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. . .
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350
- Place the nut halves on a parchment lined cookie sheet
- Place in pre-heated oven and toast for about 10 minutes, remove and let cool
- Meanwhile place the dates into a food processor and process for approximately 2 minutes; until they form a ball
- Add the peanut butter and process for 30 seconds to a minute more
- Place the nut pieces in clusters on a parchment lined cookie sheet (about 2 to 3 per cluster)
- 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
- Melt the chocolate & coconut oil in the microwave
- Spoon about 1½ - 2 tablespoons over each cluster
- place in refrigerator to firm up, remove from cookie sheet and store in fridge
Turtles on a plate. . .