These healthy Samoas cookies are sweet, coconut-y, and decadent. Made with only 5 ingredients, these no-bake cookies are vegan, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly.
Samoas Cookies aren’t just for Girl Scout season! Now you can make your own healthy version to enjoy any time of the year.
Summer is around, so I have been all about no-bake desserts. A few of my go-to:
- No Bake Double Chocolate Cookies
- Dark Chocolate Covered Figs
- Healthy Peanut Butter Fudge (Vegan, Keto)
What’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie?
Everyone has one.
Mine happens to be Samoas and thin mints!
Depending on where you’re from, you may also have heard of a Girl Scout cookie called “Caramel deLites.” Samoas and Caramel deLites are very similar, however, they do have their differences.
Samoas are a bit softer and have darker chocolate while their fraternal twin the Caramel deLite has a more apparent coconut flavor and is not as sweet.
The reason for the difference is because these cookies are produced at two different bakeries. This is why you may see different cookies available depending on where you live!
Now that we’ve cleared that up…
Here’s what you need to make them!
Ingredients You Need to Make Healthy Samoa Cookies
All you need for these delicious healthy Samoas cookies are 5 simple ingredients!
Sweetened with only medjool dates (one of my favorite ways to sweeten up a recipe) along with nuts, shredded coconut and dark chocolate. For this recipe I used:
- Raw cashews (soaked overnight)
- 8-10 Medjool dates, pitted
- unsweetened coconut shreds, toasted
- dark chocolate chips or bars of your choice
- coconut oil, melted
*For full list of ingredients, see the recipe card below.
How to Make Healthy Samoa Cookies
Having a tasty Girl Scout treat in your home has never been easier with this no bake recipe. They take a little bit of prep work, but they can be thrown together in minutes. Here’s what I did to make healthy no-bake samoa cookies:
First of all, soak cashews overnight to soften.
Additionally, the soaking process also sprouts the nuts which makes them easier for our body to digest.
Second, toast coconut shreds in the oven.
You can do this by evenly spreading the shredded coconut on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake 400F for about 3-5 minutes.
Stir halfway through, toasting until golden brown. Be sure to keep a close eye on the coconut to make sure it doesn’t burn… coconut toasts quickly.
Then Blend cashews with the pitted Medjool dates using a high-quality blender or food processor.
Next, blend the toasted coconut shreds into the cashew/date mixture.
Scoop dough into balls. Press down to flatten and poke a small hole in the center.
Then Chill cookies in the freezer for 30 minutes before dipping into melted chocolate.
Dip the bottom side in melted chocolate. You can also drizzle melted chocolate over the top to replicate the signature look of a samoa.
What Makes these Samoas Cookies Healthy?
This healthy Samoas recipe has all the flavor of your traditional Girl Scout cookie but without all of the unhealthy ingredients.
I used a few superstar ingredients that never disappoint when it comes to healthifying a classic recipe, and I have to say I’m extremely pleased with the way these turned out!
To keep these samoas nutritious and delicious, I used the following ingredients:
I’ve talked about this in various other posts where I used medjool dates to sweeten a recipe.
They are such a great ingredient to use in recipes to avoid refined sugar and provide extra vitamins, minerals and fiber. They also have delicious notes of caramel too! Yum.
I use coconut oil in a lot of my recipes as well because it’s a great substitute for butter or canola oil that are often found in baked goods. Coconut oil is also a great source of healthy fats.
dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants and is known to have a number of health benefits including improving blood pressure, blood sugar levels and boosting mood.
How to Store No Bake Samoas Cookies
These Samoas Cookies should be stored in the freezer in a sealed container to prevent any freezer burn. Allow them to sit at room temp for a few minutes before enjoying it!
What is your favorite Girl Scout cookie? Leave a comment below!
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You may also like these other healthy cookie recipes:
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 8 - 10 large Medjool dates
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp sea salt (optional)
- Soak raw cashews in a jar with warm water (enough to fully cover the cashews) and a pinch of salt overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 400 F. Spread the coconut shreds on a baking sheet. Place in the oven for 3 - 5 minutes or until the coconut is toasted to lightly brown. (Make sure you watch closely. They can burn very fast).
- Drain, rinse soaked raw cashews, then add to a food processor. Add pitted Medjool dates, and blend well combined (no chunk of dates left).
- Add toasted shredded coconut and blend it again.
- Use a cookie dough scooper to scoop the dough into 1 inch balls, and place onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet or large plate. Lightly press it down with the palm of your hand. Then use a chopstick or honey dipper (anything you can find around the kitchen) to punch a hole in the middle of the cookie. Wiggle it around to get the desired size. *
- Place the pan in the freezer for at least 15 minutes to set.
- In the meantime, in a small bowl, melt coconut oil and dark chocolate chips/bars in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds (stir a couple of times before adding more time).
- Dip each cookie in the melted chocolate to coat the bottom then place it back on the parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Use the remaining chocolate to drizzle on top. If you have any toasted coconut left, you can sprinkle them on top too.
- Transfer cookie sheet back in the freezer to harden for 20 minutes then you should be able to easily remove them from the parchment paper. Enjoy!
- *After the hole is formed, you may need to gently fix the cookie dough around it. I kept the honey dipper in the hole while pressing the cookie dough around it.
- For keto option, replace dates with keto-friendly powdered form sweetener.
- Storage: Best stored in the freezer.
Nutrition facts may vary depending on the type of chocolate you choose to use.
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Serving Size:1 square
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 209Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 180mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 3gSugar: 13gProtein: 3g
The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.