3-Ingredient Chocolate Turtles

This is my go-to, easy “sweet-craving” solution. Keeping tempting sweets like cookies, chocolates and cakes in the house in a recipe for disaster since we end up eating too much of them. When it comes to a cookie or an apple, the cookie usually wins 😉

This recipe is awesome because it comes together in less than 5 minutes with 2-3 ingredients. You don’t even need to make a full batch, just make as many as you would like to eat. This means better self control, less calories consumed and an overall healthier dessert option that is basically fruit and nuts….with a little chocolate….

chocolate turtlesI’ve grown to like this recipe even more than the original boxed version.NestleTurtlesThis recipe is so easy, that you don’t even really need a “recipe”dates

Start with some soft medjool dates. Simply cut or rip in half, remove the pit and press some pecans into the soft caramel-like centre of the date.

No chocolate? No problem. These are delicious even without the drizzled chocolate on top.IMG_6240

If you would like to add chocolate (optional, but recommended!), simply take a 1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips or a few squares of 70% dark chocolate and melt over low heat. This can be done in a small saucepan or in the microwave.IMG_6241

Drizzle the chocolate over top and enjoy! I prefer a light drizzle versus dipping the whole date in a vat of chocolate, but I will leave that up to you.


3-Ingredient Chocolate Turtles

A simple, healthy and whole food dessert with natural sugars.

  • Author: Crystal
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x


  • 6 dates
  • 3648 pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate (70% cocoa), melted
  • *optional – sea salt, graham cracker crumbs or any creative toppings you desire



  • slice the dates in half
  • press 3-4 pecan halves into each date half. This will make the “turtle” legs
  • Melt the dark chocolate over low heat or in the microwave for 30-45 second increments. It can be helpful to add some coconut oil to help the chocolate melt well. This is optional. If using, only 1/2-1 tsp of coconut oil is needed.
  • Cover a baking sheet/pan with parchment paper. Place the pecan-filled dates on the parchment paper, with adequate space in between
  • Drizzle the dark chocolate over top (or dip into the chocolate for a different look). Sprinkle with a little salt, or any desired toppings.
  • Eat warm, or allow to cool in the fridge for 30 minutes before eating
  • Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.

IMG_6238I happened to have some leftover graham cracker crumbs and wanted to experiment by sprinkling some crumbs on top of the chocolate. It’s a Turtle S’more! Feel free to try this if you have some on hand, but I definitely prefer the simplicity of the original version. The graham cracker crumbs would also take away the gluten-free aspect.IMG_6243I hope you enjoy these as much as we do. Happy snacking :)chocolate turtles

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