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.
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:
- Apple Pie
- Banana Bread
- Carrot Cake
- Cashew Cookie
- Cherry Pie
- Chocolate Coconut Chew
- Coconut Cream Pie
- Key Lime Pie
- Lemon Bar
- Pecan Pie
Non-Compliant Larabars (Avoid These):
- Blueberry Muffin
- Chocolate Chip Brownie
- Chocolate Chip Cherry Torte
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
- Coconut Chocolate Chip
- Peanut Butter and Jelly
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
- Peanut Butter Cookie
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
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).
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)!