Keto Chocolate Caramel Turtles

Keto Chocolate Caramel Turtles


A few of few you had some trouble with the caramel part of this recipe, so I’ve decided to do a quick video tutorial for you to walk you step by step. Watch it here on my instagram highlights. Make sure to follow me on Instagram as well for more recipes and keto tips!

I am now specifying exactly which sweetener to use since many of you messaged me about it having a gritty consistency. I only recommend Lakanto Classic, since it dissolves more easily, as opposed to pure erythritol which doesn’t. I increased the sweetener amount to 2 tablespoons. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email by clicking on the contact link on the homepage. I’m always here and happy to help!

Low Carb Chocolate Caramel Turtles

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The perfect low carb, crunchy, chewy, and chocolatey treat for the holidays



  1. Prepare the pecans. Toast them on a dry skillet for 1-2 minutes until fragrant and browned lightly. Set aside.
  2. Click here for a quick tutorial on the caramel sauce! In another 8 inch, non stick pan, on VERY LOW HEAT, melt the butter and cook till deep golden brown. DO NOT STIR. Should take 18-22 minutes.
  3. Pour in the cream slowly and stir gently to combine.
  4. Allow to simmer for 1-2 minutes. Add Lakanto Classic. Adding a pinch of salt is also an option. Stir continuously. Let it cook till it begins to thicken, about 5 mins. Turn off heat.
  5. If the mixture has broken and begun to separate,
  6. Allow it cool down a bit and then blend it in the blender for 1-2 minutes on high. I used my Magic Bullet and it worked well!
  7. Pour the caramel into a glass jar. Continue to stir while it cools. Once cooled to room temperature (definitely not hot!) I like to place it in the fridge to speed up the hardening process. It can take anywhere from 30-50 mins in the refrigerator. You’re looking for the consistency of smooth peanut butter. If it separates again during the cooling process, stir with a spoon until it’s combined and smooth, no need to put it back in the blender.
  8. The end results should be smooth and creamy, dulce de leche type caramel, almost the consistency of smooth peanut butter. If it’s too runny, leave it in the fridge for a little while longer. If it’s too thick, place the jar in a bowl of warm water.IMG_2312
  9. In a double boiler (or microwave) remove chocolate squares from wrappers and melt the until it’s smooth but still thick, you don’t want it too runny. Allow the chocolate to cool a bit so it won’t melt the caramel when you assemble your turtles.IMG_2320
  10. Arrange pecans on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I clustered them in groups of 3.IMG_2323
  11. With a small spoon, pour about a tbsp of caramel over the pecans focusing on the center.IMG_2331
  12. Once they are all covered in caramel, place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 10 minutes to allow the caramel to harden.IMG_2341
  13. Once hardened, remove from freezer and layer on about 1 tbsp of chocolate over each piece of candy.IMG_2352
  14. Once complete, place back in freezer for 10 minutes and then store in a container in the refrigerator.IMG_2367

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36 thoughts on “Keto Chocolate Caramel Turtles

    1. Hi Susan! Yes, only 1/2 tbsp in the “caramel” as the chocolate is pre-sweetened. I used monk fruit which is very concentrated even though the packaging says 1:1 sweetness ratio to sugar.

      As with any recipe you can always adjust the sweetener to your taste. 😊

      1. But the sweetener you linked to IS erythritol, with monk fruit extract. As far as I know, all monkfruit sweeteners are a combination erythritol and monkfruit. Similar to the erythritol/stevia blends like Swerve.

      2. Right, but Swerve Brown does not contain monk fruit extract. You’re free to try it, of course. I just advise against it because it will crystallize and harden if it’s pure erythritol like Swerve is.

  1. Well these look terrific! When I was a kiddo back in the dark ages we made turtle cookies…chocolate chip cookie dough w/o the chips, then a layer of caramel and melted chips on top..and the pecan feet of course. Loved those. Just ran into your site. Really beautiful photos and your recipes all look fabulous. Thank you.

    1. Hi Jillian! Thank you for visiting and the kind words. Those cookies sound delicious! Hope you get to enjoy these! 💛

  2. I made these for Thanksgiving. Everyone loved them! Even the kiddos…they had no idea they weren’t made with traditional sugar. I had leftover caramel that I kept in the fridge. I just made twelve more turtles to take on a road trip! Great recipe!!!

