Whole30 Larabar Guide: Compliant vs. Non-Compliant Bars

Whole30 Larabar Guide: Compliant vs. Non-Compliant Larabars


Larabars are often cited as a great an emergency Whole30 food option, as these fruit and nut bars have very few ingredients and no weird additives.

Because Larabars are one of the few quick and easy Whole30 compliant foods, it’s great to stash them around for when hunger hits, in your purse, car, gym bag, or at your office.

Why Are Larabars Whole30 Compliant?

Look at a Larabar recipe and you’ll see all stuff that you recognize. Larabars don’t contain any mystery ingredients or foreign-sounding additives.

Made of real fruit and nuts, they are truly natural and compliant with the whole foods lifestyle.

Whole30 Larabars: Which to Choose and Which to Lose

It is worth noting that not all Larabars are Whole30 friendly, but many are.

Wondering exactly which Larabars are Whole30 approved? We’ve got you covered! Here is a list of Whole30 Larabars that are Whole30 compliant vs. non-compliant.

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Just make sure to look at your ingredients list and only eat Larabars that contain:

  • No vanilla extract
  • No chocolate chips
  • No peanut butter

These ingredients are no-gos on the Whole30 diet, so take a pass on any bars with those ingredients.

Again, for those wondering which Larabars are Whole30 approved, we list the compliant and non-compliant Larabars below.

Whole30 Compliant Larabars:

Non-Compliant Larabars (Avoid These):

  • Blueberry Muffin
  • Cappuccino
  • Chocolate Chip Brownie
  • Chocolate Chip Cherry Torte
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • Coconut Chocolate Chip
  • Gingerbread
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
  • Peanut Butter Cookie
  • Snickerdoodle

Note: It’s also important to distinguish between the classic Larabars and the Larabar ALT bars. The ALT bars are a totally different breed and likely not compliant, so avoid those!

Where to Buy Whole30 Larabars

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Most health food stores and even some convenience stores offer Larabars. However, if ordering online is more your style, Amazon offers a wide array of Larabars that you can get delivered to your door.

The 16 flavor variety pack of Larabars is a great choice if you want to try a bunch of flavors – just make sure to remove the non-compliant ones. (the 16 back contains 6 non-compliant bars and 10 complaint bars).

If you’d rather get all Whole30 Larabars, you can snag a 16 pack of your favorite flavor. Popular Whole30 Larabars include Pecan Pie, Cashew Cookie, and Cherry Pie.

Larabars are Great, But Don’t Overdo Them!

Keep in mind that Larabars are, more or less, candy. As far as candy goes, they are the healthiest you can get, made with nuts and fruit. However, they lack the protein needed to keep you full for a long period of time, so use Larabars sparingly only when you really need them.

It’s suggested that you shouldn’t use these as a dessert or as a cheap trick for sugar satisfaction, as the spirit of Whole30 is all about stomping out those sugar cravings. However, when you really need a quick emergency food, Larabars are a great Whole30 safe snack choice to have handy.

For other Whole30-friendly bars, you may want to check out Epic bars, who are officially endorsed by Whole30. Epic bars use real meat as protein sources, so they’re more suitable for really staying full and align a bit more closely with the Whole30 mindset. See our guide to the official list of Whole30 approved protein bars here.

However, again, it’s not recommended to replace all your meals with any type of bar – whole food meals with ingredients you source yourself are best.

We want to know – what are your favorite Larabar flavors? Share your top picks in the comments (I love the Cherry Pie myself)!

  • Simmie says:

    You are aware that the Larabars are no longer Whole30 *Approved*, correct? They were removed as Whole30 approved over a year ago due to misuse of them.

    • LifeHealthHQ says:

      Yes Simmie, Larabars are no longer officially endorsed by Whole30, but they are still compliant – especially when used appropriately. 🙂

  • Josh says:

    What about the ‘Organic with Superfoods’ Larabars? I’m looking at the Turmeric, Ginger, & Beet one and it looks OK: Dates, Almonds, Unsweetened Apples, Beet Powder, Turmeric, Ginger.

    • LifeHealthHQ says:

      Hey Josh – I’ve never seen the Organic with Superfoods kind before, but all the ingredients you listed are Whole30 compliant, so you’re good to go!

