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Vegan Freezer Pecan Turtles with Date Caramel

  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 turtles 1x
  • Category: dessert


These vegan freezer pecan turtles are the most addicting healthy treat! They are easy to make and everyone will love them.


  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk – I used unsweetened soy milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup toasted pecans
  • 8 oz dark chocolate
  • Maldon sea salt


  1. Prepare the date caramel. Combine dates, non-dairy milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt in a food processor or high speed blender. Blend until completely smooth and creamy, and no date chunks remain.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Create 12 clusters of toasted pecans on top of the parchment paper. Each cluster should be about 1-2 tbsp of nuts.
  3. Use a spoon to top each pecan cluster with about 1 tbsp of date caramel. Make sure all the pecans are coated with caramel.
  4. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes. The date caramel won’t harden up completely like regular caramel, but it will become firmer for chocolate dipping.
  5. Melt the chocolate in a large microwave safe bowl in the microwave. I broke the chocolate up into chunks and cooked for 2 minutes, stopping to stir the chocolate every 30 seconds.
  6. One at a time, slide each turtle onto a fork. Gently dip the turtle and lower it into the melted chocolate. If it doesn’t completely submerge, use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate over the top.
  7. Gently scrape the fork on the edge of the bowl to get rid of excess chocolate on the bottom of the turtles.
  8. Place back on the baking sheet, and sprinkle with a pinch of Maldon sea salt before the chocolate hardens. Repeat for all 12 turtles.
  9. Return to the freezer for 15-30 minutes so the chocolate sets completely. Enjoy!


  • Store in an airtight container in the freezer. You can eat them right from the freezer, or let them sit out for a few minutes before enjoying.

Keywords: pecan turtles, vegan, gluten free