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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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