Homemade Healthy Tagalongs

Make healthy Tagalongs at home with only 7 simple ingredients. We’re using almond flour cookies, peanut butter and melted chocolate chips to create a vegan and gluten-free version of this Girl Scout classic! 

I am so dang excited to share this recipe because everyone has been obsessed with my healthy Girl Scout cookie recreations. Both the 4-Ingredient Samoas and Healthier Thin Mints were a major hit so I know you’re going to love these Healthy Tagalongs. Early taste-testers have said that they’re the best Girl Scout cookie recreation yet and given my love for all things peanut butter and chocolate, they’re definitely on the top of my list too!

Hand holding a stack of homemade, healthy, vegan and gluten-free Tagalong cookies. Almond flour shortbread cookie, topped with peanut butter and coated with chocolate.

There are three main steps to making these healthy tagalongs:

  1. Making the cookie base with almond flour
  2. Spreading the peanut butter + letting them harden in the fridge or freezer.
  3. Coating with rich and delicious chocolate.

They’re super simple to make… the hardest part might be waiting for the cookies to bake or maybe it’s waiting for the chocolate to set… either way, the whole process doesn’t take long so before you know it you’ll be diving in to these tasty peanut butter chocolate cookies.

Almond flour shortbread cookies on a baking sheet with parchment paper for the homemade healthy tagalongs.

When I think of my top flavor combinations of all time, peanut butter and chocolate are at the top of the list. Over the years I’ve made:

… this list could truly go on for pages, but you get the idea. I LOVE the combination of salty peanut butter with sweet chocolate. It’s seriously a match made in heaven.

Almond flour shortbread cookies with a thumbprint filled with peanut butter.

I think another reason I’m obsessed with these cookies (besides the flavor) is the texture! The crunchy cookie center is soooo satisfying. Don’t get me wrong, I love protein balls that taste like cookies, but sometimes they aren’t satisfying when I’m craving the real deal. My brain can tell when I’m eating a cookie and when I’m eating a cookie-wanna-be!

Bowl full of healthy, homemade, vegan and gluten free Tagalong Girl Scout cookies. Cookies are cut in half to you can see the shortbread cookie and b=peanut butter layer, covered in chocolate.

I’m so glad this recipe is finally in your hands. I know it will be hard to share these cookies with friends and family (you’ll want to save them all for yourself), but share the love! Let’s make Girl Scout cookie season a little healthier for everyone. 🙂

Hand holding a homemade healthy Tagalong cookie. Shortbread cookie topped with peanut butter and covered in chocolate.

If you make these homemade healthy tagalongs be sure to leave a comment and star rating letting me know how they turned out! Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers. 


Homemade Healthy Tagalongs

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 14 cookies
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Make healthy Tagalongs at home with only 7 simple ingredients. We’re using almond flour cookies, peanut butter and melted chocolate chips to create a vegan and gluten-free version of this Girl Scout classic! 


  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt
  • about 7 teaspoons peanut butter
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I like EnjoyLife dark chocolate morsels or Lily’s Sweets stevia sweetened chocolate chips)
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Add almond flour, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and sea salt in a medium bowl. Scoop dough using a tablespoon and form into a round cookie shape, use your finger to create a small dent in the center of each cookie. Place cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet for 15-18 minutes, until cookies are slightly golden brown on the bottom. Let cool completely on the cookie sheet.
  3. Once cookies have cooled, add 1/2-1 teaspoon of peanut butter into the dent of each cookie and spread it a little over the top. Place cookies in the fridge or freezer for about 15-30 minutes to let the peanut butter harden up a bit.
  4. Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in double boiler or in the microwave. For the microwave method, add chips and coconut oil to a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 minute, stir and heat in 30 second increments until chocolate has melted.
  5. The peanut butter should be chilled at this point so you can remove cookies from the fridge/freezer and dip each into the melted chocolate, one by one. Use a fork to dip and remove the cookie from the chocolate, making sure to let the excess chocolate drip off before transferring back to the baking sheet lined with parchment. Place chocolate covered cookies in the fridge or freezer for about 15-20 minutes to let chocolate set. Enjoy right away and store any leftovers in the fridge until ready to eat.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 138
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Carbohydrates: 13g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 2g

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  1. I am currently making these using your recipe. You say this yields 14 cookies but it really only makes around 6 cookies. You may want to update the recipe or how much this recipe actually yields. I guess that’s why the others are letting you know how much cookies they made out of the recipe. Thanks! 🙂

  2. These are so good! I am very new at healthy eating and am mainly trying to cut back on sugar, so I used APF and butter (since I only have virgin coconut oil and didn’t want them to taste coconutty) and they are delicious! I made my cookies a little too thick, so I will amend that next time I make them, which will probably be tomorrow since they are going fast. Thanks for this wonderful site! It’s very helpful as I start a journey to better eating!

  3. These have got to be the most satisfying cookies I’ve ever eaten! It’s hard for me to believe they’re healthy (compared to what’s out there, my brain perceives these are healthy cookies). My batter resulted in 6 cookies but those 6 cookies were pure bliss and were demolished sooner than I would’ve liked! I’ve shared this recipe with nearly everyone I know, even the non-peanut butter lovers. Because these cookies are that divine! Got to share the recipe! I can’t wait to dive deeper into your other recipes! So glad I stumbled on your blog ❤️

    • Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Karishma! I’m so glad these were a hit. Thank you for sharing my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It’s super helpful to other readers, so I appreciate it. <3

  4. I made this cookie last FRiday and they are amazing!do ou have any hint on how to make it not melt the chocolate when eating?

