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2-Ingredient Vegan PayDay Bites

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Bowl of our homemade Vegan PayDay Bites candy made with dates and nuts

If you’ve followed along for a while, you likely know we have a thing for Snickers bars (and candy bars in general).

Another favorite? PayDays — delicious caramel nougat coated in salty peanuts. What’s not to love?!

These 2-ingredient, 15-minute vegan PayDays are my healthier, vegan-ized take on the classic candy bar.

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Dates, cashews, and peanuts on a purple background for making our PayDay Candy Bar Recipe

It starts with adding fresh pitted dates to a food processor along with a little sea salt (optional) for enhanced deliciousness.

The dates get processed into small bits, clump together in a ball, and are then ready to form into bites. We’re already off to a good start.

Rolling a homemade Vegan PayDay Bite inspired by PayDay Candy Bars

Next, roll the bites in roasted, salted nuts to give these candies a satisfying crunch!

Any remaining nuts are more finely mixed in the food processor and used to coat the surface of the bites.

Spoonful of crushed peanuts and cashews for making homemade PayDay Bars

Small plate of PayDay Candy Bites made with our simple 2-ingredient recipe

We hope you LOVE these candies. They’re:

& So delicious!

These bites make the perfect treat to enjoy this Halloween. They’re also a healthier dessert or snack to have around the house any time of year when salty-sweet cravings strike.

More DIY Candies

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Plate filled with a batch of our homemade PayDay Candy recipe

2-Ingredient Vegan PayDay Bites

These caramelly, delicious, 2-Ingredient vegan PayDay-inspired bites are a healthier take on the classic candy bar. Gluten-free, naturally-sweetened, and only 15 minutes to make!

Author: Minimalist Baker

Prep Time 15 minutes

Total Time 15 minutes

Servings: 16 (bites)

Category: Dessert

Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan

Freezer Friendly 1 month

Does it keep? 1 Week


  • 1 ¼ cup roasted salted nuts (we chose peanuts and cashews // or sub dessicated coconut)
  • 2 cups packed, pitted Medjool dates (sticky and fresh!* // measured after pitting // 1 cup contains ~19 dates)
  • 1 pinch sea salt (optional)


  1. Add nuts to a food processor and pulse several times to loosely “chop.” You aren’t looking for a meal — just chopped. Set aside on a plate or in a shallow bowl.

  2. To the food processor, add pitted dates and sea salt and process until small bits remain or a ball forms. Scoop out ~16 even bites (you can use this scoop!) and roll them into balls with your hands. They will be a little sticky — that’s okay!

  3. 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. (Optional: To coat even more thoroughly, you can pulse any remaining nuts into a loose meal in the food processor and then roll date bites through again to coat — the finer texture will cause more nuts to stick).

  4. Enjoy as is or transfer to the refrigerator to chill for 1 hour. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks or the freezer up to 1 month (sometimes longer). If frozen, let thaw slightly before enjoying.

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*It’s important to use dates that are fresh and sticky. If your dates are hard and dried out, try this: Soak in warm water for 10 minutes, then drain thoroughly to bring them back to life. Proceed with the recipe as instructed!
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional salt and with 3/4 cup peanuts and 1/2 cup cashews for 16 bites.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 16 bites)

  • Calories: 223
  • Fat: 5.5g
  • Saturated fat: 0.9g
  • Sodium: 56mg
  • Potassium: 464mg
  • Carbohydrates: 45.6g
  • Fiber: 4.5g
  • Sugar: 38.4g
  • Protein: 3.4g
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