If you have always loved Turtles - or anything toffee for that matter like I do - you will LOVE this treat. Totally sugar-free, you can safely indulge this Holiday Season. When all those once-a-year treats are tempting you, you will find this will be a great alternative and keep you from feeling you're missing out.
The nice thing about this bark is that unlike normal candy where one piece is never enough, one piece of this is totally satisfying. And if you stick to one or two pieces at the most, you should be able to satisfy your sweet tooth without worrying about starting up all those cravings all over again.
On top of all those benefits this is super easy to make. There are only 5 ingredients and it will take you 15 to 20 minutes max. Allow another 5 to 10 minutes in the fridge for it to harden, and in under half an hour you will have a great tasting sugar-free treat that will rival anything you might find on a holiday table.
Sugar-Free "Turtle" Bark
Paleo - Low Carb - Keto
3/4 cup Erythretol, Xylitol or Swerve
1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans
2 squares unsweetened chocolate
(1) Line a small baking sheet or baking dish with parchment paper.
(2) Place the sweetener and 1/2 cup butter into a small saucepan. Heat it over medium heat, stirring until the butter melts and the mixture starts to boil. Then leave it to boil without stirring until it turns a nice golden colour. (About 4 to 7 minutes) Don't overcook, but if you do and the toffee starts to separate, just add a tablespoon or two more of sweetener and mix it in until it comes back together again.
(3) Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and the pecans, then spread it on the parchment paper until you have a nice thin layer. Leave to cool while you make the topping.
(4) To make the chocolate topping, place the unsweetened chocolate and 1 teaspoon of butter into a small dish and microwave for 30 seconds. Remove, stir a bit, and microwave for another 30 seconds. Repeat until the chocolate is almost all melted, then keep stirring until it's all smooth.
(5) Pour the chocolate over the toffee pecan mixture and smooth it over so all the toffee is completely covered. Place in the fridge and let it harden. (About 5 to 10 minutes)
(6) Remove the bark, break into small pieces, and store in a covered container in the fridge until you want to eat it.
You will notice that I use unsweetened chocolate for the topping and I don't add any sweetener to it. The toffee is very sweet and I think the unsweetened chocolate makes a nice contrast, but if you really don't like it you can add a bit of sweetener to it before you spread it.
Once this has hardened you can serve it on a plate but it shouldn't be left in a warm room for too long. I think it's definitely tastes the best when it's cold and right out of the fridge - but that might just be me.
If you want to give this as a gift I'd make sure it's opened right away. If it's left under the tree in a warm room it could melt and end up a bit of a mess. You don't want your efforts to be wasted!