Healthy Samoas Bars

It's a classic Girl Scout cookie gone bar form! These samoas have a deliciously crisp cookie base, a thick layer of coconut studded caramel, topped with more coconut and a healthy drizzle of dark chocolate. These Healthy Samoas Bar will satisfy any craving for the classic Girl Scout cookie. 

paleo friendly (gluten/grain/dairy free), vegan, refined sugar free

Course: Dessert
Ingredients
Cookie Base
  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil melted and cooled
  • 2-3 tbsp water
Caramel Layer
  • 1 cup coconut cream as much of the solid from the top of a can of coconut milk, it's ok if there is some liquid and not a full cup of cream.
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup cashew butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cup toasted coconut shreds
  • additional coconut shreds or flakes for topping (optional)
Chocolate Drizzle
  • 2.5 oz chocolate chips or chunks (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 tsp coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and line a square (8 or 9 inch) pan with parchment paper.

  2. Make cookie base by adding all dry ingredients to a large bowl or a stand mixer. Mix together until all ingredients are evenly distributed.

  3. Add in the coconut oil and 2 tbsp of water and mix again until it looks like soft clumpy sand. If it's still a little dry drizzle in the third tablespoon of water until it sticks together.

  4. Press the dough down firmly into the prepared pan so it becomes one even layer. You can use an additional piece of parchment paper to help press it down evenly.

  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly puffed and golden brown.

  6. Remove from oven and as it cools prepare the caramel layer.

  7. In a small sauce pot add the coconut cream, coconut sugar, and coconut oil and simmer on a low flame, stirring often for about 5-6 minutes. The mixture will bubble and become a dark caramel color and be very aromatic. The caramel is ready when it has thickened slightly. Remove from heat and add the cashew butter, vanilla, and salt to the pot. Stir well until all is fully incorporated and caramel is thick. Then stir in the coconut.

  8. Pour the caramel layer over the cookie base and top with additional coconut shreds or flakes if desired and place in freezer to firm up (about 15 minutes).

  9. Prepare the coconut drizzle by melting the ingredients together over a double boiler or in short bursts in the microwave, stirring often. Once melted drizzle over the coconut caramel layer to your hearts content.

  10. Place back in the fridge or freezer until ready to eat. Slice and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

* Coconut caramel layer: I used two different types of coconut for this recipe. I used coconut shreds (toasted in the oven at 325 for 7ish minutes) for the caramel layer. And then used large toasted coconut flakes for the top. This is totally optional, I like that it adds a nice texture change between the filling and the topping. But do what feels right or use what you got in your pantry stores! 

* These will keep in the fridge for about a week, longer in the freezer!