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"Caramel" Coconut No Bake Cookies

 Vegan coconuts date Girl Scout Samoa cookie dupe

I always loved the Girl Scout Samoas, so here's a super simple recipe that may or may not last a full day. I've been obsessed with dates since going vegan because they give off a rich caramel flavor just on their own - and if you know me, I am caramel's #1 biggest fan. I love that you can also make these into energy bites!

Serving Size:    6-7 coookies           Prep Time:   5 minutes         Cook Time:   0




  • 1 c toasted unsweetened shredded coconut (See Tips) + 1/4 c. set aside
  • 8-10 Medjool dates (pit removed)
  • 1/4 c. Unsweeted/No Salt drippy Almond butter mixed with 1-2 tsp of cocoa (See Tips)
  • Sea salt, optional
  • Vegan marshmallows, optional
  • Vegan chocolate chips, optional


  1. Toast shredded coconut on low until light brown, set aside to cool. You must watch carefully since the shredded coconut can burn quickly - ask me how I know lol.
  2. In high-speed blender, pulse dates. Add in shredded coconut and pulse again until well combined.
  3. Form mixture into 1" balls and flatten like you would cookies, placing on tray lined with parchment paper. 
  4. Poke a whole in middle of each cookie, with straw or finger.
  5. Drizzle almond butter on each cooki (see Tips)
  6. Sprinkle the 1/4 toasted coconut and salt while almond butter is wet. 
  7. Store in air tight container or fridge for 5-7 days.


- Ok to substitute to sweetened coconut and/or peanut butter 1:1. 

- If almond butter mix is not as drippy, warm in piping bag or add 1-2 TB warmed milk. You can also omit the cocoa and/or add some coconut sugar to sweeten this up, but the cookies have such a rich taste, I didn't feel like it was necessary.

- Top with vegan marshmallows or chocolate chips 

- To create energy bites, mix with seeds, some almond butter, chocolate, any other add-ins that you like! Then, simply keep the mixture in 1" balls (or desired size) and place in an airtight container inside fridge.