Chocolate Turtle Dessert Parfait {Gluten Free, Vegan}

I have never really been a candy person, nor have I been a dessert person for that matter.  Usually I am good with just a square of dark chocolate or a just a taste of something sweet to satisfy my sweet tooth….that was until I began making my own treats at home.

Around the time I started my blog, I also started experimenting with finding natural sources of sugar to make dessert.  While I still am not a sweets person per say, it kinda snowballed into seeing exactly what flavors I could create and now I’m a bit obsessed.

Recently, I made No Bake Carrot Cake Bites using Bard Valley Natural Delights Medjool Dates.  They were simple to make, naturally sweet and packed with potassium and perfect as a post workout snack.  Needless to say, I gobbled them all up along with another container of them in literally no time at all.  

HOWEVER, I still had a box of the Organic Medjool Dates hanging around and while I hesitated to break into it (seriously, I was eating the dates like candy after my workouts), I reserved it to make this ridiculously amazing Chocolate Turtle Dessert Parfait.

This Chocolate Turtle Parfait is gluten free, dairy free, vegan and packed with potassium making it the perfect post workout treat!

It wasn’t until I began eating Medjool dates by the container full that I realized how much they kinda taste like caramel only to find out that everyone else thinks so too (it’s a thing).  Anyway, with National Chocolate Caramel Day coming up and all, my first thought was to make Turtles which somehow spiraled into making this Chocolate Turtle Parfait.  

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This Chocolate Turtle Parfait is gluten free, dairy free, vegan and packed with potassium making it the perfect post workout treat! chocolate turtle 4 chocolate turtle 7

At first glance you’d probably think that it’s all sorts of unhealthy but once you dig in (see what I did there?), you’ll discover that it’s packed with plant protein, chia seeds and an entire layer of Medjool date “caramel”.  It contains TONS of potassium (50% more than bananas!!!) which makes this parfait the perfect way to TREAT YO SELF after a hard run or workout!

This Chocolate Turtle Parfait is gluten free, dairy free, vegan and packed with potassium making it the perfect post workout treat!

This Chocolate Turtle Parfait is gluten free, dairy free, vegan and packed with potassium making it the perfect post workout treat!



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  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ⅓ cup chia seeds
  • 30g scoop vegan chocolate protein powder
  • 10 Bard Valley Organic Medjool Dates, pitted
  • ⅓ cup whole pecans + more for topping, if desired
  • ½ cup vegan chocolate chips, melted



  1. Prepare chia pudding the night before by combining milk, chia seeds and protein powder in a mason jar.
  2. Shake vigorously then place lid and cap on top.
  3. Place in fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.  It will be done once the chia seeds have completely absorbed liquid.
  4. Later or the next day, prepare Medjool date caramel by pulsing the dates in a food processor along with hot water.  Add water in small increments until a creamy paste forms.  
  5. Remove chia pudding from fridge and then in a separate glass layer pudding, pecan halves, Medjool date caramel and melted chocolate chips [tip: melt & stir chocolate chips in 10-15 second increments].
  6. Top with chopped pecans, if desired.
  7. Enjoy! :)

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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Susie @ Suzlyfe
Reply March 17, 2017

If you weren't a dessert person after just SEEING this... something is wrong with you. Dessert PORN.

Reply March 17, 2017

This looks INSANE delicious and medjool date caramel . . .HELLO!

Patricia @Sweet and Strong
Reply March 17, 2017

This looks amazing, that date caramel, YUM! I wish I wasn't but I totally am a sweet person. But I do love how dates really do satisfy my sweet tooth, they are so delicious.

Reply March 17, 2017

Oh my LORD. This isamazing. Brilliant. Date caramel is a gift to this world. But mixed with chocolate? DIE.

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply March 17, 2017

Ohhh my! You've outdone yourself with this one! That drizzle is legit!

Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy
Reply March 17, 2017

Holy moly, this looks like a restaurant quality dessert. Feed me!

Reply March 17, 2017

Oh my gosh! This is beautiful and sounds amazing! I love dates, and yes they taste like caramel! Yum!
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Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply March 17, 2017


Jamie king
Reply March 17, 2017

OMG, THIS LOOKS INCREDIBLE! I want to be you, or i just want you to come and make me desserts. :) xoxox

Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner
Reply March 17, 2017

Genius idea to make the caramel out of dates!! Love it
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Reply March 17, 2017

This looks AMAZING!!

Reply March 17, 2017

Please excuse me as I wipe up this drool from my computer!!! OMG Annmarie, this looks SO good!
My husband saw the pic and was floored! He asked if I had all the ingredients to make it this weekend! I def need more dates and then it is ON!!!!
Thank you for sharing such a creative recipe!

Dorothy@ Fitness
Reply March 19, 2017

Truly happy to have found your blog, it's like I'm in heaven! Love the recipe. It looks so rich and delicious. Thank you for sharing!
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