Raise your hand if you don’t like the fact that you can’t eat a Girl Scout cookie whenever you want.
Hands across America are all raised now. (Get it?) Cool. I’m glad we’re all in agreement! You can put your hand down now.
Don’t get me wrong- I love supporting the Girl Scouts. Selling cookies to benefit girls’ futures is a great idea, but you know what would make it an even better idea? Not putting all kinds of processed grossness in the cookies. Just sayin’.
Actually, I used to be a Girl Scout when I was a wee one. To be politically correct, I really should say Brownie Scout (later referred to by one of my guy friends as Cream Puff Scout) because were not in the slightest bit scouty. The only remotely adventurous activity we ever partook in consisted of all of us sleeping in the back yard and then piling into the scoutmaster’s bed after it got dark. Needless to say, we made crafts for the rest of the year.
The one legitimately scout-like thing we did? Sell cookies. And darn it, I wanted to be the one who sold the most.
I asked parents. I asked classmates. I asked teachers. I asked strangers. I asked dance teachers. I asked hobos. I asked extraterrestrials. People probably started to get annoyed at some point, but you know. Whatevs.
I think part of why the whole cookie selling experience is so memorable is because the cookies just taste so darn good. You don’t eat just one. It’s not cool. Or possible.
But now we are smack dab in the middle of the season of Girl Scout cookielessness, and heaven knows I will not sit around, passively accepting my cookielessness. This is unacceptable. I will eat cookies. I will make cookies. And they will be healthy. And tasty. That’s important.
Moral of the story? You now have these chocolatey discs of nostalgic fantascticism. (Excuse me, spellcheck? Fantasticism should so totally be a word.)
Plus, they just so happen to be vegan, gluten free, grain free, sugar free, low carb, and only 20 calories each!
Sorry, Girl Scouts, but I’ll have to support you another way. Perhaps I can buy you some crafting supplies?
Homemade Healthy Thin Mints (Vegan, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Sugar Free, Low Carb, Low Calorie, Low Fat)
Makes 5 cookies
Serving size: 1 cookie
Fat: 2 grams
Homemade Healthy Thins Mints
Serving size: 1 cookie
Fat: <0.5 grams
2 Tablespoons carob powder (Unsweetened cocoa powder works too, but you’ll have to add more sweetener.)
4 Tablespoons almond milk
1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
sweetener to taste (I used one packet of stevia.)
Whisk together carob powder and almond milk until thoroughly combined and no clumps remain. Microwave for 45 seconds and stir. If it the mixture is thinner than a melted chocolate consistency, microwave it in 15 second increments until it is thick enough. Alternately, you can cook the mixture in a pot over low heat until thickened. Stir in the peppermint extract and sweeten to taste. Dip one of the chocolate wafers in the carob mixture until evenly coated, and place on a plate. Repeat with the remaining chocolate wafers. Freeze the plate with the wafers on it until the “chocolate” is set, then transfer the cookies to a ziplock baggie and store them in the freezer. Note: I had a little bit of the carob mixture left over, so I poured it into a plastic container, freezer it, and ate it as a chocolate bar for a snack.
My apologies to the Girl Scouts. Maybe they’ll use this as their recipe instead?