Granola bars are the ideal snack when you're pretty hungry but don't have the time to sit down and fix yourself something heartier like hummus and veggies or apples and nut butter. They're perfectly portable and, when made well, full of protein, fiber, and complex carbs—the nutrients that keep you full.
Unfortunately, a lot of store-bought granola bars tend to sneak in things you might not necessarily want, like unpronounceable mystery ingredients and added sugar, often in amounts comparable to that of a candy bar. It's frustrating to think you've made a healthy choice, only to learn from the nutrition label that you've been duped.
The easiest way to solve this problem once and for all? Make your own granola bars so you'll always know exactly what's going into them. These 13 granola bar recipes are a great place to start. Many of them do call for added sugar, but you can skip the sweeteners if they're something you're trying to avoid.
This story originally appeared on Self.
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