Vegan Turtles

These turtles have wow’d those who had no clue the recipe is vegan. Still, I’m sure anyone who is dairy free, but has at one point enjoyed the taste of a good turtle or caramel, will be even more blown away!

Vegan Chocolate Covered Caramel

This Valentine’s day, you can make these as turtles, or just as chocolate caramels if you’re concerned with nut allergies in your kids classes or anyone else you plan to share with. What’s really cool is that ingredient and nutrient wise, they are really similar to energy bites {or these truffles} so you can even enjoy them for pre-workout fuel!

Easy Vegan Turtles

I love a little hit of spice in foods and desserts, but the cayenne addition is totally optional. If you do leave it out, consider swapping in cinnamon or other spices you enjoy with chocolate. You can even add in dried cranberries or pomegranate seeds for a fruity-spin.

Grab your food processor or high speed blender!

Vegan Turtles

Vegan, Gluten Free

Spicy Vegan Turtles


  • 1 lb soft medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 12-16 walnut halves
  • 2/3 Cup dairy-free 85% dark (or similar) chocolate chips
  • Optional: 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper


  • Pulse dates in a food processor or high quality blender for 20-40 seconds, until it begins to develop a ball
  • Scrape sides with a rubber spatula and let cool in refrigerator for at least 20 minutes
  • Create a double boiler on your stove to melt the chocolate
  • Once melted, scoop 1/2-1 tbsp worth of dates to form somewhat of a ball and press one walnut into the top
  • Place wax paper over a small cookie sheet or plate
  • Dip into chocolate and with a small rubber spatula or spoon, ensure chocolate coats the entire date mixture
  • Place each on wax paper and once all are coated in chocolate, let sit in refrigerator for 5-10 minutes before serving

16 thoughts on “Vegan Turtles

  1. Oh WOW, I haven’t eaten turtles in such a long time! and I don’t think I’ve ever made them with walnuts… that’s a great heart-healthy twist! I need to make these for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚

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