Holy Turtle

I definitely have a sweet tooth. So, in an effort to have the occasional healthy sweet treat, I created this recipe.  The intent was, no white sugar - but just as sweet and satisfying.  I began with the amazingly sweet, and full of nutrition - Medjool dates. My inspiration was the turtle. A gooey, caramely, nutty, chocolatey classic! This is a healthier version but, by no means low in calories. You only need one to satisfy that sweet tooth!

Ingredients:

  • 8 Medjool Dates, ground into paste in food processor
  • ½ c. raw, unsalted almonds, ground in a food processor
  • ½ c. raw, unsalted pecans, ground
  • ½ c. raw, unsalted walnuts, ground
  • ½ c. raw, unsalted cashews, chopped
  • ¼ raisins
  • ¼ c. dried cranberries
  • ¼ c. pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ c. sunflower seeds
  • ¼ c. sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ c. organic unsalted almond butter
  • ¼ c. Ghee (or butter)
  • ¼ c. maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ½ c. 60-70% dark chocolate chips

Directions:

Combine first 11 ingredients in a bowl and mix together with hands until completely blended.

In a saucepan combine ghee, almond butter, maple syrup over low heat just until it boils and is a smooth consistency. Add water and continue to stir. Take off heat and add vanilla. Pour into the fruit and nut mixture. Roll into balls and place on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Meanwhile, melt chocolate chips in microwave for 1-2 minutes (be careful to check so it doesn’t burn)… After one minute, stir with a wooden spoon, microwave on high 30 sec. and stir again. Continue heating 30-second intervals until completely melted and smooth. Drizzle with a knife or small wooden spoon over each ball. Let the pan sit in a cool area for 1 hour until the chocolate hardens. Can be stored in a tin in a cool place or refrigerated.

Delicious and so good for you…

These treats have nuts, seeds, and dried fruit, which are full of anti-oxidants, heart-healthy fats, fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. Medjool dates are particularly fiber-rich, high in potassium, copper, magnesium and manganese. They keep you full, aid in digestion, provide energy boost and help maintain a healthy nervous system.The chocolate is also a health bonus in small portions. According to a large study in the European Heart Journal, dark chocolate (60% or higher) can lower risk of heart attack, stroke and can lower blood pressure.*


*Buijsse,et al.European Heart Journal 2010;31: 1616-1623

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