Are you a fan of PayDay candy bars? PayDay was first introduced in 1932 by Hollywood Candy Company and got its name because it was first produced on pay day at the company. PayDay was marketed during the Great Depression as a meal replacement because of its dense peanut outer layer.
Since we wouldn’t actually recommend this as a healthy meal replacement (or snack for that matter, haha), I have a healthier recipe for you to make your own caramelly “Purely PayDay” bites at home. These are gluten-free, vegan and naturally sweetened.
1¼ cup salted nuts (peanuts and cashews)
2 cups packed, pitted Medjool dates (sticky and fresh! 1 cup contains about 19 dates)
1 pinch sea salt
Add nuts to a food processor and pulse several times to loosely “chop.” Set aside on a plate.
To the food processor, add pitted dates and sea salt and process until small bits remain or a ball forms. Scoop out about 16 little bites and roll them into balls with your hands. They will be a little sticky!
Begin rolling date bites into the nut mixture to coat, pressing down gently to encourage sticking. Continue until each date bite is thoroughly coated with nuts.
Enjoy as is or transfer to the refrigerator to chill for 1 hour. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.
Kimberly Stoeger, MS, is the clinical nutritionist and owner of Nutritional Healing, LLC. Her passion lies in supporting people’s health through evidence-based medicine (risks versus benefits of medications) and healing therapies through nutrition. Kimberly has her masters of science in human nutrition degree, and experience working with clients regarding weight and fatigue issues, food sensitivities, autoimmune conditions, and general health concerns such as high blood pressure, high glucose levels, high cholesterol/triglycerides, migraines, thyroid conditions, and gut dysfunction. To learn more, call 920-358-5764 or email [email protected].