butter & Berries
Where to Get Them: You can order RxBars online
6. Pressed By Kind Bars
Pressed By Kind bars are produced by Kind, but are simple fruit and nut bars, which are Whole30 compliant.
- Apricot Pear Carrot Beat: Pear, apple, carrot, apricot, beet.
- Pineapple Coconut Chia: Pineapple, apple, coconut, chia seeds.
- Pineapple Banana Kale Spinach: Pineapple, banana, apple, kale, spinach.
- Mango Apple Chia: Mango, apple, chia seeds.
- Cherry Apple Chia: Cherry, apple, chia seeds.
- Strawberry Apple Chia: Apple, strawberry, cherry, chia seeds.
Where to Buy: Available online and in stores. Grab this variety pack of Pressed by Kind bars on Amazon to try a mix of these tasty flavors!
7. Thunderbird Bars
Thunderbird makes paleo-friendly fruit and nut bars that can serve as great emergency eating items. Many Thunderbird bars are Whole30 compliant, including:
- Cherry Hemp Tumeric (Dates, Walnuts, Hemp Seeds, Sweet Potato, Cherries, Cinnamon, Turmeric, Hawaiian Black Lava Salt)
- Almond Apricot Vanilla (Apricots, Almonds, Vanilla, Hemp Seeds, Himalayan Sea Salt)
- Cashew Fig Carrot (Dates, Cashews, Figs, Carrots, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Himalayan Sea Salt)
- Apple Pie (Dates, Apples, Pecans, Almonds, Pineapple, Cinnamon, Nutmeg)
- Fruit Punch (Prunes, Dates, Sunflower Seeds, Cherry, Papaya, Apricots, Pineapple, Apple, Orange Extract, Himalayan Sea Salt)
- Hemp Sunflower Pumpkin Seed (Dates, Macadamia Nuts, Almonds, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Macadamia Nut Butter, Coconut Shreds, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Cinnamon, Himalayan Sea Salt)
- Peach Pecan Vanilla (Peach, Dates, Pecans, Cashew, Pumpkin Seed, Dehydrated Apple, Freeze Dried Apple, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Himalayan Sea Salt)
- Pecan Goji Pistachio (Dates, Pecans, Almonds, Pistachios, Himalayan Sea Salt, Goji Berries, Dried Golden Berries)
- Pineapple Mango Papaya (Prunes, Hemp Seeds, Raisins, Papaya, Pineapple, Mango, Hawaiian Black Lava Salt)
Other Thunderbird bars are technically Whole30-compliant ingredient-wise, but I think many will take issue with the mix of cacao and fruit, resulting in a very dessert-like taste. These are most certainly considered SWYPO (Sex With Your Pants On) and should probably not be enjoyed until after your initial 30 days:
- Chocolate Almond Butter Sea Salt (Dates, Almonds, Cashews, Cacao, Himalayan Sea Salt)
- Cherry Almond Chocolate (Dates, Almonds, Cherries, Cashews, Cacao, Himalayan Sea Salt)
- Chocolate Cashew Coconut (Dates, Almonds, Coconuts, Cashews, Cacao, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Himalayan Sea Salt)
- Chocolate Rasberry Espresso (Dates, Almond, Cashews, Walnuts, Cacao, Freeze Dried Raspberries, Coffee, Vanilla, Himalayan Sea Salt)
- Hazelnut Coffee Maca (Dates, Almonds, Hazelnuts, Hazelnut Butter, Cacao Butter, Cacao Powder, Fair Trade Coffee Beans, Chia Seeds, Maca Root Powder, Vanilla Extract, Himalayan Salt Salt)
- Chocolate Chip Cookie (Dates, Cashews, 100% Dark Chocolate Chips, Himalayan Sea Salt)
- Chocolate Mint Walnut (Dates, Walnuts, Cacao, Coconut, Hemp Seeds, Chia Seeds, Himalayan Sea Salt, Peppermint Extract)
Where to Buy Them: Thunderbird bars are available in some stores as well as on Amazon – check out their variety pack!
Do you know of any awesome Whole30-friendly protein bars we left out? Share your favorites in the comments (or tell us your favorite flavor of the bars listed here)!
56 thoughts on “Whole30 Bars: Compliant Protein Bars”
Thanks so much for pulling this list together!!
You’re welcome Juno! We just want to make it as easy as possible for folks.
How about Quest bars?
No, looking at Quest Bar ingredients, they contain stevia, other sweeteners, corn protein, and other non-compliant ingredients.
What about the Pure Energy Bars?
Not sure what brand you are referring to. If you mean Pure Organic bars, no. Looks like they all contain rice protein. Looking at the ingredients yourself is the easiest way to find compliant items, but honestly, there are very few Whole30 compliant bars. I’d be surprised if you found any besides the ones listed here!
