Caramel Nut Clusters AKA Turtles {Gluten, Dairy, & Soy Free}

I LOVE chocolate turtles!!! In all the recipes I’ve seen they’re called caramel clusters… am I the only one who calls them turtles? Anyway, whatever you call them they are delicious – nuts covered in caramel sauce with chocolate poured over the top. What’s not to love? I used peanuts because that’s what I had on hand, but you can use any kind of nut you like. I think pecans are my favorite, but the peanuts were sure good too.


Caramel Nut Clusters AKA Turtles
  • 2 Tbsp. Earth Balance butter or non-hydrogenated shortening
  • ¼ C coconut palm sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla
  • pinch of salt (optional)
  • ¾ C peanuts, pecans, or macadamia nuts
  • 1 C dairy free chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. non-hydrogenated shortening (you can substitute butter, but it doesn't work as good)
  1. For the caramel sauce: In a small saucepan, mix together the butter, sugar, and honey over medium heat. Stir continually and bring to a boil.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, salt, and nuts.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop tablespoon-sized amounts of the mixture onto the paper.
  4. Place uncovered in refrigerator while you make the chocolate coating.
  5. In a heatproof bowl, add the chocolate and 1 tsp. shortening. Then, place over simmering water being careful that the water doesn't touch the bottom of the bowl. Stir until completely melted.
  6. Drop 2 tsp. of the chocolate over each caramel cluster, spreading gently to coat.
  7. Place back in fridge until set... 30 minutes to an hour.
  8. Store in a sealed container in the fridge.




this post is part of Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Gluten free Wednesdays, and Allergy Free Wednesdays

Posted October 25, 2011 by Cassidy in Desserts / 9 Comments


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