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Bring These Homemade Chocolate Turtles To Your Next Holiday Party

12/15/2014 07:24 EST | Updated 02/14/2015 05:59 EST

Turtle chocolates are a favourite of many during the holidays. Since December is a time for indulgence, I wanted to try a healthier version of this sweet treat.

There are three simple ingredients: dates, pecans, and chocolate. And unlike most homemade Christmas treats, you don't even need to turn on the oven or use piles of dishes and utensils (like I always do :-)).

These little delights make great Christmas gifts!

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Homemade Chocolate Turtles

Makes about two dozen

Ingredients:

48 pecan halves

12 medjool dates

3/4 cups chocolate chips, melted (your choice: dark or milk)

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Directions:

1. Cut dates in half lengthwise and remove pits. Shape each piece into a circle with your fingers. Place the date circles on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, sticky side up.

2. Press two pecan halves into the center of the date circles.

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3. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or in a glass bowl in top of a saucepan with boiling water.

4. Spoon half a teaspoon of melted chocolate into the center of the pecans. Place in the freezer for five minutes to harden.

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5. Once the chocolate has hardened, flip the turtles over so that the pecans are on the bottom. Coat each turtle with a spoonful of melted chocolate. Repeat with remaining, and let cool in freezer for 10 minutes until the chocolate hardens.

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Source: Wealth of Health