Desserts

Healthy Samoa Cookies

Healthy Samoa Cookies are an easy and delicious recipe to make all year round. These cookies taste just like the real thing, except the only difference is they are completely vegan, gluten-free and made with whole-food ingredients like almond flour, maple syrup, dates, coconut and dark chocolate.

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a hand holding one of the samoa cookies with a bite taken out of it to show the inside texture and layers.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Healthy Samoa Cookies are made with only five simple ingredients.
  • These cookies come together in just about an hour, including prep and bake time.
  • They taste just like the real thing, but made with simpler and healthier ingredients.
  • As written, this recipe is vegan, plant-based, dairy free, gluten free, and grain free.
  • A great way to enjoy girl scout cookies, all year long.
  • They are full of delicious dark chocolate, creamy date caramel, and toasted coconut flavor!
  • Traditional Samoas, are highly processed and made with loads of saturated fats and artificial flavoring, you won’t find any of that here!
  • Check out my healthier twist on the thin mints for another great Girl Scout Favorite!

Ingredients And Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for Healthy Samoa Cookies. Scroll down to the recipe card for a full list of ingredients and instructions.

The shortbread of these cookies are made with almond flour and maple syrup. Oat flour will also work, and you can sub the maple syrup for another sweetener like agave or honey.

In the middle is the one ingredient caramel that is made with medjool dates that have been blended until they are smooth and creamy.

Toasted shredded coconut makes up the third layer.

Lastly, a drizzle of non-dairy chocolate.

all the ingredients that you need to make these samoa cookies in individual containers.

How To Make

ONE: Combine almond flour and maple syrup to create the shortbread. Transfer the dough onto some parchment paper and cover it with a separate piece of parchment paper. Take a rolling pin and roll out the dough until it’s about 1/4 of an inch thick.

TWO: Cut out the cookies with a cookie cutter or improvise and use the lid of a nut butter container.

three circles cut into the shortbread dough.

THREE: Poke a hole in the center with a glass or metal straw, then make circular motions until the hole is wide enough, similar to a girl scout cookie. Transfer the cookies onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes.

FIVE: While the cookies are baking, make the date caramel. Remove the pit from the date and place the date it in a bowl before filling it with boiling hot water. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes to soften. Drain the water from the dates and transfer them to a food processor or blender and blend on high speed for 3-5 minutes until you get a creamy caramel texture. Set this mixture aside.

SIX: Next, toast the coconut on the stovetop or in the oven. Watch the coconut closely so it does not burn.

SEVEN: Assemble the cookies by generously layering on the date caramel, toasted coconut and a drizzle of dark chocolate.

EIGHT: Place the cookies in on a plate or baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper and place them in the freezer to harden for about 20-30 minutes. ENJOY!

the samoa cookies on a baking sheet after being drizzled with dark chocolate.

Tips And Tricks

Make sure you roll the dough in between the two pieces of parchment paper, otherwise it will stick.

If needed, add in water or milk to the food processor when making the date caramel, 1 tablespoon at a time, to help break down the dates and make the caramel smooth and creamy.

Watch the coconut closely when toasting because it will burn quickly.

How To Serve And Store

Serve these Healthy Samoa Cookies straight out of the fridge or freezer.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. In the fridge, these cookies will keep for 7-10 days. Otherwise, in the freezer they will last up to 30-60 days.

a hand holding a samoa cookie with a bite taken out of it to show the layers and texture.

Taste And Texture

These Healthy Samoa Cookies taste like the real deal but much healthier. The shortbread is slightly more crunchy compared to the original that has more of a crisp texture. Other than that, the date caramel, coconut and chocolate is pretty spot on.

The texture is crunchy and chewy!

a hand holding one of the samoa cookies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are these actually healthy?

Yes! These are much healthier than the original because they are made with healthier ingredients and have no processed sugars or saturated fats.

Can I use something else aside from almond flour?

Oat flour may work, but please note it will alter the recipe slightly.

Do these actually taste like the real thing?

YES! They totally do, check out the comments and ratings below.

an upclose shot of the samoa cookies.

