Muesli Bars

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

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Nestlé’s Milo was rated best in Canstar Blue’s 2021 muesli bars ratings, scoring five-star reviews for taste, texture, packaging design and overall satisfaction.

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Aussies go nuts over Milo 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, 13% of respondents in our survey said they primarily buy muesli bars for their children, while nearly a quarter (22%) admitted they keep one on hand in case they get hungry during the day.

Aussies take their muesli bars cereal-sly, with almost half of survey respondents (45%) admitting to having tried multiple brands. But which is best? To find out, Canstar Blue asked more than 1,100 shoppers to review the brands of muesli bars (including cereal bars and nut bars) they’ve bought from a supermarket or grocer in the last six months. Brands were rated based on important factors like taste, texture, variety, value for money, packaging design and overall satisfaction. Those that received the minimum sample size (30 responses) are compared. So, what did we find?

Nestlé’s Milo raised the bar in our latest review, rating best for overall satisfaction and scoring five-star reviews in most categories including taste, texture, and packaging design.

Best Muesli Bars

Best muesli bars review

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

  1. Milo (Nestlé)
  2. Coles
  3. Be Natural
  4. ALDI Hillcrest
  5. Nature Valley
  6. K-Time (Kellogg’s)
  7. Uncle Tobys
  8. Nice & Natural
  9. Carman’s
  10. Woolworths Essentials

Milo topped our ratings with a five-star review for overall satisfaction, while most other brands landed on four stars overall. Nice & Natural and Carman’s ended on three stars each for overall satisfaction, with Woolworths Essentials eventually getting two stars overall.

But Milo wasn’t the only brand to earn a sweet victory. ALDI Hillcrest was rated best for value for money, while Nature Valley, Uncle Tobys and Nice & Natural achieved five stars for variety. Nature Valley also got full marks for texture, similar to Milo.

Muesli bar brands

Milo (Nestlé)

Milo muesli bar review

The brand behind Aussies’ favourite malt chocolate powder, Milo, has extended its range to include cereals, ready-to-drink beverages and snacks. Its snack bars are said to provide a source of fibre in both the ‘Original’ and dipped varieties. Milo’s bar range includes:

  • Milo Snack Bar Original
  • Milo Dipped Snack Bar

Milo snack bars typically come in a pack of six for $4.30.

  • Nestlé’s Milo earned five-star reviews for taste, texture, packaging design and overall satisfaction. It got four stars for variety and value for money.

Coles

Coles muesli bar review

Coles’ private label offers a range of household essentials and groceries at low prices, including several types of flavoured muesli and fruit and nut bars. Here are some options from the Coles homebrand range:

  • Coles Gluten-Free Choc Coated Nut Bars
  • Coles Fruit & Nut Bars
  • Coles Delight Bars
  • Coles Fruit-Filled Bars
  • Coles Strawberry Yoghurt Topped Muesli Bars

Prices for Coles muesli bars usually start from $1.90 and go up to $3.50 for the protein bars.

  • Coles scored four stars for most categories, including taste, variety, value for money and overall satisfaction. It got three stars for texture and packaging design.

Be Natural

Be Natural muesli bar review

Be Natural is all about plant power. Its snack bars are claimed to contain mostly plant-based ingredients, with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. The Be Natural Protein Nut Bar is said to provide natural protein from peanuts, almonds and walnuts. There’s currently just one flavour available:

  • Be Natural Protein Nut Bar (Nut Delight)

A pack of four Be Natural bars will usually check out for $4.

  • Be Natural achieved four stars in most areas, including taste, variety, packaging and overall satisfaction. The only exceptions were texture and value for money, where it got three stars.

Hillcrest (ALDI)

ALDI Hillcrest muesli bars 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 Bar
  • Hillcrest Muffin Bars Apple & Cinnamon

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

  • ALDI Hillcrest was rated best for value for money and scored four stars everywhere else, including for overall satisfaction.

Nature Valley

Nature Valley muesli bar review

Nature Valley stocks a wholesome range of treats with what it describes as ‘real ingredients’, and no 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:

  • Nature Valley Peanut & Chocolate Protein Bar
  • Nature Valley Crunchy Canadian Maple Syrup
  • Nature Valley Crunchy Oats & Honey
  • Nature Valley Crunchy Peanut Butter

A pack of Nature Valley muesli bars usually costs between $4 to $5, although you can get larger variety packs for up to $9.

