Vegan (almost Raw) Girl Scout "Samoas" Cookies

How are you doing today?  I am glad that yesterday’s Vegan Bananas Foster had you thinkin’ about drinkin’…your dessert that is.  Thanks to all who chimed in on whether you drink and why or why not.  And thanks to all my commenters, both old and new alike.  I love your support & thank you!

Pre-Skylar, I was quite the drinker.  Even though I was very much into yoga and I was a vegetarian, I definitely imbibed.  Alot.  It was fun, but now that I have a small child, I’ve grown up a little, and getting sloshed doesn’t hold the appeal it once did for me, but I do have fond, raucous memories that I wouldn’t trade for the world of my past party days.

But on to today’s hotly anticipated recipe:  (almost) Raw Vegan Samoas!!!

This recipe is based on Shannon Marie’s creative genius.  I pulled it from We Like It Raw’s, the “Samoraws” recipe which was Shannon Marie’s contribution. I printed it out and referenced it but of course had to tweak it up, just a little here and there…

This is sorta a 3 part recipe.

First, you need to create the cookie base.  In and of itself, this is good enough to eat on it’s own and no dehydrator is neededReread that. 

To make the cookie base I combined
1 c almond meal
1/4 c coconut flakes (I used sweetened and thus, not fully raw)
2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
2 Medjool Dates
1 Tsp Vanilla

And then I blended everything in the VitaCookieMaker 

And formed my cookie bases by hand.  I got 24 silver dollar sized cookies.

Again, this is a lovely dessert right at this point and you can stop at this point and still go to coconut heaven. This is your 1st dessert out of this recipe if you wanted to just call ‘er quits now.

I did not put these into my dehydrator like Shannon Marie’s recipe.  Instead, I let this tray just sit out on my countertop to dry out overnight.

In the morning I made the Samoas Topping.  This is a mind-blowing little diddy on it’s own and could be eaten by the spooooonful, no further action needed.  Nor do you even need to add to the cookie base.  You’ll see why.

To make the Somoas Topping I combined
12 Medjool Dates that I soaked…

And then

2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
2 Tbsp Sunflower Seed Butter (Shannon Marie uses Almond Butter, but since I already had Sun Buttah open so I just rolled with that)
1 Tbsp Vanilla (she uses a Tsp)
1/8th cup (splash) of the date soaking water

1/2 c coconut flakes on toppa that

Blend

After powerblending, stir in another 1/2 c coconut flakes by hand in a bowl.  And again, this is the Somoas ToppingGood enough to freakin’ devour on it’s own by the cupfull spoonful.  This is where you are getting a whole 2nd dessert out of this one recipe.

But to just finish off the job, let’s combine the cookie bases and the Samoas Topping.  I spooned a huge dollop of topping on each base.  If you wanted to, you could cut the Topping Recipe in HALF and still have plenty to work with. And I love my sweets, but this recipe, for me, made waaaaay more than necessary.  We entered glutton stage.  Oh well.

Next, I popped the 24 super heavy, gluttonous cookie bases all topped so heavily with the Topping Mixture into the Magic Box for 6 hours at 110F.  When I took it out, I had pure, unadulterated, Somoas Heaven. 

The bases were crunchy and the tops were moist, gooey, decadent, with the awesome flavor of Sunflower Butter and coconut and vanilla…

OMG the Girl Scouts would be proud of me.  And no, I don’t wanna be a Troop Leader.

But Mommy, will you help us get our Raw Cooking Badge for our Brownie Sash?

This mommy would rather go to 105 but in a pinch I can troop lead I suppose.

Oh and you can of course top these vegan yummies with chocolate icing or just smoosh some choco chips or dark chocolate chunks into that soft coconutty topping…..yum.

Final Comments:  I love making raw desserts and this one turned out delish but if you’re not into putzy futzy desserts, don’t embark on this.  I have to be honest that this one is quite a bit of work because you do have to make the bases, the topping, assemble, clean your VitaMonster, dehydrate and clean that up, ya know, it’s a full blown bakery in your kitch.  However, to really impress your friends, try the recipe just once!  Or better yet, impress yourself and prove to yourself that you are woman, hear you roar, and dammit, you can make Samoas!  

Things today were brought to you in VeganMofo spirit.

Yoga today is a floating version of Maricyasana A.  Kinda like I tweak recipes, I tweak yoga poses, too.  Float if you want to is my motto.

Tip of the Day: Brag about yourself…see my question….

What’s something that you never thought in a million years you could do or would do?  Easy answer for me would be making Vegan Samoas.  A little deeper would be running a half marathon for the first time, becoming a yoga teacher, or better yet, becoming a mother. 

What’s something you can’t believe you’ve accomplished?  I wanna hear you pat yourselves on the back, please!  Don’t be shy, brag!  Tell the world about how great you are!  As women I believe we can be a bit too gracious, a bit too humble, and we try to sweep our accomplishments under the rug and although no one likes a bragger all the time, every once in awhile it’s ok to let it all hang out.  Not only is it ok, it’s healthy and necessary to allow yourself the space to say yeah, dammit, I’m good enough, smart enough, and people like me!  Start bragging please & fill me in!

 Stay tuned for a saucy post…..

P.S. Michele’s Got an Amazing Kinda Contest going on…check it out! 

& Ellie has Yogurt Mania going on…check that out!

   

23 Responses to “Vegan (almost Raw) Girl Scout "Samoas" Cookies”

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    The Voracious Vegan — October 12, 2009 at 7:44 am

    Chocolate donut holes!?!? You are a raw dessert making genius! And your salads always make me hungry!

