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4-Ingredient Healthy Samoa Cookies (Paleo)

4-Ingredient Healthy Samoa Cookies made with clean ingredients. These delicious chocolate-dipped coconut cookies are a healthier treat that is easy to make and tastes heavenly!

4-Ingredient Healthy Samoa Cookies - a copycat Girl Scout cookies recipe made healthier and paleo friendly

 

I was never a Girl Scout, but growing up, I was always SUPER PUMPED for Girl Scout Cookie season, which as far as I was concerned, was one of the more important seasons of the year. Thin Mints and Samoas (also known as Caramel deLites). That’s the answer to your question.

Funny how when it comes to preferences of Girl Scout Cookies, the opinions are torrid!  

Without getting political ( 😉 ) I will say, I have for us a healthy version of Samoa cookies, which includes a super secret ingredient. Okay, fine, I’ll divulge. It’s banana.

These cookies are almost entirely naturally sweetened with banana (and a touch of pure maple syrup).  

Do they taste like banana? Yes, yes they do.  Do they have that caramel chew to them? No, not quite. 

So if you feel like your samoa cookies must be banana-flavor free and/or have that amazing caramel chew to them, this recipe is not for you. 

Healthy Samoa Cookies made with 4 basic ingredients - paleo, grain-free, refined sugar-free and delicious

BUT, if you like a healthy treat that gives you that dessert vibe but makes you feel like you’ve done your body a favor, these beauties are right up your alley.

Are Samoas the Same as Caramel deLites?

I googled this, and I what I found is it is claimed there are a few key differences between Samoas and Caramel deLites… but really they’re basically the same. The reason the name was changed was because the Girl Scouts switched manufacturers, and the original manufacturer of Samoa cookies had a federal trademark on the name. Hence: Samoas are now Caramel deLites.

It is said that the toppings are somewhat different and that the new Caramel deLites are more milk chocolatey. I’ll leave it up to you to decide the differences.

After all, these are truly not Samoa cookies or Caramel deLites…they’re a healthy shredded coconut cookie sweetened with banana dipped in chocolate 😉

Healthy Samoa Cookies recipe - grain-free, dairy-free, only 4 ingredients needed. A copycat Girl Scouts Samoas or Caramel deLites recipe

Let’s chat ingredients.

Ingredients for Healthy Samoa Cookies:

Ripe Bananas: Use up those spotted ripe bananas you have hanging around to make these healthier Samoas! They need to be mashed until they reach a creamy consistency and most of the lumps are out. The banana is what makes up the majority of the sweetness of these cookies.

Pure Maple Syrup: The first time I tested this recipe, I used only banana without pure maple syrup and I found they just weren’t sweet enough (even for me). Adding just a touch of pure maple syrup boosts the sweetness without adding too much sugar.

Unsweetened Shredded Coconut: The iconic ingredient of the Samoa cookie! Unsweetened shredded coconut makes up the bulk of these cookies. It takes the place of flour and gives that amazing creamy coconut flavor. If you prefer sweetened shredded coconut, go for it!

Dark Chocolate Chips & Coconut Oil: Melting chocolate chips with coconut oil ensures the chocolate chips melt evenly and don’t burn into a big ball of unusable burned chocolate. I actually use a dark chocolate bar, which I chop, but you can easily use your favorite chocolate chips. 

I do find the chocolate to be a pivotal part of this recipe – without it on both the bottom and the drizzle on top, the Samoas are a bit lackluster. But with the chocolate, they have amazing flavor and texture.

Easy Healthy Samoas recipe - a copycat Girl Scout cookies recipe

How to Make Healthy Samoas:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mash the bananas in a mixing bowl until most of the lumps are out. Stir in the pure maple syrup and shredded coconut until very well combined. This mixture will be thick and sticky, but should come together easily.

Form small disc shapes out of the mixture and place on the baking sheet. If you’d like, poke a hole in he center of each cookie disc to make them look more like Girl Scout cookies. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the cookies are golden-brown around the edges and feel firm when poked.

Add the chopped chocolate bar (or chocolate chips) and coconut oil to a bowl and heat in the microwave for 20-second intervals, stirring very well in between intervals, until the chocolate has melted, about 1 minute total.

Dip each cookie in chocolate, and place it chocolate side up on the baking sheet until they dry.

Once the chocolate has hardened, use the rest of the chocolate to drizzle on top (you may need to re-melt the chocolate in the microwave).

Enjoy!

Healthy Samoas (aka Caramel deLites) homemade copycat Girl Scout cookie recipe that is healthier

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4-Ingredient Healthy Samoa Cookies - a copycat Girl Scout cookies recipe made healthier and paleo friendly

4-Ingredient Healthy Samoa Cookies (Paleo)

Yield: 12 Cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Healthier banana-sweetened cookies made with shredded coconut and dipped in dark chocolate for a delicious treat.

Ingredients

  • 2 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup, optional
  • 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 (3-oz) dark chocolate bar, chopped (or 1 cup chocolate chips)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

    2. Mash the bananas in a mixing bowl until most of the lumps are out. Stir in the pure maple syrup and shredded coconut until very well combined. This mixture will be thick and sticky, but should come together easily.

