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Turtle Dessert

This no bake Turtle Dessert comes together in just a few minutes and tastes absolutely delicious. It's made with a medjool date, pretzel, candied pecans and topped with melted dark chocolate. The perfect balance between sweet and salty!

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turtle dessert that's made with medjool dates, pretzel, candied pecans and melted dark chocolate.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Turtle Dessert comes together in just a few minutes!
  • This no bake dessert requires minimal ingredients and minimal effort.
  • It’s crunchy, sweet and chewy from the medjool date.
  • Secretly healthy!
  • You only need four simple ingredients!
  • This quick dessert will for sure impress your friends and family.
  • Perfect for when you want something sweet but don’t want to turn on your oven.
  • The candied pecans and pretzel add the perfect amount of crunch.
  • As written, this recipe is fully vegan, plant-based and dairy free.
  • A great way to use up any leftover dates!
  • Check out my stuffed cookie dough dates for another great recipe!

Ingredients And Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for this Turtle Dessert. Scroll down to the recipe card for a full list of ingredients and instructions.

Use a medjool dates for best results, these tend to be much softer and have a more caramel like flavor. My favorite brand is Joolies Dates!

I used square pretzels, but you can use any kind of shape that you have. Stay away from flavored pretzels and use salted or unsalted.

Candied pecans are much more crunchy than raw pecans and have a lovely flavor.

To keep this recipe vegan, use a vegan chocolate, otherwise, feel free to use any type of milk or dark chocolate that you prefer!

the four ingredients that you need to make this turtle dessert in individual bowls.

How To Make

ONE: Start by removing the pit from each date and discarding. Then, using your fingers form the two edges together to make a circle in the dates. Add the pretzel to the center and gently, but firmly press down.

TWO: Next, add on five candied pecans to make the head and four legs. Add on the melted dark chocolate last to cover the pretzel fully and place in the freezer for about 15 minutes to harden completely before enjoying!

Tips And Tricks

Use medjool dates for best results, my favorite brand is from Joolies Dates.

You can use any shape of pretzel, feel free to break it in half if needed.

Candied pecans over raw pecans add a better flavor and texture.

How To Serve And Store

Serve this Turtle Dessert as is and enjoy with a cup of coffee, tea or glass of milk.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy within 5 days, or in the freezer and enjoy up to 30 days. If freezing, let the turtle defrost on the counter for 5 minutes to soften.

a plate full of the medjool date turtle desserts sitting on a linen towel.

Taste And Texture

This Turtle Dessert tastes so good! It’s sweet and salty and has a yummy caramel flavor from the medjool dates.

The texture is crunchy but chewy and has a creamy chocolate flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I use if I don’t like dates?

The dates are the base of this recipe and add a lovely caramel flavor and chewy texture. You may be able to use a fig or a peanut butter cup instead.

What can I use instead of pecans if I’m allergic to nuts?

You can use more pretzels!

Can I use white chocolate instead of dark?

Yes, totally!

Other Recipes You May Like

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Turtle Dessert

This no bake Turtle Dessert comes together in just a few minutes and tastes absolutely delicious. It's made with a medjool date, pretzel, candied pecans and topped with melted dark chocolate. The perfect balance between sweet and salty!
PIN RECIPE
PREP TIME:
5 minutes
COOK TIME:
15 minutes
TOTAL TIME:
20 minutes
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

  • 10 medjool dates, pitted.
  • 10 salted or unsalted pretzels.
  • 40 candied pecans.
  • 1 cup dark chocolate, melted.
 

SCALE:

1X

YIELDS:

10 servings

Directions

  1. Start by removing the pit from each date and discarding and prepping a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
  2. Then, using your fingers form the two edges on the top and bottom together on the dates to make a circle.
  3. Add the pretzel to the center and gently, but firmly press down.
  4. Next, add on five candied pecans to make the head and four legs.
  5. Add on the melted dark chocolate last to cover the pretzel fully and place in the freezer for about 15 minutes to harden completely before enjoying!

Notes

  • Use medjool dates for best results, my favorite brand is from Joolies Dates.
  • You can use any shape of pretzel, feel free to break it in half if needed.
  • Candied pecans over raw pecans add a better flavor and texture.

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