Healthy Girl Scout Samoas with NO added sugar, flour or dairy

DSC_0134I love Girl Scout Cookies. I’ve loved them since I was a little brownie pushing boxes of coco-nutty Samoas®, peanut buttery tagalongs and minty thin mints. Now I’m the leader of my own little Daisy’s troop, which means that I’m surrounded by their deliciousness and I MUST buy a box (or 100)

Which call my name.

As much as I love Girl Scout cookies, I can’t eat them everyday. I wanted to come up with a sugar-free version of my absolute favorite: Samoa.

Can’t be done?

After experimenting in the kitchen, I re-created a version that delivers all the chocolate and coconutty goodness without a drop of added sugar.

How did I do it? I’m about to tell you the secret.

First, I had read about combining processed chickpeas and dates soaked overnight in the Chocolate Covered Katie Blog. She has some amazing recipes, so I encourage you to check her out. When I first read about the chocolate chip cookie dough dip with beans and dates, I thought it sounded disgusting! But I was too curious, so I gave it a shot and I PROMISE you, it is delicious! It got me thinking of other ways I could incoporate this technique.

So I came up with these healthy samoas. They are vegan, and contain no added sugar, flour, oil, food dyes or preservatives.

DSC_0156Stacy’s Sugar-Free Samoas

  • 1 1/4 cups cooked, drained chickpeas (do not use canned! they have a different flavor and won’t turn out a swell. Soak your chickpeas overnight in water, then cook the entire next day in the slow cooker. Refridgerate overnight and then you can puree them in this recipe)
  • 1 1/4 cups soaked dates with liquid (soak 1 1/4 cups of dates in 1/4 cup water overnight)
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup Artisana Cocoa Bliss Organic Raw Coconut Butter
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp oats
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar-free coconut flakes (I bought mine at Earth Fare, but you can also find at Whole Foods and on Amazon)

Using your food processor or Vitamix, puree the chickpeas completely. Add the dates with water to the mixture and puree for a full minute. Add the vanilla extract, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder and oats. Process until combined. Add only as much almond milk as you need to reach the desired consistency. I added 2 Tbsp., you may need a bit more or less. Remove from processor and stir in coconut flakes. Sprinkle with coconut and serve! These taste best after they’ve been refriderated for a few hours to harden.

Voila! Girl Scout Samoa cookies with NO added sugar, NO added oil, NO flour and they’re are good for you! They are also super easy to make and require NO cooking! What more could you ask for?

If you are looking for more sugar-free, flour-free recipes, check out my recipe for my oatmeal cookies. They are delish and don’t contain an ounce of added sugar!

Please try them and let me know what you think!

Sugar-Free Flour-Free Artificial Sweetner-Free Oatmeal Cookies

I’m trying to cut back on the added sugar and flour in my diet, but it has been extremely difficult. Did you know that manufacturer’s sneak sugar in practically everything? There is sugar in ketchup, peanut butter, salad dressing and even some dried fruit. I went three weeks with NO added sugar and NO flour and I lost weight, but I was miserable. I scoured every label and couldn’t find one brand of salad dressing that didn’t have some form of added sugar. Also, be careful of peanut butter labeled “Natural” because I noticed that many “Natural” peanut butters still had sugar and oil. I had to go to Earth Fare to buy a sugar-free ketchup that didn’t have artificial sweetner added. The problem with going completely sugar-free is that it became an obsession to find sugar-free products.

I’m now trying to find a happy balance.

I love sweets, but obviously it is quite a challenge to satisfy a sweet tooth without sugar. I adapted this delicious recipe for sugar-free, flour-free and artificial sweetner free oatmeal cookies from Dr. Gott’s No Flour, No Sugar Cookbook. I was leary how cookies would turn out if they didn’t have sugar, but they are excellent! You would never know that they don’t have a drop of oil or sugar in them.

They are so healthy that you can eat them for breakfast or dessert. Give them a try and let me know what you think:

Sugar-Free, Flour-Free, Artifical Sweetner-Free Oatmeal Cookies

  • 3 bananas
  • 2 c old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 c almonds
  • 1/2 c raisins
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Mash the bananas well with a potato masher. Mix in the oats, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Mix well. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.