Updated: August 26, 2011

Good things come in small packages, and energy bars are no exception. Today they pack everything from trendy herbs to amino acids to anti-oxidants, but one thing still matters most: taste. We sampled more than 30 bars and found many we'd happily keep handy for quick refueling. Despite their superhealthy image, most energy bars pack a lot more calories than more-humble, fiber-rich snacks like, say, an apple. Still, their convenience and variety make energy bars hard to resist. And they are healthier than most vending-machine snacks. Here are 10 solid, taste-tested choices.

Balance Outdoor Crunchy Peanut

1.76 oz. (50 g)

Calories: 200

Fat (g): 6

Rating: Excellent

Comments: Yummy and chewy

Balance Outdoor Honey Almond

1.76 oz. (50 g)

Calories: 200

Fat (g): 6

Rating: Very good

Comments: A great-tasting alternative to chocolate choices

Clif Luna Chocolate Pecan Pie

1.69 oz. (48 g)

Calories: 180

Fat (g): 5

Rating: Excellent

Comments: A sinful treat; rich, chocolaty and nutty

Clif Luna Lemon Zest

1.69 oz. (48 g)

Calories: 180

Fat (g): 4

Rating: Excellent

Comments: Delicious, exciting lemon flavor that keeps on going

Clif Luna Nutz Over Chocolate

1.69 oz. (48 g)

Calories: 180

Fat (g): 5

Rating: Very good

Comments: Appealing peanut crunch; pleasing to the palate

Powerbar Essentials Chocolate

1.87 oz. (53 g)

Calories: 180

Fat (g): 4

Rating: Good

Comments: Dry texture but good taste

Powerbar Essentials Chocolate Raspberry Truffle

1.87 oz. (53 g)

Calories: 180

Fat (g): 4

Rating: Good

Comments: Dry texture but chocolate and raspberry come through

Powerbar Essentials Peanut Butter Chocolate

1.87 oz. (53 g)

Calories: 180

Fat (g): 4

Rating: Very good

Comments: A little dry but great taste; like a healthier Reese's Peanut Butter Cup

Think! Apple Spice

2 oz. (56.7 g)

Calories: 205

Fat (g): 3

Rating: Very good

Comments: Unexpected taste makes this one a little different; yummy

Think! Peanut Butter Chocolate

2 oz. (56.7 g)

Calories: 243

Fat (g): 7

Rating: Excellent

Comments: Wonderful taste; satisfies both chocolate and peanut-butter lovers

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