Healthy Samoas Cookie Dough: Egg-Free, Bean-Free Protein Cookie Dough
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If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you already know samoas are the best Girl Scout cookie, period. A more complex debate, on the other hand, is the superiority of cookie dough vs baked cookies. I’ll let this recipe’s title, Healthy Samoas Cookie Dough, do the talking about where I stand on this pressing issue.
Okay, getting down to business. This samoas cookie dough recipe makes around 20 tablespoons, with each tablespoon delivering 50 calories, 3.4 grams of protein, 3.5 grams of carbs, and 2.5 grams of fat.
I could stop there, but I value differing opinions. So, if you turn this cookie dough into baked cookies (more on that below), you’re looking at roughly 84 calories, 5.7 grams of protein, 5.8 grams of carbs, and 4.2 grams of fat per cookie.
An 84-calorie samoas cookie? Please, hold your applause.
Healthy Samoas Cookie Dough Ingredients
Let’s briefly cover the ingredients you’ll need and a few points on modifying or substituting.
Normally, I’d say swapping all purpose flour with a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio would work fine. In this case, however, I think the coconut flour really contributes to the flavor. You can try it with another flour, but I think the flavor will really take a hit.
Swerve: The Best Zero Calorie Sweetener I’ve Used
If you’re familiar with my recipes, you know I typically recommend stevia as a zero-calorie sweetener option. I still love stevia and use it regularly, but I understand that some don’t enjoy the taste. So, I’ve been experimenting with other low-calorie sweeteners and have fallen in love with Swerve’s confectioner’s blend.
Swerve is a sweetener that subs 1:1 for sugar and is made from erythritol and oligosaccharides (similar to the IMO syrup I used for the homemade quest bars). If you don’t have an issue with artificial sweeteners, I would highly suggest picking some of this up. So far, I’ve found it works better in baked recipes than stevia. I got mine on Amazon here.
Walden Farms Caramel Syrup
I regularly use their pancake syrup as a sticky sweetener in my recipes, but their caramel syrup is definitely more niche. I’ve found both products at Walmart and Kroger in my area if you don’t want to buy them on Amazon (they can be a bit more expensive there). If you can’t find them locally, you can use any sugar-free caramel syrup. Torani also makes a sugar-free syrup that would work here.
The recipe calls for mini chocolate chips to stir right into the dough, but I’ve also included notes for melting it down to drizzle on top. If you like the idea of the latter, you could save some additional calories by using a sugar-free chocolate syrup or add a bit of protein with something like my ultimate chocolate protein frosting.
THE BEST PROTEIN POWDER FOR RECIPES
You can use any protein you’d like, but I usually go with Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey and/or Dymatize’s Whey or Elite XT blended protein. They’re reputable brands that have been around forever.
The macros in this recipe are with Gold Standard Whey.
If you’d like to learn more about the different types of whey protein and how to find the best value for protein, read this article.
Can You Bake This Cookie Dough?
Yup. If you’ve ever tried to bake a protein cookie dough, you know that many will morph into chewy rocks after baking. While this dough definitely becomes a bit dense after baking, the finished product is actually really tasty.
You can see in the image below where I made 12 drop cookie bites (at least that’s what I’m calling them). If you wanted true samoas, you could form your dough into rings and top with coconut flakes and the melted chocolate drizzle. To bake this cookie dough, pop them in the oven for 10-12 minutes at 325F.
Samoas Cookie Dough
A lower calorie, higher protein Samoas cookie dough that can be eaten raw or baked.
- 2 1/2 scoops (80g) Protein Powder vanilla
- 3/8 C (42g) Coconut Flour
- 1/4 C (30g) Sweetened Coconut Flakes
- 2 Tbsp (30mL) Walden Farms Caramel Syrup or lower calorie caramel syrup
- 1/4 C (56g) Light Butter
- 1/4 C Swerve Confectioners or powdered sugar substitute
- 2 Tbsp Imitation Vanilla
- 2 Tbsp (28g) Mini Chocolate Chips
Add all ingredients except chocolate chips to a food processor or blender. Mix until smooth like dough. Depending on your mixer, you may end up with a big ball of dough.
You can either stir the chocolate chips in by hand or melt them with 1-2 tsp of milk and drizzle on top or mix in.
- Per tablespoon (16g): 50 Calories | 3.4P | 3.5C | 2.5F
- If baked into 12 cookies: 84 Calories | 5.7P | 5.8C | 4.2F
- Swerve alternatives include: powdered sugar, granular sweeteners mixed with a bit of protein powder or starch, sugar free pudding mix, or granular sweeteners with a reduction in liquid ingredients to account for consistency differences
- If you modify ingredients like the caramel syrup or butter, be sure to account for calorie/macro differences if you're tracking your intake.
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