What about shantibars?
No – they contains organic coconut nectar that, while healthier than most, is still a sweetener. That makes it a no go on Whole30.
OSKRI fruit bars are certified organic, gluten free and made from 100% fruit ONLY!!!! Tasty and totally compliant!
What about r bars
Yes! It looks like all but the Camouflage bars are compliant (the Camouflage contains peanuts, which are not compliant).
Thank you so much for this list! What about Pressed by Kind? http://www.kindsnacks.com/store/
Hey Liz – thanks for pointing me in the direction of these. Turns out “Pressed” by Kind bars are compliant! They only contain fruit and chia seeds. I’ll work on adding them to the list.
Are Clif bars okay??
Normal Clif bars are not compliant, but some Clif Kit’s Organic bars are. Specifically, the Cashew, Cherry & Pumpkin Seeds, Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut, and Dark Chocolate Walnut are compliant.
Have you looked into the new Clif organic filled bars? They’re very organic, but might not pass the sugar test. Thanks!
Definitely not OK. They contain sugar, sweetened chocolate, soybeans, among other non-compliant ingredients.
I recently saw Pro-Bar Fuel bars at Costco (cherry pie and blueberry flavors). What do you think?
The Blueberry Pie, Cherry Pie, Apple Pie, and Carrot Cake look to be compliant. Coconut Dream is not since it has cane sugar.
What about Paleo protein bars?
You’ll have to be more specific or check ingredients. Some Paleo bars should be ok, but make sure they don’t contain any sweeteners – even natural ones (like honey, for example).
I have that same question. They’re actually called Paleo Protein Bars.
Hey Emily. So after looking into these, it’s close, but probably leaning towards a no because of the monk fruit extract, which is a sweetener. Granted, a grey area sweetener, but still. There’s a pretty nice discussion on monk fruit extract on the Whole30 Forum Board that’s worth reading.
There’s actually a thread on these Paleo Protein Bars specifically – looks like they are a no go.
What about Picky bars ??
No, they contain rice protein and rice cereal. Many also contain agave, which is a sweetener.
are dale raw protein bars ok? Thanks!
No, please read the ingredients before asking. If you have read anything at all about the Whole30 diet, you should know that when the ingredients contain (and the very first ingredients at that): “rolled oats, rice protein, pea protein” there is no way that they are even remotely Whole30 compliant.
What about Caveman bars?
No, they contain sugar. Even natural sugar like honey is not allowed on Whole30.
Vegan Perfect Bars – Almond Coconut? They look as those these should have all ingredients that are Whole30 Approved.
What about Think Thin Protein Bars?
What about soul sprout bars?
Sunbutter dark chocolate bars. Are they whole30 compliant?
Can’t find these anywhere. The Sun Cups (if that’s what you mean) contain sugar, so no.
How about ‘That’s it’ bars?
(Sorry if that has already been asked and I missed it!)
Yup, these are good! They have only a few ingredients each and no added sugar. The fruit and zesty bars are definitely compliant. The veggie and truffle ones are not allowed though, as they contain legumes and dark chocolate/sugar.
=Is any one familiar with the website barefoot provisions? They have a whole 30 section and some items such as bars by Thunderbird? How can I tell if approved in addition to reading the ingredients and making my own decision?
What about Chapul – Matcha Bars?
No, those contain pea protein, rice protein, coconut nectar (sweetener), among other non-compliant ingredients.
I just came across Zego Bars are these compliant? https://zegosnacks.com/nutrition-facts/
The “Just Fruit” and “Fruit + Chia” look OK, but all bars under the “Seed + Fruit” line contain sorghum syrup, which is a no go.
What about the Atlas Bars?
No, they have whey protein, stevia, and some other weird ingredients I’d avoid.
What about a Wella Bar?
I wish Macro bars were on this list. By far my favorite meal replacement bar. Oh Well …….I will live!
DNX Bars are Whole30 Approved. Melissa is actually on the advisory board. Get 30% off any DNX Bars plus free shipping with coupon code WHOLE30 at https://dnxbar.com
RX bars totally have hidden ingredients. Make sure you read the packaging. just a little fyi
“Note that while most Epic bars are Whole30 compliant, a couple of the bars contain brown sugar, which makes them not allowed on the program”. Then why put a picture of them in a box that says Whole30 approved on a list titled “Whole30 Bars: Compliant Protein Bars”??? I almost bought those. Very misleading
Tony, you’ll have to be more specific. Everything pictured in that photo is indeed Whole30 approved!
Are Beachbody Beach Bars compliant??
No, those all have sugar (along with other bad ingredients)
How about thunderbird real food bar?
Many of them are compliant! I’m updating my list now with them.
What about bulletproof collagen protein bars? https://shop.bulletproof.com/collections/collagen-protein-bars