Chocolate Turtles

Calling these “chocolate turtles” reminds me of this scene from The Office, so of course I wanted to call them turtles! They are over-the-top rich chocolate truffles — a dark chocolate ganache filled with a caramel-y nougat made of raw almonds, cashews, and walnuts and topped with a nut of your choosing! They are pretty easy and simple to make but with a pretty fancy-looking result. These would be great to serve at a holiday gathering or to give as a homemade gift. Feel free to experiment with the proportion of nuts — just make sure you have a total of 3/4 cup of nuts total. You’re going to want to serve these cold out of the freezer (the chocolate ganache will melt at room temperature).

*This has the potential to be raw if you use all raw ingredients. They will taste great either way.

Ingredients

Filling:

  • 1/8 cup agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • pinch of salt
  • touch of vanilla extract

Process walnuts, almonds, and cashews in a food processor into a fine meal. Slowly add agave nectar while continuing to process until you have a nice smooth dough (scrap down the sides of the bowl a few times). Form into walnut-sized balls and set on a parchment paper-lined baking tray. Place in freezer while you prepare the chocolate ganache.

Chocolate Ganache (store any leftover ganache in the freezer):

  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter
  • pinch of sea salt

Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender (I used a spice/coffee bean grinder, which worked well) until smooth. Take the filling out of the freezer and roll each of them separately in the ganache until completely covered (since the ganache is sticky, I use a spoon to do this — just put each ball in the bowl of ganache, use the spoon to cover it and then use the spoon to transfer back to the parchment-lined baking tray). Place a single nut on top of each truffle. Let set in freezer for at least an hour before serving. Store in freezer until ready to serve.

Yield: 12 turtles

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One response to “Chocolate Turtles

  1. I love that this recipe can be raw too! I cant wait to try it 🙂

    p.s. I’ve nominated your blog for a Liebster Blog award! Here’s my site: http://vegannotbsp.wordpress.com/

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