Chocolate Turtle Pie {Vegan, Paleo}

Chocolate Pecan Pie made healthier!! Luscious chocolate filling, smooth caramel and buttery pecans on a flaky shortbread crust. NO grains/gluten, sugar, eggs, or dairy! This pie is 100% Vegan & Paleo friendly 🙂
Chocolate Turtle Pie

Paleo & Vegan Chocolate Pecan Pie

Are you ready for a recipe makeover?

I recreated one of my favorite desserts, Chocolate Turtle Pie, and made it much healthier using whole foods. So, YES, you can have your pie and eat it, too! 😉

Have YOU ever experienced the amazingness that is chocolate turtle? It’s the scrumptious combination of chocolate, CARAMEL, and pecans!

But in this pie, you won’t find any sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup, bleached flour, or refined sugar in this recipe. So what’s it made of?? Unconventional ingredients that are delicious and good for you!Chocolate Turtle Pie

Secretly Made with Avocado!

The chocolate filling is made with (gasp!) AVOCADO. (And no, it doesn’t taste like guac! Haha!) They make it so smoooooth and creamy.

Avocados make the perfect healthy swap for traditional chocolate pie filling. Blended with maple syrup, cacao and coconut oil, avocado takes on a delicious rich chocolate flavor that you don’t have to regret eating. And avocados are SO incredibly good for you. 
Rich, creamy chocolate topped with sweet caramel and toasted pecans on a buttery crisp crust. But made healthier using whole foods!

How to make Quick & Easy Dairy-Free Caramel

This pie has a thick layer of caramel spread on the chocolate.

But it’s made with 1 ingredient:

DATES! Have you tried date caramel? It’s super easy to make and has a similar flavor to conventional caramel, but it’s vegan, Paleo and full of healthy fiber!
Rich, creamy chocolate topped with sweet caramel and toasted pecans on a buttery crisp crust. But made healthier using whole foods!

Crisp Toasted PECANS

Don’t even get me started on PECANS. Freshly roasted with a touch of sea salt… Mmmm!

But when you combine them with chocolate and caramel! It elevates them to a whole other level.Rich, creamy chocolate topped with sweet caramel and toasted pecans on a buttery crisp crust. But made healthier using whole foods!

This pie would be a wonderful addition to your holiday menu! Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any fall party!

If you’re looking for more healthy and festive desserts, check out my Cinnamon Maple Crunch Pie or  Secret Ingredient Chocolate Silk Pie! 

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Chocolate Turtle Pie

Chocolate Turtle Pie

Rich, creamy chocolate topped with sweet caramel and toasted pecans on a buttery crisp crust. But made healthier using whole foods!
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Keyword: avocado, gluten-free, grain-free, paleo, pie, vegan
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 10 slices
Author: Emily



  • 2 1/4 cups almond flour
  • 4 1/2 Tbs oil I used almond
  • 1 1/2 Tbs maple syrup
  • 1 Tbs ground flax + 1 Tbs water
  • 1/4 tsp pink salt

Chocolate Filling:

  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder to taste
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup to taste
  • 1 Tbs vanilla extract
  • 1/16 tsp almond extract
  • 1/16 tsp pink salt

Caramel Layer:

  • 1 heaping cup medjool dates pitted
  • Water to soak
  • Pinch of pink salt
  • Dash of vanilla optional


  • 1 cup pecan halves roasted


To make the crust:

  • Preheat oven to 350. Lightly oil a pie plate.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine flour and salt.
  • In a small cup, combine flax, water, oil and maple syrup.
  • Pour wet over dry and mix well. Press into a standard size pie dish.
  • Bake for 16-20 minutes until lightly golden. Set aside to cool.

To make the chocolate filling:

  • Add avocados to food processor and blend well.
  • Warm coconut oil gently in a glass measuring cup in the microwave.
  • Add warm oil and remaining ingredients to taste (add more syrup or cacao, if needed).
  • Spread over cooled crust. Set in the fridge while you prepare the caramel.

To make the caramel layer:

  • Place pitted dates in a bowl and cover with water (about 1/2 cup).
  • Soak for 30 minutes. Remove dates from water and place in food processor, but SAVE the water.
  • Blend dates, vanilla and salt then stream in water and until desired consistency is achieved (about 3-4 Tbs).
  • Spread caramel on top of chocolate layer. Decorate with pecans.
  • Refrigerate for 3 hours to set. Enjoy!


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Featured Products:
Food processor from Amazon
Cacao Powder here on Amazon
Blanched Almond Flour here on Amazon
Nutiva coconut oil: here on Amazon
I always buy avocados from ALDI -- they're frequently on sale for 59 Cents 🙂
To Store: Keep refrigerated or frozen. If frozen, set out at room temp for 30-45 minutes before serving. (I LOVED it from the freezer!)
Should keep about 5 days in the fridge, but it's best consumed within 2-3 days, since the crust will soften slightly the longer it sits.
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  1. Celyne says:

    It was a perfect and delicious Easter dessert!
    Since I like to personalize recipes I did this: once the pecans were roasted, I added some maple syrup to the pan and let them caramelize a bit; I then let them to cool on parchment paper. I made extra maple-covered pecans to nibble on…

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