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Vanilla Bean Salted Maple Pecan Chocolate Turtles

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Written by Abby

This no-bake treat is a tasty take on the classic caramel turtle! Made with fresh, juicy medjool dates, chunky granola, a drizzle of rich chocolate and a sprinkling of flaky sea salt. Vegan and Gluten Free.

This no-bake treat is a tasty take on the classic caramel turtle made with better-for-you ingredients! We teamed up with our sweet friends, Michele's Granola to bring you this scrumptious spin on a classic candy--featuring Joolies Organic Medjool Dates and Michele's Salted Maple Pecan Granola.

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For the caramel-like base, we blended fresh, juicy Joolies medjool dates with aromatic cinnamon and vanilla to make a naturally sweet base. Then topped with chunky, crunchy granola, a drizzle of rich dark chocolate and a sprinkling of flaky sea salt 😋 Talk about a flavor bomb!

Michele's Granola is an amazing woman-owned business making bomb ass granola with clean, wholesome ingredients. All of their products are handmade in small batches from scratch. YES! Real people mix every batch, bake every pan and quality check every bag before shipping it out for your enjoyment💕

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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!
      • This sweet and salty blend takes granola to a whole new level of scrumptious with specially sourced real Vermont maple sugar and organic sea salt. Vegan + Gluten Free + Non-GMO. 
    2. Dark Chocolate
    3. Cinnamon and vanilla
      • Adding these two elements into our date base really elevates and compliments the other flavors of this no bake treat.
    4. Flakey Sea Salt
      • This little addition takes things up a notch. Totally optional, but highly recommended😎
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If you make this scrumptious no-bake 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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salted maple pecan chocolate turtles


Vanilla Bean Salted Maple Pecan Chocolate Turtles

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-free

  • prep time: 15 minutes
  • chill time: 25 minutes
  • total time: 40 minutes
Servings: 16
  1. Using a food processor, process the dates, cinnamon, and vanilla until they are homogenous and have a peanut butter-like consistency. 
  2. Roll the dates into 16 large marble-sized balls. Place on a cookie sheet and using the palm of your hand, press each ball into a rounded mound. (Wet hands with water for easier rolling!)
  3. Take a granola chunk the size of about 1 tbsp and press it into each date mound.
  4. Freeze for 15 minutes to set.
  5. Once set, spoon 1 tsp of melted chocolate onto the top of each turtle and sprinkle with sea salt if desired.
  6. Place back in the freezer to set for 10 min more. 
  7. Keep turtles in the fridge until ready to eat.

Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to  10 days.