These are a PERFECT Holiday Treat!!
One of my favourite chocolates during the holiday season were Turtles.
I had an idea to make them today. I have seen recipes for them but I came up with this idea. I have to admit that they were a little too soft
I also made something very fast and simple that turned out SUPERB!! So you do get the recipe for the turtles but also a simple, quick, short cut to make something like this that I actually liked more.
Recipes and instructions below…..
MAKING THE TURTLES
1 1/2 C raw pecans (chop into large pieces)
14 Medjool dates (soaked in hot water about 30 min)
6 Tbsp date soak water
1/3 C flaked coconut
1 Tbsp coconut oil
2 shakes of cinnamon
4 1/2 Tbsp cacao butter (melted) (this is the fat of the cacao bean – the chocolate bean)
5 Tbsp Cacao powder
1 1/2 Tbsp coconut nectar (maple syrup or agave)
Pinch of salt
Making the “Turtle” Batter
Take pits out of the soaked dates, chop them and place into a food processor with the 6 Tbsp of water . Process, stopping often to scrape sides, until it becomes a date paste (as pictured below).
Add the date paste into a bowl. Roughly chop the pecans and add the chopped pecans and flaked coconut to the date paste and stir until well mixed.
Line a plate, cookie sheet or cutting board with parchment paper and with a tablespoon put some of the batter on the sheet – in cookie (turtle) shape.
Now to make the chocolate sauce. Melt the cacao butter (or use all coconut oil), warm the coconut nectar (whatever sweetener you are using).
Make a double boiler with 2 bowls. Put really hot water in one and a another bowl that will fit on top without falling off.
NOTE: Sometimes you do not need to do this – and just put the ingredients in a bowl on counter and stir until creamy.
Add cacao powder into the bowl (that fits on top of the bowl with hot water). Add the melted cacao butter (or melted coconut oil) and stir well. Add a pinch of salt and then add the warmed sweetener.
Stir this mixture until very creamy. Taste and adjust to taste.
With a spoon drizzle the chocolate mixture on the turtle batter on the tray. (Like I mentioned below I tell you a very fast way to do something like this).
Then place them in the freezer to set. Keep stored in the freezer and if you put them out to eat, they will soften a lot at room temperature. Keep chilled or frozen and take out just before you eat.
QUICK, EASY TURTLE SUBSTITUTE
Take a pecan. Take out the pit. Open it in half and spread it out.
Roll it in flaked coconut. Place a whole pecan on top. Drizzle with the chocolate sauce. Freeze to set.
A Healthy, Happy, Holiday Season!!
With Love Diana