OK friends. Stop whatever you’re doing. Because I’ve got a treat for you that CANNOT be passed up.
Like, we’re talking…Paula Dean wishes.
Introducing your newest obsession…CHOCOLATE TURTLE BARS.
Turtle candies. They’re the classic combination of rich pecans, sticky caramel, and luxurious chocolate.
Well. I’ve taken that delicious flavor profile and translated it into a decadent snack bar that will literally make your eyes roll to the back of your head in sheer bliss.
And the best part? They’re completely, 100% healthy!
Whaaaaaat?!! Yes! You read that correctly! (Aside from a Tablespoon of *optional* chocolate) they are made entirely from whole food ingredients. FIVE to be exact!
And yet they taste like something straight from Godiva chocolatier.
Don’t believe me? I delivered these to a special person, and lets just say, he eats them two at a time!
Have I sold you yet?
And they’re grain and gluten free, paleo, vegan, AND Specific Carb Diet friendly!
PLUS – no oven required.
Here’s what you need: (Makes 12 generous bars, or 36 cookie bites)
20 medjool dates, pitted
1/4 cup almond butter
2 cups raw pecans + 24 whole pecans
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (alcohol free)
1/4 GOOD semi-sweet or dark chocolate
1 tsp coconut oil (not SCD or paleo friendly)
Square Brownie Pan
Good Chef’s Knife
Pyrex measuring cup
Throw all your ingredients (minus 1/2 cup + 24 whole pecans, and the chocolate/coconut oil) into the food processor and process until it is well combined. It will look like coarse, wet, sand.
Then, add your remaining 1/2 cup pecans to the processor (reserving the 24 whole pecans), as pulse 5 or 6 times, until they are just beginning to break up. (This is for texture variety).
Line a 6 or 8 in square brownie pan with parchment paper. (Have the parchment paper extend over the sides so you can easily lift it out of the pan.)
Then spread the sticky date mixture on top. (To do this, I took another sheet of parchment paper on top and “smooshed” the dough to the edges with my hands.
Then, place your remaining 24 pecans evenly on the top, and with that same parchment paper, press them into the bars.
Finally, add the optional drizzle. Melt 1/4 cup of the best quality semi-sweet chocolate chips you can find, plus 1 Tbsp of coconut oil. I did this in the microwave for 15 second intervals, stirring until melted. But you can also use the stove.
Then, with a fork, generously drizzle the chocolate all over the bars, being sure to get the corners too!
Set them in the fridge for at least one hour. Then, with a sharp chef’s knife, cut into 12 bars. Individually wrap them in parchment paper to preserve freshness! Store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
Another option: you can form the dough into 1 Tbsp-size cookie bites, and then dip those into the chocolate.
OH MY GOSH. OH MY GOSH. OH MY GOSH.
These are the best things I’ve eaten in a while.
In full transparency, I didn’t include chocolate on my batch. But that didn’t even matter because THESE WERE SO STINKIN DELICIOUS!!
They taste like the chilled filling of the most decadent, gourmet pecan pie. *Drooling*
The texture is so magnificent…they are super sticky and chewy – and in every bite there will be one little crunch from a large pecan piece.
I love them cold – it gives it a cookie dough texture!
And the flavors — oh my gosh. Dates – when blended up with a kiss of vanilla extract – take on this marvelous caramel flavor and texture. It is truly indescribable. You just have to try it to believe it.
That, coupled with the buttery and luxurious pecans and slight hint of cinnamon…simply divine.
And then, come on…anything with chocolate is just elevated to the highest degree.
MAKE THESE BARS. TODAY. Right now. Order the ingredients on amazon and get cooking!
I promise, it’ll be the best decision you’ll make all week.
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78 responses to “Chocolate Turtle Bars!”
Funny coincidence, I just had one with dinner. My wife has been making these for 15 years. They can’t be beat. Stay well. Allan
Oh my gosh Allan! That’s awesome! They’re such a treat! Hugs and love xox
Thanks Teresa!! They were amazing! Hugs and love xox
Looks delicious 😋!
