Turtle Candy Turns Healthy

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I love the taste of chewy caramel, especially when it’s combined with nuts and chocolate, so  it’s no surprise that I  love turtle candies.  In my search  for a better  version of  turtles, I noticed that  just about all of the recipes call for those those little caramel squares  which are are  made with corn syrup and sugar along with  some other undesirable additives.  That’s when I decided to try making the turtles with dates, and success!

Dates are  a super food, and they are an  incredible choice when it comes to substituting sugars and butters in recipes for sweets.   Dates are  naturally sweet containing 4.5 grams of sugar per date.  They are loaded with fiber which is good for digestive and heart health.  In addition, dates  are an excellent source of potassium, copper, magnesium, selenium  and vitamins.  So why not use dates as a chewy sweet caramel  and toss those caramel squares to the curb?

Less Ingredients. .

The ingredients for healthy turtle candy is simple:  dates, organic peanut butter, pecans or walnuts an dark choclate

Compare that to . .

Caramel Squares (corn syrup, sugar, milk nonfat, palm oil, whey from milk, salt, artificial flavors, soy lechtin),  chocolate, cream, walnuts or pecans

Here’s  the  recipe. . .

Turtle Candy Turns Healthy
Cuisine: Sweet
 
Makes 12 to 15 turtles
Ingredients
  • ¾ Cups walnut or pecan halves
  • 12 Medjool dates pitted
  • ½ tablespoon of organic peanut butter
  • 8 ounces of dark chocolate (60% cacao or more) preferably organic
  • ½ tablespoon organic coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Place the nut halves on a parchment lined cookie sheet
  3. Place in pre-heated oven and toast for about 10 minutes, remove and let cool
  4. Meanwhile place the dates into a food processor and process for approximately 2 minutes; until they form a ball
  5. Add the peanut butter and process for 30 seconds to a minute more
  6. Place the nut pieces in clusters on a parchment lined cookie sheet (about 2 to 3 per cluster)
  7. Take the date mixture and roll it into balls about ½ to ¾ inch in diameter; place over nut clusters and gently flatten so the mixture hugs the clusters
  8. Melt the chocolate & coconut oil in the microwave
  9. Spoon about 1½ - 2 tablespoons over each cluster
  10. place in refrigerator to firm up, remove from cookie sheet and store in fridge

Turtles on a plate. . .

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