No Bake Turtle Brownie Cups

happy tuesday!! it actually feels like a monday but that’s an even better reason to make some No Bake Turtle Brownie Cups because they’re just pure bliss. with a chocolate no bake brownie base, date caramel, and some yummy pecans + chocolate chips for topping, this recipe will become a favorite.

as a lover of all desserts caramel and chocolate, i wanted to give you a recipe that combines both.

while these are seemingly quite indulgent, they’re made with the best ingredients possible and best of all, real ones.

the base is sweetened with some maple syrup but there’s no added sugar to the date caramel because dates are already so luscious and sweet.

idk if you watch my instagram stories, but if you do, you saw Alex try this yesterday lol. he says No Bake Turtle Brownie Cups are in the top five of my best desserts.

i would have to agree, especially when it comes to the no bake category!

i’m all for convenience and adore baking, but anytime no bake is an option, count me in.

for this recipe, you’re definitely going to need a food processor because both of the layers are made in one! that makes things super easy and the cleanup process is better too.

the first layer is the no bake brownie layer and hot dayum it’s good. you’re going to need almond flour, walnuts, cocoa powder, maple syrup, almond butter and dairy free milk.

in terms of subs, you can definitely use any nut butter, as long as it’s on the runnier side! i recommend Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods brand for an affordable option.

instead of walnuts, you could use cashews, pecans, or almonds! anything will work well.

the date caramel is probably my favorite part, not going to lie. the key to getting a super creamy consistency is adding some nut butter and i used almond butter.

also, you’re going to need coconut oil for it to set well in the freezer or fridge. this will ensure the caramel holds shape and isn’t runny because the oil will harden a bit.

other than that, you are going to need medjool dates and it’s best they’re on the soft side. don’t store them in the fridge because that will make the dates too hard.

you could also soak the dates in really hot water for a few minutes before adding them to the food processor.

why No Bake Turtle Brownie Cups are the best:

they’re no bake, completely plant based and made with minimal ingredients. also this dessert is super fudgy, easy to make and packed with flavor!

if you like these, you’ll also love my other recipes!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Ice Cream

No Bake Cinnamon Donut Holes

Healthy No Bake Cinnamon Rolls

Vegan Cookie Dough Chocolate Eggs

The Best Vegan Chocolate Protein Truffles

No Bake Vegan Brownie Bites

Vegan Almond Butter Date Cups

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No Bake Turtle Brownie Cups

Recipe by MaryCourse: Desserts, No BakeDifficulty: Easy


Prep time




  • brownie base
  • 1 cup almond flour

  • 3/4 cup walnuts

  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup

  • 1/3 cup runny almond butter or sunbutter

  • 2 tbsp unsweetened dairy free milk

  • date caramel
  • 10 large pitted medjool dates

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened dairy free milk

  • 1/3 cup almond butter

  • 2 tbsp room temp coconut oil

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • pecans, chocolate chips and sea salt for topping


  • add the brownie base ingredients to a food processor and blend until a thick batter forms. add a thick layer to the bottom of parchment paper muffin cups.
  • then, clean out the food processor and add the date caramel ingredients. blend until a smooth consistency forms and add a generous spoonful to the top of the brownie base.
  • add some chocolate chips and chopped pecans on top. then, place the no bake turtle brownie cups in the freezer for 30 minutes. after that, transfer them to the fridge to set another 30 minutes.
  • store in the fridge or freezer in an airtight container and enjoy!

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9 Responses

  1. I made these into bars and OH MY GOSH, to die for!! So easy and delicious. Will be making again because I’m not sure I can share the first batch!

  2. I made these today! Off the chart amazing! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    My forty year old food processor was not up to the task for the caramel layer so I used my hand mixer and voila!
    I will make them again but smaller next time! Thanks for the great recipe.

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