Christmas is almost here!!!
I’ve been slowly baking and getting some treats together for Christmas Eve and Christmas. Since I have a full time class now I felt like I was behind in the baking this year, but I’ve still managed to get some things baked just in time – including these Raw, Vegan Salted Turtles.
Adam and I are hosting Christmas Eve for the second time this year, which means the feast of seven fishes for the Italian side. I’m definitely looking forward to the mussels, prawns, baccala, salmon, and pasta. I also stocked up on panettone, cheese and pellegrino. A must.
We’re having 18 people over – though I’m not sure where we will all fit! Luckily the main floor of our house is open concept, so the living room, kitchen and dining room are all open and there’s lots of space for us to spread out, while still being able to socialize.
If you’re looking for a quick holiday treat to share this christmas, these turtles take no time, and little ingredients to prepare.
Today is also Adam and I’s six year anniversary – six years since our first date, and two years today since he proposed! I’ll do a full wedding re-cap in the new year, once all the christmas chaos is over.
- Dark Chocolate - 6-8 squares good quality dark chocolate
- 2 cups pitted Medjool Dates, fresh are best so they're nice and juicy
- 2 Tbs. Peanut butter - natural, creamy
- 3 Pecans per turtle - about 60
- sea salt
- Process dates in a food processor until they become a sticky and very thick in consistency - you may want to add a splash of hot water to help make a paste.
- Add in the peanut butter and process again.
- Using a small ice-cream, cookie scoop, scoop the date mixture onto a silpat or parchment paper in small rounds.
- Press 3 pecan halves into the date balls - making a star.
- In microwavable dish, heat chocolate on medium power setting for two minutes, stir until fully melted.
- Pour a small amount of sauce over each date/pecan ball using a small spoon, or a icing bag with the end snipped.
- Place in the fridge to set for at least 10 minutes - the chocolate will harden and hold everything together. Sprinkle with sea salt just before it's set.
- These keep well in the fridge in container for a few days, or freeze. allow to come to room temperature before serving.
- Alternatively, you can put the pecans down first and press the date mixture on top, then drizzle with chocolate.