These aren’t your ordinary chocolate bars. Although sweet and delicious, these bars are chock-full of fuel or nutrition—perfect for runners wanting to avoid the sugar spike of a Snickers bar. With unique flavor pairings and energizing ingredients, go ahead and indulge—guilt-free—in a chocolate bar.
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Clif Bar Nut Butter Filled Energy Bar Chocolate Peanut Butter
$2 per bar or $21. 48 for 12-pack Clif Bar’s latest creation, the Nut Butter Filled Energy Bar, is a classic pairing of a crunchy, chocolatey rolled oats outer layer and a creamy peanut butter inside. With all-organic ingredients and only 9 grams of sugar, it’s a good breakfast substitute or pre-run snack for sustained energy.
Alter Eco Dark Quinoa Chocolate Bar
$4 per bar or $44.28 for 12-pack Alter Eco is all about sustainable, simple and nutritious chocolate products, and its Dark Quinoa Chocolate bar is no exception. The malty Ecuadorian dark chocolate bar contains puffed royal pearl quinoa, an ancient Bolivian superfood that gives a satisfying crunch, plus nine amino acids, and it’s fair trade certified.
Rise Chocolatey Coconut Protein Bar
$28 for 12-pack Although it boasts 15 grams of protein the Rise Protein Bar is surprisingly light, but still manages to maintain fullness after a run. Both vegan and gluten-free, the Chocolatey Coconut flavor contains just five real-food ingredients, including organic cashews, pea protein isolate, organic coconut nectar, carob powder and shredded coconut.
FitJoy Chocolate Iced Brownie Protein Bar
$28 for 12-pack It’s hard to believe this Chocolate Iced Brownie Protein Bar contains only 5 grams of sugar because it really does taste like the real thing. Even the texture is soft and moist, like a brownie. But with a whopping 20 grams of whey protein, this bar means serious post-run muscle-building business.
Glukos Chocolate Energy Bar
$30 for 12-pack A major ingredient besides chocolate that gives this energy bar its density is dates—a natural source of energizing glucose (about 36 to 41 grams of it). The bar also contains cashews, giving it a chocolatey, nutty flavor best for pre-workout consumption or as a midday snack.
Ohso Chocolate Bar
$4.86 for a pack of 7 small bars Now your gut can also benefit from eating chocolate. A single Ohso Chocolate bar has over a billion live cultures of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, which help support the gastrointestinal system. (No more GI problems, runners.) Each bar is perfectly portioned for a daily dose of probiotics that can also double as the day’s sweet fix.