There is no time of year, like Girl Scout cookie season. It truly is my favorite and while you might think that the Girl Scouts are the ones seeking out us, I am always on the hunt for a little girl in a green vest. You may think I am kidding, but I have actually gone to multiple locations just to find a stand selling those colorful boxes of gold (aka cookies).
The cookies are epic, but they are also packed with very little nutrition. This is especially the case for my favorite Girl Scout cookie: Samoas! With this in mind, I was inspired to make a healthier option that has the same great caramel & coconut flavors, but less guilt. The result was a batch of these healthy samoas snack balls. They are super yummy, simple to make, and just as addicting as the cookies. Here’s how to make them:
To a food processor (you can also use a blender) blend the toasted coconut flakes and soft dates. Tip: if your dates aren’t super soft, soak them in hot water for a few minutes. You should end up with a paste like consistency. Add this to a bowl along with the oats, agave and dairy-free chocolate chips. The mix should be tacky – not wet. If you find that it’s too dry, add some water or a little more sweetener. Roll the dough into balls and stick them in the freezer for 5-10 minutes.
While they are setting, add some chocolate chips to a bowl with a small scoop of coconut oil (optional) and microwave it in 30 second increments or until melted. Remove the balls from the freezer and dip (or coat) them into the chocolate. Add them back to the freezer for 1-2 minutes so the chocolate can harden and then transfer them to an air-tight container which can be stored in the fridge for a week. Don’t worry about them going bad – they will never last that long!
- 1/2 Cup of Toasted Desiccated Coconut
- 1/4 Cup of Mini Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips
- 8-10 Soft Dates
- 1 Cup Quick Cook Oats
- 1/4 Cup of Maple Syrup or Agave
Add your toasted coconut and softened dates to a blender or food processor and blend for 1-2 minutes. (Note: I toasted my coconut in a pan & let it cool before starting, but you can buy a toasted version in store.) The result should look like a paste.
Transfer the paste to a medium sized bowl and add the remaining ingredients.
Mix the ingredients by hand or with a wooden spoon until well combined.
Shape the dough into balls (your choice of size) and place them into the freezer for 5-10 minutes.
Once they have become more solid, you can melt some additional chocolate to dip each ball into.
You can store these delicious treats in an air tight container in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.