Food & Nutrition

5 of the healthiest cereal bars you can buy

Published by Finn Hayden

For a long time, cereal bars were found in every child's packed lunch at school. But they fell out of favour for a while as while they were delicious, they were mostly packed with sugar and other rubbish. But as the cereal companies have been forced to make their recipes healthier, cereal bars have slowly started to grow in popularity again as a healthy snack. We wanted to round up the healthiest cereal bars that you can buy in the UK, let's get into it:

Alpen Light cereal bars

Our guide about how healthy Alpen is noted that the cereal is quite high in calories due to the high number of oats used in the muesli, but we were impressed to see that this isn't an issue that the Alpen Light cereal bars have. There are standard Alpen cereal bars, but the Light version of the bars is even healthier - for example, the Alpen Light Jaffa Cake cereal bars contain just 66 calories each, and are also low in sugar at just 2.9g of sugar per bar. We were also impressed to see that each bar contains 4g of fibre and is made using wholegrain wheat flakes. Lastly, 1.1g of fat per bar is also very impressive and definitely makes these cereal bars a great low fat option. If you compare the Jaffa Cake Alpen Light cereal bar to what you'll find in 2 jaffa cakes from McVitie's, it contains fewer calories and half the fat. We're impressed, and the Alpen Light range features a variety of other flavours which all look great. Learn more and buy the cereal bars here -
Alpen Light cereal bars

Special K cereal bars

Special K is another cereal that we looked at previously, and we have to admit that we weren't too impressed with the healthiness of the Special K cereal. But the Special K cereal bars are a different matter entirely, and we feel are much better suited to anyone who is looking for a healthy snack. Each bar contains just 83 calories, and is also low in fat at just 1.7g of fat per bar. The cereal bars are also high in fibre, with 2.1g of fibre per bar. We really enjoyed the taste of these cereal bars and were impressed to see that they contain absolutely no artificial colours flavours, or sweeteners. We were also impressed to see that the Special K cereal bars are fortified with vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B6. Learn more and buy them here -

Special K cereal bars

Rice Krispies

If you're a fan of the Snap, Crackle, and Pop, then you'll probably love the taste of the Rice Krispies cereal bars. We certainly loved how in calories they are, at just 83 calories per bar. Like the other cereal bars from Kellogg's, they contain no artificial colours, flavours, or preservatives. They're also fortified with vitamins and minerals including Vitamin D and Vitamin B6. Learn more and buy them here -


Jordans Frusli cereal bars

The Jordan's brand is well-known for making a great range of muesli, but we were impressed by how healthy the cereal bars are from this brand. They contain no added salt and are made without the use of palm oil too. They're also free from artificial flavours, colours, and preservatives. Because they contain lots of fruit and nuts as well as wholegrain oats, they're also a good source of fibre, with 1.1g of fibre per bar. Learn more and buy them here -

Jordans Frusli cereal bars

Coco Pops

Anyone who has read our guide about how healthy Coco Pops are won't be too surprised to see the Coco Pops cereal bars included in this list, as the cereal is a lot healthier than people think it is. Sure, it's made using chocolate. But these cereal bars contain just 84 calories each, which is actually only 1 calorie more than the Rice Krispies bars contain. Considering how lovely and chocolatey these cereal bars are, we were very surprised to see that they contain just 5.2g of sugar per bar, which is actually less than what the Rice Krispies cereal bars contain. Compare that to something like a Mars Bar, which contains 31g of sugar, and you'll see that these Coco Pops cereal bars make for a great alternative to chocolate. And just like the Special K cereal bars, the Coco Pops cereal bars are also fortified with vitamins and minerals including Vitamin B12 and Iron, plus they're also free from artificial colours, flavours, and preservatives. Learn more and buy them here -

Coco Pops cereal bars

We hope this guide helps you to find some healthy cereal bars to snack on. Let us know if you've tried any of these or if you have any other suggestions for us to try.

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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