Girl Scout Cookies—while delicious and supportive of a good cause—are not the healthiest. They’re also impossible to eat in moderation. That’s a dangerous combo for us, so this year, we’re avoiding it altogether by digging into these nine healthier versions of Samoas, Thin Mints, and Tagalongs instead. From pops to peanut butter shakes to no-fuss fudge, these bites (and sips) will make you think outside the cookie box.
Wake and (don’t) bake with this recipe—mix, microwave, and refrigerate instead. If you swap out the corn syrup for honey or maple syrup, you’ll have 12 amazing granola bars to snack on that are healthier than the original cookies.
Hello, probiotics. By using kefir in place of yogurt, you’ll get extra healthy bacteria, calcium, and protein. Plus, since these pops are made with only five ingredients (kefir, shortbread, toasted coconut, chocolate, and caramel), they’re a cinch to make and a delight to eat.
More like energy bites than actual cookies, this vegan and gluten-free snack is a great way to celebrate Samoas without fear of sugar overload. They’re made with dates, almond butter, unsweetened shredded coconut, dark chocolate, sea salt, and vanilla, and pair amazingly well with a banana or latté.
Frozen Thin Mints are pretty awesome. What’s even more awesome: Thin Mint-flavored freezer fudge. With heart-healthy almonds, real mint, plenty of cacao, and natural sweeteners like maple syrup, this healthy dessert provides as many nutrients as it does delicious flavors. Bonus: Keeping it in the freezer means it will last that much longer.
These Paleo Thin Mints (made with gluten-free flour, grass-fed butter, egg, Himalayan sea salt, and maple syrup) will definitely make you consider going full-on caveman if you haven’t already. Pro tip: Pile dairy-free ice cream between two of the chocolate crisps for an extra treat.
Really, there’s nothing thin about this smoothie—the combination of Greek yogurt, spinach, and almond milk actually makes it pretty darn thick. It won’t leave you overly full or bouncing off the walls with a sugar high, and you can make it even creamier by adding a quarter of an avocado or vanilla protein powder.
This vegan dessert proves you don’t need milk and butter to make a delicious sweet treat. What these cookies lack in butter and dairy, they make up for in serious flavor (and health benefits). Plus, they’re no-bake—which means you can eat them that much sooner.
This shake might not have “Tagalong” in the name, but it has all the elements of the original cookie—and by that we mean chocolate and peanut butter are front and center, of course. Since this shake is sweetened with dates instead of added sweeteners, there’s nothing really unhealthy about it. Breakfast, anyone?
Getting those perfect Tagalong layers can be tricky if you’re making individual cookies, so consider Tagalong bars your clean-eating shortcut. The “shortbread” here is made with almond meal, but the choclate and peanut butter layers keep these healthy alternatives tasting like the original cookie.
Originally published January 2015. Updated April 2017.
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