These samoa energy balls are inspired by the Girl Scout cookies and so delicious. They’re filled with caramel, chocolate flavor and coated in crunchy, 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.

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Since Samoa cookies are my absolute fave, I decided to also create an energy ball with the same flavorful profile using dates, chocolate chips and toasted coconut. These little 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.

Ingredients Needed

  • Medjool dates – You can buy medjool dates that are already pitted or pit them yourself (it’s super easy). Two brands that I like are Natural Delights and Joolies. You can find Natural Delights in the produce section of most grocery stores (near the bananas) and Joolies are offered on Amazon and Thrive Market.
  • unsweetened shredded coconut flakes – be sure to get unsweetened shredded coconut, not the sweetened coconut
  • chocolate chips – I like using dark chocolate chips from Enjoy Life or Lily’s. Both of these options are dairy-free.
  • sea salt
  • vanilla extract
  • almonds butter – this adds a little nuttiness to the energy balls, but can be omitted if you want these energy balls to be nut-free

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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 minimal ingredients and without any high fructose corn syrup, artificial coloring or hydrogenated oils.

How Long Will the Energy Balls Keep?

These energy balls should last up to 1-2 weeks in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer. That said, they never last more than a week at our house! Be sure to store them in an airtight container. I like using glass storage containers or Stasher bags for storing energy balls.

Samoa energy balls in a glass storage container.

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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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Overhead shot of samoa energy balls in a white bowl.

Samoa Energy Balls


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These healthy samoa energy balls are inspired by the Girl Scout cookies and so delicious. They’re filled with caramel, chocolate flavor and coated in crunchy, toasted coconut.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups (about 20) medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (divided)
  • 2 Tablespoons chocolate chips or dark chocolate pieces (divided)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon almond butter (optional)

Instructions

  1. Toast coconut: Pre-heat oven to 400°F. 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. Process: Place dates, almond butter (if using), 2/3 cup of the toasted coconut, 1 Tablespoon chocolate chips, sea salt and vanilla into a food processor or mini chopper. Process until the mixture turns into a dough ball.
  3. Roll dough into balls: Work “dough” with clean hands to add in the other Tablespoon of chocolate chips. Pinch off small amounts of the dough with your hands (or use a cookie scoop) and roll into 12 balls.
  4. Roll in toasted coconut: Roll balls in remaining 1/3 cup of toasted coconut.
  5. To store: Place balls into a sealed storage container and store in the fridge for 1-2 weeks or the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 ball
  • Calories: 113
  • Sugar: 17g
  • Sodium: 34mg
  • Fat: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0mg
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Cholesterol: omg

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    39 comments
  1. I already love your Samoa cookie recipe, and these are a fun way to change it up and make energy balls with the same to-die-for flavor combo. Thank you!

  2. These were so easy to make. I don’t have to eat candy anymore! I knew they would taste good but they were even better than expected.

  3. These are incredible. So easy to make/assemble. The hard part will be trying not to eat these all in one sitting.

    • Omg I know, that is definitely the hardest part!! So glad you enjoyed these bites, Kelly. I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment + star rating. It’s super helpful for other readers. 🙂

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

  5. 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 😀

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. A definitely healthy snack! Kids will indeed love this and we know how tough to feed them at times but not this time 🙂 Thanks for the recipe.

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

  11. 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!

  12. 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. 🙂

  13. 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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