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Hiking Granola Bar Review:
This One Is A Keeper

By Diane Spicer

Delicious trail bars are a welcome addition to your hiking menu. Hiking For Her loves these from Trader Joe's. #granolabar #hikingsnacks #besttrailfood #energybar #hiking #backpacking

This hiking granola bar review revisits a tried and true approach to getting enough carbohydrates on a hike.

Five decades ago (back in the days of hippies a.k.a. granola munchers) I was making my own granola and packing it up as trail snacks.

So after all these years decades, I thought I was over granola.

But then I tasted a Trader Joe's Raises The Bar maple bar, and I just had to write this hiking granola bar review for you.


As with every review Hiking For Her shares with you, you need to know my biases.

In this hiking granola bar review, the only motivation was to put inexpensive yet tasty and convenient hiking snacks into your trail food repertoire.

  • No one paid me to write it.
  • No one gave me these bars.

Now let's get to all of the reasons I love these bars.

This hiking granola bar review
begins with a look 
at its nutritional content

If you've been reading up on your hiking nutrition, you know how important it is to keep a steady supply of glucose flowing to your muscles and organs as you hike.

These Trader Joe's granola bars contain a surprising amount of fuel:

  • 140 calories, with only 40 calories from fat via pumpkin seeds and sunflower oil, in a 35 gram bar
  • Total carbohydrates: 23 grams, with sugars as 6 grams and dietary fiber as 3 grams
  • Nice mix of grain sources: brown rice, oats, buckwheat, millet, amaranth, and quinoa!
  • Ditto for the sugars: tapioca syrup, cane sugar, honey and maple syrup
maple granola hiking snackSee all of that goodness peeking out of the clever little window? It's calling your name!

If you're watching your cholesterol levels, you're in luck: these have none.

Sodium levels are modest: 80 milligrams (3% of your daily allotment).

  • Most hikers need the sodium to replenish what they lose in sweat, anyway.

Now let's look at something every bit as important as the nutritional punch these bars pack.

Hiking granola bar review:
how does it taste?

You are probably already on to me here.

  • I would never recommend a trail snack that doesn't taste delicious!

I wish I could adequately describe the chewy goodness of this bar.

A bit of sweetness with the distinct taste of maple syrup is what I like most.

But I also enjoy the crunchiness from the grains and pumpkin seeds.

Good flavor, great mouth feel, takes awhile to chew so it's satisfying!

And the price?

I am fortunate to live in a city with numerous Trader Joe's grocery stores.

But maybe you've never heard of them.

They are renowned for their amazing variety of food AND their inexpensive prices.

These bars come 5 to a box, and for about $7 on line, that works out to around $1.40 per bar.

  • That's a low price for a trail bar that's well put together from a nutritional and taste perspective!
granola bars for hikingA box of these granola bars will keep you fueled on your next backpacking trip!

So are these
the best hiking snacks
on the planet?

It depends on your hiking style!

  • If you prefer organic hiking food, read this.
  • If you'd rather skip the grains and go paleo, read this.

If you're not a fan of maple, you won't like these bars.

But wait!
You have more flavor choices!

Although I'm a big fan of maple flavor, I'm also a chocolate lover.

So you need to know that you can score a variety pack of these bars to get the best of both worlds:

5 maple bars, and 5 dark chocolate chunk bars.

  • No way to go  wrong there!

Thanks for reading this hiking granola bar review.

It makes me happy to share something so simple and so delicious for your trail time!

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