It’s Girl Scout cookie season and I’ve got a treat for you. Healthy and simple (but incredible!) 4-Ingredient Samoas that might just taste better than the real deal. Shh…. don’t tell the Girl Scouts. Vegan, gluten-free and paleo-friendly.

Homemade 4-Ingredient Samoas Girl Scout cookies in a glass storage container.

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Sometimes I feel like this weird pull between having a blog with amazing recipes and my real life meal planning which often consists of simple, delicious meals. Don’t get me wrong, I still make and enjoy all of the recipes on my blog but more often than not, eating looks much simpler. SO, lucky for you, I’m going to start sharing more minimal recipes that are made with 5 ingredients (or less!).

Life is busy and eating healthy shouldn’t have to be expensive, take a lot of time, or take a lot of energy.

A stack of six 4-Ingredient Samoas cookies.

I know I teased this a little but I can’t hold it in any longer. I’m have a new eBook for you! 35 recipes with 5 ingredients or less. Grab your copy here!

Hand holding one homemade Samoas cookie with three cookies in the background.

In the meantime, I’m excited to share these 4-Ingredient Samoas. They are created in honor of everyone’s favorite Girl Scout cookie. Okay, so maybe Samoas aren’t everyone’s favorite, but they’re definitely Isaac’s and my favorite!

Thin Mints are a close second over here. If you’re on team Thin Mint, I highly recommend you check out these Thin Mint protein balls!

I actually already have a recipe for samoas energy bites, but this version is a bit more simple in terms of the ingredients (just 4) and looks almost exactly like the real deal. The idea for these babies was actually inspired by Meaghan of Plant & Simple Eats. She brought similar cookies to an Instagram meet up we had a year or so ago and I knew I wanted to make my own version!

www.eatingbirdfood.com/fit-with-five

Main Ingredients for Samoas Cookies -- toasted coconut, dates and chocolate chips

These samoas couldn’t be easier to make so instead of having to wait for Girl Scout cookie season every year, you can make these year round. YES!

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Homemade 4-Ingredient Samoas Girl Scout cookies in a glass storage container.

4-Ingredient Samoas


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 11

Description

Healthy and simple (but incredible!) 4-Ingredient Samoas that might just taste better than the real deal. Shh…. don’t tell the Girl Scouts. Vegan, gluten-free and paleo-friendly. 


Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted medjool dates
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate (chips or a chopped bar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Spread the shredded coconut onto a baking sheet for toasting. Place in oven for 5-10 minutes, until coconut is a light golden brown color. Make sure to stay in the kitchen watch the coconut, as it can easily go from toasted to burnt. Alternately, you can toast the coconut in a pan on the stove-top.
  2. Add dates and toasted coconut into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until mixture is combined and starts to form a ball of dough.
  3. Remove from food processor, roll 1 Tablespoon size pieces of dough into a ball and then shape into a round cookie. Using a straw or chopstick punch a hole in the middle of the dough. Move the straw or chopstick around a bit to make the hole wider, if needed. At this point you’ll likely need to reshape the cookie a bit.
  4. Place all cookies on a sheet lined with parchment and transfer to the freezer to harden up a bit. While cookies are in the freezer, add chocolate and coconut oil to a shallow microwave-safe bowl and melt in 20-30 second increments until the chocolate is melted enough to drizzle.
  5. Grab cookies from the freezer and dip each one in the chocolate to coat the bottom. Place cookies on the parchment and use remaining chocolate to drizzle over top the cookies. Transfer cookies back into the freezer for 10-15 minutes to let the chocolate harden. Once they’ve hardened you’ll be able to easily remove the cookies from the parchment paper. If you want to enjoy right away, let them sit out on the counter for a few minutes. For enjoying later, store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to one week.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 135
  • Sugar: 17g
  • Sodium: 4mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 21g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: healthy homemade samoas

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    192 comments
    1. Vivi
      November 24, 2020 AT 10:06 am

      I LOVE these! So simple and so delicious! Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 24, 2020 AT 7:04 pm

        So glad you’re loving these, Viviane!! 🙂

    2. Mansi
      November 22, 2020 AT 11:13 am

      Hi! Can you use fresh coconut?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 22, 2020 AT 4:22 pm

        Fresh coconut won’t work as well. It needs to be dried coconut.

