These Paleo Vegan Pecan Turtles are simple to make, no-bake, and so tasty. A healthy version of the classic candy. Sweet caramel on top of crunchy pecans and topped with chocolate. They are gluten free, dairy free, low FODMAP and naturally sweetened.
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These are a classic candy and I found a way to make them super simple while still keeping them decadent and sweet.
Dairy Free and Vegan Caramel
A caramel made with No Sugar Added SunButter, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla comes together quickly and is the star of the recipe. It’s mixed together and then needs to chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours so it’s thick enough to form into balls to place on top of the pecans. You will be so amazed at how much this mixture truly tastes like traditional caramel.
Assembling the Candy
These are really easy to make. Line a sheet tray with parchment paper and start forming the pecans together to make the shape of a turtle. 4 halves for the legs and then a small piece for the head. Once the caramel has chilled, scoop 1 tablespoon in the middle of the pecans, rearranging as necessary. Then chocolate is melted and spooned over the top. Place in the fridge to set and then enjoy.
Low FODMAP Candy
These turtles are low FODMAP by using SunButter as the base and maple syrup as the sweetener. Pecans are naturally low FODMAP and so is chocolate.
Choosing a Paleo Chocolate
When choosing a chocolate I like to make sure it’s dairy and soy free most importantly. Then I try to make sure it’s Fair Trade. Alter Eco, Equal Exchange, and Guittard all make chocolate that fits those requirements, but they are sweetened with cane sugar. Santa Barbara Chocolate makes unsweetened chocolate chips (that would work here) and a coconut sugar version. I hope that helps when you are finding one that works for you.
I think you will love these paleo vegan pecan turtles and they would make a great holiday treat.
*Note that while SunButter is nut-free, these are not because of the pecans. SunButter is my top choice because it makes the best caramel and keeps them low FODMAP.
Paleo Vegan Pecan Turtles
- 1/2 cup No Sugar Added SunButter
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup melted refined coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 68 pecan halves
- 1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips
- In a medium bowl, combine the SunButter, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla. Mix well until smooth and combined. Cover and place in the fridge at least 2 hours to harden.
- While the caramel is hardening, get the pecans ready. Place parchment paper on a large sheet tray and arrange the pecan halves to form turtle legs. This will make 17 turtles with 4 pecan halves each.
- Once the caramel has set, scoop 1 tablespoon out and roll into a ball. Press on to the middle of the pecans and adjust them as needed. Place a small piece of pecan to make the head of the turtle. Repeat with the remaining caramel until all are finished.
- Melt the chocolate chips in a small bowl in 30 second increments until melted and smooth, about 1-2 minutes in the microwave. Scoop a small amount over each turtle and spread over the caramel. Place them all in the fridge to set.
- These are best stored in the fridge, but can be left at room temperature for a couple hours if you are serving them at a party or packing them and taking them somewhere.