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Canstar Blue’s muesli bars review has seen Uncle Tobys, Be Natural, Nature Valley, Tasti, Carman’s, Nice & Natural, Hillcrest (ALDI), Coles and Woolworths compared on taste, texture, variety, value for money, packaging design and overall satisfaction.

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Most Satisfied Customers | Uncle Tobys

Uncle Tobys has been rated best in Canstar Blue’s inaugural muesli bar review, earning five stars for variety and overall satisfaction. It got four stars when it comes to taste, texture, packaging design and value for money.

Uncle Tobys sets the bar high in muesli bars review

Where do oats go out for a drink? The Muesli Bar. OK bad dad jokes aside, muesli bars are a good snack option to drop into kids’ lunch boxes or take to work for that 3pm slug. In fact, 14% of respondents in our survey said they primarily buy muesli bars for their children, while over a quarter (28%) admitted they keep one on hand in case they get hungry during the day.

Aussies take their muesli bars cereal-sly, with over half of survey respondents (52%) admitting to having tried multiple brands. But which is best? To find out, Canstar Blue asked 1,150 shoppers to review the brands of muesli bars they’ve bought from a supermarket or grocer in the last three months. Brands were rated based on important factors like taste, texture, variety, value for money, packaging design and overall satisfaction. So, what did we find?

Uncle Tobys came out on top (out of nine brands rated) with five stars for overall customer satisfaction and variety, with four stars in all other categories. Read on for all the details.

Best Muesli Bars

Uncle Tobys muesli bar best rating review

Here are the best muesli bar brands in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s latest review:

  1. Uncle Tobys
  2. Be Natural
  3. Coles
  4. Nature Valley
  5. Tasti
  6. Woolworths Essentials
  7. Carman’s
  8. Hillcrest (ALDI)
  9. Nice & Natural

Uncle Tobys topped the muesli bar ratings as the only brand to achieve five stars for overall satisfaction. Hillcrest (ALDI) gave Uncle Tobys a run for its money in scoring five-star ratings for taste, texture, value for money and packaging, but landed towards the bottom of the scoreboard for overall satisfaction. Nice & Natural also scored top marks for taste and variety, but came last in the ratings for overall satisfaction. The remaining brands received four and three stars across all categories.

Muesli bar brands

Uncle Tobys

Uncle Tobys prices muesli bar best rating review

Everyone knows Uncle Tobys, as a brand associated with many childhood memories. Uncle Tobys is one of Australia’s original cereal makers circa 1861, first operating under the brand name Parsons Bros, with their products now sold all over the word. Uncle Tobys has a wide range of healthy snacks and breakfast cereals, spanning over 50 different products. Here’s a product selection from its muesli bar range:

  • Muesli Bar Yoghurt & Honeycomb
  • Muesli Bar Yoghurt, Mango and Passionfruit
  • Muesli Bar Cranberry Vanilla & Coconut
  • Muesli Bar Raspberry Goji & White Choc
  • Muesli Bar Blueberry & Ancient Grains

A pack of Uncle Tobys muesli bars cost about $3 for six bars (185g).

  • Uncle Tobys scored the only the five-star rating for overall satisfaction. It also got a top score for variety, but achieved four stars in every other category, including taste, texture, value for money and packaging design.

Be Natural

Be Natural protein bar muesli bar best rating review

Be Natural is all about plant power. That’s why its snacks are made with mostly plant-based ingredients, with no artificial colours, flavour or preservatives. So, with every bite of Be Natural, there’s a real food philosophy at work. Be Natural offers a simple range of wholesome muesli bars which includes three flavours:

  • Be Natural Protein Nut Bars Nut Delight
  • Be Natural Simply Naked Bars Peanut Brownie
  • Be Natural Simply Naked Bars Coconut Bliss

Prices for Be Natural muesli bars start from $4.00 for a pack of four (160g).

  • Be Natural was ranked second best for overall satisfaction with four stars. It also got four stars for taste, texture, variety and packaging design, but only three stars for value for money.

Coles

Coles muesli bar best rating review

Coles private label offers a range of household essentials and groceries at low prices, including seemingly healthy snacks like muesli bars. Here are some options from its home brand range:

  • Coles Choc Chip Muesli Bars
  • Coles Chocolate Puffed Rice
  • Coles Chocolate Chip Baked Oat Slice
  • Coles Strawberry Yoghurt Topped Muesli Bars
  • Coles Gluten Free Choc Coated Nut Bars

Prices for Coles muesli bars star from $2.70 for pack of six (210g).

  • Coles scored four stars for overall satisfaction and value for money, with three stars for taste, texture, variety and packaging design.

Nature Valley

Nature Valley muesli bar best rating review

Nature Valley makes wholesome treats with real ingredients you know, minus any nasties like artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Nature Valley has a wide range of muesli bars with crunchy, protein, and nut butter options. Here are some of the products:

  • Crunchy Oats & Honey Bars
  • Crunchy Canadian Maple Syrup Bars
  • Protein Salted Caramel Nut Bars
  • Nut Butter Peanut Chocolate Cups
  • Nut Butter Cocoa Hazelnut Biscuits

A pack of Nature Valley muesli bars can set you back $5.30 for four bars (160g).

  • Nature Valley earned four stars for overall satisfaction, taste, texture, variety and packaging design. The brand bottomed out in the value for money category with three stars.

