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Vegan and Gluten-free Samoas

Vegan and Gluten-free Samoas 4Hey there friends!

Spring is HERE! And you know what that means, right?

Girl Scout Cookies!!!

Vegan and Gluten-free Samoas 6I have been looking forward to girl scout cookie season ever since I was a girl scout myself. My parents always went a little nuts and bought, I’m not joking, 21 boxes of cookies. Is that too many? That seems like too many, buuuut if I’m being real, it also doesn’t sound like enough. I mean, girl scout cookie season only comes once a year, so you really do need to stock up.

Vegan and Gluten-free SamoasThose girl scouts really have their business model nailed. A scarcity-based and time-sensitive sales strategy that causes a nation-wide frenzy. Sounds like Wall-mart during Black Friday. Could you imagine if those little Girl Scout pitched their tents outside of Wall-mart during Black Friday!? I shudder to think. That sounds more violent than a Donald Trump rally held on the Mexican border.

Vegan and Gluten-free Samoas 1Wait. How did Donald Trump end up in a blog post about cookies??? Ugh, don’t even get me started. He is everywhere and I don’t want to add any more attention to that crazy oompa loompa, so let’s get back to talking about all things pleasant and cookie-related, shall we?

Vegan and Gluten-free Samoas 2Ahh, yes. I already feel better. Girls Scout cookies are such a nostalgic part of childhood and I absolutely love that you’re never too old to get excited about them.

Of course, since I am older now I am much more aware that eating a cookie from each box (ie: 5 cookies) may not count as a well-rounded meal. Though points for variety, right?

So I thought it would be fun, and necessary for my waistline to recreate my absolute favorite Girl Scout cookie, the Samoa with better-for-you ingredients. I couldn’t call these healthy per say, but they are ten times better than the real thing.

Vegan and Gluten-free Samoas 3These are honestly my favorite cookies that I’ve ever made. They taste just like the original-so decadent, lots of different textures going on with the crumbly cookie, gooey caramel and slight snap of the chocolate coating. The cookie also contains a touch of salt which I LOVE with anything sweet or chocolaty.

There are four components to this recipe: the cookie, caramel, toasted coconut and chocolate coating, but I promise, all of them are super simple to prep and are totally worth it when you put them together.

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Vegan and Gluten-free Samoas

Makes 12 cookies

Almond Cookie

Based on Chocolate Covered Katie Tagalongs

1 cup almond flour

1/8 tsp baking soda

1/8 tsp salt

2 tbsp maple syrup

1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla

Set oven to 325 degrees. Combine first three dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Combine maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla in a separate small bowl. Mix wet ingredients into dry and stir very well, breaking up any clumps.

Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Scoop a heaping tablespoon of dough onto baking sheet and pat into a circle. You should get 12 cookies out of the dough. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes.

 

Coconut Caramel

1 can coconut milk

1/4 cup coconut sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

Combine all ingredient is a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat to a simmer. Stir occasionally for a total of 30-35 minutes, stirring more frequently towards the last 10 minutes.

Take off the heat and allow to cool.

 

Chocolate Drizzle

1/3 cup 60% dark chocolate chips

1 tsp coconut oil

Microwave chocolate chips and coconut oil for 15 second. Stir and repeat until completely smooth.

 

Toasted Coconut

1/4 cup shredded coconut

Place coconut in a small pan over med-high heat. Occasionally stir the coconut in the pan until it becomes toasty and golden brown, about 8 minutes. Be careful not to let it burn. Turn off heat and allow to cool.

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Take one cooled cookie and turn it over. Using a spoon or knife spread a thin layer of melted chocolate over the bottom of the cookie and place back on the baking sheet, chocolate-side up. Continue coating all of the cookies. Pop the baking sheet in the freezer for 10 minutes to set the chocolate. Using a spoon, place a dollop of caramel on the other side of the cookie and spread almost to the edge. Repeat with all other cookies. Sprinkle on the toasted coconut. Using a spoon, drizzle the remaining chocolate over the cookies and allow the chocolate to set. Store cookies in a closed container.

