6 Keto Bars That Are Full of Flavor (Not Carbs)
You’ve totally nailed ketogenic breakfasts, lunches and dinners. But when hunger strikes in between meals, what’s a keto dieter to do? Sure, you could snack on a piece of cheese or a boiled egg, but that gets pretty old, pretty quick. (Also—carrying around a bag of boiled eggs in your purse is a little, erm, smelly.) The solution: Having a stash of ready-to-eat bars on hand so that you can stay on track—and satisfied. Here, six of the best keto bars to buy that are packed with flavor, not preservatives, artificial sweeteners and processed fats.
Grass-Fed Beef & Uncured Bacon Jalapeño Bar
Free from supplements, protein powders and artificial sugars, each one of these guys boasts 14g of protein and 9g of healthy fats with just 1g of carbs. Meaty and just a little bit spicy, these bars are also made with organic Medjool dates, organic liquid coconut aminos and grass-fed beef collagen.
Rave review: “I can't even explain how phenomenal this bacon bar is. I was worried it would be too spicy for me, but the jalapeño was just enough to add a little kick and not make it overly hot. The bacon flavor is prominent and absolutely mouth-watering. And you can detect just a bit of sweetness from the Medjool dates, too. This bar is addictive, and the ingredients are fantastic too!”
DNX ($23 for eight bars)
Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond Keto Bar
Yep, you can still eat chocolate on the keto diet. This dense and chewy snack is loaded with your favorite ingredients including unsweetened baking chocolate, shredded coconut and creamy almond butter. And the best part? All the macro calculations have been done for you with 3g of net carbs, 6g of protein and 20g of fat in every bar. (Psst…these also come in chocolate peanut butter and mint chocolate flavors.)
Rave review: “These Keto Bars are very tasty. When I got my package in the mail and opened it, the bars were seal wrapped. I thought they’d be hard. Rather they are moist and soft. They have a wonderful taste. I feel like I’m indulging in chocolate.”
Keto Bars ($25 for ten bars)
Pegan Thin Protein Bars (Variety Box)
News flash: Vegans and vegetarians can do the keto diet, too. Here’s a meat-free snack that boasts 20g organic plant protein, 2g net carbs and just 1g sugar in each bar. Flavors include chocolate, sunflower, vanilla cinnamon roll, cinnamon raisin and ginger, all of which are lightly sweetened with monk fruit.
Rave review: “Love the taffy, chewy texture. Takes a bit of work to eat and I like that. Can’t gobble them down! They do tend to taste a lot alike, but the macros are excellent.”
Julian Bakery ($30 for 12 bars)
Atlas Keto Protein Bar
How does creamy almond butter and dark chocolate chips mixed with grass-fed whey protein sound? This one’s a firm favorite thanks to its uniform texture (no grittiness) and the not-too-sweet flavor. There are 16g protein, 3g sugar and 9g net carbs in every bar.
Rave review: “These bars are amazing. I was looking for a healthy, filling protein bar and my friend recommended these to me. I am hooked! They're now my go-to pre or post workout snack. They are fantastic protein bars with natural ingredients. It's not too sweet, but sweet enough and the texture is really nice, unlike other protein bars I've tried. Would highly recommend!”
Atlas ($30 for ten bars)
Epic All Natural Chicken Sesame BBQ Meat Bar
Want a jerky bar that isn’t all beef and bacon? Give this savory chicken option with 15g of protein, 3g sugar and 5g carbs a go. Sesame gives this Asian-inspired bar its nuttiness while ginger and red pepper give it a spicy kick.
Rave review: “These are freaking delicious!! I was originally a bit weirded out by the idea of a ‘meat bar’ but was curious enough that when a lightning deal came around, I had to buy a box. And I'm so glad I did because these bars have a wonderful taste, and the ingredients list is full of REAL food and not big words that you have to google. The flavor is something similar to the way beef jerky is seasoned, but the texture is a bit softer and more moist.”
Epic ($28 for 12)
Almond Butter Chip IQ BAR Brain Food Bar
These keto- and Paleo-friendly bars are made with six “brain-boosting ingredients”—Lion's Mane (a type of mushroom), medium chain triglycerides, omega-3s, flavonoids, vitamin E and choline. We can’t speak to the IQ-boosting claims but here’s what we do know: Each bar has 1g sugar, 4g net carbs and 10g plant protein. Oh, and it tastes like cookie dough.
Rave review: “Do you need a bar that will keep you on your Keto diet and be easily portable? These bars don't melt in Texas' heat and they satisfy you without having too much protein. I have ordered them twice and they are great for travel and not too sweet.”
IQ Bar ($25 for 12)