Homemade Girl Scout Cookies – vegan and gluten free

It’s Girl Scout cookie time!  Woohoo!  Thin Mints!  Caramel Delights!  And, my personal nemesis, the oh so dangerous Peanut Butter Patties.  Yep – the Girl Scouts know how to hit ya when you’re down right?  Just when we are all getting back on track with healthy habits after the holidays, then WHAM!  Those adorable girls are on every corner with cookies to sell. And we want to support them, don’t we?  It’s for a good cause so buying and eating just one box won’t hurt right?

But then what happens?  You buy just ONE box of your favorites and you eat them.  You feel bloated and icky and you hate yourself for falling off the bandwagon.  And then, you see more Girl Scouts and figure that you are already being bad so one more box won’t hurt and you buy another box (maybe a different flavor this time).  Pretty soon you are a few pounds heavier, your stomach hurts and your pants are tight.  UGH!

I want to support the Girl Scouts too – I actually have one adorable Girl Scout who is very excited to unload all her cookies and practice her business skills.  But, I can’t and won’t eat those cookies.  Do you know that those cookies are loaded with sugar, chemicals and yes, even trans fat?

So, what to do?  These adorable girls need our support!

Purchase a box or three for Operation Cookie or for any other charity that the girls are selling cookies for. 

In our troop, the girls are selling them for local fire fighters.  Let those hard workers get the calories and the trans fat!  Then, come home and make this DELICIOUSLY easy recipe for homemade Caramel Delights that my wonderful sister-in-law Cris Breshears sent to me:

Pure food deliciousness without all the guilt

Homemade Caramel Delights

  • 20 pitted dates
  • 1/2 C  unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 C gluten-free oatmeal
  • 1/4 tsp of vanilla
  • 1/4 C dairy free, gluten-free chocolate chips (I like Enjoy-Life brand).
  1. In food processor blend oatmeal until it is a flour-like consistency.
  2. Add in all other ingredients and process (and yes, make sure the dates are pitted!).  Mixture should still be crumbly but should smoosh together when pressed.  If it’s too crumbly, add another date.
  3. Spoon into plastic bag or onto waxed paper and form into cookies.  You can form these into small 1″ z 1″ squares (which I prefer), granola bar size, or roll into logs and then slice into “cookies.”  (Note that these are very sweet, so start small!)
  4. Enjoy a pure, whole food cookie made with only pure, whole food and nothing artificial to bring you down – just pure deliciousness!

Rating:  A!  These are a wonderfully sweet and yummy alternative.  My Girl Scout can’t get enough! And, not only is she NOT getting sugar and chemicals, she is getting fiber, iron, and antioxidants from the dates (things she WON’T be getting from those other cookies).  Now that’s what I call a dessert made for a Girl Scout champ!

Would you like to learn how to make deliciously healthy food like this?  Join me for my Wanna Cook Well Club!  Details here.

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4 Responses to Homemade Girl Scout Cookies – vegan and gluten free

  1. Naomi Moore says:

    Hi Heather, I am glad you brought this subject up. It’s one that is near and dear to my heart since I used to be one of those well-meaning, but cookie pushin’ Girl Scouts so many years ago. Sometime ago I landed on exactly the solution that you have suggested. I give the money, and the Girl Scouts donate the cookies to charity. It’s the best solution in an imperfect world.

    I just wish that someday the Girl Scouts would start selling something healthier, because I have some sense of guilt about sending the unhealthy cookies to someone else. : (

    • Jennie Elliott says:

      SO very glad to know I am not the only one that feels guilty about donating those things! Even the most commercialized brands of baked goods are moving away from trans fats, so why do the girl scouts even continue to sell cookies loaded with them?

    • iwannacookie says:

      I agree Naomi! Thanks for posting!

  2. iwannacookie says:

    Jennie – yep – crazy isn’t it?

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