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Healthy Girl Scout Cookie-Inspired Dessert Recipes

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Opening a fresh pack of crisp Thin Mints or creamy Tagalongs brings many people right back to their childhood. This year, Girl Scouts is celebrating 100 years of selling cookies by releasing a new s'mores flavor. Unfortunately, Girl Scout cookies aren't known for being the healthiest. (Of course, some are worse than others.) But with these healthy spins on the classic Girl Scout flavors, you can experience all the nostalgia without the added calories.

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Whole Wheat Samoa Scones

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Have Samoas for breakfast in the form of these pretty little scones. They're loaded with chocolate, coconut, and caramel, but made sans butter and with whole-wheat flour for a healthier spin. They'll also give you a boost of protein thanks to greek yogurt. (If you want actual cookies for breakfast, try this gluten-free Paleo Samoa Girl Scout Cookie recipe.) 

Get the recipe: Whole Wheat Samoa Scones

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Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies

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These may be shaped a little differently, but they still have a lot in common with the beloved Trefoil. But unlike Trefoils, they're a triple threat: gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free. (Want a zestier option? Try our Low-Calorie Lime-Glazed Shortbread Cookies.)

Get the recipe: Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies

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Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookie Cheesecake

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This "cheesecake" is about as healthy as dessert gets. Instead of food dye, spirulina—a protein-rich superfood—gives it its green color. Tofu is used as a base in place of cream cheese.

Get the recipe: Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookie Cheesecake

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Mini Baked Samoa Doughnuts

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These bad boys are dunked and then drizzled with chocolate. They're way healthier than they sound though. One star ingredient? Flaxseed, to give you plenty of fiber and omega-3s. Bonus: They only require one bowl to whip up.

Get the recipe: Mini Baked Samoa Doughnuts

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Tagalong Cupcakes

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Fans of the chocolate-peanut butter combo will appreciate these cupcakes. They're iced with a layer of natural peanut butter followed by a layer of chocolate ganache. Bonus: They're also low-carb, grain-, gluten-, and sugar-free. 

Get the recipe: Tagalong Cupcakes

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S'mores Ice Cream

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This "ice cream" was inspired by the same campfire classic as the latest Girl Scout cookie flavor. It's topped with bits of chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers, but the bulk is made up of bananas and avocados, which are full of healthy fats.

Get the recipe: S'mores Ice Cream

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Thin Mint Freezer Fudge

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Two glorious desserts come together in this minty, chocolaty fudge. It only takes 10 minutes to whip up, so it's almost as quick as grabbing some actual Thin Mints out of the box.

Get the recipe: Thin Mint Freezer Fudge

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Double Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

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Say hello to these sandwiches made of two chewy cookies filled with peanut butter. You can use a jar of smooth or crunchy depending on your taste, or homemade peanut butter if you're feeling ambitious. Whatever you choose, these will satisfy your Do-si-dos craving.

Get the recipe: Double Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

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Flourless Lemon Cookies

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These cookies have the same refreshing hint of lemon as the Lemonades cookie. They only take four ingredients and are made with cashew butter, which is higher in iron than other nut butters.

Get the recipe: Flourless Lemon Cookies

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Healthy S'mores

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No, healthy s'mores is not an oxymoron (take this S'mores Pudding Bowl, for proof). Instead of boxed graham crackers, these healthy s'mores have homemade crackers made with coconut and spelt flour. 

Get the recipe: Healthy S'mores

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

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Another homage to Tagalongs, this chocolate peanut butter pie, which consists of chocolate peanut butter mousse and chocolate ganache, is also both gluten- and vegan-free. 

Get the recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

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Healthy Peppermint Hot Chocolate

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Curl up on a cold winter's day with a cup of this peppermint hot chocolate, which is essentially a Thin Mint in a mug. Instead of processed cocoa powder, it's made with raw cacao powder—a tasty source of antioxidants.

Get the recipe: Healthy Peppermint Hot Chocolate

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Samoa Cookie Pancakes

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These (optional gluten-free) pancakes have the chocolate, and coconut, elements of classic Samoas, but are sweetened with a "caramel" sauce of dates, maple syrup, and coconut oil.

Get the recipe: Samoa Cookie Pancakes

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