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No Bake Turtle Brownies (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

  • Author: purelykaylie
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 16 brownies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No-Bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


These no bake turtle brownies are rich, decadent, and so delicious! It’s a soft and chewy brownie topped with caramel, crushed pecans, and mini chocolate chips. 




  • 1.5 cups raw walnuts
  • 1.5 cups raw almonds
  • 2 + 1/2 cup medjool dates, packed
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • 2 cups medjool dates, packed
  • 24 tbsp water, as needed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  • 1/2 cup crushed pecans
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Create the brownie layer: add walnuts, almonds, pitted medjool dates, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and salt to a food processor. Process/pulse until a sticky brownie dough is formed.
  2. Line a square baking dish with parchment paper. Use clean hands to press the brownie dough across the base of the dish. 
  3. Create the caramel layer: add pitted medjool dates, water, vanilla extract, and salt to a food processor. Process/pulse until a smooth, caramel-like spread is formed. *See notes below. 
  4. Spread the caramel across the brownie layer. Then, add crushed pecans on top. Gently press them into the caramel layer. Next, add mini chocolate chips on top. Gently press them over the pecans. 
  5. Freeze the turtle brownies for 1 hour. After, slice and serve. 


*To create the smooth caramel layer: Process/pulse the ingredients. Stop the food processor periodically and scrape down the sides, pushing the dates toward the center blades. Process/pulse again. Repeat until a nearly smooth, caramel-like spread is formed. 


  • Serving Size: 1 brownie
  • Calories: 396
  • Sugar: 49g
  • Fat: 18.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 60g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Protein: 7g

Keywords: no bake turtle brownies, raw turtle brownies, salted caramel brownies