On the surface granola bars look like a healthy snack. Loaded with oats and other brown crunchy ingredients, there’s no way these can’t be the perfect packaged snack, right? For a long time, that’s what I thought! In a rush? Grab a granola bar. Need a quick snack? Grab a granola bar! Want a healthy dessert? Hello, granola bar! It wasn’t until I was in college that I decided to take a closer look. Granola bars, while seemingly healthy, are actually candy bars in a crunchy disguise. They are usually loaded with sugar and filled with processed ingredients.