Healthy Pecan Chocolate Turtle Bars

These healthy turtle candy bars are layered with date caramel and sugar-free chocolate then topped with crunchy pecans to make the most decadent treat!

Halloween is just around the corner so I’ve really turned up my healthy candy making skills. I found bulk pecans on sale the other day and quickly decided to make pecan chocolate turtles like the ones my grandma always made except these ones are gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free plus high in protein!

I used PEScience Gourmet vanilla protein powder in the base layer of these bars which not only boosts the protein content but also sweetens it without having to add sugar. Double yay! You can get 30% off all PEScience products by using code PBCHOCO at checkout on their website

Healthy Pecan Chocolate Turtle Bars

Healthy Pecan Chocolate Turtle Bars


  • 1 c rolled oats
  • 32g vanilla protein PEScience 30% OFF code PBCHOCO, vegan if necessary
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1/4 c natural almond butter
  • 1/4 c all natural sugar-free maple syrup Joseph's
  • Carramel Layer
  • 12 dates, pitted
  • 1/4 c + 1 tbsp all natural almond butter
  • 2 tbsp all natural sugar-free maple syrup
  • Chocolate Layer
  • sugar-free chocolate bar (80g) Lily's
  • Other
  • 1/4 c pecans


  • Place all base ingredients into a food processor and blend until combined. Remove and press into a loaf pan lined with plastic or parchment paper. Place in the freezer while you prepare your caramel layer.
  • Place all caramel ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. You will need to stop and scrape the sides from time to time. Press the caramel evenly over the base.
  • Melt chocolate bar and pour evenly over the caramel layer and spread using a rubber spatula. Top with pecans and place in the freezer for 1 hour before cutting into slices and serving.


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