TikTok's Take On Healthy Candy Is a Spin On the Nestlé Crunch Bar

If you've been searching for the best healthy candy recipe, you're going to want to try this out.

Healthy Nestle Crunch Bar
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Sometimes when a craving for chocolate hits, only your childhood favorite will do. But if you're ever in the mood to try out a homemade healthier candy alternative, TikTok has got you covered. One of the latest trends on the app? Recipes inspired by the Nestlé Crunch Bar. (Related: The Best and Worst Healthy Candy Options, According to Dietitians)

One particularly popular recipe was first shared by food blogger Samantha Perpignand on her blog salt n sprinkles before it found fame on TikTok and Pinterest, racking up hundreds of thousands of likes and and comments from people who are loving the healthy candy. With three ingredients you've probably already got on hand, you can achieve the crunchy, sweet treat inspired by the beloved store-bought candy bar.

To make the healthy candies, you'll simply toast quinoa in a skillet for two to four minutes. It will quickly begin to pop like popcorn, so you'll want to stir constantly and remove from heat when you notice a nutty smell.

You'll then melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave, stirring at 15-second increments until it's fully melted. You can use regular dark chocolate or milk chocolate, or the stevia-sweetened Lily's Semi-Sweet Style Baking Chips which Perpignand used to make the bars lower in sugar. Then, mix the toasted quinoa with the melted chocolate and coconut oil, ensuring that the quinoa is evenly coated with the chocolatey mix. (Related: These Homemade Candy Bars Are Like a Healthier Dupe for Snickers)

Lastly, you'll pour the chocolate-quinoa mixture into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper, freeze it for an hour, and slice the chocolate into bars.

If you limit your sugar intake, you'll love that the healthier candy bar contains way less sugar than a full-sized Crunch Bar, which contains 24 grams of sugar. Plus, the whole-grain quinoa, which takes the place of crisped rice, offers fiber, protein, and vitamins.

It's also super versatile and easy to experiment if you like other add-ins — commenters have admitted to adding a pinch of sea salt, chopped dark cherries, dried cranberries or chia seeds. For a vegan-friendly version, you can swap in vegan dark chocolate. And if you need more inspiration, TikTok is full of other healthy candy recipes inspired by the Crunch Bar, that use additions such as rice cakes or peanut butter.

No matter which variation you try, this take on the classic candy bar requires a few ingredients, a bit of prep work, and a hefty dose of patience as you wait for it to freeze up.

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