It's a sad day when all the Girl Scout cookies are gone for the year. My husband loves coconut and always finds a box (or two) of Samoas to bring home along with a few other varieties. There have been a lot of blog posts online in the last few weeks for made at home versions of these cookies, especially Samoas. These recipes involve multiple steps and although I'm sure they're yummy, I wasn't interested. However, that doesn't mean I'm not suffering from cookie with-drawls just like everybody else. These little bites are here to help. They are very very simple to make and don't even need to be baked! Vegan and gluten free, this sweet relies on the natural sugars in dates. It would be a stretch to call the recipe that follows a substitute for a true crunchy, chewy perfect Samoa but if you want something guilt free with that coconutty chocolate flavor then these are for you.
The recipe comes from Chocolate Covered Katie, a blog which showcases vegan and healthy versions of just about any dessert you can think of. I changed the recipe in two small ways. First, I doubled it because I wanted more cookies! Secondly, I toasted the coconut which brings out the flavor and helps everything to blend.
Little Bites Samoas Babies
Recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie
Click through for the recipe. Here are my notes:
If you double it and use tablespoon sized cookies, you will have about 14 cookies. I toasted the coconut in the oven (watch it closely or it will burn!) and added it to the food processor while still warm. I used 1 Tablespoon dark chocolate chips in the mix and melted 3 Tablespoons chocolate chips in the microwave to drizzle on top. Make sure to mix these really well in the food processor, stop and scrape the sides and keep mixing. The warm and toasty coconut will cause the chocolate to melt and bring out the oils in the coconut. It's a bonus that your hands will be moisturized and coconutty when you're done. I store these in the refrigerator.
I was truly surprised by how much I liked these. The coconut flavor really comes through and of course I like the chocolate on top. My only problem was that even though I doubled the recipe I needed more cookies.