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.
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.
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.
Primal Pacs is a paleo snack food company that produces jerkey, protein bars, and other snacks that are sugar free. These tasty meal packs use high-quality ingredients, healthy and responsible animal proteins, and have zero sweeteners and additives.
The beef or organically raised and grass-fed, there is only a very small amount of fruit (a problem which comes up with some of the bars we’ll discuss below), and the nuts are dry roasted with no vegetable oils. In short, these are true compliant bars (and are officially endorsed by Whole30).
Where to Get Them: You can order Primal Pacs on the Primal Pac website.
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.
Clif Kit’s Organic
While traditional Clif bars are not compliant, there is a subset of Clif bars, called Kit’s Organic, that do offer some compliant options!
Compliant Clif Kit’s Organics bars include:
Kit’s Organic Cashew: Organic Dates, Organic Cashews, Organic Almonds, Sea Salt. [available on Amazon]
Kit’s Organic Cherry & Pumpkin Seeds: Organic Dates, Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Cherries, Organic Apples, Sea Salt, Organic Rosemary Extract. [available on Amazon]
Kit’s Organic Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut: Organic Dates, Organic Almonds, Organic Unsweetened Dark Chocolate, Organic Coconut, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Sea Salt. [available on Amazon]
Kit’s Organic Dark Chocolate Walnut: Organic Dates, Organic Walnuts, Organic Unsweetened Dark Chocolate, Organic Almonds, Sea Salt, Organic Vanilla Beans. [available on Amazon]
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.
Where to Get Them: You can order RxBars online (Note: The chocolate items in this pack are 100% chocolate, making them compliant, but you’ll still need to avoid the peanut butter selection).
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!
Yawp Bars are paleo protein bars featuring only whole, unprocessed ingredients with no fillers, no grain, no additives or preservatives, and no added sugars or sweeteners. These bars are packed with protein, are nutrient-dense, and are Whole30 compliant.
Where to Find Them: You can grab Yawp Bars online, with tasty flavors like Coconut Chai!
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)!