    1. It makes me so happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed them! Thank you so much for letting me know. Happy Holidays, Shantel!

  3. I just tried these for Christmas dinner. They failed so spectacularly. The liquid tastes 100% like melted butter, and I couldn’t get it to meld together, no matter the blending. We added more cream and more monk fruit to the liquidy butter mixture, and managed to get the cream to form into dulce de leche like caramel, but no matter what we did (blended, whisked hard) we couldn’t get it to incorporate. We strained the caramel-like substance out of the now clarified butter and poured that onto pecans, but only got 8 turtles’ worth. We’ll see how they taste! haha.

    Is it an altitude problem? I’m at 4600 feet…. nothing works the same here lol. Is my monk fruit way less concentrated than yours? Did I not have the heat up high enough? I had it on LOW but my sister said it probably needed to be closer to medium in order to get anything to thicken — once she turned the heat up, it did thicken, but that’s when we got the caramel within clarified butter.

    Where did I go wrong??

    1. Hi! I’m sorry to hear about the trouble. The caramel can be a little tricky. With mine putting it in the blender for a minute or maybe a bit longer helps, so I’m not sure what went wrong there.

      The thickening doesn’t happen until it cools in the fridge. We’re you able to put it in there for at least 30 mins or longer. If it gets too thick you can thin it out by putting the jar in some hot water for a couple minutes to thin it out.

      As far as the sweetness goes, you can certainly add more monkfruit but once it’s put together with the chocolate the sweetness balances out. I haven’t heard anyone mention they weren’t sweet enough yet. But it’s all a matter of preference I suppose.

      I’m not too familiar with cooking and baking at a high altitude so I couldn’t tell you about that.

      Let me know how the 8 that you were able to make turned out. Happy Holidays!

      1. I did have it in the fridge for just about 40 minutes. It looked like sweetened condensed milk lol. I think I might have not had it up high enough to get it to thicken at all. I’ll have to try again. The 8 we got to work did taste really good!! I’ll try again. They’ll be worth it 🙂

      2. Ok. Perhaps it was the altitude. I wish I was more help! But I will try to film a tutorial on the caramel soon because I know how tricky it can be!

  4. Hi, thank you for the recipe! Can’t wait to try it. Maybe I missed it, but did you post the nutritional value somewhere? I’m having trouble analyzing it on the recipe calculator site. Thank you!

    1. Hi Julia! I’m sorry I don’t have the macros calculated for my recipes but recently “Guiltless Keto Magazine” featured my recipe and they calculated less than 2g net carbs per “turtle”. I hope that helps!

  5. I followed the recipe exactly, and the “caramel” tastes like eating a stick of butter, and the consistency like thick white condensed milk.Big disappointment.

  6. I followed the recipe and my Carmel sauce was a little bit grainy texture to it but they tasted soooooo good. My oldest daughter just asked me for the recipe and she doesn’t do keto way of eating except when she and her kids eT here with my husband and I. My 2 year old granddaughter pretty much eats anything I fix and says it’s delicious. My husband really loved them as did I. Will be making it again. I think my mistake was that I used half of monk fruit sweetener and half erithitol together because I didn’t have enough to do full monk fruit. I bought a pound of it on Amazon so I know I have enough this time. Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipe. I’m making a copy now for my mother in law who wants to try keto way of eating.

    1. Hi Melinda! Sorry for the confusion so the sweetener I used was Lakanto Classic, it’s basically an erythritol and monkfruit blend, not pure monkfruit. I prefer to use that because the granules dissolve, similar to real sugar. Pure erythritol granules do not dissolve and can give you that undesirable grittiness. For best results I definitely recommend Lakanto Classic or Lakanto Golden. ❤️

  7. These look really great! I was wondering what you thought about grinding the Lankanto classic to make a powdered sweetener before adding it to the mixture? I just wonder if that would help with any of the consistency or grittiness issues some have experienced. Anxious to try this!! Thank you.

    1. Hi there! So sorry for the incredibly late reply. I think that could help some but I’m actually working on a caramel recipe using allulose which is a rare sugar with no glycemic effect. Because it’s real sugar it will completely dissolve when heated unlike erythritol based sweeteners like Lakanto.

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