These Samoas energy bites are made with only 6 ingredients — filled with caramel flavor from the dates, studded with chocolate chips and coated in toasted coconut. Vegan and gluten-free. 

I don’t remember the last time I ate a real Girl Scout cookie, but growing up I had three favorites and lately I’ve been trying to make healthy, homemade versions for each. So far I have a healthy Samoas recipe, Thin Mints  and Tagalongs.

Samoas cookies made healthy with only 6 ingredients. These sinless samoas bites are filled with caramel flavor from the dates, studded with chocolate chips and coated in toasted coconut. Vegan and gluten-free.

Since Samoas are my absolute fave, I decided to also create an energy ball using the same flavorful profile using dates, chocolate and toasted coconut. These little bites/balls totally fit the bill. They’re sweet, but not too sweet and the toasted coconut makes them really taste like Samoas.

I’ve made similar balls, that were rolled in regular dried coconut before and I must say that the toasted coconut lends a rich flavor that definitely makes these little guys seem more decadent.

Samoas cookies made healthy with only 6 ingredients. These sinless samoas bites are filled with caramel flavor from the dates, studded with chocolate chips and coated in toasted coconut. Vegan and gluten-free.

So if you’re craving Girl Scout cookies this spring, just whip up a batch of these. Your sweet tooth will be cured with a treat made of only six ingredients and without any high fructose corn syrup, artificial coloring or hydrogenated oils.

Samoas cookies made healthy with only 6 ingredients. These sinless samoas bites are filled with caramel flavor from the dates, studded with chocolate chips and coated in toasted coconut. Vegan and gluten-free.

I hope you all like them as much as I do. 🙂

Samoas cookies made healthy with only 6 ingredients. These sinless samoas bites are filled with caramel flavor from the dates, studded with chocolate chips and coated in toasted coconut. Vegan and gluten-free.

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If you try these samoas energy bites please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how they turn out! Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers. 

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Samoas Energy Bites


Description

Samoas cookies made healthy with only 6 ingredients and about 10 minutes. These sinless samoas bites are filled with caramel flavor from the dates, studded with chocolate chips and coated in toasted coconut. Vegan and gluten-free.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted dates (about 12)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon almond butter
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (divided)
  • 1 Tablespoon mini vegan chocolate chips or dark chocolate pieces (divided)
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°. Spread all 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.
  2. Place dates, almond butter, 1/3 cup of the toasted coconut, 1/2 Tablespoon mini chocolate chips, sea salt and vanilla into a food processor (affiliate link) or mini chopper. Process until the mixture turns into a dough ball.
  3. Work “dough” with clean hands to add in the other 1/2 Tablespoon of chocolate chips. Pinch off small amounts of the dough (about 1.5 teaspoons full) and roll into 12 balls. Roll balls in remaining 1/3 cup of toasted coconut.
  4. Store in fridge.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 ball
  • Calories: 80
  • Sugar: 5G
  • Fat: 5G
  • Carbohydrates: 8G
  • Protein: 1G

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    27 comments
  1. Caramel deLites are my favorite girl scout cookie! I haven’t had them since eating gluten free and definitely want to make these!

  2. Only 1/2 T of almond butter? You didn’t mean 1/2 cup did you? Just checking! These look amazing btw. Samoas are my favorite 😀

  3. I recently stumbled on this recipe & whipped up a batch using biscoff cookie butter in place of the almond butter. They were freaking awesome! Seriously. Thank you. I will definitely be making these on the regular.

  4. My favorite Girl Scout cookies were the Samoas and Thin Mints too! I could eat an entire box of each by myself… My mom learned to put them on the tallest shelf in the pantry if she wanted any! Your sinless Samoa balls look so healthy and satisfying. I saved them to one of my boards on Pinterest — they were too cute to pass up!

  5. I feel I have missed out on all of these flavours of Girl Scout cookies living in Canada – we only had 2 flavours of Girl Guide cookies when I was growing up and selling them. A chocolate cream filled cookie and a vanilla cream filled cookie. Somewhere along the way they added a chocolate mint cookie, but that’s about it. I would have totally gone for one with coconut in it!

  6. Just made these and can’t get over how delicious and satisfying they are! Thank you for the great, straight-forward recipe!

  7. Thank you so much for this recipe – they capped off an otherwise delicious (and healthy!) Easter dinner with friends last night. They are tasty little morsels, and I think I actually prefer them to GSCs!

  8. OMG When I saw this I immediately jumped up and ran to the fridge to grab these. THANK YOU for bringing some over this morning! (I had a mad chocolate craving tonight and this hit the spot!) These are delicious!

    • Oh no! If you don’t feel like shelling out the cash for a big food processor, get a mini chopper. They work great foe recipes like this and they’re way less expensive. I’ve actually never owned a food processor… I just use my mini chopper. 🙂

  9. OMG! I have to try these as I absolutely love the girl scout cookie version – unfortunately they are only available when they are selling, and not so good for you (not inexpensive, either, but for a good cause). This solves both problems!

    Now all we need is a healthy close of the thin mints 🙂

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