    3. Mel
      November 16, 2020 AT 8:53 pm

      Omg I made this recipe tonight after having a major sweet tooth all day and the cookies are AMAZING!!! Seriously better than girl scout cookies(sorry girls!!) and I don’t feel bad about eating them!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 17, 2020 AT 6:33 pm

        Ahh yay!! Aren’t they SO good?! I’m pumped you loved them. 🙂

    4. Holly
      October 23, 2020 AT 6:04 pm

      Even better than samoas!!

    5. Jacki
      October 22, 2020 AT 4:49 pm

      These are AMAZING. I usually don’t “bake”, but these are SO easy and absolutely delicious. My husband said they are better than Girl Scout cookies and I agree! Now I’m figuring out how to hide my stash from him and the kids! Haha!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 24, 2020 AT 4:16 pm

        Woo-hoo!! That makes me so happy to hear, Jacki. I’m so pumped these cookies were a hit. Thanks for trying them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it. <3

    6. Samantha
      October 18, 2020 AT 1:39 am

      Best guilt-free dessert ever! And I almost always have these ingredients on hand. They are a must try if you like samoas.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 19, 2020 AT 12:47 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Samantha!! 🙂

    7. Minoaka
      October 14, 2020 AT 3:45 am

      Could not wait till it cooled off so yummy. Canʻt wait to make again.

    8. Amber
      September 30, 2020 AT 11:24 am

      I have made these twice and they are absolutely delicious! Majool dates are so good! My friends and family are obsessed with them! Will definitely make them again!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 30, 2020 AT 5:29 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad these samoas have been a hit. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating, Amber. I so appreciate it!

    9. Kristina
      September 29, 2020 AT 9:05 pm

      I didn’t have enough dates on hand so I mixed in a few prunes, too. (Someone gave us a dried fruit medley, and I didn’t know what else to do with the prunes, haha.) I was surprised by how much these tasted like the Girl Scout cookies! The only thing missing was a little cookie crunch. Will definitely make these again!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 30, 2020 AT 5:36 pm

        Hey Kristina! I’m glad you enjoyed these cookies! Thanks for making them. I did want to ask – I see you left a one star rating, so wanted to check to see if you had any other feedback or if that was a mistake?

    10. Vicki
      September 25, 2020 AT 9:45 pm

      Easy and love that you only need a couple ingredients. These taste surprisingly like the real thing and my husband is obsessed to!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 28, 2020 AT 3:04 pm

        Woot woot! So glad these are a hit, Vicki! Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it.

    11. Chelsea Barzal
      September 16, 2020 AT 10:41 pm

      Made these tonight and they did NOT disappoint ! The flavor is perfect, I wouldn’t change a thing.

      I only needed to bake the coconut 3 minutes at 400 before it was all golden brown— so when she said keep an eye on the coconut, she meant it! I was just slightly shy on the amount of chocolate so I melted a few more chips to get the drizzle. Most likely I made them too small (I got 19 out of this instead of 11, but I would repeat this “mistake” again. Each lil nugget ended up being almost exactly 20g with the chocolate included. Just multiplied the macros by 11 and divided after by 19).

      Thanks and can’t wait to try another recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 18, 2020 AT 6:45 pm

        So glad you’re loving this recipe, Chelsea! I so appreciate you making these and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me. <3

    12. Pam
      September 10, 2020 AT 6:27 pm

      these are absolutely delicious!!! even my boyfriend who doesn’t like dates loved them! super easy too 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 11, 2020 AT 1:02 pm

        Ahh yay, that makes me so happy to hear!! I’m glad these cookies were a hit. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    13. Edith Gonzalez
      August 30, 2020 AT 11:32 am

      I loved this easy recipe! I love that it’s no bake and I can whip up a batch so quickly. The cookies were SO good and I ate them all within two days of making them. Definitely a go to recipe for my sweet tooth!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 30, 2020 AT 7:16 pm

