Jan 31, 2015
Copycat PayDay Bars… Date-sweetened!
Okay all you candy fans out there. If you really gotta have your PayDay fix, then these bars will SATISFY! I’m not a big sweets or candy person myself, but I do enjoy a healthy dessert once in a while. I did use lightly salted peanuts for these but you certainly could use unsalted peanuts as well.
I’ve been wanting to try these out for quite a while and I’m very happy with the outcome. As far as being a true copycat, well, they’re not exactly the same… while the center has a fabulous caramel taste, it’s not sticky and stretchy like caramel. But your teeth and your dentist will thank you! These “candy” bars are fun to make, although it can be a bit tedious pushing all those peanuts onto the logs. If you have children, let them help! I’m sure it would be a fun kitchen project. I realized, halfway through, that using peanut HALVES is much easier than trying to push whole peanuts onto the logs and having them keep falling out 🙂
- 1 cup pitted medjool dates
- 1½ cup blanched almond flour
- 1 TBS ground flax seeds
- 2 TBS raw cashew butter
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2-3 TBS water
- ½ pound lightly-salted, roasted peanuts (Trader Joe’s has some good peanuts that are always fresh and not too salty)
- Place all ingredients, except the water and the peanuts into a food processor and pulse to combine. Add the water, a bit at a time, until you have a thick paste that sticks together well and isn’t too wet. This will be your center.
- Refrigerate for a few hours. It’s easier to handle when cool.
- Portion the “dough” and shape into candy bar-sized logs. I used a scant 3 TBS per bar.
- Press peanut halves into the logs all the way around, and shape into bars.
- That’s it!
- Refrigerate in a sealed container or plastic ziplock to store.