Clif Builder’s Bar Review and Home Sweet Home

Photo May 12, 10 04 50 AM


**As always, all opinions expressed here are my own.  I was not asked to write this review, and I was not compensated in any way for writing it.**

I was hesitant to buy these.  Normally, I’m opposed to bars because they usually have a bunch of weird junk in them, they’re high in sugar, and I’m hungry again 20 minutes after eating one.  But because of house-sitting, our meal-planning and grocery shopping game has been totally out of whack, and I wasn’t getting enough to eat during the day.  Hence, the Builder’s Bars.  I decided to try the Crunchy Peanut Butter flavor.

Price:  The price-point isn’t great, but I guess it’s pretty average for all of these bars–a package of 6 bars was $8.99, so the bars are a little under $1.50 apiece.  I did get a coupon for $3.00 off 2 boxes with my purchase, so if I wait until (if) they go on sale and use the coupon, it could work out well.

What’s In ’em?

  • 20 grams protein
  • 10 grams fat
  • 280 calories
  • 2 grams fiber
  • 23 grams sugar

So, yeah, lots of protein, which is great, and actually does keep me full for several hours, but there’s plenty of sugar in there too, which is a bummer.  I was pleasantly surprised by the ingredient list–lots of natural, organic ingredients, and almost no ingredients that I didn’t understand or couldn’t pronounce.


These are surprisingly tasty, if a little sweet.  The inside is crispy–sort of like extra crunchy rice krispies cereal, and the outer layer is a thick coating of sweet, peanut buttery goodness.


I will most likely buy these bars again.  When I eat them as a mid-morning snack, they keep me plenty full until lunchtime.  I like that they don’t have a lot of artificial flavors and additives and are made with organic ingredients.  They taste pretty good, and I’d be curious about some of their other flavors, particularly the Chocolate Mint (one of my all-time favorite flavor combos).  I also think they’d be a fabulous post-run recovery snack because they’re so high in protein.

In other news, we’re finally home after house-sitting for Ben’s parents for two weeks.  That means no more 45 minute commute!  And I’m back to walking 2 miles to work every day!  Yay!  As happy as we are to be home, there are definitely some negatives–the biggest example of which is the noise.  Out in Underhill, it was peaceful and nearly silent every night, except for the peepers singing us to sleep.  Last night, there were people loudly carrying on right outside our apartment until 2 am.  Not cool.  Needless to say I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night.  Hopefully my system will re-calibrate soon and the noise won’t bother me as much.  Also, the semester is drawing to a close, so I’m hoping after all of the college kids go home for the summer, things will quiet down more.

I had planned to get up at 5:30 and run this morning, but then I remembered that I’m running the VT Corporate Cup Challenge 5k tonight, so I reset my alarm for the deliciously late hour of 6:15 am and stayed in bed as long as humanly possible.  I’m nervous about tonight, because it’s supposed to be sunny and 80 degrees.  Yuck.  It’s also an evening race, which, as I learned at the Light the Night 5k, is tough to manage.  I need to stay hydrated and well-fueled all day today.  Looks like those Clif bars are going to come in handy!

Have you ever tried Clif Builder’s Bars?  Or do you have another brand of protein bar that you like?

Have you ever raced in the evening?  How do you stay prepared all day?


12 thoughts on “Clif Builder’s Bar Review and Home Sweet Home

  1. Jennifer says:

    I have never done an evening race (I am much more of a morning person) and have actually never even seen a mid-week evening race! I appreciate this review because I actually have one of these bars at home that I got free in a race packet. My favorite protein bars are Larabar ALT – no scary ingredients and you can usually get them at Target for $5/box of 5. The protein count isn’t as high (10g) but I think they are tasty!

  2. Susie @ SuzLyfe says:

    My husband loves the builder bars, but they are a bit big for me in between meals. But he adores them. I haven’t done a night race, and I think that it would be difficult for me–I don’t have the greatest of attention spans, and it wanes during the day!

    • DarlinRae says:

      It’s really tough to stay motivated. I’m like, “Ok, drink ALL the water, I’ll eat at this time and this time…” It’s a lot. I prefer to just wake up and go.

  3. themilereport says:

    I like Clif Builder’s Bars! But my favorite protein bars, so far, are Zone bars. yum!
    And good luck with the evening race! I’ve only done a couple, but I kind of like them because they’re different. You’ll do great!!

    • DarlinRae says:

      I haven’t tried the Zone bars. I’ll have to pick those up next! I’m glad I’m doing this race because it’s a great opportunity to bond with some of my coworkers, but I’m glad I don’t have any more evening races scheduled this season!

  4. runsaltrun says:

    I’ve never done an evening race, but I’ve done an afternoon one. I much prefer the mornings. 🙂 I’ve never tried the Builders Bars, but I do like Clif bars in general so maybe I should give them a shot! (I’m currently addicted to those Luna protein bars.)

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