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.

WATCH HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY SAMOAS:


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!

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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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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 (affiliate link). Pulse until mixture is combined and starts to form a ball of dough.
  3. Remove from food processor (affiliate link), 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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    154 comments
  1. 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!

  2. 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).

  3. 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!

  4. 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 🙂

  5. 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!

  6. These are wonderful and very easy AND yes, they are healthy:
    Five health benefits of dates and a coconut date snack recipe
    Dates are a source of antioxidants. All dates, fresh or dried, contain different types of antioxidants. …
    Dates can be good for blood sugar balance. Diabetes researchers have shown that dates have a low glycemic impact. …
    Dates can help reduce blood pressure. …
    Dates contain a brain booster. …
    Dates help maintain bone mass.

  7. Sooooo amazing and healthy! I love when food is delicious, simple and healthy! It’s the best combination and you feel even better serving it to your family! Thank you for your recipes. This was beyond delicious! 🙂

  8. A. Maz. Ing. I’ve made them three times during this quarantine and given the recipe to everyone I know. Everyone I’ve shared them with is also obsessed. Thank you for bringing these into my life!!

    • Ahh that seriously makes me so happy to hear, Jennie! 🙂 I’m so glad you’re loving these samoas and are sharing the recipe with your friends. Thank you so much for that and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It means the world to me!

  9. Made these with my 2 y/old. Super easy and delicious. Next time I would use less chocolate as it was overpowering the other flavors and we love coconut. 10/10 would make again

  10. This are AMAZING, seriously better than the real deal in my opinion. My family fell in love with them and didn’t believe me when I told them they were healthy.

  11. These are delicious ! I only had sweetened coconut but it worked out perfectly. My family was shocked that there are only 4 clean ingredients but taste so amazing. Definitely recommend

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Julia!! I’m so glad these cookies were a hit with your family. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me! <3

  12. Absolutely amazing. Thank you for this recipe! My family looked at me with awe in their eyes. My husband who is a professional athlete and always eats a very clean and particular diet, couldn’t stay away. A new family favorite. I appreciate it.

    • Ahhh I love that!! So glad these cookies were a hit with the entire fam. Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating, Lydia. I really appreciate it!!

  13. These cookies are fantastic! I doubled the batch, and I used sweetened coconut because that’s all my family had in our pantry, and they turned out amazing! I also don’t have a food processor, so I used a blender and that also worked out just fine. These are better than the original!! I’ll definitely be making them again!

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Julianne! Good call on doubling the recipe and I’m so glad it worked for you in a blender. 🙂 Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I really appreciate it. <3

  14. These were so yummy! We did a family taste test to compare these with store bought coconut caramel cookies and these won! Thank you for the amazing recipe!

  15. Brittany: How do you manage to give us such ridonkulously delicious recipes that are SO simple?! These are simply amazing. Thank you 🙂

  16. Better than the original things! Super easy, love how there’s only a few ingredients. Picky eater approved!

  17. We made these with some of the dates I had stored for quarantine…needless to say THEY WERE A HIT! My husband kept going back to the fridge looking for them 😂 Did I mention super easy to make?! Like just throw two ingredients into a food processor and then form cookies-freeze-dip. Will continue to make these for forever. Thank you for the yummy snack recipe! 🙂

    • Ahh this makes me so happy to hear, Megan! 🙂 Thanks for tying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It’s super helpful for other readers, so I appreciate it!

  18. OMG!! BRITTANY DID IT AGAIN!!! These are AMAZING, especially if you love anything coconut as much as I do! I feel less guilty having these as my afternoon pick-me-up because there is NO sugar and made with all healthy natural ingredients. Thank you and keep doing what you’re doing, so we can all have healthier alternatives to make!

    • Ahh I’m so glad you’re loving these Samoas, Andrea!! That makes me so happy to hear. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It’s super helpful to other readers, so I appreciate it. <3

  19. I have never ever baked anythihg in my life and I tried these for a coffee mornings for all my mum friends and it was a huge hit, I’m both mums and babies 🙂
    So delicious and healthier! I can’t wait to try more recipes!

