These are very fun and versatile raw food bars. The cashews can be replaced with any nuts, any dried fruits, coconut, oats, or any combination thereof for endless variations. Just try to maintain the 1:3 ratio and you'll be fine. Originally seen at Bunnyfoot Mostly Vegan blog.
- Add dates to food processor and pulse until smooth.
- Chop cashews.
- Smoosh dates and cashews together until cashews are evently distributed.
- Form dough into into a rope.
- Lay a cutting board over the dough rope and press until bar shaped.
This is a great basic recipe. Like it says, the variations are endless. I reduced it down to 1/3 cup dates and 1 cup cashews/almonds/dried cherries/dried apricots because I want to try out some different flavor combinations before I commit to a whole batch of something. It's very easy to do and they came out tasty. A very healthy treat.
made up a batch w/ OJ soaked dates, and a mix of cashew, flax, sunflower, and sesame (whole,chopped and ground mixes for different textures) added a pinch of cinnamon and sea salt...rolled and press in parchment paper and cut into 9 bars...wonderful, love the possibilities!! -thanks :)
I found these very easy to make. Very tasty. I did make two batches. My husband use to love the payday bars when he was little so on the second batch, I added 1/8 of tsp. of Himalayan Sea Salt to the recipe and then spritz sprinkle some on top too. I also rolled them into round balls and then smashed them into thin flat pieces ( about the size of a 50 cent piece). My husband loved them. We call them Gold Coins ! (since they copy the payday bar somewhat.)