10 Best Energy Bars To Eat While Running

Updated on: February 2021

Best Energy Bars To Eat While Running in 2021


CLIF BAR - Energy Bars - Best Sellers Variety Pack - (2.4 Ounce Protein Bars, 16 Count) (Packaging and Assortment May Vary)

CLIF BAR - Energy Bars - Best Sellers Variety Pack - (2.4 Ounce Protein Bars, 16 Count) (Packaging and Assortment May Vary)
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021
  • SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: With 9-11g of protein in each bar, this variety pack contains 16 energy bars, two each of the following flavors: Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Brownie, Crunchy Peanut Butter, Blueberry Crisp, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Flavor, Cool Mint Chocolate*, Peanut Butter Banana with Dark Chocolate, and either Sierra Trail Mix, Coconut Chocolate Chip, or Oatmeal Raisin Walnut.
  • NUTRITION FOR SUSTAINED ENERGY: CLIF BAR is the ultimate performance energy bar, purposefully crafted with an ideal mix of protein, fat, and carbohydrates to sustain active bodies before and during long-lasting, moderate-intensity activity.
  • WHOLESOME INGREDIENTS THAT ARE BETTER FOR THE PLANET: Keeping your energy up never felt so good. As part of our mission to create a healthier, more sustainable food system, these protein bars are made with real chocolate, along with wholesome non-GMO ingredients like nuts, almonds, peanuts, dried fruits, and organic rolled oats.
  • DELICIOUS FLAVORS, ENDLESS VARIETY: Satisfy any taste with a dazzling array of craveable CLIF BAR flavors, including classic favorites like Chocolate Chip and Crunchy Peanut Butter.
  • ENERGY ON THE GO: Whether you need sustained energy for hiking, climbing, skiing, or a long bike ride, CLIF BAR delivers wholesome, delicious energy that’s all wrapped up and ready to go.

Clif Bars with 1 Shot of Espresso - Energy Bars - Coffee Collection - Variety Pack - 65 MGS of Caffeine Per Bar (2.4 Ounce Breakfast Snack Bars, 15 Count)

Clif Bars with 1 Shot of Espresso - Energy Bars - Coffee Collection - Variety Pack - 65 MGS of Caffeine Per Bar (2.4 Ounce Breakfast Snack Bars, 15 Count)
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • INTRODUCING THE CLIF COFFEE COLLECTION: The energy of a Clif Bar, with a shot of espresso. This variety pack contains 15 breakfast bars (2.4oz each) - 6 Dark Chocolate Mocha, 6 Vanilla Almond Latte, and 3 Caramel Macchiato.
  • A SHOT OF ESPRESSO IN EVERY BAR: Each bar in our new Coffee Collection contains 65mg of caffeine from real coffee. That’s equivalent to a shot of espresso, making it an easy and convenient way to power up with wholesome, delicious energy.
  • NUTRITION FOR SUSTAINED ENERGY: CLIF BAR is made to keep you going. Our bars are purposefully crafted to deliver the protein, fiber, and carbs needed to sustain active bodies. It’s the ultimate energy snack for fueling up before or during activity.
  • SUSTAINABLY SOURCED COFFEE: Inspired by coffeehouse favorites, all three tasty flavors are made with organic coffee beans from Colombia, sourced in partnership with Sustainable Harvest. We’re also donating a percentage of net proceeds to World Coffee Research to combat the effects of climate change in the coffee supply chain.
  • WHOLESOME INGREDIENTS: Keeping your energy up never tasted so good. These delicious breakfast bars are made with wholesome non-GMO ingredients like nuts, crunchy organic coffee beans, and chunks of real chocolate.
  • Caffeine can range between 60–70mg. Not recommended for pregnant women, children under 18 years old, or people sensitive to caffeine.
  • USDA reference database for 1 fl. oz. of espresso is 63mg of caffeine.

PROBAR - Meal Bar, Variety Pack, Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, Certified Organic, Healthy, Plant-Based Whole Food Ingredients, Natural Energy (12 Count)

PROBAR - Meal Bar, Variety Pack, Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, Certified Organic, Healthy, Plant-Based Whole Food Ingredients, Natural Energy (12 Count)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • GLUTEN-FREE AND SOY-FREE: Safe, sustainably-sourced ingredients provide the benefits of a gluten- and soy-free diet
  • See Nutrition Information on package for total fat and saturated fat content.): Energy from PLANT-BASED protein and fiber from CHIA and FLAX SEEDS keep you moving whether at work or adventuring" 3. "360 to 390 CALORIES: A clever mix of NATURAL ingredients work to provide healthy energy and a quick, filling meal on-the-go
  • ORGANIC INGREDIENTS: Made-With Organic Oats, Organic Nuts, Organic Seeds and contains between 70%-95% organic ingredients. So you can feel good knowing you are feeding your body with safe nutrients
  • NON-GMO PROJECT VERIFIED: All PROBAR products are Non-GMO Project Verified
  • Packaging May Vary
  • The packaging has changed, but the product remains the same

Zone Perfect Protein Bars, Chocolate Caramel Cluster, 14g of Protein, Nutrition Bars with Vitamins & Minerals, Great Taste Guaranteed, 20 Bars

