Homemade Healthy Tagalongs (Vegan/Low Carb/Paleo)

by Kelly M

Okay. I just had to make homemade healthy Tagalongs. I’m done with the Girl Scout cookies. Really.

Homemade Healthy Tagalongs- Better than the original, and only 25 calories each!

You do have to admit this has been fun though. Let’s see… there are Samoas and Trefoils, and let us not forget the Thin Mints. I think I’ll miss it just a little bit. There are cookies involved.

So if I hypothetically made cookies every day for the rest of my hyperglycemia-ridden existence, it would hypothetically be okay, right? I could hypothetically healthify all the Girl Scout cookies and all the hypothetical cookies beyond, and it would all be very hypothetically acceptable? Right? Hypothetically?

Homemade Healthy Tagalongs- Better than the original, and only 25 calories each!

But now that we’ve reached the light at the end of that extremely confusing bunch of sentences, I can look back and say one thing. Now that I can hypothetically tell you that I have made every cookie ever, you better know that these Tagalongs are some of the best of the best. And I would know. I’ve made a lot of cookies, hypothetical and otherwise, in my day.

There’s the slightly sweet crispness of the shortbread, the creamy, sheer wonderfulness of the peanut butter, and the chocolate coating. Oh that chocolate coating. I mean, these cookies just sound good, right?

 Homemade Healthy Tagalongs- Better than the original, and only 25 calories each!

Wrong.

They’re AMAZING.

Do not mistake this.

Homemade Healthy Tagalongs- Better than the original, and only 25 calories each!

If you ever want extra credit in math, here’s the formula: Cookie + peanut butter + chocolate = amazing to the 17th power. Disclaimer: My Algebra II teacher did not accept this in place of actual homework. Slack off at your own risk.

Guess whaaaaat? It keeps getting better. (I know, right?) You want to know the best part (okay, one of the best parts) about these cookies? They have your name written all over ‘em. Although I (being the unabashedly biased mama I am) prefer to use a certain trefoil shortbread recipe as the base for these cookies, you can use any kind of cookie you want. At the end of the day, you’re still slathering it in peanut butter and dunking it in chocolate. It’s going to taste good.

Homemade Healthy Tagalongs- Better than the original, and only 25 calories each!

Chocolate chip? Absolutely. Peanut butter? Naturally. Cookies from the month old stash in your freezer? Um… sure. Not that I do that or anything. (I’m totally kidding. I do this with the long-frozen products of bake-fests all the time.)

And on that note, I will leave you happily munching on these homemade healthy Tagalongs while I accomplish some *cough* actual math homework.   I’ll be back soon with details and something other cookies. Well okay, maybe just one cookie. Hypothetically.

Homemade Healthy Tagalongs- Better than the original, and only 25 calories each!

 

Dedicated with love to Catherine of Rabbit Food for My Bunny Teeth. Catherine, it was such a pleasure meeting you the other night. You’re wonderful. I do hope we can stay in touch! I’ll have my people call you’re people. We’ll do lunch.

Homemade Healthy Tagalongs (Vegan/Low Carb/Paleo)

Homemade Healthy Tagalongs (Vegan/Low Carb/Paleo)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 16 minutes

Yield: 12 cookies

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Calories per serving: 25

Fat per serving: 0.5 grams

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Spread ¼ teaspoon onto one of the cookies, place on plate, and repeat with the remaining cookies. Freeze until firm.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and 2 Tablespoons of almond milk. Microwave for about a minute, stir, and microwave for another 15 seconds if too thin. Fetch the now-frozen cookies from the freezer. Using a fork, dip one of the cookies in the chocolate (working quickly as to not melt the peanut butter) and place it back on the plate. Repeat with the remaining cookies, and freeze once again until firm. Transfer to a zip lock bag and keep in the freezer for long term storage; they should last at least a month if stored this way.

Recipe Notes and Substitutions

For the base, feel free to use any kind of small cookie (about 1 inch in diameter) you like. Vegan if you want vegan, gluten free if you want gluten free, etc. I love using my World's Healthiest Chocolate Chip Cookies and my Homemade Healthy Trefoils.

For a paleo version, use paleo-friendly cookies and Homemade Healthy Chocolate (link above).

I imagine you can use an kind of nut butter you so desire.

http://www.foodiefiasco.com/homemade-healthy-tagalongs-veganlow-carbpaleo/

 

Another math note: eating half the batch in one sitting = eating half the box in one sitting. But way more acceptable, of course.

Homemade Healthy Tagalongs- Better than the original, and only 25 calories each!

Other Healthy Girl Scout Cookies:

Homemade Healthy Trefoils

Homemade Healthy Samoas

Homemade Healthy Thin Mints

 

What’s you favorite kind of cookie? EVER?

I know this is like a mother picking her favorite child. I get it. But if you were to choose one cookie  (okay maybe three cookies) to live on for the rest of your life (not nearly as bad as it sounds), what would it be? For me, I have to say these homemade healthy Tagalongs are way up there, but I love me some Samoas too. You have my permission to be indecisive.

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1 Ellen March 10, 2013 at 11:23 pm

My favorite cookie is probably the dough!
Although few things top an Oreo…

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2 Kelly M March 16, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Cookie dough Oreo?

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3 Gingergirl @ It's all in my head March 11, 2013 at 12:34 am

girl you are a genius.

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4 reby March 16, 2013 at 3:55 am

your calorie counts are SO wrong

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5 Kelly M March 16, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Hi Reby! No, my calorie counts are not wrong. I have a post on how I calculate them and I would be happy to give you a rundown on this specific recipe if you need it.

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6 jjrox June 26, 2013 at 10:16 am

So I am looking for all different kinds of delicious foods that are healthy and I defiantly scored by finding this website! But it is kind of hard to find all the foods and recipes on here. Can you make a organization category saying “show all” or somethin’?

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7 Kelly M June 29, 2013 at 11:47 am

Thanks for the suggestion! I emailed my graphic designer, and we’re working on it.

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8 jjrox June 26, 2013 at 10:26 am

I woke up at 4:25 this morning CRAVING a ridiculous amount of sweets. I made the mistake of watching Harry Potter the night before (if you have seen it the tables then you know what l mean:-P). Anyway, I grabbed my phone and searched for healthy recipes and scored by finding this website. I found the “world’s healthiest chocolate cupcakes” and was in heaven. It is hard to find different recipes using the links and stuff. I do realize that there is an organization category thing but still, could you make a search category listing all the recipes? Thought it might make it easier to find a bunch of healthy recipes that I can make at home.

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9 Kelly M July 31, 2013 at 2:24 pm

I hear ya! Watching Harry Potter makes me hungry too. Thank you for the input about the all recipe category, and it’s live in the the recipe index! I’d love for you to check it out when you get a chance.

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