Homemade Vegan Chocolate Turtles

Homemade Vegan Chocolate Turtles

Serves 12

Trying to veganize your favorite chocolate desserts? These vegan chocolate turtles are a healthy and fun homemade alternative to the classic.

Warning: This dessert may cause cute aggression. Don’t squeeze these little cuties too hard before you indulge. Don’t worry; no turtles were harmed in the making of this plant-based sweet treat.


  • Base Layer:
  • 1 cup raw almond meal
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil, warmed if necessary
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup or agave
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • Caramel Layer:
  • 6-8 Medjool dates, pits removed, soaked in hot water for 15min
  • 1-2 tsp agave nectar
  • 1 tsp coconut oil, warmed if necessary
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp water (more if needed)
  • Chocolate Layer:
  • 5-6 bars of Vega® Maca Chocolate
  • 6 pecans per chocolate (72 total)


  • For Base:

  • Add all Base Layer Ingredients to high speed blender or food processor and blend. Consistency should be similar to cookie dough.

  • In a silicon mini muffin tray, divide mixture into each cup and press down to form base layer.

  • Put in freezer while you make your date caramel.

  • For Caramel Layer:

  • Mix all caramel ingredients in high speed blender or food processor until smooth. If too thick, add 1 tsp water at a time.

  • Place on top of base layer. Put back in freezer for 10-15 min.

  • For Chocolate Layer:

  • Place double boiler on stove to simmer and break up bars into smaller pieces. Place chocolate pieces in top of double boiler and melt.

  • Pop turtles out of tray and coat each in melted chocolate.

  • Insert pecans into base to make turtle legs, head and tail. Place back in freezer for 10 min.

  • Finally:

    Take turtles out of freezer and drizzle and with remaining chocolate to form shell on back.