Zone Perfect Protein Bars, Chocolate Caramel Cluster, 14g of Protein, Nutrition Bars with Vitamins & Minerals, Great Taste Guaranteed, 20 Bars
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • MADE FOR TASTE: Our protein bars are packed with delicious flavor and nutrition you need to make the most of your day
  • POWER OF PROTEIN: ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars have 10-15g of protein to help you feel fuller longer
  • NUTRITION YOU NEED: A good source of up to 19 vitamins & minerals,* including antioxidants for immune support
  • FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE: Our go-anywhere high protein snack bars are so good you’ll want to have one with you all the time
  • GREAT TASTE GUARANTEED: If you’re not 100% satisfied with a flavor, we’ll give you your money back—guaranteed!

Clif BLOKS - Energy Chews - Strawberry Flavor - (2.1 Ounce Packet, 18 Count)

Clif BLOKS - Energy Chews - Strawberry Flavor - (2.1 Ounce Packet, 18 Count)
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
  • Train hard to the tune of sweet strawberry-flavored energy.
  • CREATED BY ATHLETES FOR ATHLETES: CLIF BLOKS Energy Chews provide quick, chewable energy for training and racing.
  • AS TASTY AS THEY ARE FUNCTIONAL: Available in 11 delicious flavors, with sodium and caffeine levels to suit any goals.
  • EASY TO EAT: Easy-to-open packaging and a soft, chewable texture lets you focus on performance.
  • CUSTOMIZABLE: CLIF BLOKS come in 33-calorie cubes, with sleek and portable packaging that makes it easy to customize and track caloric and electrolyte intake during long outings and races.

This Bar Saves Lives Chewy Granola Bars, Variety Pack, 12 Pack | Gluten Free Snacks Breakfast Bars, Kosher, Non GMO Snack Bar for Adults & Kids | 1.4 oz Bars

This Bar Saves Lives Chewy Granola Bars, Variety Pack, 12 Pack | Gluten Free Snacks Breakfast Bars, Kosher, Non GMO Snack Bar for Adults & Kids | 1.4 oz Bars
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • BUY A BAR. FEED A CHILD: Every time you buy a chewy granola bar, you send life-saving food to a child in need. We eat together. Each chewy granola bar you buy helps provide a nutritional meal to a child in need.
  • VARIETY PACK: Our 12 count variety pack includes 2 each of our 6 awesome flavors: Madagascar Vanilla Almond & Honey, Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate & Cherry, Wild Blueberry & Pistachio, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Dark Chocolate & Coconut.
  • GLUTEN FREE CHEWY GRANOLA BARS: This Bar Saves Lives is made with real ingredients from the best sources. Our bars are Non GMO, Gluten Free, & Dairy Free. The perfect bar for on-the-go breakfast bars, snack bars, and travel snacks!
  • YOUR FAVORITE SNACK: This Bar Saves Lives low sugar healthy granola bars make the perfect low calorie snack. At less than 200 calories per bar, you can snack guilt-free all day long, everywhere you go.
  • CO FOUNDED BY ACTORS: Kristin Bell, Todd Grinnel, Ravi Patel, and Ryan Deblin to help kids all over the world. Enjoy our healthy snacks and know that every bar helps make an impact all around the world.

CLIF BAR - Sweet & Salty Energy Bars - Peanut Butter & Honey with Sea Salt - (2.4 Ounce Protein Bars, 12 Count) (Packaging May Vary)

CLIF BAR - Sweet & Salty Energy Bars - Peanut Butter & Honey with Sea Salt - (2.4 Ounce Protein Bars, 12 Count) (Packaging May Vary)
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
  • Rich, creamy peanut butter makes way for honey, crunchy peanuts, and salt-infused peanut butter chunks in this soon-to-be instant classic.
  • NUTRITION FOR SUSTAINED ENERGY: CLIF BAR is the ultimate performance energy bar, purposefully crafted with an ideal mix of protein, fat, and carbohydrates to sustain active bodies before and during long-lasting, moderate-intensity activity.
  • WHOLESOME INGREDIENTS THAT ARE BETTER FOR THE PLANET: Keeping your energy up never felt so good. As part of our mission to help create a healthier, more sustainable food system, we source Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa and wholesome, plant-based ingredients like almonds, peanuts, and organic rolled oats.
  • ENERGY ON THE GO: Whether you need sustained energy for hiking, climbing, skiing, or a long bike ride, CLIF BAR delivers wholesome, delicious energy that’s all wrapped up and ready to go.
  • PACKAGING MAY VARY: We’ve updated our packaging, so you may receive either version in your order. Rest assured, we haven’t changed the recipe, so you can expect the same great taste no matter what.