Vegan and Gluten-free Samoas 10I deserve a badge for these.

 

Which girl scout cookies are your favorites?

I didn’t try Thin Mints until I was in my late teens. Somehow I was convinced I didn’t like chocolate and mint together. My only regret in life.

 

With so much love,

Sam

Chocolate Chip Coconut Breakfast Cookies

Healthy Breakfast Cookies 1Hey there friends,

Happy Friday, first beautiful week of Spring, belated Cinco de Mayo, whatever else you have to celebrate.

I have a lot to celebrate this week. This past Monday my good friend and former roommate got engaged! A bunch of us were part of the surprise and it was so exciting and perfect. She laughed, she cried, she hyperventilated.

They are one of the best couples I know and I am so happy for them!

Healthy Breakfast Cookies 2Then there was Cinco de Mayo. Before last year I didn’t really celebrate this holiday except with an occasional margarita. But, last year on May 5th my sister gave birth to, no joke guys, a Mexican-American baby boy! My nephew’s birthday is my favorite thing in the world. You can’t make that stuff up.

His first birthday was full of drinkage for the adults :) Can you imagine his 21st birthday!? I kinda can’t wait.

Margarita’s for everybody!!!

Healthy Breakfast Cookies 3Lots of celebrations call for lots of delicious treats, and what’s more treat-like than cookies for breakfast!?

Healthy Breakfast Cookies 4I ‘m so guilty of getting in a breakfast rut. I have no problem eating the same breakfast for two weeks straight. Lately, its been protein pancake cashew butter roll-ups with chia seeds and blueberries, and while I’m still not sick of them, I thought it would be fun to try out a new portable breakfast option.

The breakfast cookie was born!

Healthy Breakfast Cookies 5I wanted these cookies to be healthy and something I could feel good about eating first thing in the morning. Does anyone else feel that what they eat in the morning sets up the rest of their food choices throughout the day?

So, healthy was a must and so was filling. I needed something to keep me going through my morning training sessions. I need to be focusing on my clients and not my stomach, so protein, healthy fats and fiber were also a must.

Lastly, they needed to taste great. A healthy cookie is worthless if it tastes like sawdust. These had to be chocolatey, moist and have some kind of texture. Coconut flakes and hemp seeds did the trick there.

Healthy Breakfast Cookies 6These cookies are such a great breakfast option. Two keep me satisfied for a full four hours!

They also only took one recipe test to get right, they only take one bowl for easy cleanup, and the ingredients are nicely interchangeable. Don’t have hazelnuts? No biggie! Use walnuts, cashews or just more almonds. Play around with add-ins like dried fruit. Don’t worry if you don’t have hemp seeds or are allergic to coconut. Just leave them out.

Should I stop talking now and give you the recipe!?

OKAY!

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Chocolate Chip Coconut Breakfast Cookies

Makes 12-15

1 cup almonds

1/2 cup hazelnuts

1/4 cup vanilla protein powder

1/4 cup coconut oil

2 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp ground flax

1 egg

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1/3 cup chocolate chips

1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1 tbsp hemp seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread nuts onto a baking sheet and toast in oven for 8-10 minutes. Keep the oven on. In a food processor, blend nuts until completely smooth. Add protein powder, maple syrup, vanilla, flax, egg, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt to the processor and blend for about 2 minutes. Remove the blade and mix in chocolate chips, coconut and hemp seeds.

Scoop a heaping tablespoon onto a prepared baking sheet and flatten to desired thickness. These cookies will not spread in the oven. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Store in an airtight container for 4-5 days.

Healthy Breakfast Cookies 8COOKIES FOR BREAKFAST!!!

Did you celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Tuesday? If so, how did you celebrate?

Would you ever eat cookies for breakfast? Or have you? 😉

With so much love,

Sam