Paleo Chocolate Turtles

What a cute, mini delightful treat these are! And ridiculously easy. I mean...I won't sugar coat it...I may or may not have been slightly tipsy when making these, so you know they've got to be an easy fix. Before you go and judge, I'll let you know that I had JUST come home from a girls brunch in which the bottomless mimosa prevailed...and sent me home wanting a treat. I had a fridge containing medjool dates and coconut milk and a pantry stocked with dark chocolate chips and nuts....so chocolate turtles it was. 

Date caramel, in my opinion, is magical. The fact that Mother Nature has provided us with a delicious fruit that can mimic the glorious taste of caramel is, well...glorious. I could have made an authentic caramel using kerrygold butter and coconut sugar...but that would have been too hard on my intoxicated state of being. Also, date caramel is more nutritious than real caramel (paleo or not).

So if there is anything you can take away from this post...it's that homemade desserts ARE possible when you're under the influence.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted medjool dates, soaked in water for at least 30 minutes
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp full fat coconut milk
  • 1/3 dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup pecans

Method

  1. In a high speed blender or food processor, combine soaked and drained dates and coconut milk. Blend until thick and pureed. If it's too thick, add coconut milk 1 tbsp at a time until you reach desired consistency.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in 30 second increments.
  3. Arrange pecans in clusters across a parchment-lined baking sheet (I used about 3 pecans per cluster). Spoon date caramel evenly over each pecan cluster. 
  4. Pour melted chocolate over the date caramel (make sure the caramel and chocolate covers parts of all pecans so the clusters stick together).
  5. Place the tray in the freezer until the date caramel firms up and the chocolate sets.
  6. Store in the freezer for immediate and future enjoyment! The date caramel will remain soft even when frozen.

Servings: 12-16 turtles (depending on cluster size and date caramel/chocolate distribution)