    • Ahh I’m so glad these cookies were a hit!! And I’m honored to be your first recipe that you baked. 🙂 Thanks so much for trying these and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating, Anam. It means the world to me. <3

  20. Just made this! Mine didn’t taste like Samoas but it doesn’t matter – they were so delicious!!!! Love this healthier option as a snack! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

      • I need to edit my prior comment. After we housed the first batch in less than a day, I made another batch and didn’t purée the coconut / date mixture as much as I did in the first batch. They taste so similar to Samoas and yet again, we polished off a second batch in less than 24 hours! So delicious and it’s kid approved as well! Thank you!

  21. My daughter made these for dessert tonight and they are to die for delicious! I would totally take them over the original Samoas, especially knowing they’re much healthier. Thank you for the recipe!

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Heather!! So glad you enjoyed the Samoas! Thanks so much for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It’s super helpful to other readers, so I really appreciate it. <3

  22. So so good. I’ve made them multiple times and made everyone i know try them as well. A new favorite of mine!

  23. Total win! I wanted to make these for a year and am finally getting to it today! They are as good as they look in the video—better! So easy to make and I know my gals will love them for bachelor nights!

  24. Wow! These are fantastic! I thought they would be good but they exceeded my expectations 4 ingredients and 15 minutes start to finish? Yes please! These will definitely be a staple in my house. Even my friend who hates Samoas could’t stay away. Thank you!!

    • Yeah, they can be a little more difficult to make in the blender. I’m glad they still turned out for you though!! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating, Brooke. I so appreciate it!

  25. Do you think these would turn out well if I substituted some maple syrup for the dates? I’m making them for someone on AIP for Valentines Day and dates give her a lot of trouble.

  26. Just made these last week. Added some seeds (cause I love seeds). OMG! I’m in love…..
    BTW: Healthy and low calorie are not generally related. Digestive health, vitamins, minerals as well as satiation are more important! I can eat one of these and am fine. A box of GS cookies will disappear in one day here. A difference in how our bodies processes “whole foods” is key.
    Thank you for your wonderful recipes!

  27. Yum! I had been wanting to make these but I don’t have a food processor…I tried it with a blender and voila! It worked! I used regular semi-sweet chocolate chips and my drizzle/dips were a little heavy on chocolate so next time I may omit dipping the bottom so the chocolate doesn’t overpower the coconut.

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Macy!! I’m so glad you finally tried this recipe and that it worked for you in the blender. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

  28. Just made these and they are amazing! I’m trying not to eat them all! Thank you so much for this recipe!!

    • Yay!! So glad you tried this recipe and are loving them. It’s definitely hard to not eat them all in one sitting. 🙂 Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating, Jessica. I really appreciate it!

  29. I made these tonight and they are amazing! So easy to put together and they taste just like the Girl Scout cookie version, even my non chocolate loving husband said they were delicious!

  30. OMG! These are so like the real deal, only better for you! I made them smaller to get more servings out of them, but I couldn’t believe how easy they were to make! If you have a healthy recipe version for a Shamrock Shake let me know. I just printed your recipe for tag a longs for my daughter to try as she is not a fan of coconut. Thank you!

    • Ahh!! This makes me so happy to hear, Audra. I don’t have a recipe for a shamrock shake, but I’ll make note of it. 🙂 I can’t wait to hear what you think of the tagalongs. Thanks so much for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. The reviews are super helpful to other readers, so I appreciate it!

  31. These look good but I’m pretty sure it would cost less to buy the actual girl scout version. It also seems a little deceiving that the calories/fat/sugar nutritional values are almost double the girl scout version. I think most people would assume they can eat more of these since they are being labeled healthy. Also, dates are expensive. Have you thought of a similar recipe using a healthier flour substitute instead (i.e. ground oats, buckwheat, whole wheat)? I honestly think the nutritional values would be a little better. Kudos to coming up with a gluten free version and vegan option but I’d only ever make these to serve to someone with those dietary needs. I get the convenience and ease using 4 ingredients (albeit expensive) I just hope people don’t mistakenly assume these are healthy. In my opinion, these are for people with dietary restrictions.

    • I love these cookies and so does my family! I love to make these for my sweet tooth! I let some others try them this week and they couldn’t believe how good they were and with way healthier ingredients than true Girl Scout cookies!

      • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Kimberly! I’m so glad you and your family love these cookies. Thank you so much for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me. <3

    • Judging whether or not something is healthy based on the numbers in the nutritional facts is how people wind up thinking a can of diet cola is healthier than a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice. Samoas contain sorbitol, dextrose, sorbitan tristearate, carrageenan, artificial coloring, and artificial flavors; these cookies are made from four all natural ingredients, and will have significantly less long term impact on your body as they can be processed naturally and easily, unlike the chemicals in a boxed of processed cookies. If you are counting calories and carbs, you shouldn’t be looking at cookies at all, in my opinion. Or come up with your own recipe, if you think these are so bad for you.

      Brittany, these are excellent. I made them in less than an hour and my coworkers loved them! Recipe has been added to my rolodex for future use!

      • I am neither counting calories or carbs but I have a basic understanding of cooking/baking. I never necessarily said these are unhealthy. My point is this recipe includes ingredients that are either expensive or mostly reserved for people with dietary restrictions. With that said, this recipe beats the real cookie in sodium but contains more sugar and carbs. My comment was more intended for those thinking just because something is labeled healthy or has minimal ingredients doesn’t mean you don’t need to do your research or overeat the product. Alot of people just assume when something is labeled “healthy”, it can’t contain ingredients you may not had an adverse reaction to. Same concept with people assuming “gluten free” is good for them. It is intended for people with gluten sensitivity. If you don’t have it, you have no medical reason to seek out such products. “Watching your carbs” and having celiac disease are two very different things and shouldn’t necessarily be approached in the same manner. My rant is over. My comment wasn’t intended to be malicious, it was intended to be informative because people just assume when they read a buzz word like “healthy” and “gluten free” it can be consumed without limit. While I am perfectly capable of creating my own recipe using the above ingredients, it was merely a suggestion for those of us who do not have these same dietary restrictions. I wouldn’t buy such expensive ingredients for a cookie recipe which yields very little.

  32. These cookies are SO good!! I made them for our annual cookie contest since I can’t have dairy or soy. Only FOUR ingredients and all good stuff!! It took me a little longer to make them because we have limited freezer space, but other than that I am really excited about them! Thanks for the great recipe!!

  33. These are amazing! Perfect fix for a craving for sweets. Subbed the chocolate for unsweetened carob chips as I am cutting out all non-natural sugar right now.

  34. OMG these are amazing!!! Just served them at a casual luncheon and EVERYONE loved them!!! Making more tomorrow! : )

  35. Better than the “real” thing! I made these the second my friend sent me the recipe. Amazing! I also experimented with spreading a very thin layer of chocolate on the tops dipping them into more toasted coconut. Even closer to original taste. I burned my first batch of coconut quickly. Watched the next batch more carefully. But then I saw how good they were so I ordered toasted coconut online immediately so I could make them again easily. I had to ration the first batch to my friends and family! Next time I doubled the recipe!

  36. I made these yesterday they came out tops! I suppose the only drawback if any is that Medjool dates are a bit spendy but no other date will do for this recipe! One store had Noor dates in bulk (not sure how much per lb but probably not a lot) the other had Medjool dates for $9.99 a pound and I got slightly over a pound (for $10 something). It is enough for two batches because there were at least 2 cups of dates in it. I finally found unsweetened coconut at the same store as I got the Medjool dates, and from the store which had the Noor dates (a dry date not suitable for these cookies) there were sugar-free dark chocolate melties (which I’ve bought before for recipes) in the bulk section. The cookies are supreme and came out so well. Will definitely make this recipe again!

  37. These cookies are fabulous! My kids helped me make them and gave the cookies 2 thumbs up. I’m not a huge fan of coconut myself, but I think they are delicious! These won’t last long in our house, that’s for sure!

  38. Absolutely delicious and my yield was 14, so mine must be a bit smaller. Even easier to shape the second time around. Thanks Brittany!

  39. OMG!!! I just made this recipe and I am hiding the cookies from my husband and son. They are so delicious and super easy to make.

  40. These came out really well! I made them for a vegan friend’s birthday and he loved them. Everyone loved them and said they liked them better than actual Girl Scout cookies! I will definitely make these again! I was also very happy to be able to provide an option for people with gluten sensitivities! My co-worker was dancing and eating these cookies because she was so happy to be able to partake in the festivities. 🙂

  41. These cookies are absolutely amazing. So healthy, not too sweet, and so quick and easy to make. Thank you for an amazing recipe.

