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Easy Chocolate Turtles (Vegan)

It’s December, which means it’s time for holiday treats.

chocolate truffles

Chocolate Turtles are a special treat that I always associate with the holiday season, but the gooey caramel and milk chocolate coating are typically filled with refined sugar and preservatives that I’d rather avoid.

That’s why I’m in love with this homemade variation.

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These chocolate turtles feature fresh dates as a naturally-sweet and chewy “caramel” filling, along with raw pecans and dark chocolate for a quick dessert that’s lower in sugar. They can be made in less than 10 minutes, and taste divine!

With a sprinkle of coarse sea salt on top, these turtles are sure to please your family and holiday guests this year. Hope you enjoy them!

Easy Chocolate Turtles (Vegan)
makes 8 pieces

Ingredients:

4 Medjool dates, pitted and halved
8 raw pecan halves
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips*
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
Coarse sea salt, for sprinkling

*These are only vegan if you choose a brand of vegan chocolate chips. Be sure to read the ingredient list is this is important to you!

Directions:

Melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil together in a double boiler over the stove and set aside. Press a pecan half into each of the eight date halves, then top with about a teaspoon of melted dark chocolate.

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Sprinkle with coarse sea salt, then place in the freezer to set for 10 minutes, or until the chocolate coating is firm. Serve immediately, or store in the fridge until ready to serve. These should last about a week in the fridge, if you don’t eat them all before then!

chocolate truffles

4.86 from 7 votes
Easy Chocolate Turtles (Vegan)
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

These chocolate turtles feature fresh dates as a naturally-sweet and chewy "caramel" filling, along with raw pecans and dark chocolate for a quick dessert that's lower in sugar.

Course: Dessert
Servings: 8
Calories: 85 kcal
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil together in a double boiler over the stove and set aside.
  2. Press a pecan half into each of the eight date halves, then top with about a teaspoon of melted dark chocolate, to cover the top and sides.
  3. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt, then place in the freezer to set for 10 minutes, or until the chocolate coating is firm.
  4. Serve immediately, or store in the fridge until ready to serve. These should last about a week when stored in the fridge, if you don't eat them all before then!
Recipe Notes

These are only vegan if you choose a brand of vegan chocolate chips. Be sure to read the ingredient list!

Notes:

  • For a completely raw treat, use this chocolate recipe to make your own chocolate coating, instead of using the dark chocolate chips.
  • If you don’t care for pecans, any other nut or seed filling should work– this recipe is very adaptable!

Enjoy!

Reader Feedback: What’s your favorite holiday treat? My other favorite is rich, chocolatey fudge! (This recipe usually does the trick for those cravings.)

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Comments

Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen

WOW! This looks amazing and so easy to make! It just so happens I have all the ingredients – can’t wait to try! I love the idea of using dates as “caramel”!

Lisa

I’m excited over these vegan recipes lately, ever since I begun eating more vegan because of allergies it’s been hard to come across the great recipes as there was before, since everyone’s all about paleo.
Anyways, totally off tangent but these look delicious! Medjool dates are totally a magical little food. It always surprised me how sweet they really are.

Rande @ The Vegetable Centric Kitchen

I can’t believe I’ve never thought of something like this before, these are gorgeous!

Joanna

What a clever recipe and so simple!!! I usually blend my dates to make caramel but the pecans in your turtles fit so perfectly in the date halves!! Its adorable! These would be good freezer treats for me since i like having stuff to grab and go with.

Morgan

I just got done making these! They are so easy and delicious that I am going to have a hard time not eating them all before my husband gets home. Thank you!

Sophia

Funny, I made these for TDay– little individual pecan pies. I filled my dates with raw almond butter, stuffed a pecan in it, and then dipped it in melted raw (is it raw after being melted?) unsweetened cacao paste. The sweetness of the date was enough for me (although I enjoy unsweetened chocolate). I sprinkled cinnamon or coconut flakes or finishing salt.
I was thinking of doing this for all my dried fruit/nuts/nut butters. For some reason, it is more satisfying combined like this than when I eat on each item individually.

Rumi

So simple and easy to do 🙂 . I will make my own chocolate 🙂 Do you like the taste more with salt? Personally I prefer it without salt.

Red101

Megan, I wish I could see things the way you do – you make such simple, wholesome things into divine treasures! I’m really looking forward to surprising my family with these.

nancy_p

These would make wonderful hostess gifts! I have all the ingredients on hand and will make some this afternoon – yum! Just wondering, do they need to stay refrigerated (does the chocolate get melty at room temp?) Thank you Megan for all your inspiring healthy recipes!