        Yay!! So glad you’re loving these cookies, Edith! Thanks for making my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    14. Emily
      August 23, 2020 AT 4:40 pm

      I made them on my birthday for snacking! The guests liked them so much and I enjoyed them too! I’m a teenage and trying to do more easy and interesting recipes (healthy), so this one is perfect! And I’m gonna search for others here!:)

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 23, 2020 AT 11:34 pm

        Ahh I’m so glad these cookies were a hit, Emily! Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    15. Anna Barningham
      August 20, 2020 AT 1:08 pm

      Love these! Currently 36 weeks pregnant and trying to follow the recommendation to eat 6 dates a day but it’s hard when you don’t like them that much. 😛 This recipes is so good and makes eating my dates so much more enjoyable! I will be telling lots of people to try these cookies both pregnant and not pregnant!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 20, 2020 AT 6:01 pm

        So glad you’re loving these cookies, Anna. I basically lived off them while pregnant with Olivia. 🙂 Thanks so much for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    16. Whitney
      August 18, 2020 AT 9:58 pm

      My 3 year old and i made these…sooo incredibly good! And best of all she loved them too!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 19, 2020 AT 2:37 pm

        Woot woot! So glad these cookies were a hit, Whitney. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    17. Becky
      August 17, 2020 AT 1:13 pm

      Let’s just say I’m embarrassed at how quickly I polished off a batch of these! They are delicious!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 17, 2020 AT 1:59 pm

        Happens to me all the time!! 🙂 Thank you so much for coming back and leaving a comment and star rating!

    18. Angela
      July 21, 2020 AT 8:43 pm

      WOW!!! These are incredible! I will definitely be making these on a regular basis. Thanks for the amazing recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 22, 2020 AT 12:18 am

        Ahh yay! You’re so welcome. I’m glad you enjoyed these cookies, Angela. 🙂

    19. Louise
      July 21, 2020 AT 3:05 pm

      I don’t know why I didn’t make these sooner! These are so delicious. I bought extra ingredients so I can make them more often.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 22, 2020 AT 12:21 am

        Yay!! So glad you enjoyed these cookies, Louise. 🙂 Thanks for trying them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it.

    20. bri
      July 19, 2020 AT 10:45 am

      can i sub brown sugar or white sugar for dates?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 19, 2020 AT 11:24 am

        No, you really can’t sub the date with sugar. You could try using raisins or figs instead of dates, but the cookies won’t taste the same because the dates give them the caramel flavor.

    21. Alyssa
      June 27, 2020 AT 7:11 am

      Everyone was amazed that I made them, I almost didn’t want to tell them how easy it was! We liked them just as much as the real ones!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 29, 2020 AT 1:39 am

        That makes me so happy to hear!! I’m glad these cookies were a hit. 🙂 Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me.

    22. Kathryn
      June 25, 2020 AT 9:35 am

      Great recipe! They taste just like Girl Scout cookies. I’ve made these about 5x, this last time I used a mini donut mold to help me get the desired shape (game changer).

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 25, 2020 AT 11:43 pm

        Ahh yay!! I’m so glad you enjoyed these cookies, Kathryn! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    23. Anna Mattern
      June 6, 2020 AT 12:33 pm

      These are so simple and absolutely delicious! I love the simple ingredients. My daughter has peanut allergies and three of us are gluten free so girl scout cookies aren’t an option for us. Before my husband and I needed to switch to a gluten free diet, the Samoas were our favorite. It’s been a very long time since we could eat them. Now, we can all enjoy them. Thank you, these are perfect!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 8, 2020 AT 12:01 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Anna!! I’m so glad these samoas are a hit. 🙂 Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it.

    24. Jillian
      May 27, 2020 AT 1:55 am

      These are stellar on all fronts – tasty, simple and healthy! I have recommended these to so many others and will continue to make them for my household 🙂

    25. Alexandra Brown
      May 26, 2020 AT 3:20 pm

      These are amazing!! I’ve had quite the sweet tooth throughout this quarantine, and wanted something healthier to snack on. These are SO good, and actually taste just like the real thing. I added a touch of maple syrup to the coconut and dates!

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