Tasti

Tasti muesli bar best rating review

Tasti’s foray into nutritious snacks began in the 1930s when two kiwis started the business, first producing crystallised ginger treats. Its products are sold in most major supermarkets across the ditch and in Australia. Tasti also serves up a wide range of health snacks, including nut bars, wholefood balls, muffin bakes, ‘fruitsies’ and ‘milkies’.  Here are some products from its muesli bar range:

  • Tasti Nut Bar Choc Apricot, Coconut & Cashew
  • Tasti Nut Bar Yoghurt, Fruit & Nut
  • Tasti Mega Nuts Double Choc
  • Tasti Mega Nuts Nutty Crunch
  • Tasti Mega Nuts Caramel

Prices for Tasti muesli bars start from $5.50 for a pack for five bars (175g).

  • Tasti was rated four stars across the board, for overall satisfaction, taste, texture, variety, value for money and packaging design.

Woolworths Essentials

Woolworths muesli bar best rating review

Woolworths Essentials is the supermarket’s range of essential home and kitchen items. The low-price range has different pantry staples and snacks, including nut bars, cereals and long-life products. Here’s a product selection from the range of muesli bars:

  • Woolworths Muesli Bar Choc Chip
  • Woolworths Muesli Bars Choc Drizzle
  • Woolworths Muesli Bars Choc Drizzle
  • Woolworths Muesli Bars Apricot Yoghurt

Prices Woolworths Essentials muesli bars start at $1.90 for pack of eight (248g).

  • Woolworths Essentials achieved four-star ratings for overall satisfaction and value for money, but received three stars in all other categories, including taste.

Carman’s

Carrman's muesli bar best rating review

Carman’s is proudly Aussie-owned, with a premise is to make snacks with real passion and food. The brand claims to do things differently with an uncompromising commitment to quality, because food should come from the kitchen not the chemist. Carman’s offers a wide range of breakfast cereals and snack bars, including porridge oats, granola, bliss balls, crunchy clusters and more. Here are some options from its muesli bar range:

  • Carman’s Strawbs & Cream Aussie Oat Bars
  • Carman’s Brownie with Choc Aussie Oat Bars
  • Carman’s Apple Pie & Custard Aussie Oat Bars
  • Carman’s Gluten Free Cranberry, Honey & Cinnamon Bars
  • Carman’s Super Berry Muesli Bar

A pack of Carman’s muesli bars could set you back $6 for a six-pack (270g).

  • Carman’s obtained four stars in most categories, including overall satisfaction, taste, texture, variety and packaging design. It only received three stars for value for money.

Hillcrest (ALDI)

ALDI Hillcrest muesli bar best rating review

Hillcrest is exclusive to ALDI. It’s the German discount supermarket’s own brand of snack bars, featuring a variety of flavours and options of protein and oat bars, sesame snaps and muffin and nut bars. Here’s a product selection from the range:

  • Hillcrest Original Muesli Bar
  • Hillcrest Chewy Choc Squiggle Muesli Bar
  • Hillcrest Chewy Honeycomb & Nut Muesli Bar
  • Hillcrest Triple Berry Muesli Bars
  • Hillcrest Muffin Bars Apple & Cinnamon
  • Hillcrest Peanut Choc Nut Bar

Prices for Hillcrest (ALDI) muesli bars start from $1.90 for an eight-pack (250g).

  • Hillcrest (ALDI) notched up five stars for taste, texture, value for money and packaging design. It received four stars for variety and three stars in overall satisfaction.

Nice & Natural

Nice & Natural muesli bar best rating review

Nice & Natural products are made with ingredients inspired by nature, which means no added artificial colours, flavours and fillers. That’s why they’re called nice and natural. The brand offers a wide selection of nut, muesli and protein bars. Nice & Natural’s muesli bars contain a blend of wholegrain oats and fruit and ancient grain combinations. Products from its Supergrains & Superfruits muesli range include:

  • Nice & Natural Strawberry & Blackcurrant
  • Nice & Natural Cranberry & Blueberry product
  • Nice & Natural Apple Cinnamon
  • Nice & Natural Almond Chocolate
  • Nice & Natural Apricot, Coconut, Spelt & Chia Seeds

A pack of Nice & Natural muesli bars costs about $3.00 for a six-pack (192g).

  • Nice & Natural ended with a moderate three stars for overall satisfaction. But it scored five star s for taste and variety, with four stars in the remaining categories.

Which muesli bars should I buy?

Not all muesli bars are created equal. Some contains nuts, other are made with oats, granola or other cereals. Some have chocolate or yoghurt toppings; others contain more fruits and seeds. You get the gist. Once you’ve worked out your fav flavour combo, you should do a deep dive into the nutritional value of your favourite snack.

Generally speaking, muesli bars have a healthy image, but the truth is they’re often full of added sugars and high in saturated fats. If you’re looking for an alternative that won’t impact your waistline, look at the nutrition information panel on the back of the packet. Look for calories, wholegrains, protein and fibre per serve. Ideally, you’ll want an option that has the least amount of sugar, but that tastes great and offers value for money.

About the author of this page

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.

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  • Best overall: Uncle Tobys topped the ratings for overall satisfaction, beating Be Natural and Coles.
  • Best taste: Nice & Natural was rated best for taste, followed by Hillcrest (ALDI) and Tasti.
  • Best texture: Hillcrest (ALDI) took out the top spot for texture, narrowly ahead of Nice & Natural and Carman’s.
  • Best value for money: Hillcrest (ALDI) also ranked number one for value for money, followed by Uncle Tobys and Nice & Natural.
  • Best range/variety: Uncle Tobys also got top marks for variety, narrowly beating Nice & Natural and Carman’s.
  • Best packaging design: Hillcrest (ALDI) was ranked top notch in the packaging design category, followed by Tasti and Carman’s.

Frequently Asked Questions

Canstar Blue surveyed over 3,000 Australians across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased (from a supermarket or grocer) and eaten muesli bars in the last three months – in this case, 1,150 people.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfactory rating of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.

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