Samoa Girl Scout Cookie – gluten-free

Samoa Girl Scout Cookies - gluten free - vegan - paleo

I used to wear my little Brownie uniform and sash full of badges with so much pride (pictured below)! I remember slinging those not so good for you cookies with my troop in front of supermarkets too. I also remember learning how to make raw style “no-bake” cookies, but oh, looking back, they had the worst ingredients! I recall crunchy peanut butter, non fat milk powder, refined sugar…ick!

Samoa Girl Scout Cookies - gluten free - vegan - paleo

So with Girl Scout Cookie Season in full swing right now, and a suggestion from a friend, today I made a simple “no bake” grain free Samoa Cookie, to honor Gluten Free, Dairy Free Girl Scouts Everywhere!!

Samoa Girl Scout Cookie - gluten-free

Course Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookies - Samoas
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 to 12 cookies
Author Andrea Wyckoff


  • Base Cookie:
  • 1 cup dried coconut
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 2 pinches sea salt
  • 2.5 Tablespoons coconut oil melted
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • -
  • Coconut + Caramel Layer:
  • 8 medjool dates
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 2 Tablespoon coconut oil melted
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 cup dried coconut
  • Tablespoon optional: 1 carob powder carob boosts the sweet caramel flavor!
  • -
  • Chocolate Icing:
  • 4 Tablespoons coconut oil melted
  • 4 Tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup


  1. Base Cookies: Blend dried coconut in food processor alone for 60 seconds. Add in walnuts, sea salt, blend into a fine meal. Then blend in melted coconut oil and maple syrup. Roll dough out in-between 2 layers of way paper so that it is about 1/4” thick. Put in freezer to firm up. Once firm, remove from freezer and use a round cookie cutter to cut your cookies. Should make 8 large cookies or 12 average sized ones. (Or a simple idea as suggested by Chris is to make one large square cookie, and later cup it up into smaller bars ♥)
  2. Coconut + Caramel Layer: Blend medjool dates with water in a food processor, add in coconut oil. Add in sea salt, and carob powder. Add in a little more water if needed to get caramel to mix better. Then blend in 1/2 cup dried coconut. Pat down a layer of coconut caramel onto each cookie then sprinkle a garnish of dried coconut.
  3. Chocolate Icing: Stir together coconut oil, cacao powder, and maple syrup. Pour into a little bag, and carefully snip off a little corner of the bag, so you can pipe the chocolate in strips across your cookies. If chocolate is too warm it will be really runny, just find the balance between melty and firm to get a nice even strip.
  4. **Optional: For an extra chocolaty taste, spoon a little of the chocolate icing on the base cookie layer before adding the coconut caramel layer! Just let the chocolate cool and firm up before adding the coconut/caramel layer. Pictured below is an example of a cookie with the extra chocolate layer!!
  5. Be sure to store these in the fridge or freezer!! These are so great served right out of the freezer too! Such chewy goodness!!

Samoa Girl Scout Cookies - gluten free - vegan - paleo

Also, if I were trying to go nut free on these, I would likely sub in 1 cup sunflower seeds for the walnuts, but I haven’t tried that yet!! Or maybe try some 1/4cup ground flax, and 3/4 cup sunflower seeds if you have to omit the walnuts? Also, feel free to use any nuts in the base, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, macadamia….. ♥

Shared at: Savoring Saturdays + Happy Healthy Green Natural Party Blog Hop + Allergy Free Wednesday

 + Simply Natural Saturdays

recipe updated February 23, 2016

47 thoughts on “Samoa Girl Scout Cookie – gluten-free

    1. Oooh Milanos! Those are the ones with the orange flavor and chocolate!? Let’s see what Betty can do!!

    2. I hope you can come up with something. The Milanos with orange and chocolate were some of my favorites, for sure!!!! You sure do have great recipes. Thanks.

    1. Hi Able,

      Most definitely. Whole Foods will have all the ingredients on this list. Most grocery stores should too. If you can’t find raw cacao powder, feel free to sub in regular cocoa powder.

      Hope you enjoy!! These cookies are honestly best stored frozen, and served just out of the freezer for that perfect chewiness ♥

  1. Wow! I made these tonight, and they are wonderful! So satisfying and much more complex than I would have thought with just a few ingredients. Thank you!

    1. Debbie,

      I am thrilled to hear that!! I am a total foodie at heart, and take that as a great compliment!


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  3. I can’t believe how good these are. Posted this link on my FB page! Thank you for making these. So good! And I don’t feel guilty for eating more than one! 🙂

    1. Teresa,
      So excited to hear that you love them! 3 Cheers to Raw Girl Scout Cookies! ♥

    1. Kelly, your the best! Thanks so much!!

      Rawk on my fellow girl scout!


  4. I would LOVE to make these! Can you tell me what the equivalency between medjool dates and date crumbles would be? I have everything else! Thanks!

    1. Hi Karleen!

      I haven’t used date crumbles in one of my recipes before. My best guess would be to swap in about 3/4 cup date crumbles for the 8 medjool dates. And from there, just adjust, and add more if needed to form a sticky caramel cookie topping. Really hope you enjoy these!!

    1. Hi Cassandra,

      It would if you use a standard cocoa powder – most of which are vegan. Just double check the label, but most plain cocoa powders on the market should be free of dairy and vegan.


    1. Hi Lynn!

      Thanks so much for sharing the photo!! They look yummy! So stoked to hear they were enjoyed at the party! These cookies were seriously made to party!!


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  6. Could one use butter instead of coconut oil? I just ran out of coconut oil and am craving these cookies!!! It doesn’t help the Girl Scouts are everywhere right now! Thanks!

    1. Hi Jackie!

      I can’t honestly say for sure, since I never work with butter. I would “assume” so, especially if you store this cookie chilled? If you give it a go, I hope it works out okay for you!! Cheers! ♥

  7. ive made these twice now. super yummy! i found it easier to just make one large dinner plate sized cookie and then cut it up after that. i also suggest kicking up the salt just a touch to 1/4 teaspoon in the base instead of just a pinch.

    1. Hi Chris!

      You are brilliant! Love the idea of a giant Girl Scout Cookie easily cut up into smaller pieces!

      (I will update the recipe with your suggestions too!)

      Thanks so much!!

  8. This cookie. It’s pretty, it’s wholesome, it’s awesome. Yum. I think Raw desserts are the real selling point in the raw lifestyle!

    1. Thanks for the great review! I totally think of raw desserts as the “gateway to RAW!”


  9. Wow those look great! I used to be a Brownie and Girl Scout too. I used to love Samoas. Thanks for sharing this with us at Savoring Saturdays linky party!

  10. These look so delicious, Andrea. Thanks for sharing them at Simply Natural Saturdays. Your yummy cookies will be featured this weekend so be sure to stop by tomorrow.

    1. Thank you!! I am so honored to have them featured!

      Cheers to gluten free, dairy free Girl Scouts everywhere!!


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