Thank you so much!! They were! Hugs and love xox
Yum! Looks delish!
Thanks so much Diana! They were delish! Hugs and love xox
You’re utmost welcome! 💙
I want one! Now!
Thanks Mary! Oh my gosh they were divine! Hugs and love xox
Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing this recipe. 🙂 ~WB
Thanks so much WB! They were marvelous! Hugs and love xox
Thanks so much! Oh my gosh they were!! Hugs and love xox
I’ll take ten turtle bars please 🙂
Hahah thanks Ian! I’ll fedex them to ya! Hugs and love xox
My mouth is wide open in anticipation 🙂
looks good. Proper MN Dessert term is bars. I’ve never used coconut oil before.
Thank you so much!! You can’t taste it! It’s really just to help the chocolate solidly and melt without seizing! Hugs and love xox
These look amazing, Caralyn!!
Thanks Roy! Oh my gosh they are! Hugs and love xox
Saving! This is a winner 😋
Thanks Paula! Oh my gosh IT WAS!! Hope you enjoy! Hugs and love xox
Oh wow, these look delicious. I will be trying this. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you so much! I hope you do, they were fabulous! Hugs and love xox
Seems that they are of energy! I will be having this, and I will be the super energetic girl, wow!
Thank you so much! Haha oh yes – definitely supply a burst of energy!! Hugs and love xox
Yum! These look really good! This recipe is going in my must try list!
Thanks so much! I hope you do! They were amazing! Hugs and love xox
That looks so yummy!!
Thanks Kamina! They were fabulous! Hugs and love xox
I bet they were! Thank you for sharing 🙂 Hugs and Love xox
OMG! These look way too good to be healthy. LOL.
Thank you so much! They were such a treat!! Hugs and love xox
Thanks for sharing . The pictures left me drooling .
Thanks Veena! Hope you’re having a great day! Hugs and love xox
Hahah thanks Veena! They were a treat! Hugs and love xox
Thank you so much!! Hugs and love xox
Peace and love beauty.
Mouth watering! Those look really good.
Thanks Shelly! They were divine! Hugs and love xox
Looks good! 🙂
Thanks Linda! They were a treat! Hugs and love xox
A delicious treat! Looks amazing…
Thanks! Yes! They were lovely! Hugs and love xox
I know its off topic but love your photos. 🙂
Aw thank you so much! That means a lot! Hugs and love xox
wow – these look so good. and so easy to make.
will a blender work as well instead of using a food processor?
Thanks Jim! Oh my gosh they were amazing. A blender may work, I’ve never tried it! It should though!! Hugs and love xox
thanks, I’ll give it a shot…
Sounds awesome!! 💜✨
Thanks so much! They were!! Hugs and love xox
Pretty convenient how you have moved on from trashing Harris to chocolate turtle bars. I wish you were more transparent about your blog. It is not for eating disorders, it is to rile up Trump’s base. I’m not surprised that you are avoiding talking about the kid who shot 2 people in Wisconsin. He had a front seat at a MAGA rally. So much for pro life.
Pictures got me salivating.
Mmmm these look so good! I can imagine the pecans giving this a bit more bite to it and livening up the texture, and I love the idea of the sticky caramel in this. Yum! xx
We already took a bite in our imagination 🤣🙈🥰
Hahahah too funny!!
Thank you! Oh my gosh they were divine!! Haha Hugs and love xox
Definately want to try some of your recipes 😋
Haha thank you Stephen! Hugs and love xox
Your welcome hon. Hugs ans love. Just got my website back up and going after taking a break a few years
Thank you! It was!!! Hugs and love xox
Those look so good.
Oh wow they were!!!!!!
Love dates these look great, will have to give these a go. I am vegetarian but I could easily go Vegan.
Thanks! I hope you love these as much as I did! They were a real treat!! Hugs and love xox
My keyboard is wet with all the saliva I’ve drooled on it!!
hahahah oh my gosh you’re hysterical! thank you! 🙂