What’s For Breakfast? Gluten-Free Meal Bars!

If  you’re like me, you are not exactly a morning person. You relish every moment in bed, hitting the snooze alarm – you might even set your alarm early so you can hang out in bed after the alarm goes off. And you definitely don’t have time to cook anything before heading off to work, which means two things: 1. you grab something on the way out; 2. you starve.

Not being a fan of starving, I’m partial to the grabbing. And while the majority of the population can swing by some establishment to pick up a speedy meal, the gluten-free are not so lucky. (If there is a gluten-free bakery right by your house, I very much envy you.) Even a stop at the gas station is unlikely to yield success, for while you might find some wheat-free bars, oats almost always sneak their way in – and don’t get me started on the oat industry and how they contaminate an otherwise GF product. Hrmpph.

But luckily, there are a handful of decent meal-bars out there that happen to be gluten-free! Here are my top 5 favorite:

1. Think Thin Bars

Disclaimer: these have dairy – but they are so delicious I almost forgive them. But they also have 20g of protein (!) and no added sugar.  And let me tell you, the peanut-butter varieties taste just like Reece’s peanut butter cups. Yum. Best flavors are: Creamy/chunky peanut butter, white chocolate, chocolate fudge, lemon cream pie. Stay away from chocolate covered strawberries – not their best.

2. Lara Bars

These are pretty darn delicious, and have the added benefit of being made from basically dates, nuts, and dried fruit, and are thus naturally gluten and dairy-free. I myself am partial to the cherry pie and coconut pie flavors. You can also find these pretty much everywhere food is sold. They are a bit high in calories for their size, but with a piece of fruit these make a filling breakfast.

3. Oskri Bars – Assorted

I discovered Oskri chocolate and coconut bars in an airport last summer, and they are amazing – like a mounds but healthier and with no dairy or gluten. They make a large variety of different bars: sesame crisps, just coconut bars, mixed nuts, dates, the list goes on. You can find a huge selection on Amazon – I myself bought a box of the chocolate-coconut bars. Oskri’s website is also pretty awesome http://www.oskri.com/index.php.

4. Kind Fruit and Nut Bars

To my delight, these are getting much more common in stores, and they should be: under 200 calories (generally) and just darn tasty. The individual ingredients really shine in these, and they’re nice and chewy. Any variety is a safe bet.

5. Glutino Gluten-Free Breakfast Bars

Very much like a Nutri-Grain bar, but a little tastier, if you ask me. The apple is the best flavor – it reminds me of apple pie. These would be higher on the list except they aren’t super-filling.

So there you have it! And if you’re looking for a place where you can buy all these items, check out Amazon’s Gluten-Free Store. They have just about everything you could ever want and never find in the local supermarket.

Happy Tuesday, folks!


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