  42. These are incredible and SO EASY to whip up. I put off making them for so long because I am not used to buying/using medjool dates, so I thought it would be overwhelming to take the pits out and overly sticky/messy in the food processor but it was a breeze. These will be a staple in my house.

  43. So so delicious! I am so excited about these cookies. I love them and will be making more again soon. I love your recipes. Thank you for sharing another amazing one. I made your thin mints a couple weeks ago and commented on how delicious those were and now these are another family fav!

  44. Wasn’t so sure about these bc Samoas are my Girl Scout jam but these are AMAZING and healthy!!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  45. I’d like to try these, but I don’t like shredded coconut. Could I sub in coconut flour? If so, how much? Thanks!

  46. These are so yummy and easy! Only 3 minutes needed to toast the coconut. I also soaked my dates in warm water for a few minutes before processing. Delicious eaten out of the freezer for 1-2 mins.

  47. I saw this recipe and headed straight to my kitchen because I knew I had all of the ingredients. They were so quick and easy and turned out fabulous! What an awesome recipe. My coconut did burn after only 3 minutes so I would suggest a lower temp and really watch it. I did big flakes though so maybe those burn faster. Thanks!

  48. These are soooo good! I’ve made them twice and once for the holidays. They are really easy. I just make them in smaller batches and they are easy to make. My husban even loves them and he’s a cookie connoisseur. Make sure you put them in an air tight contianer and refrigerate for the best results!

    • These are healthy because they are primarily whole foods, not because they are low calorie. Low calorie does not mean healthy and high calorie does not mean something is unhealthy. She also did not state anywhere in this recipe that this is intended to be a weight loss food.

  49. These look amazing, but 17gm of sugar per cookie is a lot. Do you have any lower sugar options? Could you use cocoa and coconut oil for the top, or would that not be thick enough?

  50. I made these today and OMG! LITERALLY THE BEST TASTING COOKIE I HAVE EVER HAD! Way better than a Girl Scout cookie! Thanks for sharing! I have a feeling im going to be making this recipe a lot this Summer

  51. My husband went out to get me the ingredients i needed basically as soon as I saw this recipie. Two hours later the cookies were made and WOW theyre phenomenal! Thank you!!

  52. Just made these, and they are crazy awesome delicious! I made a note to triple the recipe because we ate them immediately. I added 1/2 tsp of vanilla and topped them with a bit of sea salt. Great recipe!!

  53. Delicious! I tried to make the holes, but they crumbled so I tried again and left them as little domes from being packed in my tablespoon. Maybe my dates and coconut were still too chunky? But it didn’t matter, because they look and taste delicious. I’m storing them in a glass container in the freezer – I love frozen samoas!

  54. I just made these and tried one as I took them out of the freezer.
    I haven’t had a samoa cookie in 10 years and you think these 11 will last a week in the fridge??
    ???. Definitely 5 stars! Thank you for coming up with the great recipe!!

  55. These were delicious and husband approved!!! Added a little bit of coconut oil to help form the dough and freezing them was definitely key for me to get them to hold together:)

  56. These were AMAZING! My husband who is a strict chocolate chip cookie eater, even enjoyed these (repeatedly). Wonderful!

  57. I’ve made these 3 times in a week and a half.. #cantstopwontstop
    My team at work can’t believe these are healthy! I’m almost mad at how good they are because now they expect me to share 😉

  58. Amazing!!! I absolutely love these and so does my husband. Who was very skeptical to even try them. After he did, he was hooked and said “How can these be so darn good with only those ingredients?” He has already asked me to make more. Thanks for coming up with and sharing!

  59. I made a double batch, and they are so yummy! my husband liked them too! 🙂 I added a little coconut oil to my date and coconut mixture to help it bind together better.

  60. Just made these and might decide to keep them all for me! I tripled the batch – made about 35 cookies. They are SO amazing. Better than the originals (sorry Girl Scouts) – try them right out of the freezer – YUM!

  61. I tried these and my dates and coconut would not form a dough. It was just a bucket of “crumbs”. Any recommendations?

  62. These look so yummy, I have been looking for some new gluten free snacks to get making so these will be perfect – it can be so hard to make them taste good but these sound amazing. Thanks for the inspiration, I better get cooking!

    Holly from The Art of Being Holly xo

    • A-mazing …easy to make and delicious! Have passwd on this recipe many times..everyone loves them!

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