Raise your hand if you’re a Samoa fan. This copy-cat Samoa is a healthier, protein-packed version of the Girl Scout Cookie classic. It’s a perfect snack or dessert bite!
Samoas were never my favorite Girl Scout cookie. As a child, I loved Thin Mints and Tagalongs. However, as an adult I’ve started to appreciate the Samoa.
It probably has something to do with the fact that I now love coconut. I was such a picky child – I wouldn’t go near it! I also hated cheese, tomato sauce, seafood, and any veggie that wasn’t covered in ranch dressing. My poor mother.
But enough my pickiness. Let’s talk about my balls. I’ve been on a ball kick. First was this Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ball recipe, then I decided to create a Thin Mint version. Since I was on a Girl Scout cookie roll, I asked you guys what “copycat” should be next. It was a tie between Samoas and Tagalongs (so watch for Tagalongs next!).
Like the first two, these Samoa Protein Dough Balls use same healthy hacks – super clean protein powder, applesauce, and nut butter. Unlike the first two, I added dates to sweeten them. They really helped to nail the chewy, slightly gooey texture of a true Samoa.
For the coconut, I used the thick, unsweetened coconut flakes (not shredded). The high quality, textured flakes make all the difference in the taste, IMHO.
I always used stevia-sweetened chocolate chips. The flavor is just as good, and it cuts down on the added sugars. Speaking of sugars, I was a little worried about how high the sugar count would be since I used dates to sweeten this. When I did the nutritionals, I was really happy to find that there are only 6g of sugar in them! Using Stevia-sweetened chocolate chips helps keep that down too.
To mix these Samoa Protein Dough Balls, you’re going to want to use the food processor. Dates are incredibly sticky. No one in their right mind want to hand chop them into teeny tiny pieces. How did people survive before kitchen electronics?!
Dates, protein powder, and nut butter can all vary in consistency. If your dough is too dry, just add almond milk on tablespoon at a time. Your balls should be just sticky enough to form balls.
Samoa Protein Dough Balls
Prep Time: 15 mins
Keywords: raw dessert snack gluten-free low-sugar vegan coconut flakes coconut protein powder applesauce healthy
Ingredients (10 balls)
Line a tray with parchment or wax paper.
In a food processor, blend the dates until they begin to turn into a paste. Add in the coconut flakes, protein powder, nut butter, applesauce, and sea salt, pulsing again until combined.
Next add the mini chocolate chips. Pulse these only a couple of times, as you still want to have some larger pieces of chocolate.
If dough feels too dry to form balls, add milk one tablespoon at a time until just sticky enough to roll. Form balls and place in freezer for at least 30 minutes.
If dipping in chocolate:
Melt chocolate by microwaving for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until chocolate is melted and smooth.
Dip the bottom of each ball into chocolate, shake off excess and place on waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.
Freeze until firm, ~30 mins. Store in freezer for best results.
These passed the baby sister and Vegas test. #winning
Were you a Girl Scout? I only made it through Brownies… and only for the cookies.
Do you freeze your Samoas? There’s something about a frozen Girl Scout cookie!