    • Hi Júlia. I’m so glad you’re enjoying them! If you’re able to cut back on the amount of coconut oil you use to thin the chocolate, the chocolate coating will be thicker but won’t melt as much. Let me know if this makes sense.

  5. These are so good! Takes so quick and it’s the perfect food to snack on. I use canola oil instead of coconut and it was no problem

  6. These cookies were good if they were meant to be so strongly coconut flavored. I wish there had been a review or a note about how strong the coconut oil would taste, because I wasn’t expecting it to taste like a coconut cookie (and I even used slightly less oil than in the recipe). Overall, it was still delicious, but I am not a huge fan of coconut and will hopefully be trying this recipe again with a vegan butter instead! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe and inspiring me to make homemade Girl Scout cookies!

    • Hey Rachel – I’m so sorry to hear that you didn’t love the taste of these cookies. What type of coconut oil did you use? Refined coconut oil has more of a neutral aroma and taste so it doesn’t taste like coconut where virgin coconut oil has more of a coconut taste / smell. I’d try refined coconut oil next time or else yes, you can use vegan butter or another oil!

  7. These cookies are DIVINE. So easy to make, only require a few pantry-staples, and taste amazing. I love to keep a few in the freezer for whenever I need a little pick-me-up!

  8. Hi there! Could I substitute regular GF flour for the almond flour on a 1-to-1 ratio? What would you do? Thank you!

  9. Better than the real Girl Scout cookies! These Tagalongs are a new staple in our home! They are so delicious and easy to make.

    • Ahh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Adriana! So glad you’re loving these cookies. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment + star rating. It’s super helpful to other readers, so I appreciate it. <3

  10. Oh my! These are SO good!! I only got 9 out of my dough so next time I’ll have to double it. The pre-cooked dough was good enough to eat on its own.😋 Super easy to make👍🏻👍🏻

  11. These are so easy and delicious and basically guilt free! I think I made mine a little too big because my recipe only yielded 7.. but I actually am fine with that since I live alone and don’t want to waste food/feel pressured to eat a ton of cookies!

  12. I’m looking forward to trying these cookies however, I will replace the peanut butter with almond butter 🙂 Thanks!

  13. Made these yesterday… Not hard to make, just a few simple steps- worth every minute it takes to make …and every single calorie 😊. Thanks for another fantastic recipe

  14. Made these tonight and they were GREAT! I am however wondering same thing as, Shana. Are the nutrition facts you provide for one cookie only? Girl Scout cookies are two cookies per serving and total 140 calories, 8g fat, 13g carbs and 3g protein.

    • Hey Jackie – Yes, the nutrition info listed is for one cookie. I know that might not seem “healthier” than the Girl Scout version, but in this recipe we’re using healthier ingredients and only 7. The GS tagalongs include artificial flavors, white sugar, palm oil and a bunch of other ingredients that aren’t the greatest. 🙂

  15. Can we use ground almond instead of flour? Will that change consistency of dough? Almond flour is sooo expensive..
    BTW, thanks for great recipes, I use them almost every day 🙂

  16. Made these for my son’s 20th bday. He has Celiac Disease and has never had a tagalong (my favorite Girl Scout cookie!). So grateful he can now have an idea what they taste like… these r pretty close! Rarely do I try one of these online recipes and have them actually turn out like the pics or video. But these did! However, I doubled the recipe and only came out w 16 cookies, so I must have a vastly different opinion on what the size of a cookie should b!🤣 I will b adding this to my list of favorite sweet treats! If u r wondering if u should try this one… DO IT!

    • Hi Tami!! This warms my heart so much. I’m so glad you decided to try this recipe and that your son enjoyed these. I made my cookies a little on the smaller size, but it’s totally fine to make them a little bigger. 🙂

  17. This sounds amazing! I used to love Tagalongs before I had to go gluten free. Sadly, I also can no longer have peanuts. And now almonds as well. I can definitely use cashew butter as a peanut butter substitute, but is there anything that can properly sub in for the almond flour? It’s been such a bummer not being able to have those! And I now have an oral allergy to sunflower seeds. I sure miss Tagalongs!

  18. Great recipes!!! My kids will eat this all the time, plus the ingredients are simple enough
    that they can make it themselves.Love it!!!

  19. Is the nutrition estimate correct for 1 cookie? I’m looking at a box of original Girl Scout Tagalongs and they are 140 calories, 8g sugar, 9g fat and 2g protein for 2 cookies.

    • I was thinking the same thing! The nutrition facts aren’t that healthy! The real Girl Scout cookie is actually healthier if you break everything down!

      • Hey Nadine, The calories and nutrition stats might not be that much different than the GS cookies, but this version has way less ingredients than the originals and no artificial ingredients. In my opinion they are much healthier and it’s nice to know what ingredients you’re putting in your body. 🙂

  20. My husband and I love the thin mint cookies. Looking for to trying the peanut butter tagalongs. Thank you for the fabulous recipes that you so generously share.

    • Thank you for the delicious and easy recipe!! I know these are supposed to be vegan but would they work with butter instead of coconut oil? Not crazy about the coconut taste.

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