    Megan

    I think if you left out the coconut oil, it would be more likely to stay solid at room temperature.

Katie @ Produce on Parade

Wow, these are genius! My Grandpa is the biggest Turtle fan and I always get him a box for Christmas, though now that I am vegan I will have to find an alternative and these are perfect! How cool! Thanks for sharing 🙂

Jenne

Megan, I’ve been scanning your website for the past couple months and your simple ingredient recipes look and sound amazing, I can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing! I’ve noticed that you use medjool dates a lot and was wondering if you buy them from the store or if there is a certain online company that you order them from?

Reader

Did you soaked the pecans beforehand ?? or you can eat them raw?

bianca

Good one, Megan ! Thank you ….

Abbi*tarian

Thanks for this fun & mouth-watering recipe!

Emily

My dad loves turtles, but he’s been dieting for various health reasons! Now I can load his stocking with treats, without loading him up on sugar!

Liz

Going to make these today. Keep the recipes coming! I find that the recipes on this site are by far the easiest and tastiest to make and please my family.

Cassie

I’ve made these twice now and they are a real crowd pleaser!!!! Everyone LOVES them, and they really are easy!

joanna

this is probably the best thing i’ve tasted in the past twenty years. i stuffed mine with pecan butter instead of whole pecans and it is insane. i’m limiting myself to 2 pieces a day but i could easily eat the entire batch.

Jo-Anne

These are delicious! Not sure where your inspiration came from, Megan, but Leanne Vogel posted a very similar recipe (Three Ingredient Turtles) on her Healthful Pursuit blog on Dec. 17, 2012. http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/2012/12/3-ingredient-chocolate-turtles/

    Megan

    I’m glad you enjoyed them! I’m familiar with Leanne’s blog, but I had no idea she had posted a similar recipe. That’s the problem when you work with such simple ingredients– there are bound to be others who think of the same ideas. Hers look great, too!

Mary Bloom

Just saw this recipe and needed something to take tonight to little wine gathering. I had all ingredients except for the dates … BUT I did have A bag of unsulphered sun dried figs from Costco. Delicious!

PS… I toasted the pecans a little on the stove before placing on the fig halves.

Lisa

Megan, I truly can’t believe how lucky I am to have stumbled across your recipes. I have literally been making one a day since discovering your cookbook this past week (borrowed it from the library!), and I haven’t been let down yet! It started with the butternut squash pilaf… AWESOME! Served it with salmon the first night and folded it into eggs the next day. Then I made the Asian cabbage salad. I LOVE them at restaurants but typically avoid making them at home since the list of ingredients is usually daunting. Yours was approachable and delish! The next day came the turtles with dates. Oh my god, I died and went to heaven. Yesterday was the spaghetti squash casserole. It’s already gone. And now I just popped a batch of these fudgsicles into the freezer but from licking the bowl, I know they’ll be amazing. So that’s it… I’m buying your cookbook as soon as I return it to the library and encourage others to borrow it because I have NEVER found a resource that offers such delicious, reliable, easy, and fast recipes you can really feel good about eating! I’m beyond grateful and just had to let you know how appreciated you are. Please keep up the good work! I promise to try every last recipe you post! 🙂 Thank you thank you!

friday lynn

Hi Everybodie,

I am new at this e-mail so please bare with me please.
The turtles were so so good for me ,but at first I kept
saying to myself the nut was not going to stay on top
of the date but it did I was so happy I just ate them all
to myself. THANK YOU FOR CHANGING MY TASTE BUDS!!!!!

Bonnie

Hi there!

I had these bookmarked for some time and was looking for something simple and quick to make for a treat so I thought this would fit the bill. They are tasty and for the effort it takes, the return is worth it.

I found that the chocolate is very ‘melty’ as mentioned and instantly became liquid with the touch of a finger. If I make them again, I will try to temper the chocolate. I haven’t made a perfect temper just yet, but maybe with practice it will finally work.

Thanks for the tasty recipe!

Angela

I made these turtles last night and gave them to my husband for his birthday. Oh my…so delicious!! I doubled the recipe so that we can share some with our guests. What a hit! I hope you don’t mind, but everyone asked for the recipe so I shared it with my facebook followers by linking to your site. Thank you for the recipe!!
https://www.facebook.com/515251645152231/photos/pcb.1180793791931343/1180789238598465/?type=3&theater

Doug Piotter

There’s a reason some turtles live to be 150, it’s because they eat vegan.

L. Finn

I make these regularly. So good! Everyone I serve them to asks for the recipe!

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