Chocolate Pecan Caramel Turtles

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These delicious chocolate pecan caramel turtle clusters are not only vegan and naturally gluten-free but also super easy to make at home! They make a perfect treat for the holidays or a quick dessert or snack any time of the year.

Chocolate Pecan Caramel Turtles

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 15


For the caramel, you’ll need:

  • 1 can 15 oz of coconut cream (use only the solid top layer)
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 medjool dates pitted and halved
  • 2 tbsp coconut butter or coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot starch or cornstarch
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp salt

And for assembly, gather:

  • About 1 cup of raw unsalted pecans (5 per cluster)
  • 8 oz dark chocolate melted
  • Optional: flaky salt for topping


  • Begin by soaking the pitted, halved dates in warm water for around 15 minutes until they start to soften. Drain well and gently pat them dry.
  • In a blender, combine all the caramel ingredients and blend until smooth. Transfer the mixture to a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a simmer, whisking frequently for about 5-7 minutes, until the caramel thickens. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature. You can speed up the process by transferring the caramel to a different container.
  • On a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, arrange 5-6 pecans for each cluster. Top each cluster with the caramel and freeze for 20-30 minutes.
  • Chop the dark chocolate into small shards and melt it in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring well between each interval. Let it cool slightly.
  • Top the caramel with a layer of chocolate using a spoon (it doesn’t have to be perfect!). Optional: sprinkle a bit of flaky salt on top. Return the clusters to the freezer or refrigerator until solidified, then enjoy!


If you’re not a fan of pecans, feel free to substitute them with cashews, almonds, or walnuts.

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