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5-Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Turtles

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Cutting board with homemade vegan turtle candies made with pecans, dates, and dark chocolate

Healthier “candy” for the win! Let us show you how easy it is to make these 5-ingredient Vegan Chocolate Turtles!

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Wood cutting board with ingredients for making our Vegan Chocolate Turtle Candies

This easy, 5-ingredient dessert starts by mixing dates and almond meal to form a moldable dough that acts as the turtle base.

Mixing dates and almond meal in a food processor to make homemade Turtle Candies

Next, toast pecans and add four to each turtle to make the “legs.” We could squeal at the cuteness happening right here.

Toasting pecans on a baking sheet to make our Turtle Candies recipe

Last, melt chocolate and coconut oil and top the turtles to make the “shells”!

We know! It’s all very cute! And delicious.

Drizzling melted chocolate onto Vegan Chocolate Turtles made with pecans and dates

We hope you LOVE these turtles! They’re:

Quick & easy to make
Healthier than your average candy
Kind of adorable
& Incredibly delicious!

These would make the perfect healthier treats to give out or enjoy this Halloween! But they also freeze well and are the perfect healthier dessert to have around when sweet cravings strike.

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If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Cutting board with homemade Chocolate Turtles with one partially eaten

5-Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Turtles

Easy 5-ingredient vegan turtles made with a date-almond base, roasted pecans, and melted vegan dark chocolate. Simple flavors, big luxurious taste.

Author: Minimalist Baker

Prep Time 25 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Total Time 40 minutes

Servings: 8 (Turtles)

Category: Dessert

Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan

Freezer Friendly 1 month

Does it keep? 5-7 Days


  • 1 cup raw pecan halves
  • 1 ½ cups packed large pitted dates (if dry, soak in hot water 10 minutes, then drain // 16 dates yield ~1 ½ cups)
  • 3 Tbsp almond meal (ground from raw almonds)
  • 2/3 cup chopped vegan dark chocolate
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and roast pecans on a bare baking sheet for 10-12 minutes (watch carefully as not to burn). Set aside.

  2. In the meantime, add pitted dates to a food processor and pulse/mix until small bits remain or a ball forms. Then add almond meal and pulse again. If dough appears too sticky to handle, add more almond meal and pulse to combine.

  3. Using your hands, form the date mixture into 8 small, round discs and place on a parchment-lined pan. Add four toasted pecan halves to 
make the turtle “legs,” then freeze 10 minutes to harden.

  4. In the meantime, melt chocolate and coconut oil over a double boiler on the stovetop (a ceramic or glass bowl set over a saucepan with 1 inch simmering water will work) or in the microwave in 30-second increments and set aside.

  5. Remove turtles from freezer and top each with a generous spoonful of melted chocolate. Use the spoon to evenly coat the tops of the candies. If you have leftover chocolate, reserve it for another use, like dipping strawberries or bananas.

  6. Pop turtles back in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days, or the freezer up to 1 month. If frozen, set out for 10 minutes before consuming for best results.

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*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 8 turtles)

  • Calories: 300
  • Fat: 16.1g
  • Saturated fat: 4.8g
  • Sodium: 1mg
  • Potassium: 404mg
  • Carbohydrates: 43.3g
  • Fiber: 5.7g
  • Sugar: 36.5g
  • Protein: 3.6g
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