Other Recipes You May Like

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Healthy Samoa Cookies

Healthy Samoa Cookies are an easy and delicious recipe to make all year round. These cookies taste just like the real thing, except the only difference is they are completely vegan and gluten-free. Samoa Girl Scout cookies are made with almond flour, maple syrup, dates, coconut and dark chocolate.
5 based on 9 reviews
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PREP TIME:
30 minutes
COOK TIME:
1 hour
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

Shortbread
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup
Date Caramel
  • 1/2 cup medjool dates
Toasted Coconut
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
Dark chocolate layer
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (vegan if needed)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

SCALE:

1X

YIELDS:

10 cookies

Directions

  1. To start, preheat the oven to 250F and prepare a baking dish by lining it with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
  2. Next, in a medium bowl combine the almond flour and maple syrup. Mix with a rubber spatula until a sticky dough is formed.
  3. Transfer the dough onto some parchment paper and cover it with a separate piece of parchment paper. Take a rolling pin and roll out the dough until it’s about 1/4 of an inch in height. Make sure you roll the dough in between the two pieces of parchment paper, otherwise it will stick.
  4. Next, take a circle cookie cutter and cut into the dough. Repeat this process until the dough is complete. I was able to get 10 cookies.
  5. Now to make the hole in the center, I used a metal straw and poked a hole in the center, then I made circular motions until the hole was wide enough, similar to a girl scout cookie.
  6. Transfer the cookies onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes. I found that 27 minutes was the sweet spot for my oven. Remove and allow to cool completely.
  7. Next, make the date caramel while the cookies are baking. I prefer medjool dates because they are much softer and sweeter. If there is a pit in your dates, remove them and place them in a medium sized bowl. Fill the bowl with hot (almost boiling) water and allow the dates to steep for about 10 minutes.
  8. Drain the water from the dates and transfer them to a food processor or blender. Blend on high speed for 3-5 minutes, stopping and scraping down the sides as necessary. Keep blending until you get a creamy caramel texture. Set this mixture aside.
  9. Next, we will toast the coconut. You can do this in the air fryer or oven. Simply add shredded coconut to a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper in a single layer and either bake (or air fry) for 3-5 minutes at 350F. Watch the coconut closely so it does not burn.
  10. Now that we have all the prep work done, it’s time to assemble the cookies! Take the shortbread cookie and generously coat the top with the date caramel sauce. Then, dip the cookie into the toasted coconut. Repeat this process until all the cookies are completed.
  11. Place the cookies in on a plate or baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper and place them in the freezer to harden for about 20-30 minutes.
  12. In the meantime, melt the dark chocolate either in the microwave or over a double broiler. If melting in the microwave, heat with a small amount of coconut oil in 30 second increments. Stopping and mixing in between.
  13. Remove the cookies from the freezer and dip the bottoms of each cookie into the melted dark chocolate. Place back on the plate that is lined with parchment paper. Then drizzle the tops of each cookie to create the perfect Samoa cookie!
  14. Place these cookies back in the freezer for about 45 minutes to harden completely.
  15. Store in the fridge and enjoy up to 1 week or in the freezer and enjoy up to 1 month!

Notes

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Did you love it? Please leave a comment and rating below!
 

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Just made these and they are delicous! My family loved them and I will definetley be making them again!

These look so yummy! I’m definitely going to try them out. Quick question: is the coconut sweetened or unsweetened? 🤔

This recipe looks great and can’t wait to try! So much so that I want to make right now and don’t have almond flour. Would I be able to sub oat flour?

Hi Colleen, oat flour will work too. However, texture will be different than what’s pictured above 🙂 Let me know how you like them! xx

This recipe looks amazing! I am diabetic and wondering what the nutritional facts and serving size is? Thank you!!!

Hi Keriann! I am not sure as I don’t count calories or macros but instead focus on what type of ingredients I am using in my recipes. Totally understand why you need that info though and I wish I could press a button and provide it for you. BUTTT if you are looking to find out though you can always plug the ingredients into a calculator on google and it will tell you! As for serving size, 1.2-1 cookie 🙂

These are so delicious and easy. I actually got 24 2 inch cookies! Perfection!