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Vegan Chocolate Turtle Bites

A healthy remake of classic chocolate pecan turtle candies.  Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free.  These little bites and sweet, chewy, chocolately, and utterly delicious!
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: candy, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dairy Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan
Servings: 24
Calories: 101kcal
Author: Queen of My Kitchen



  • cups (220 grams/7.8 ounces) pitted dates
  • ¾ cup (120 grams/4.3 ounces) dry roasted, unsalted peanuts
  • ½ cup (60 grams/2.1 ounces) ground flaxseed
  • teaspoons vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 24 pecan halves, lightly toasted


  • Line a standard 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper, overhanging on the long sides.
  • Process the base ingredients in a Vitamix (or other high-powered blender/food processor) using the tamper tool until a smooth, sticky dough forms. Press the dough evenly into the loaf pan.
  • In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the coconut oil along with the maple syrup, and vanilla. Once the oil is completely melted remove it from the heat and whisk in the cacao powder until smooth. Pour over the base and arrange the pecans on top in three rows of 8 pecans each.
  • Cover and refrigerate until the chocolate is solid, at least 3 hours. Remove from the pan and cut into 24 squares.
  • Store in the refrigerator.


Serving size: 1 piece - ¾ ounce, Calories: 101, Fat: 6g, Saturated fat: 1g, Unsaturated fat: 5g, Trans fat: 0g, Carbohydrates: 11g, Sugar: 7g, Sodium: 26mg, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 2g, Cholesterol: 0mg