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Tahini Date Turtles

Tahini Date Turtles date with 3 pecans
Tahini Date Turtles date with 3 pecans

If you’re a fan of a quick and simple recipe that is still out of this world delicious, then you’re going to love my Tahini Date Turtles Recipe. These easy 5-ingredient turtles will become your new favorite treat. They only take 10 minutes to make and are so delicious. Great for the freezer; just pull one out when you need a sweet fix.

These Tahini Date Turtles are the best of both worlds; deliciously decadent with only good-for-you ingredients. The dates are stuffed with pecans and then coated in melted chocolate and tahini, creating a delicious and indulgent treat that is perfect for any occasion. Better than any turtle candies I have ever purchased.

Ingredients Overview

Dates: Medjool dates because they are larger, juicer, and more caramel-like in taste than other common types. 

Raw Pecans: You will want whole, raw pecans for this recipe.

Dark chocolate: You can use any chocolate you like; use dark dairy-free chocolate chip for a vegan version. 

Tahini: Made with 100% sesame seeds ground into a paste. Tahini here adds a satisfying richness and a gentle, nutty, savory taste that pairs so well with chocolate.

Pro- Tips

  • You could also make this Tahini Date Turtles Recipe with almonds instead of pecans if preferred.
  • You can toast the pecans in a skillet for a minute or two to get a more toasted taste.
  • Sprinkle the turtles with a pinch of coarse salt to boost up the flavors.
  • For some extra fun, experiment with other chocolate like milk chocolate, white chocolate, or any combination of these.

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Tahini Date Turtles date with 3 pecans

Tahini – Date Turtles

If you're a fan of a quick and simple recipe that is still out of this world delicious, then you're going to love this one.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: Heallthy Snack
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Freezing Time: 1 hour
Servings: 20 turtles


  • 20 unites about 200-300 grams Medjool dates, pitted (the fresher, the better)
  • 3.5 oz (100 grams) dark chocolate chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups whole pecans (3 units per turtle)
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) tahini paste (raw tahini)
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds or flax seeds


  • Carefully open the Medjool dates lengthways and remove the pit and stem (do not break them in half).
  • Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl and microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each time. Once the chocolate looks almost melted, stir the chocolate until it is completely smooth.
  • Lightly press three pecans into each date to create a triangle shape.
  • Fill the center of each date with one teaspoon of tahini.
  • With a spoon, drizzle enough chocolate to fill the date and hide where the pecan intersects with the dates.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds or flax seeds.
  • Freeze for a few hours and enjoy. Store in the freezer.


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Hi, I’m Rachel.

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