  • Nature Valley earned five stars for variety and texture, before ending on four stars for overall satisfaction and everywhere else.

K-Time (Kellogg’s)

K-Time Kelloggs muesli bar review

Kellogg’s is one of the biggest names when it comes to the breakfast table, with its K-Time range now offering families a variety of baked snacks to take on the go. Claimed to be low in fat and sodium, but high in fibre, products in the Kellogg’s K-Time range include Soft Baked Breaks, Soft-Baked Bites and Crunchy Baked Bites. Here’s a sample selection:

  • Kellogg’s K-Time Soft-Baked Bites Apple
  • Kellogg’s K-Time Baked Twists Strawberry & Yoghurt
  • Kellogg’s K-Time Crunchy Baked Bites Choc Coconut
  • Kellogg’s K-Time Soft-Baked Bites Strawberry

K-Time bars will usually cost $4 for a pack of five or $5.80 for a nine-pack.

  • K-Time achieved four stars for variety and overall satisfaction, and three stars everywhere else.

Uncle Tobys

Uncle Tobys muesli bar 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 world. 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:

  • Uncle Tobys Oat Slice Apple & Cinnamon
  • Uncle Tobys Yoghurt Muesli Bars Honeycomb
  • Uncle Tobys Chewy Apricot Wholegrain Oats Bars
  • Uncle Tobys Tobys Chewy Muesli Bars White Choc Chip

A pack of Uncle Tobys muesli bars costs about $3.50 for six bars (185g).

  • Uncle Tobys achieved five stars for variety and scored four stars for overall satisfaction and the remaining categories.

Nice & Natural

Nice and Natural muesli bar review

Nice & Natural products are claimed to be made with ingredients inspired by nature, which means no added artificial colours, flavours and fillers. The muesli bars are said to contain a blend of wholegrain oats and fruit and ancient grain combinations. Products from its range include:

  • Nice & Natural Probiotic Oat Bars Peanut, Almonds & Vanilla
  • Nice & Natural Nut Butter Bars Cashew Butter With Peanuts & Dark Choc
  • Nice & Natural Mixed Berry Roasted Nut Bars
  • Nice & Natural Real Dark Chocolate & Cacao Protein Nut Bars

A four-pack of Nice & Natural muesli bars can cost $4 or $5, depending on the flavour you get.

  • Nice & Natural received a five-star review for variety and four stars in most of the remaining categories. The only exception was overall satisfaction, where it got three stars.

Carman’s

Carmans muesli bar review

Carman’s is proudly Aussie-owned, with a premise 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 variety of muesli bars suitable for different dietary requirements such as low FODMAP, low GI, gluten-free and vegan. Some products include:

  • Carman’s Dark Choc Dipped Cherry & Coconut Bars
  • Carman’s Strawbs & Cream Aussie Oat Bars
  • Carman’s Peanut Butter Brownie Bars
  • Carman’s Apple Pie & Custard Aussie Oat Bars
  • Carman’s Original Fruit-Free Muesli Bars

Carman’s muesli bars start from $5 for a six-pack and go up to $10 for a variety pack containing either 16 or 18 bars.

  • Carman’s scored four stars in most areas, such as taste and variety, before ending on three stars for value for money and overall satisfaction.

Woolworths Essentials

Woolworths Essentials muesli bar 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 Yoghurt & Strawberry

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

  • Woolworths Essentials was rated three stars across most of the board, such as taste and value for money, before landing on two stars for overall satisfaction.

Which muesli bars should I buy?

Not all muesli bars are created equal. Some contain nuts, others 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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More about Muesli Bars

Our latest muesli bars review saw Milo (Nestlé) rated best in half of the categories:

  • Best overall: Milo was rated best for overall satisfaction, followed by Coles and Be Natural.
  • Best value: ALDI Hillcrest was rated best for value for money, ahead of Coles and Milo.
  • Best taste: Milo was rated best for taste, followed by Nature Valley and Nice & Natural.
  • Best variety: Nice & Natural and Nature Valley were rated to have the best range of muesli bars, each scoring the same result, followed by Uncle Tobys.
  • Best packaging design: Milo was seen to have the best packaging, beating Nature Valley and ALDI Hillcrest.
  • Best texture: Milo was seen to have the best texture, followed by Nature Valley and ALDI Hillcrest.

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 six months – in this case, 1,133 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.