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Pretzel Pecan Turtles

Pretzel Pecan Turtles

  • Author: Colleen
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 30 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


A classic candy treat but with a healthier twist and an added pretzel crunch! You’re going to love these sweet and salty Chocolate Pretzel Pecan Turtles!


  • Pecans (around 30)
  • Mini pretzels (around 30)

For the caramel:

  • 1 cup dates, pitted
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp nut milk
  • 1 tbsp almond butter 
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla 
  • Pinch of salt

For the Chocolate:

  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips 
  • 1 tsp coconut oil


  1. To make the caramel: first soften the dates by letting them sit in hot water for 15-30 minutes.
  2. Drain the water then combine the dates, maple syrup, milk, almond butter, vanilla, and salt in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Line a tray with parchment paper and lay out all of your pretzels. Scoop date mixture onto each pretzel (about 1 tsp per pretzel) then freeze for at least 15 minutes.
  4. To make the chocolate: melt the coconut oil and chocolate chips together in the microwave.
  5. Dip the caramel covered portion of your pretzel in the chocolate then press a pecan on top. Return to freezer until the chocolate has set. Enjoy!


  1. If the caramel is really sticky and difficult to work with, allow it to set and firm up in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes.
  2. It helps to have a wetted spoon when scooping the caramel onto the pretzels: it won’t stick as much.
  3. Melt your chocolate in increments in the microwave to ensure that you don’t burn it. I like to do 15-20 seconds at a time. Stir. Repeat.
  4. I like to store these in the freezer but the fridge will work as well.
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: no-bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 turtle
  • Calories: 69
  • Sugar: 2.7g
  • Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.1g
  • Protein: 1.2g

Keywords: healthy turtles, chocolate turtles, pretzel turtles, healthy dessert