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Aldi’s Elevation line has come out with their own spin on better-for-you nutritional bars. These Elevation wellness bars are a tad more expensive than the granola bars in Aldi’s Millville line, but they’re still a steal compared to brand name nutrition bars. Today we’re looking at three different flavors: Peppermint Stick, Nuts and Chocolate, and Lemon Bar.
These Elevation bars are a Regular Buy, meaning they’re in stores all the time. In my area, they usually run $3.79 for a pack of six in each box, equating to around 63 cents per bar.
Aldi’s packaging boasts in the upper left-hand corner of the box that it compares to LUNA Bars, which are globally known “better for you” bars that come in a variety of flavors. The LUNA counterparts to these Elevation bars would be Chocolate Peppermint, Lemon Zest, and Nutz Over Chocolate, respectively. LUNA Bars go for $4.99-$5.99 for a pack of 6 per box at local retailers; this makes LUNA Bars 83 cents to a dollar per bar, which is a lot more than Aldi. With me consuming a bar as a snack daily on the weekdays, the savings add up exponentially.
Nutritionally, the first ingredient in each bar is protein blend (isolated soy protein and cocoa crisps). Compare that with the first ingredient for the LUNA bars, which is also protein grain blend with soy protein isolate and rice flour. Each Elevation bar is around 180 calories, 8 grams of protein, and 8 g of sugar. LUNA bars have very similar nutritional facts with 190 calories, 8g of protein, and 8g of sugar. To me, the calorie difference is so minor that you really cannot compare it based on the nutrition facts alone. More on the ingredients of each bar below.
Elevation Lemon Bar
The Lemon Bar has airy crisps that I am assuming are made from protein, while on the other side there is a coating of lemon flavor. This one had a great lemon tang without being overly sweet like other granola bars. The airy crisps also added a nice texture that you do not get often with nutritional bars. I thought it was perfect size to satisfy my midday hunger for less than a dollar. The only fallacy is that I could taste the protein; it is almost like a grittiness in the bar. I didn’t mind too much because I am used to protein bars in general, but you may want to keep this in mind if you are not familiar with protein bars.
Elevation Peppermint Stick
Moving on to the Peppermint stick: I thought this was another winner reminding me of a healthier thin mint. The crisps were more of a dark chocolate with a chocolate peppermint coating on the other side. My favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip, so this one was definitely my favorite. I’d pick up another box at my next Aldi trip double guaranteed. (pun intended)
Elevation Nuts and Chocolate
The last and certainly not the best was the Nuts and Chocolate flavor. This one reminded me most of a protein bar even with the chocolate coating on the other side. It didn’t really taste like much of anything, and how can you go wrong with nuts and chocolate!? The protein taste was simply more pronounced in this flavor, too. I don’t know why. This was a letdown for me. (Fortunately, the other two flavors made up for it for me.)
I would say that among Aldi’s Elevation bars, the Lemon Bar and Peppermint Stick are exact imitations of name-brand LUNA bars. I wouldn’t know a difference in a blindfolded taste test. However, the Nuts and Chocolate would be a pass from me. If you are someone who is short on time, I’d most definitely recommend picking up the Lemon and Peppermint Stick up for a quick snack, breakfast, or dessert!
Sori is a graduate optometry student who adores Aldi.
I’ve not been impressed with the Elevation bars. Frankly the one’s I’ve tried seem dried out and low in quality. However I haven’t tried every Elevation variety so maybe some are better than others, but I doubt if I’d buy them again.