Paleo Turtles AKA Caramel Pecan Clusters

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These Paleo Turtles or Caramel Pecan Clusters feature nuts covered in an easy homemade Paleo Caramel Sauce then covered with allergy-friendly chocolate. They’re the perfect treat and a cinch to make!
Paleo Turtles or Pecan Clusters

I LOVE chocolate turtles!!! I grew up calling these turtles but I’ve noticed that many people call them Caramel Pecan Clusters. Either way, no matter what you call them they’re delicious!

Nuts covered in caramel sauce with chocolate poured over the top. What’s not to love? And to make them even better, they’re simple to make using easy to find allergy-friendly ingredients without soy, dairy, and processed sugar.

here are the steps:
Nuts In Caramel Sauce

Start with the caramel: Melt 2 Tbsp. of butter (can use non-dairy), 1/4 Cup of coconut palm sugar, and 1 Tbsp. honey in a saucpan over medium heat.

Remove from heat, then add a pinch of salt, vanilla, and the nuts of your choosing. Typically turtles use pecans, but walnuts are all I had on hand so that’s what I used 😊

Paleo Turtles - Chocolate Being Drizzled Over The ClustersAfter that, place tablespoon-sized amounts of the caramel/nut mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet then drizzle with some allergy-friendly melted chocolate. I prefer to use Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips because they are free of the top allergens and are high quality. If you do choose to use a different brand, only use high quality chocolate because the brand you choose will highly effect the taste of your turtles.

That’s it!! Now all you have to do is place them in the fridge until the chocolate hardens – around 30 minutes! Enjoy your Paleo Turtles or Caramel Pecan Clusters – whichever you prefer to call them πŸ™‚

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Paleo Turtles - Collage

Looking for more Paleo & Keto dessert recipes? Check out my No-Bake Keto Brownie Bites, Keto or Paleo Peanut Butter Cups, and Elana Amsterdams’s Peppermint Patties.

Prefer Keto: Check out my Keto Creamy Caramel Sauce and Keto Turtles recipe 😊

close up of paleo turtle

Paleo Turtles or Pecan Clusters

These Paleo Turtles or Pecan Clusters feature nuts covered in an easy homemade Paleo Caramel Sauce then covered with allergy-friendly chocolate. They're the perfect treat and a cinch to make!
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Course: Candy, Dessert, gluten free, Healthy, paleo
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Paleo Caramel Pecan Clusters, Paleo Chocolate Pecan Clusters, Paleo Pecan Clusters, Paleo Turtles
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 186kcal
Author: Cassidy

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  • 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.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, salt, and nuts.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop tablespoon-sized amounts of the mixture onto the paper.
  • Place uncovered in refrigerator while you make the chocolate coating.
  • 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 OR Melt in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring well after each increment.
  • Drop 1 to 2 tsp. of the chocolate over each caramel cluster, spreading gently to coat.
  • Place back in fridge until set... 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Store in a sealed container in the fridge.
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Nutrition Facts
Paleo Turtles or Pecan Clusters
Amount Per Serving
Calories 186 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 29mg 1%
Potassium 30mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 4g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 1.5%
Calcium 0.5%
Iron 19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information is approximate and may vary.


Note- The caramel sauce above was created just for this recipe. If you’re looking for a Paleo Caramel Sauce to be used as a dip or topping you can find my recipe here: Thick & Creamy Paleo Caramel Sauce.

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Paleo Turtle With Bite Taken Out

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

Posted October 20, 2018 by Cassidy in Desserts, Egg Free, Paleo / 16 Comments


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16 responses to “Paleo Turtles AKA Caramel Pecan Clusters

  1. June

    These look delicious and the caramel is so simple! Do you know if maple syrup can be substituted for the honey?

    Thank you!

    • Hi June! I haven’t tried it so I really don’t know and can’t say for sure. The only problem I might forsee is that maple syrup isn’t quite as thick as honey so the caramel might not set up and harden as much, but I’d imagine it would probably work. If you try it let me know how it turns out and what you think!!!

  2. Oh my goodness, these look like pure heaven to me. Is it bad that I want them with my tea at 9am? I’m out of pecans, but might just have to whip these up with some other nuts.

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