Healthy Homemade Turtles (Gluten Free + Grain Free)

You like chocolate, right?

Who doesn’t?

If you’re a woman who’s suffering with PMS, then you might even like chocolate more so than the average person! Don’t worry, this is normal and common. 

There’s a good chance your cravings for chocolate are indicating a few things – 

1. you need some magnesium (which helps to relieve cramps, bonus!) 
2. you need to balance your blood sugar more effectively

I know you’ve heard me say it before and I’m going to say it again, “chocolate contains a boat-load of magnesium, and magnesium is needed for detoxification and is great for relieving cramps, tension and stress.” It’s true. I hate to repeat this over and over and over again, but if you’re not taking magnesium already, well get some! I love the magnesium bisglycinate powder by CanPrev.

Especially if you’re suffering with PMS symptoms, dealing with a lot of stressors, have issues with sleep, and just can’t seem to calm down, magnesium will be your saviour! Trust me on this. 

In fact, during the second half of your cycle (the luteal phase), magnesium stores tend to be depleted due to fluctuating hormone levels, which tends to lead to more bloating and migraines. Oh! It can also help to balance out those nasty PMS monster mood swings you might be suffering with too! 

It’s really our “hormones” that are causing us to crave for chocolate. 

So what’s a girl to do then? Well, just eat chocolate!

Now I don’t mean just any chocolate! I mean high quality unprocessed chocolate. And I also don’t want you to go overboard. I just want you to give yourself a quick little healthy chocolate fix and then be on your merry way. Plus, supplement with some magnesium and you’ll minimize those cravings and won’t feel the need to overdo it with the chocolate. Make sense?

Aside from the cravings and magnesium deficiency, it’s important that you balance your blood sugar levels too. 

A few important things to note when it comes to blood sugar management:

1. Are you eating enough protein with your meals?
2. Are you eating enough healthy fats?
3. Are you getting in enough greens and veggies?
4. Are you getting in enough fiber (from veggies, flax, chia?)
5. Are you drinking enough water? roughly 2-3L a day?

These above 5 things are incredibly important for blood sugar management, so be sure to follow them!

There are ZERO processed ingredients in this recipe (because obviously I would never do that to you and your hormones). 

These turtles contain a hit of magnesium from the quality chocolate, plus fiber from dates, and healthy blood sugar stabilizing fats from the almond butter. You just can’t go wrong with this deliciousness!

Now onto the recipe!

Healthy Homemade Turtles

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Servings: 12 Turtles
Author: Samantha Gladish


  • 8 medjool dates
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 36 pecans
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil


  • In a food processor combine 8 medjool dates + 2 tbsps almond butter + 1 tsp cinnamon + 1/4 tsp sea salt.
  • Blend until well combined. Roll date mix into mini balls, roughly 12-13 balls.
  • Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and press 3 pecan halves into each ball, gently flattening out the ball.
  • Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and press 3 pecan halves into each ball, gently flattening out the ball.
  • Over a double boiler, melt 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips with 1 tbsp coconut oil.
  • Once melted, pour over pecan-date mix and pop into the freezer to set - roughly 30 mins. 


Enjoy and happy baking😋🍫




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