Clean Eating Vegan Chocolate Covered Turtles…a Vitamix recipe made with only 6 clean ingredients and it’s “almost” raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, no-bake, paleo-friendly and contains no refined sugar.
These Clean Eating Vegan Chocolate Covered Turtles are special not only because they don’t contain a lot of refined sugar and dairy, but for another reason.
Instead of making them the traditional way, with solid pecan halves, I used chopped pecans. And a lot of them!
So you have a crunchy, caramel pecan mixture with pecans in every single bite.
I like them better this way because you get a true pecan flavor.
These are really simple to make and takes less than 15 minutes to prepare using only 6 clean ingredients.
Traditional turtles (either store-bought or homemade) are made with lots of refined sugar and dairy.
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Demet’s Original Turtles Ingredients:
Ingredients: Sugar, Pecans, Corn Syrup, Nonfat Milk, Cocoa Butter, Chocolate, Palm Oil, Invert Sugar Syrup, Milk Fat, and, Less Than 1.5% of: Lactose, Sodium Caseinate, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Artificial Flavors, Caramel Color. (source)
FoodFacts.com Rating: “F:
They are full of refined sugar and GMO’s (corn syrup, soy lecithin), dairy and have artificial flavors.
And the homemade version isn’t much better:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Chocolate Covered Turtle Ingredients:
Typical Ingredients: 7 1/2 cups pecan halves, 8 tbs butter, 2 cups corn syrup, 1/2 cup milk, 2 cups sugar, 1 twelve-ounce can evaporated milk, 1 pound semisweet chocolate
Even more dairy and a lot of refined sugar!
This healthier version is made with clean, real food ingredients and are “almost raw”, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, no-bake, paleo-friendly and contain no refined sugar.
Want more healthy dessert recipes? Check out my Healthy Peanut Butter Cups, Crispy Peanut Butter Protein Cups, Clean Eating Chocolate Crunch Bars or my Clean Eating Cookbook with an entire chapter of 20 healthy, clean eating dessert recipes just like this one that you will love!
5 Fast Facts About Pecans:*
- contains naturally occurring anti-oxidants
- helps to lower cholesterol
- high quality source of protein
- contains more 19 vitamins and minerals
- excellent source of vitamin E
5 Fast Facts About Medjool Dates:*
- natural energy booster
- high in iron content
- rich in potassium
- good source of dietary fiber
- excellent source of vegan protein
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:*
- super high in lauric acid
- rich in antioxidants
- contains natural microbial and anti-bacterial agents
- helps to improve metabolism
- improves cholesterol levels
5 Fast Facts About Almonds (Almond Butter)*
- helps to regulate cholesterol and blood pressure
- energy booster
- loaded with calcium and fiber
- 1/4 cup contains 8 grams of vegan protein
- high in anti-oxidants
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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Tip #1: This recipe can be made with homemade almond butter using your Vitamix. For more recipes you can make with a Vitamix, visit my Vitamix Recipe Index page for more inspiration! I like to make my own homemade almond butter because I have control over the quality of almonds that are used (raw, unpasteurized) and there are no unnecessary ingredients added.
Tip#2: These are best right out of the freezer and will need to be kept cold or they will get soft and lose their shape at room temperature.
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