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Oil Free Vegan Samoa Girl Scout Cookies 4 ingredient gluten free recipe by hello nutritarian

These Oil-Free Vegan Samoa Girl Scout Cookies are nutritarian, SOS free, fruit-sweetened and naturally gluten-free.  We’re talking serious coconutty, chocolatey goodness (that you can feel good about).  

You will not find a vegan Samoa cookie recipe with a shorter or cleaner ingredient list than this (scout’s honor)!  My recipe is made with a base of two healthy whole foods that you likely have on hand in your kitchen right now and date-sweetened dark chocolate chips. 

But I think the best part about this recipe is that you can enjoy them as a treat when following Dr. Fuhrman’s eat to live lifestyle!

Recipe to make easy 4 ingredient vegan Samoa Girl Scout cookies

What ingredients are in these healthy vegan Samoa cookies?

  1. shredded coconut flakes
  2. fresh banana
  3. vanilla powder or extract
  4. date-sweetened dark chocolate

I also tried a few of them with my no-blender-required Date Caramel Sauce and my hubby actually enjoyed them best with that sauce added.  However, my son and I prefer them on the simpler side.

You can’t go wrong either way, but if simplicity is key I suggest you stick with the 4-ingredient base recipe.

Why did I develop this vegan Samoa cookie recipe?

Well, after over 10 years as a nutritarian I’ve seen many Girl Scout cookie seasons come and go.  

In the beginning of my healthy-eating transition this time of year was painful.  Part of it was the nostalgia because I was a Girl Scout myself through 6th grade and I had fond memories associated with that experience.

Then in my adult years, before becoming a nutritarian, I always stopped to buy from, chat with and encourage the sweet little scouts in front of the grocery store doors and it felt sad to have to make my excuses to them (and then rush away like a vampire from garlic).   

But, let me be real here, 80% of the pain was because I just straight-up loved eating Samoa Girl Scout cookies.  You may be a Thin Mint girl or a Tagalong fan, but for me my heart has always belonged to the Samoa.     

But the problem for me, as with all super-processed foods, was that I could never only have one or two cookies, it was more like one or two boxes for a sitting.

Over the years it’s gotten easier to walk by the cookie stands, I’m not pulled in by hyper-palatable foods like I used to be, but I decided that this cookie season I would take matters into my own hands!  Because after a decade at this my nutritarian lifestyle obviously isn’t going anywhere.  

So I made it my mission to recreate my favorite flavor and prove to my non-nutritarian hubby and kids that momma’s got mad “let’s-make-things-healthier” skills!

So if you’re health-conscious, vegan, oil-free or just appreciate a delicious gluten-free, 4-ingredient, 100-calorie decadent cookie treat let’s do this thing!

Ho sto make oil free vegan Samoa Girl Scout cookies with only 4 ingredients by hello nutritarian

Are these vegan Samoa cookies easy to make?


You’ll start by making the cookie batter.  Pulse the coconut flakes in a food processor then add to the mashed banana with vanilla.

Mix the batter well and then I like to use a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop to portion out eight cookies onto a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet.

Next, flatten the cookies with your fingers and then I used my finger dipped in water to make a hole in the center of each cookie.

These will go into a 350 degree F oven for 20 to 22 minutes or until just starting to brown around the edges.

Doneness queue for vegan Samoa cookies by Hello Nutritarian

You can see from the picture that the bottoms of the vegan Samoa cookies with be pretty golden when done.

I used a heavier type baking sheet so be sure to check your batch around the 18 minute mark if you’re using a different type of baking sheet.

Allow the cookies to completely cool on a wire rack, about 10 to 15 minutes.  Then you can brush the cookies with the optional Date Caramel Sauce (use about 1/2 Tbsp. per cookie).

How to drizzle vegan Samoa cookies with melted date sweetened chocolate chips

Last step is to drizzle the cookies with your favorite date-sweetened, oil-free chocolate chips.  I love these dark chocolate chips by Hu.

Nothing fancy required here just measure out the weight of your chips place them in a microwave-safe bowl and melt in 20-second intervals until you reach a pourable consistency.

Do these vegan Samoa cookies taste like the “real thing”?

I would not call these a “copycat” type recipe.  Those are typically designed to taste exactly like the real thing using any means necessary.

On the other hand these vegan Samoa cookies give you the essence and the spirit of the original but they are not an identical match.

The reason for the difference is that we’re not using any processed sugars, flours and we’ve dramatically reduced the amount of chocolate.

If you appreciate the ingenuity of nutrify-ing a SAD (standard American diet) food into something that is reminiscent of the original then this is the recipe for you to make.  If you’re looking for a replica of the original I’d suggest you go with another recipe using conventional ingredients.

How many of these vegan Samoa cookies can I eat when following the nutritarian lifestyle?

If you are following Dr. Fuhrman’s aggressive weight loss protocol then I recommend only having a 1-cookie portion once a week.  Don’t worry, these freeze beautifully.

If you’ve reached the recommended BMI under 23 and are in your maintenance phase then you could have a 2-cookie portion 3 to 4 times per week.

How do you store these vegan Samoa cookies?

