How awkward are those Turtles commercials? The ones where the new boyfriend is outside talking to himself with the box of Turtles? No one does this.. nor do families come together over a box of chocolates. My apologies, I think Scrooge took over for a second there.
In other news, here is my vegan turtle recipe! I’ve been craving caramel lately but I’ve resisted and was quite happy snacking on these vegan treats. They may not be the sweet ooey gooey caramel treats you are used to, but they are worth a try! Dates make a great “fake caramel”. Try making your favourite candy or dessert using dates next time you bake, you’ll love it!
- 2 cups dates
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup pecan halves
- 1 pkg vegan chocolate chips
- 1 tsp coconut oil
1) Pit the dates and soak a in large bowl of water for 1-2 hours. It is important that the dates are nice and soft. Drain the dates once they are ready.
2) Add the dates to a food processor with salt. Process for 5-7 minutes, scrapping sides frequently. You will know you’ve reached the right consistency when there are no chunks left and the mixture is a light caramel brown colour. Pour mixture into a container with a lid. Freeze for 2 hours.
3) Wet hands and scoop out 1 tbsp of date mixture. Roll into a ball and place a pecan half on top (I flattened my turtles so they weren’t perfect balls). Roll out the remainder of the date mixture and top with pecans. Return to container and freeze for another hour.
4) Melt the chocolate. To do this, use a double boiler. I made my own double boiler by using two pots. I added water to one pot and brought to a boil. Holding the other pot over the boiling water, I added the coconut oil and chocolate and continuously stirred (don’t let the two pots touch). Once chocolate is melted, remove from heat.
5) Dip each “turtle” into the chocolate and return to container. Don’t let the turtles touch each other in the container (if you don’t have a big enough container you can use a baking pan lined with tin foil and once they are frozen return to container). Freeze until set. Keep turtles in the fridge or freezer until ready to serve.