Yummy Vegan Chocolate Turtles - A Perfect Treat for Valentine's Day

One of the best ways to improve your health is to eat foods that you've prepared. Many conventional, packaged food products (including chocolate) may seem convenient and affordable, but they are filled with potentially harmful ingredients and tonnes of refined sugar.  These types of foods spike blood sugar and have almost no nutritional value. 

Consuming too much sugar can lead to type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease and inflammation in the body.  Highly processed food, sugars, food additives and sweeteners make it difficult for our body to digest.   

I've found a healthy alternative to the standard Turtle chocolates. While I'm a big fan of chocolate, I'm not a fan of eating products filled with refined sugars, additives, colours and preservatives.  I prefer to eat food, even if it's a cheat meal or healthy dessert, that I've prepared myself.

These vegan chocolate turtles are perfect for a sweet treat after a meal and easy-peasy to make.  Plus there's no baking required!

Yummy Vegan Chocolate Turtles
Serves 2
*Vegan
*Gluten-free


Ingredients
4 Medjool dates, pitted and halved 8 raw pecan halves
⅓ cup dark chocolate chips*
½ teaspoon coconut oil
Coarse sea salt, for sprinkling

Directions:
1. Melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil together in a double boiler over the stove and set aside.
2. Press a pecan half into each of the eight date halves, then top with about a teaspoon of melted dark chocolate, to cover the top and sides.
3. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt, then place in the freezer to set for 10 minutes, or until the chocolate coating is firm.

Serve immediately, or store in the fridge until ready to serve. 

These yummy vegan chocolate turtles should stay fresh for a week, when stored in the fridge.

*Nutritional tip - Pecans are high in healthy fats and help burn calories. 

Coconut oil promotes weight loss and is a great source of energy.  It remains stable at high temperature and is a great source of lauric acid.  

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