  • Lisagh says:

    *overdo (overdue means late)

    Great info, none the less. Thank you!!

  • Rebecca says:

    Totally missed the vanilla extract in my blueberry muffin Larabars! Thanks!

  • MARUJA says:

    My favorite are lemon and key lime..

  • Jodie says:

    I noticed raisins are listed in the apple pie bars; aren’t raisins a no-no?

  • Sheri Dodd says:

    The compliant larabars have a lot of sugar, I’m assuming it’s from the fruit, which is ok, in moderation?

    • LifeHealthHQ says:

      Yup, that’s right. To be truthful, Larabars, while technically compliant, are not really recommended by Whole30 officials. Instead, it’s suggested you use RxBars, which are more protein based, so not as packed with sugar like Larabars are. The danger with Larabars is that, due to their high fruit content, people will use them as dessert substitutes. However, as long as you are careful and don’t go overboard, they can be handy, especially to have on hand for eating emergencies. They also tend to be more readily available at grocery stores than Rx bars (at least from what I’ve seen).

  • Dub says:

    This list is SO wrong. You can’t have peanuts on Whole30, so all of the bars with peanuts are NOT compliant. It doesn’t have to be peanut butter, peanuts are enough to make it non-compliant.

  • Jennipher says:

    Thanks for this information – what about the Larabar Bites?

    • LifeHealthHQ says:

      No, Larabar Bites contain chocolate chips. They’re Fair Trade chocolate chips, but chocolate chips are out since they are sweetened, not simply 100% cocoa.

  • ann says:

    How are they compliant when nutrition facts list 18g of sugar on the apple pie bar?

    • LifeHealthHQ says:

      Nutritional facts show all sugar in an item – including sugar that is naturally occurring in produce like fruit. You really want to be looking at ingredient list and don’t worry about the nutritional info. For further reading: http://forum.whole30.com/topic/19040-nutritional-label-vs-ingredients-list-sugar/

    • Mandy says:

      Omg I swear people never Google a single thing and wait for someone to tell them things. No wonder there’s so much misinformation out there. We NEED sugars. Fruits naturally have their own sugars. And they are good for you. No one will get fat eating too much fruit. It just doesn’t happen. So when you’re looking at grand of sugar… That is very different than an added ingredient of sugar. So if the ingredients don’t list sugar, then it’s good for you kind.

  • Joanne R deJong says:

    There is overdo and overdue

    to overdo an an exercise…and the the plane is overdue

  • Ed says:

    I really appreciate this list. I was looking for something to keep on hand in the event of an emergency. I just ran across Larabar – Cinnamon Roll, is that a go or no go?

  • Allison says:

    So if the ingredients are compliant and a product has, for example, 2% sugar, it’s ok?

    • LifeHealthHQ says:

      Yes, because when the sugar is listed in the nutrition information (but is absent on the ingredient list) then it’s referencing the natural sugar in the fruit.

  • sierra says:

    How is coco powder compliant when you cant have chocolate…

    • LifeHealthHQ says:

      Chocolate, in its most popular iteration, always had sugar. Pure 100% cocoa powder does not have any sugar. Trust me, have a little lick of cocoa powder and you’ll understand why it’s compliant. There’s nothing sweet about it!

  • Donna Kester says:

    What about the “fruit + greens” Lara bars? Are they Whole 30 compliant?

  • Hannah says:

    I just found my one true love on Whole30…Key Lime Lara Bars!!! Just came from Easter dinner where all I had was meat and roasted veggies…that Lara bar hit the spot…actually felt like I was eating a slice of key lime pie!! Funny…I made up a Whole30 compliant Easter Basket for hubs and I…filled it with Lara bars, nuts and unsweetened dried fruit (yes, I know those things go in moderation)…Never would suspect that with my monstrous sweet tooth, I’d ever find those things exciting but I totally do now!! I love that I can get excited over healthy foods now!!

    • Kay Heaney says:

      That sounds good! I just found a bunch of flavors at Walmart a box of five for 4.98. I got carrot cake and Blueberry but I see blueberry not compliant. I’ve been eating larabars for years but not sure if I’ve had the lime one. Sounds delicious! I really like them all! Carrot cake is very good!

  • Dorothy Ann Castro says:

    I want to know about sales for 30 brand protein bars are they at Sam’s Club

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