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Lazy Chocolate Turtles

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Written by Abby

These Lazy Chocolate Turtles are a no fuss, no fail dessert made with only three simple ingredients: pecans, medjool dates, and dark chocolate. Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Refined Sugar-Free. 

POV: your craving something sweet and sadly have nothing in your pantry that will satisfy this desire. Do you give up? Do you hop in the car for a quick errand to Candyland? OR do you grab THREE pantry ingredients to make yourself a decadent, yet better-for-you treat? Hint: you should definitely pick the last one. 
Well if you are still here, then you picked the right answer😉 These Lazy Chocolate Turtles will make you wonder why you even considered a trip to Candyland--because we all know giving up was not a feasible option. For a no bake, no fuss, no fail treat, these healthier homemade turtles are made of three simple ingredients: pecan halves, Joolies medjool dates, and dark chocolate! 
Tthis cluster candy has a sticky caramel filling typically made with pure refined sugar, butter, corn syrup, and heavy cream. But you don't need all those ingredients for a delicious caramel! Because of their caramely texture and flavor, Joolies medjool dates make the perfect caramel layer without all the junk. Plus you get all the nutritional benefits from dates like fiber, potassium, Vitamin B, etc in a delicious vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free dessert form!

Ingredients you'll need:

    1. Joolies Pitted Medjool Dates
      • We love using our pitted option for these, but whole work just as well! Just be sure to remove the pit😉If you're running low on your stock of dates, you can buy some in bulk right here or in our 2 pack right here!
    2. Raw Pecan Halves
      • This nut is a key player in turtles! We opted for a raw pecan half, but roasted works as well. 
    3. Dark Chocolate
    4. Flakey Sea Salt
      • This little addition takes things up a notch. Totally optional, but highly recommended😎
If you make this easy peasy no-bake, no-fuss date recipe, be sure to tag us on Instagram and Pinterest so we can see all your date-able recreations! And you can always comment below! 

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  4. Copycat Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
  5. Chocolate Dipped Caramel Pretzels
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Lazy Chocolate Turtles

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Refined Sugar-free

  • prep time: 5 minutes
  • chill time: 15 minutes
  • total time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place 3 pecan halves together (like a 3 leaf clover). Take a pitted date and lay on top of pecans, gently pressing down to secure pecans.
  2. Melt dark chocolate and spoon melted chocolate on top of each date, covering the entire top. Wait a few minutes, then sprinkle flakey sea salt on top and enjoy!

Store in an air tight container in the freezer for up to 1 month.