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It’s hard to resist the temptation when a chocolate craving strikes, but the calories can quickly add up if this becomes a habit. If you’re looking for a healthier option to satisfy your sweet tooth, you’ll want to check out the latest trending candy recipe on TikTok, the healthy Nestlé Crunch Bar

But is it too good to be true? How healthy is this crunch bar alternative? We spoke to several nutritionists to find out. Here’s everything you need to know.

How to Make a Chocolate Quinoa Crunch Bar 

Samantha Perpignand’s healthier version of this candy bar has gone viral on TikTok, a recipe you can find on on her blog, Salt ‘n Sprinkles.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c raw quinoa
  • 1 c chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Instructions:

  1. Place parchment paper in a pan.
  2. Using a skillet, heat to medium-high heat. 
  3. Pour quinoa on the skillet. Stir for 2 to 4 minutes until it turns slightly brown. Remove from heat.
  4. Combine chocolate chips and the coconut oil and melt in a microwave for 15 second increments. Continue to stir. 
  5. When the chocolate is melted, add in the quinoa.
  6. Pour the chocolate and quinoa into the loaf pan and spread it into an even layer.
  7. Freeze for 1 hour. Cut into bars and serve.

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Why Nutritionists Recommend this Candy Alternative

Nutritionists do indeed love this candy alternative, and here’s why:

1. It has simple ingredients

This crunch bar recipe that’s become popular on TikTok is a much better option than what’s available on shelves, says Dan Gallagher, ISSA Certified Nutritionist at Aegle Nutrition. It uses three ingredients: Coconut oil, quinoa, and chocolate, so you’re looking at far fewer preservatives and sneaky additives. 

“Quinoa is packed with nutrients, and coconut oil provides healthy fats and is great for your skin and hair. However, I wouldn’t necessarily call this ‘healthy’—it’s still a treat that should be eaten in moderation alongside a balanced diet,” Gallagher adds.

2 It includes plant-based protein and fiber

Not only are the ingredients healthier, but the protein and fiber make it a more satiating snack.

“Using quinoa in replacement of white rice adds both plant-based protein and fiber, which will make for a more filling snack with less impact on blood sugar levels. If you choose to use dark chocolate with 70% cacao or above, it will reduce added sugar and provide more of the healthy antioxidants found in dark chocolate,” Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, LDN, CPT, Nutrition Consultant, explains.

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3. It does’t have added sugar and fat

“When made according to the original recipe this makes a relatively healthy alternative to the traditional candy bar,” says Lisa Richards, nutritionist and author of the Candida Diet. “The quinoa and dark chocolate used are both nutrient dense ingredients that have zero added sugar or fat added.”

However, the recipe loses much of its benefits when milk chocolate is used in place of dark chocolate, which the creator states can be done. This raises the calories and fat of the bars along with added sugar. It is best to stick to the original recipe for a healthy chocolate bar when cravings strike, Richards adds.

4. It’s nutrient-dense

Quinoa offers a complete source of protein, meaning it contains all essential amino acids for anabolic growth, Rachel Fine, registered dietitian, and owner of To The Pointe Nutrition, explains. Overall, you’re boosting the nutrient density of the snack in a way that supports your body’s overall needs. 

However, there is one caveat to take into consideration.

“My argument is that it’s not really comparable to the real deal crunch bar. Oftentimes, when we look for healthy alternatives, we’re left feeling a bit unsatisfied. This sets us vulnerable for an all-or-nothing mindset that can lead to binges down the road,” Fine explains.

So, while this is an awesome option for a quinoa-chocolate snack bar, it doesn’t have to replace the real deal if you don’t want it to. A candy bar is a great treat to have once in a while, so don’t deprive yourself! 

Next up: 12 Insanely Delicious But Healthy Chocolate Recipes 

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