healthy candy bars

Healthy Candy Bars

Stop what you’re doing and make this healthy candy bar recipe! The ingredients are nutritious and even your most skeptical friends and family will like this one. 

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Healthy Candy Bar Recipe

Thanks to Thrive Market for sharing a Healthified Snickers Bars recipe. I made slight modifications. 

Candy bars are pretty terrible for our bodies. Not to say we shouldn’t have fun sometimes, but there is no nutrition, just empty calories. Yet they are everywhere. You have to stare at them when checking out at the grocery store! They make them taste “good” so you’ll come back for more.

So let’s change that up a bit to make something be tasty but provide us some nutrients too.

Healthy Ingredients

Dates: The dates provide fiber and vitamins instead of sugary empty calories. 

Puffed Brown Rice: The puffed brown rice has B vitamins and minerals for energy production.

Nuts & Nut Butter: Peanuts and peanut butter provide proteins and B vitamins with magnesium, for heart health. 

Chocolate: I use a dark chocolate which provides more antioxidants among other important minerals like iron.

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  1. Process the dates, peanut butter, peanuts, and vanilla in the food processor. This should form a ball that will be sticky (remember you still have to add dry puffed rice). If it seems dry, add more dates.
  2. Mix with the puffed brown rice in a bowl (or even process in the puffed rice too) It will be hard and sticky!
  3. Press into the bottom of a standard loaf pan lined with parchment paper
  4. Melt chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds or so (or use a double boiler for weirdos without microwaves like me)
  5. Pour chocolate on top and refrigerate for an hour or so.
  6. Cut into pieces and enjoy!

Recipe Notes:

  • My favorite is the Made In Nature brand of dates (cheapest at Costco) and One Degree Organics puffed brown rice cereal. 
  • If you can’t do peanuts, try another nut. Remember some nuts like almonds are drier and you may need less.
  • If you don’t have puffed brown rice, try another crispy ingredient. Or even skip it for a gooier treat.

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Pretty much all the ingredients can come from Thrive Market. I highly recommend this place for online healthy food. It only comes out to $5 per month and you can almost always get a free product to try with your order and free shipping with larger orders. Honey even has found coupons for them and I’ve saved even more.  Sign up for Thrive Market here


healthy candy bar recipe

Need more tasty snacks? Try out my Healthy Brownie Bites or Cacao Date Bars.

Fresh Flavors: Try this healthy candy bar recipe using wholesome ingredients


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  • Pat

    December 2, 2019

    Fantastic Used almond butter, puffed kamut and sunflower seeds

  • Tee

    June 23, 2017

    Another one for me to try – I’m gonna make these. Thanks for sharing.

  • Yum, I have a recipe that looks similar but is NOT healthy, so we only have it on occasion. Happy to try this substitute for a new take on it. Thanks for sharing the delicious recipe.

  • Wow these look delicious! I will definitely have to make these soon! 🙂

  • lindsey

    June 21, 2017

    mmmmmmmmmm Pinning this recipe to try later! Looks and sound delicious!!!

  • arita

    June 21, 2017

    I am literally drooling right now, they look so darn good. I’m definitely making them over the weekend <3 thanks for the recipe

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