GU Energy Original Sports Nutrition Energy Gel, Assorted Flavors, 24 Count Box

GU Energy Original Sports Nutrition Energy Gel, Assorted Flavors, 24 Count Box
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021
  • Variety Pack includes Chocolate Outrage, Salted Caramel, Vanilla Bean, Jet Blackberry, Tri-berry, and Strawberry Banana; caffeine varies by flavor
  • The Original Sports Nutrition Energy Gel designed to help athletes perform their best; 100 calories and essential electrolytes in a portable packet
  • Dual source energy from maltodextrin and fructose that use non-competing pathways for efficient absorption and lasting energy
  • Use for training or racing; take one packet 5 minutes before and every 45 minutes during activity
  • Branched-chain amino acids to help decrease muscle damage and mental fatigue

Clif BLOKS - Energy Chews - Black Cherry Flavor - (2.12 Ounce, 18 Count)

Clif BLOKS - Energy Chews - Black Cherry Flavor - (2.12 Ounce, 18 Count)
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
  • No stems or pits, just carbs and the flavor of black cherry. Simple to handle, easy to chew, and infused with 50 mg of caffeine.
  • CREATED BY ATHLETES FOR ATHLETES: CLIF BLOKS Energy Chews provide quick, chewable energy for training and racing.
  • AS TASTY AS THEY ARE FUNCTIONAL: Available in 11 delicious flavors, with sodium and caffeine levels to suit any goals.
  • EASY TO EAT: Easy-to-open packaging and a soft, chewable texture lets you focus on performance.
  • CUSTOMIZABLE: CLIF BLOKS come in 33-calorie cubes, with sleek and portable packaging that makes it easy to customize and track caloric and electrolyte intake during long outings and races.
  • Calories per gram: Fat 9Carbohydrate 4Protein 4

Clif Bar Nut Butter Bar - Organic Snack Bars - Variety Pack (1.76 Ounce Protein Snack Bars, 12 Count) (Packaging May Vary)

Clif Bar Nut Butter Bar - Organic Snack Bars - Variety Pack (1.76 Ounce Protein Snack Bars, 12 Count) (Packaging May Vary)
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
  • SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: Our 12-bar variety packs come with two of each flavor. Each CLIF Nut Butter Bar is made from USDA organic ingredients, with 5–7g of plant protein (8–10% DV).
  • CLIF NUT BUTTER BARS: Looking for a quick, easy snack that satisfies your hunger, and your cravings? CLIF Nut Butter Bars have 5–7g of protein (8–10% DV) to help you power through your busy day.
  • DELICIOUS FLAVORS: Organic snack bars with wholesome oats and fillings made with real peanut butter, hazelnut butter, almond butter, or cashew butter. Available in craveable flavors like Chocolate & Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter, Coconut & Almond Butter, Maple & Almond Butter, Chocolate & Hazelnut Butter, and Tart Cherry & Cashew Butter.
  • QUALITY INGREDIENTS: Our bars are non-GMO with no high-fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors. We also use organic ingredients and plant protein as part of our commitment to sustaining the planet.
  • PERFECT ANYTIME SNACK: A balanced mix of plant-based ingredients and key nutrients, like 5–7g of protein (8–10% DV), for a satisfying snack that’s perfectly portioned to help cure your hunger, and your cravings.
  • PACKAGING MAY VARY: In keeping with our mission to protect the environment and reduce waste, we’ve made our new wrappers 12% smaller. Rest assured, the size and recipe of our bars have not changed. You may receive either version in your order.

Sampling the Made-from-Bison Energy Bar

Does the world need yet another energy bar? Well, not really. But this one is made out of buffalo meat and cranberry and comes with some Native American cache! Will Clif Bar retalliate with a BBQ pulled-pork flavor?

What does it have? Buffalo meat and cranberry. Quite a different schtick, eh? At $2.89 a bar, I was really hesitant. But the novelty trumped my fiscal sense, though I'm still miffed that $2.89 gets a miserly 70 calories (2g, 7g protein, 7g carbs) and about 11 percent of the USRDA of sodium.

Here's what the Tanka Bar Web site says about itself and its line of products, which also includes Tanka Bites and Tanka Dogs:

Native American Natural Foods, LLC, is focused on creating a family of nationally branded food products that are delicious and that promote a Native American way of wellness that feeds mind, body, and spirit.

Beginning with its first product line, which features Tanka Bar, Tanka Bites, Tanka Dogs and Tanka Wild, Native American Natural Foods provides a category of natural healthy choices in the marketplace that currently does not exist.

Fair enough. I'll admit that's something different. I like the idea of giving people an idea of what people (relatively) indigenous to North America ate back in their heyday. I've always really wondered, myself. Native American Natural Foods, LLC, which makes the Tanka Bar, also says sustainability is part of its brand. This made me wonder about its packaging, which seemed ike regular ol' plastic. I didn't see anything on the label about being one of those cool new plastics made from corn.

Anyway, I imagine you want me to quit jerking around and get to the important part: How does it taste?

Well, pretty darn good. I could gobble a fistful of these bad boys and be pretty happy about it. I mean, I like buffalo. I like cranberries. I like spices. These were right up my alley.

I can't see myself buying them very often, even though there's a spicy version that's likely ever tastier. I keep seeing "$2.89 = 70 calories," and my inner bean counter rightly revolts. If the prices come down, I'll give it another whirl. Until then, I have to write Tanka Bar - despite its positive mission and tastiness - off as a one-time novelty.

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