Homemade Girl Scout Cookies - Caramel DeLites/Samoas

As a kid, I was a sucker for these cookies - they were by far my favorite! But little did I know back then they're full of unhealthy ingredients that's the result of their very long shelf-life, and the result of a long list of potential health problems. These cookies, along with the popular “Thin Mints”, contain trans fat (partially hydrogenated oils). The FDA does not require food manufacturers to list trans fats if they are present in amounts less than 0.5 grams…however, eat more than one serving and these grams of trans fat add up quickly!! If you see "0g trans fat" on a food label, always check the ingredient list for the words "partially hydrogenated oils" to see if it actually does contain some trans fats.  I have created a healthier, "cleaner" version of these cookies that are incredibly delicious and take less than a few minutes to make.

Here's how to recreate these childhood favorites using just three ingredients:

Ingredients: (makes 3 cookies)

1 KIND Almond & Coconut Bar 

1 Tbsp Enjoy Life (or your favorite brand) Dark Chocolate Chips

1-2 tsp unsweetened coconut flakes 



1. Unwrap KIND bar and place on microwave-safe plate. Warm in microwave for 10 seconds (until soft). Separate into 3 round cookies.

2. Melt 1 Tbsp dark chocolate chips in microwave on medium-high power for about 45-60 seconds (stirring occasionally) until melted. Drizzle on top of each cookie, and top with a pinch of unsweetened coconut flakes. 

Ingredient List Comparison: 

The first three ingredients that make up Samoas are: 1. Sugar 2. Vegetable Oil (partially hydrogenated…meaning it contains trans fat!!) 3. Enriched Flour 

The first three ingredients that make up my healthier alternative are: 1. Almonds 2. Coconut 3. Honey