Clean Eating Samoas (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Clean Eating Samoas.  It that time of year again.  When girl scout cookies are everywhere.  Since we are now vegan, we cannot eat them.  My husband was a huge fan of the Samoas, so he asked me to create a healthier samoa recipe.

I can’t think of a single person who doesn’t like Samoas, can you?  I think these healthy samoas came out pretty good.  The base of this cookie was inspired by my Gluten Free Coconut Cookies.


clean eating samoas


These healthier samoas are not only vegan, but they are also gluten free, dairy free and egg free.

Clean Eating Samoas

Clean Eating Samoas

Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 11-13M Serves 15 cookies     adjust servings

The taste of the girl scout cookie with none of the guilt!


    For the cookie

    For the caramel

    For the chocolate

    • 3/4 cup chocolate chips or 1 dark chocolate bar
    • 1/4 – 1/2 cup almond milk


    1. Preheat oven to 350.
    2. Place the almonds and oats in a blender and blend into a fine powder.
    3. This works great in a Vitamix .
    4. Pour contents into a large bowl .
    5. Add the almond flour and the coconut sugar to the almond/oat mixture.
    6. In a smaller bowl , add the coconut oil, applesauce, vanilla, eggs and milk.
    7. Mix well and add to the dry ingredients.
    8. Mix wet and dry just enough to combine.
    9. Place the shredded coconut in a small bowl and set aside.
    10. Roll the dough into little balls.
    11. Take each ball and roll it around in the shredded coconut.
    12. Once it is covered, flatten it with your palm and place onto a lined baking sheet.
    13. To make the caramel, place the dates in a food processor or magic bullet and pulse into a thin sauce, slowly adding warm water to thin it out.
    14. Once it becomes the consistency or caramel, drizzle it over the top of each cookie.
    15. Once each cookie has caramel over it, place in the oven and bake for 11-13 minutes.
    16. As cookies are cooling, you can make the chocolate.
    17. Using a double boiler, melt the chocolate in a glass bowl slowly adding enough milk until you get a thin enough consistency. I added about 1/2 cup.
    18. Once the chocolate is thinned out, drizzle it over the tops and place in the fridge for the chocolate to set.


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    47 thoughts to “Clean Eating Samoas (Vegan, Gluten Free)”

    1. I see that you say that you and your husband are now vegan. I was wondering what you are subbing for the egg in this recipe? And, do you use almond or coconut milk? I can't wait to try these...but probably will use whole wheat flour since we are not GF.
      1. We are not GF either. I just wanted to provide an option for those that are. We are vegan and I used an egg replacer made out of flax meal. 1 T flax meal + 3 T warm water. Whisk it together and put it in the fridge for a minute to get gummy, like a real egg would be. Works great! I used almond milk, but coconut milk would probably work even better in this recipe. :) If you use it, let me know how it comes out.
    2. I made these today and they are great. I didn't have any chocolate chips so I made a raw chocolate recipe I have. It is a 1/2 cup of raw cacao powder, 1/2 cup coconut oil, and raw agave. I drizzled that on instead. It hardens in the fridge. I refrigerated the leftovers of the chocolate and eat it for my chocolate fix.
    3. Hi there, These sound amazing! If they are clean eating though then how do you get away from the sugar that would be in the chocolate? Do you have an alternative so they are completely sugar free? Thank you :)
      1. I use carob chips which have much less sugar. If you want an even cleaner version, you can use cacao nibs or even make your own chocolate using coconut oil, cocoa powder and an optional sweetener.
    4. Baked those today with my granddaughters. Must say they came out delicious. I used whole wheat pastry flour. It is not quite as strong flavored then whole wheat flour. At least to my taste buds. I will make those again.
    5. I love love love samoas!!! Thank you for this recipe, now I can eat them guilt free-:)) Can I sub coconut sugar with maple syrup?
      1. You are welcome Puja! I think you can, but you may need to decrease the liquid somewhere else in the recipe. Maybe a bit less milk?
    6. Do you have to use whole almonds at the beginning if you're just going to pulverize them anyway? Why not just use more almond flour? Sorry, I don't understand the difference! :-p
      1. You can. The original recipe I made was not gluten free, so that is why it looks kind of strange. It used to call for spelt flour instead of almond flour. However, now you can just add more almond flour instead of almonds if you like.
    7. These were very tasty, but they didn't taste like Samoas. They taste more like chocolate thumbprint cookies. I also found that the dough was too wet to handle at all following the directions above. I add a little bit more ground almond and oats, which probably made then a little bland.
      1. I am sorry they did not live up to your expectations. It's been a long time since I have had an actual samoa girl scout cookie.
        1. don't be too sorry! I loved them, they just didn't taste like samoas. Samoas are a little too sweet and they have a cookie crunch. This cookie is definitely added to my favorite cookie list!
    8. Melissa, Oh my gosh, these look so delicious! When I was little samoas were my favorite type of girl scout cookie. Like you, since going vegan, I've been missing being able to eat them. Thanks so much for creating this recipe. I'm going to make them asap! Can't wait to try them. :) ~Stephanie
    9. I wonder what the calorie count would be for one cookie of this recipe?? I know myself and this recipe looks like I would have trouble just eating one!! Cant wait to try it!
      1. Haha! I don't know the calorie count. I'm sorry. You can probably figure out an estimate by going to

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