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Samoa Cookie Energy Bites

It’s that time of year again. All those cute little sugar-pushers in sashes are out and about. While I don’t normally have a bad sweet tooth, I, like my father before me, have a weakness for Samoa Girl Scout Cookies.

They’re crunchy, chewy, coconut-y, caramelly – I mean, c’mon. To combat the cravings, I came up with these Samoa Cookie Energy Bites. They taste remarkably like the real thing.

But these bites have just a few nourishing ingredients and come together in a flash in the food processor.

I know what you’re thinking – “But buying the cookies is giving to a good cause, Emily!” Turns out, the Girl Scouts accept cold, hard cash. You can give them money and not take the cookies. Brilliant.

When making these, bear in mind that the real Samoas are made with pretty low-quality chocolate. I call for healthy dark chocolate in the bites, so you need to use less than you would think. Otherwise, the flavor of the dark chocolate overwhelms the cookie flavor.

If you want to melt the chocolate and create the signature Samoa stripes over the top of the bites, be my guest. You’re a better human than I. I have a strong aversion to cleaning melted chocolate off stuff, so I just chop it and mix the bits directly into the bites. Do this by hand, not in the food processor, or your motor could melt the chocolate, which would muck up the delicate cookie flavor.

These make a perfect snack or dessert. Hope you enjoy!

I melted chocolate for you!!

Samoa Cookie Energy Bites

Print Recipe
Serves: about 24 bites Cooking Time: 10 mins. plus 30 mins. chilling time


  • ¾ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 ½ cup pitted dates, packed, about 15
  • 1 ½ cup raw cashews
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup finely chopped 70-85% cacao chocolate



COOKING DAY – Preheat oven or toaster oven to 300 degrees. Toast coconut in single layer on lined baking sheet until lightly golden brown, about 4-6 mins. (Watch closely, this goes fast). Set aside to cool.


Add dates and cashews in food processor, whir until it pulls into a loose ball. Add all other ingredients but chocolate, whir until combined, adding a splash or two of water if the mixture is too dry to pull together. Check consistency by pressing a bit of the mixture between your fingers. If it stays together, it's ready.


Dump mixture into a bowl, add the chocolate, and mix together. This might take a little muscle. Refrigerate for 30 mins.


Roll into 1"-2" balls and store in containers in refrigerator for up to 5 days or freezer for up to 3 months.


SERVING DAY – Enjoy throughout the week.

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