They keep for up to 7 days in the fridge in a glass food storage container with tight-fitting snap-closure lid.  They last for up to 2 months in the freezer.  Just place a cookie on a plate and leave on the counter to thaw for 10 to 15 minutes before eating.

Can I make substitutions to this recipe?

I have not experimented with any substitutions as the ingredient list is so sparse to begin with.

Oil Free Vegan Samoa Girl Scout Cookies 4 ingredient gluten free recipe by hello nutritarian
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Oil-Free Vegan Samoa Girl Scout Cookies (Gluten-Free, 4-Ingredients)

Easy-to-make, super-healthy vegan Samoa cookies! This low-calorie recipe has the cleanest ingredient list you can find--scout's honor!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword gluten-free, nutritarian, oil free, vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 8 cookies
Calories 102 kcal


  • cups coconut flakes (80 grams)
  • bananas (8-inch in length) (200 grams)
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla powder or extract
  • Tbsp. dark chocolate chips (Hu date-sweetened chips recommended) (20 grams, about 42 chips)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350℉. Prepare a baking sheet with a piece or parchment paper or a Silpat pad. Set aside.

  2. Add the coconut flakes to a food processor and pulse until cut down into smaller shreds (about the length of long-grain rice).

  3. Peel and add the banana to medium mixing bowl and mash with a fork until smooth. Add the vanilla powder or extract and mix well.

  4. Add the processed coconut flakes and combine well.

  5. Scoop out 8 cookie balls (about 1 ½ Tbsp. each) onto your prepared baking sheet.

  6. Flatten the cookies with your fingers or spatula and then I use your finger dipped in water or a straw to make a hole in the center of each cookie.

  7. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until the cookies are starting to brown around the edges and very golden on the bottom.

  8. Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes then transfer them to a wire rack to fully cool down for 10 to 15 minutes.

  9. While cookies are cooling prepare the chocolate by adding your chocolate to a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in 30 to 20-second intervals, stirring well between each interval until a pourable consistency is achieved. Be careful not to over-cook, chocolate can burn easily.

  10. Drizzle the chocolate over the cookies and allow the chocolate to set for 5 to 10 minutes before handling.

Recipe Notes

I tested this recipe using a heavier baking sheet, if yours is lighter start checking for doneness at the 18-minute mark.  


You can use the double-boiler method for melting your chocolate if you don't want to use the microwave.  


For a more decadent-tasting cookie you can add 1/2 Tbsp. Oil-Free Date Caramel Sauce to each cookie after they have cooled but before drizzling with the chocolate.  


Storage: The cookies will keep for up to 7 days in the fridge in a glass food storage container with tight-fitting snap-closure lid.  They last for up to 2 months in the freezer.  


To defrost: Just place a cookie on a plate and leave it on the counter to thaw for 10 to 15 minutes before eating.

Nutrition Facts
Oil-Free Vegan Samoa Girl Scout Cookies (Gluten-Free, 4-Ingredients)
Serving Size
1 cookie
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Polyunsaturated Fat
Monounsaturated Fat
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I’d love to know what you think if you give this recipe a try.  Please leave a comment or recipe rating or, better yet, BOTH!

xo, Kristen
Kristen Hong of Hello Nutritarian

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  • Erica says:

    Oh, yum! I was wondering what you used as the binder when you teased these. They look great 😃

    These are also called CCCs depending on the bakery.

    I was in Scouts from 4 -12 and then spend 6 summers working at camps. My fave are the do si do’s (peanut butter oatmeal Sammies).

    • Kristen Hong says:

      Hi Erica,

      Lovely to know another scout and how amazing that you worked at the summer camps too–so fun! Do Is Do’s are so yummy too!

      I hope you give these a try one day!

      All the best,

  • Rose says:

    Can you convert grams to our measuring here in the US? I would need a scale to make these cookies which is irritating for such a simple recipe. Thanks, Rose

    • Kristen Hong says:

      Hi Rose,

      I just updated the recipe to include standard measurements! My apologies, I recently bought a food scale and it’s been really helpful for me during recipe development. I forgot to convert it back into US measurements.

      All the best,

  • Lee Green says:

    I want to make these cookies, but do not understand ingredients in grams. Can this be translated to Tablespoons, Cups etc for USA?

    • Kristen Hong says:

      Hi Lee,

      I just updated the recipe to include normal measurements too!

      I recently bought a food scale and I’ve been enjoying the precision it affords when it comes to recipe development!


  • Jane says:

    Thinking of getting on the nutritarian life-wagon for good instead of just trying it every now and then. Living in a family of athletes that love and eat everything/anything with a lot of dining out, is this way of eating even doable?

    • Kristen Hong says:

      Hi Jane,

      It can absolutely be done, even if you’re the only one in the household eating nutritarian. That is literally how this blog was born–I was the only one eating this way (and I still am the only one largely but they will join me in certain meals now). It’s been over 10 years now but in the first 3 years I definitely had fits of starting and stopping. That’s okay. You’re building evidence and contrast. You can notice how different you feel and that helps you want to stay on the path.

      Now my kids are in middle school and high school and I meal-prep my food and cook on demand for them and my husband. It can work, you just have to see what works with your life. Your health is always worth it!

      Wishing you he best,