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    Katie — October 12, 2009 at 11:35 am

    I am definitely going to try those oats this week…except for the chia part…I don't have regular chia seeds, only ones with apple cinnamon flavor. I need to find some regular old chia seeds somewhere!

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    jjhampton — October 12, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Expensive jeans are so worth it!! BUY THEM NOW!!!! hahaha Or if there is a Nordstrom Rack around check that out. I lived right down the street from a Nordy and a Rack when I was there and it was like heaven!!

    My weekend was ok. Saturday was a blast. Took the little one to a farm that had pumpkin patch, hay rides, flashlight corn maze, petting zoo, etc. The little one had a freaking blast and then afterward we hit up Whole Foods for dinner. Perfect Saturday in my book.

    Sunday my bestie came home from Israel where she gave birth to her baby. I was super excited to see my friend and the baby. I made them food and took them lots of gifts.

    All in all an ok weekend.

    Have a great Monday Averie!!

    ~Justine

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    Alison — October 12, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    I keep forgetting that today is a holiday. I hope the freaking garbage men come because I've already schlepped the recycling bins out to the curb!

    Someone tell these kids I get today off!

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    Kimberly — October 12, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Your coconut mango breakfast looks SO yummy! Have a good Monday:)

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    Pure2Raw Twins — October 12, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Wow you mango chia dish looks yummy! I still have yet to splurge into the breakfast cookie action… maybe one day! HAHA.

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    Bekah — October 12, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    I think if you sincerely WANT the jeans (or whatever it is you're shopping for.) get them! There are those purchases that we always regret, but I love the satisfaction of finding a really nice pair of jeans, spending my hard earned cash on them, and six months later realizing, they're still my favorite go to pair!

    And you can always return. :)

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    Erika — October 12, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    As usual, everything looks delish. As for the jeans, totally go back and get them! Jeans are one of the few splurges I allow myself because the expensive ones are just so much nicer than cheap ones and they last forever! After each kid, I treated myself to a pair when I got back to my pre-preggers weight and both pairs (5 and 6 years old) are still in great condition. Plus, you deserve it! :)

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    Jenny — October 12, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    how can you leave us waiting for chocolate vegan donuts holes? you are suchhhhh a tease, Av.. but thats why I love ya! Okay – no, I don't love you for being a tease – I love you for your donut holes and recipes and yoga poses and friendship and always making me smile, a lot :)

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    elise — October 12, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    ok i literally just navigated twitters homepage for 20 minutes trying to figure out how to type a comment to you…who knows if you ever see it or anything bc that whole scene still evades me. ANYways…im pretty sure that should be adequate proof as to how badly i want to win your treats.

    btw, that apple crumble thang looks AMAZING, so give yourself way more credit…you might consider opening an un-bakery with all these raw goodies. id SO be there!!

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    Hayley — October 12, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    PHEW!!! I can FINALLY access your page again! I've given up on Internet Explorer and switched to Safari even though I still have a PC. It was getting ridiculous and I can't NOT read your blog.

    Looks like you've still got a lot of yummies going on…if I wasn't heading to TX today I'd be whipping up either your raw crumble or your cheesecake RIGHT NOW. :)

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    shannonmarie — October 12, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    You are making more donut flavors. Yum. I'll be back to see those.

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    Abby (Abbys Vegan Eats) — October 12, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I have seen the breakfast cookie on many blogs.. I REALLY need to try it?! Do you like them over reg oatmeal???!?!
    Our school def did not have off for Columbus Day.. it wasn't even mentioned.. weird. I'm holding out til Veteran's Day. lol.
    Im not a good shopping advice giver.. unless Im going to work.. I live in Old Navy yoga pants and a tank. I personally don't like shopping! Im a weirdo, I know!
    Have a super Monday, Averie :)

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    Janetha — October 12, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    that apple crumble just keeps making my mouth water. i think i may have to make it soon, what with all these ripe apples around. i am at work today! they don't care about columbus! i think the only clothes worth splurging on are good jeans and comfortable shoes. all the other stuff i can find for cheapy cheap! go get the jeans! i love love love your yoga pose today.

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    Cindy — October 12, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Nice looking breakfast cookie!

    that and your raw donut holes are looking YUM-E

    we have been super busy this weekend. had a date last night and and my Teen snuck out for a movie today while JJ slept

    also a visit with Dad and lots of yum cooking!

    Happy Monday

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    TheFitnessFreak — October 12, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Okay, spiralizer hear I come! That looks so good!

    I have a ton of apples from my mom's tree and that crumble is so happenin'!

    I went on a long hike with my family today. It felt so nice to get outside and workout for a change : )

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    glidingcalm — October 13, 2009 at 1:37 am

    YOUR PEANUT SAUCE ALWAYS MAKES ME DROOL!

    i love your yoga poses, and your tats!! you think one post you could take up-close pictures and explain their meanings? That might be really neat! Get to know Averie!!!

    TAKE CARE LADY! HAPPY TUESDAYYYYY

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    lilveggiepatch — October 13, 2009 at 1:57 am

    You just brought overnight oats to a whole new level. Seriously lady, you rock my world harder every day.

    Hmm, spending. I try to shop sample sales of designers I love whenever possible, but lately I haven't really been buying anything. Looking at my bank statement makes me cry, so yeah…

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    Dai Dai — August 15, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Wow! I didn't know that you could make overnight oats without having to boil water! That's cool! I'm going to try it when I get a new batch of rolled oats! XD

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    Amy — November 10, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Oh my gosh!
    I really love your blog! Every time I come here I find something new, and before I know it, hours have passed by and by recipe book has doubled!
    Your site has really really helped me and I just wanted to say thanks! who knew going raw could be so delicious!!
    Much love from Ireland,
    Amy.

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