Last week, I shared my disapproval of Girl Scout cookies due to their horrendous ingredients. I received a lot of comments on my post. One popular suggestion was to make direct donations to the Girl Scout organization vs. purchasing their unhealthy, fundraising cookies.
As mentioned before, I was a Girl Scout and I have fond memories of selling cookies, making crafts, singing at retirement homes and doing other fun, leadership and goal-oriented activities, which is why I have a strong, personal disgust with the poor-quality cookie products. There is a disconnect.
The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
These deceptively innocent cookies are not in line with the Girl Scout mission; however, my plea to stop buying and eating them ironically is… Let’s just say I’m constantly tapping my internal Girl Scout to help make the world a better, healthier place.
I invite you to join me in the Girl Scout mission and dodge the cookies as well as other similar health-demoting packaged products in an effort to make yourself healthier and to “make the world a better place.” Rather than buying another box of Samoa cookies, try this alternative treat with clean ingredients. AND, you can still support the Girl Scouts by making a direct donation (bypassing the cookies).
Brumberry’s Samoa Girl Scout Inspired Treats
Ingredients (makes 8-10 cookie treats):
- 2 cups of organic unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup of almond meal/flour
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup of 100% organic maple syrup
- 4oz of 100% organic cacao squares (2oz for the cookie treats and 1-2oz for decorating. I bought SunSpire organic baking bars and used 6 of the 8 squares)
Simply melt the cacao squares (on low) in a pot on the stove. Be sure to not overcook. Meanwhile mix all the other ingredients together. Once the cacao is melted, fold in 2oz into the cookie mixture. Combine all the ingredients until they are evenly distributed. Roll mixture into small tablespoon or slightly larger size balls and flatten into cookie shape. If desired, poke small holes in the center to resemble Samoas.
Finally, drizzle the remaining cacao over the top of each cookie treat. For an extra chocolaty taste, you can even dunk the bottom of the cookies in the melted cacao. You can eat them immediately or refrigerate overnight for a crunchier treat.
Note: 100% cacao is very strong. So one cookie, goes a long way.
And, the best part…Cacao (70% or more) has many health benefits. For example it is heart-healthy; it’s known to lower blood pressure – added bonus! Enjoy!
Please share your thoughts below and let me know if you try the recipe.