Some of my most cherished memories of Christmases past are the times when the communal box of Turtles were passed around the table or the office. Oh how I loved those little morsels of chocolate crunchy sweet heaven!

As I changed my eating habits and lifestyle, I no longer appreciated or even enjoyed the once beloved milk chocolate turtles and how they made me feel after I ate them. For many years now, I’ve made various versions of my once favourite “Turtle”. This year I concocted this recipe and fell in love with the ease and simplicity of how it came together.

I used to make all the layers of turtles using various whole foods – the chocolate, pecans and caramel, but I think I simplified things this year and still get the same type of flavours and textures with this version.

Now, I use only whole foods to cook and do my best to use only natural sweeteners in moderation when needed. This isn’t exactly like a traditional turtle, it’s my boiled down quick and easy variation. The recipe is super simple and only requires a few ingredients to make.

 

What you need

Base of Turtles

1 c Pecans
1/2 c Medjool dates, seeds removed
Himalayan salt to taste

 

Caramel

1/4 c almond butter

 

Chocolate

1/3 c Coconut oil
3 Tbsp Cacao
2 drops Vanilla extract
pinch of Himalayan salt

 

What you do

 

Makes approx 24

 

Now pass the turtles, please!

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