Sometimes, you just want a bite of dessert. To me, it’s not even sometimes, it’s usually. It’s the reason I make Oatmeal Powerballs and Chocolate Date Truffles. I’m always on the lookout for something to add to my list.

I ran across this recipe for 3-Ingredient Chocolate Turtles. This week, I wanted to try them, but I didn’t exactly have the ingredients on hand and I’m not sure I like pecans. I might, I’m just not sure.

So, here’s my adaptation of chocolate turtles — and it will take a lot of discipline to not make them ALL THE TIME! I only made enough for six servings, but this recipe could easily be adapted to any amount.

I think a lot of people have an aversion of dates; I know I did when I first started using them. I encourage you to try some of these recipes using dates. They are naturally sweetened and taste great in these recipes, especially when mixed with chocolate.

Chocolate Turtles

  • About 4-6 dates, depending upon size (Medjool would work but I just used regular dates
  • 6 almonds, toasted
  • About a 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips (not technically “real food” but one of the few exceptions that I make)

Depending upon the size of the dates that you have, you have two options. Slice the dates and rest an almond on top of each. (Easily done because the dates will be sticky once sliced.) Or, cut a slit into each date and tuck an almond inside. (I actually used both these techniques because the size of the dates I had varied.)

Melt the chocolate chips in a small bowl in the microwave. (You could also use a double boiler but the microwave works fine, it’s quick and requires fewer dishes.)

Roll each date/almond combination in the melted chocolate and place on wax paper to harden. You can top them into the freezer for a few minutes if you need that chocolate fix right away and want to speed up the process. They take about 10 minutes to harden in the freezer.

In my opinion, these six turtles serve two people.