    3. Form small disc shapes out of the mixture and place on the baking sheet. (Note: you can poke holes in the center of the cookies to make them look like original Girl Scout cookies). Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the cookies are golden-brown around the edges and feel firm when poked.

    4. Add the chopped chocolate bar (or chocolate chips) and coconut oil to a bowl and heat in the microwave for 20-second intervals, stirring very well in between intervals, until the chocolate has melted, about 1 minute total.

    5. Dip each cookie in chocolate, and place it chocolate side up on the baking sheet until they dry. Once the chocolate has hardened, use the rest of the chocolate to drizzle on top (you may need to re-melt the chocolate in the microwave).

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 of 12
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 154Total Fat: 12gCarbohydrates: 12gNet Carbohydrates: 8gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g
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Dee

Wednesday 3rd of March 2021

I tried these today and they are delicious. I don't find them to exactly be a dupe for Samoas, but more like a chocolate banana macaroon. I had the idea to make some date caramel and spread it on the bottom of the cookies before dipping them in the chocolate. It added that nice caramel touch. These are wonderful, healthy, decadent tasting cookies.

Julia

Thursday 4th of March 2021

Oooh, I love the idea of adding the date caramel! What a brilliant idea! Thank you for the feedback, Dee xoxoxo :D

Casey Meyer

Monday 1st of March 2021

I'm disappointed with this recipe... I was expecting the cookie to look just like yours- a crisp-ish nicely golden cookie... And after following the recipe exactly how it written, they came out more gooey. :( Did you use a specific kind of coconut or run it through a food processor or anything? What suggestions do you have to make it more like a cookie, rather than a haystack? They taste awesome, but the texture isn't right. ❤️

Julia

Monday 1st of March 2021

Hi Casey,

I use Bob's red mill's unsweetened shredded coconut. I would think most brands would turn out similarly, but maybe theirs is dryer...I'm sorry to hear the cookies didn't turn out as expected! It could also be that the bananas were very moist. If you try it again and the dough seems sticky or wet, try adding more shredded coconut until the cookies form easily.

Rebecca

Monday 22nd of February 2021

Ok, I'm calling bull$#it here. Stop misleading people by calling this recipe "healthy" when this recipe's serving size is HALF the serving size of an actual Girl Scout Samoa cookie, with DOUBLE the fat. ONE of your cookies has also has ten more calories than TWO of the real deal. If I ate two of your cookies I'd be eating more calories and fat than a McDonald's cheeseburger. Oh, you used coconut oil,so its "better"?? Wrong. Coconut oil has almost 50% more saturated fat than regular butter and raises cholesterol,both good AND BAD more than both olive and canola oils. And those so called "better for you" medium chain triglycerides only make up a tiny amount of the fatty acids in coconut oil. You want to call it "paleo", fine. But calling it broad spectrum "healthy" is an outright lie.

Julia

Monday 22nd of February 2021

You're out of your element, Donny.

Cindy

Sunday 21st of February 2021

These look amazing and can't wait to try! We are a dairy free home and love that these are made with maple syrup!

Julia

Monday 22nd of February 2021

I hope you and your family love the cookies, Cindy! Thanks for the sweet note! xoxoxo

Paula

Sunday 21st of February 2021

These cookies sound delicious, and are making my mouth water, but they do contain quite a lot of sugar. Granted, bananas,coconut and maple syrup are more natural, better for our bodies choices than refined sugar or corn syrup. But together with chocolate, it adds up to quite a lot of sugar. Certainly, these are so much better for us than the commercial variety which contain other truly unhealthy ingredients in addition to sugars. Perhaps we should think of these as a "healthier" version, rather than paleo or "healthy" treats?

Julia

Sunday 21st of February 2021

Hi Paula!

Thank you for your input. I get that the word, "healthy" can be a tricky one. Also completely agree with and understand the concern about sugar, but from my standpoint there really isn't a great deal of sugar in these cookies. In addition, the more natural form of sugar present in the cookies won't generate a giant spike in blood sugar in most individuals (this is coming from a person who is sensitive to blood sugar spikes...I made 4 batches of these cookies in two weeks and would eat four in one sitting and get zero spike in blood sugar).

It is also crucial to remember that the human body and brain runs off of glucose (with the exception of those who follow a ketogenic diet, which is an entirely different discussion). Sugar isn't a fabulous way of taking in carbohydrate, but assuming one isn't filling their diet with nothing but sugar and desserts, I think a cookie every once in a while (or in my case, four regularly) isn't all that bad.

Finally, it is important to not be overly restrictive with diet (unless of course an individual has an underlying health condition dictating they not eat certain foods), as continually restricting foods can be harmful psychologically, which causes unnecessary stress. I say rather than micromanaging every last tablespoon of pure maple syrup that goes into an entire batch of cookies (again, the pure maple syrup is optional), why not enjoy a mindfully crafted treat from time to time? This is just my personal philosophy and I get that it isn't for everyone. But if a recipe seems like it doesn't fit your lifestyle because it isn't "healthy enough" you can always skip that recipe ;)

Hope this addresses your concern, but let me know if you have any other questions.

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