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Healthier Mock Girl Scout Tagalongs (Non-GMO)

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Let’s face it. There is nothing quite like a girl scout cookie. Whether you are a fan of the thin mint, samosas, tagalongs or one of the man other flavors girl scout cookies just puts a smile on everyone’s face. Every year around this time the schools and neighborhoods are flooded with girl scouts selling their infamous cookies and although they are absolutely delicious we can all agree that they are definitely not healthy. Now I am not an advocate of depriving yourself of treats or certain foods because life is just wayyyyy to short but I am an advocate of taking what you love and seeing if you can make it better- healthier for you.

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This year I am determined to make it a healthier year. A year full of delicious food that doesn’t hurt or harm your body. A year full of healthy eating habits and goals that I can actually stick to! So with that said I am BEYOND excited to share with you my non-gmo (organic) tagalongs. Everything in this recipe is organic and the kicker is the sugar component is not only organic but its coconut sugar. Yes, coconut sugar- my new found favorite. I swear you would never know that these tagalongs are organic and besides the fact that they “look” homemade due to my marvelous chocolate dipping it would be hard for you to even taste the difference between the real things and my homemade version. I like the fact they look homemade- Do you?
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Why non-gmo? GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms, which refers to any food product that has been altered at the gene level. GMOs are constituents of genetically modified foods. It has become increasingly important for us to watch the use of GMO’s in our food products because the risk of GMO’s are still unknown. Possible side effects like extreme allergies in children, gastrointestinal damage, immune system disorders and infertility are just a handful of the risks involved with modifying the ingredients found in the foods we eat. I don’t want pesticides and chemicals making their way into my little kids bodies if there is something I can do about it. GMO’s have not been proven safe and therefore if I can avoid them then my m motto is why not? There is never any harm in eating something that is all-natural and at the same time still as delicious as the original. That is why I love Madhava products!tag7

All of my readers are in luck today because Madhava is running a โ€œNew Year, Sweet Youโ€ social media contest celebrating a commitment to a sweeter and healthier lifestyle! Madhava is giving one of my readers a gift pack full of amazing Madhava products to get your New Year started off on the right track. The prize includes the Organic Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, Organic Better Baking Blend, Organic Coconut Sugar (what my tagalongs are made with), Organic Pure and Raw Honey and Organic AgaveFive. Doesn’t that all sound to good to be true? Well it isn’t and now its your turn to get your hands on these products to start implementing them into your lifestyle!

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1) Leave a comment telling me what your favorite recipe is that you wish was more healthier for you

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Healthier Mock Girl Scout Tagalongs (Non-GMO)
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 sticks organic butter, softened at room temp
  • ½ cup Madhava Coconut Sugar
  • 2 cups organic all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 TBSP organic milk
  • For the Filling:
  • 1½ cups organic peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • For Dipping:
  • 1½ cups or 12 ounces of half semi-sweet chocolate and half milk chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. To Make the dough:
  2. Cream together the butter and coconut sugar. Add in the flour, baking soda and salt. Stir and mix together. Add in the milk and vanilla extract. Mix until the dough comes together and forms a soft ball. It will be soft but not sticky. Place a spoonful of dough forming it into a small ball and place on a cookie sheet. Take the back of a spoon or spatula and flatten it slightly to form a disk shape. Repeat with the remaining dough. Bake at 350 for 11 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
  3. Allow the cookies to cool while you make the filling. Cream together the peanut butter and powdered sugar slowly in a mixer (low speed as to not throw sugar all over the place). Once the peanut butter and sugar start coming together add in the salt and vanilla. Cream together for 1 minute. Place small spoonfuls (about 1 tsp) of the filling onto each cookie round. Allow to cool in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before dipping them in chocolate.
  4. Melt the chocolate in a microwavable bowl heating at 30 second intervals and stirring each time between. Remove the pan of cookies from the refrigerator and begin dipping each cookie into the melted chocolate. Place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and allow to cool completely before eating by placing them back in the refrigerator for up to an hour. Store in a airtight container in the fridge .

I created this post and recipe in partnership with the Madhava Natural Sweeteners. As always, all opinions are my own!

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23 Comments

  1. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    Everyone loves Girl Scout cookies, especially my husband. So pleased you’ve found a way to make them healthier.
    Sam

    23 . Jan . 2015
  2. K / Pure & Complex

    Are you sure this is healthier? lol. This looks so decadent and wonderful. Gotta try this recipe

    23 . Jan . 2015
  3. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Girl Scout cookies here are just the plain ones. Nothing fancy and when I asked for them they thought I was nuts. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I’ll have to make these to remind myself how good they were.

    24 . Jan . 2015
  4. Balvinder

    I used to love these girl scout cookies! I have to try them gluten free.

    24 . Jan . 2015
  5. lena

    wow, this is good stuff! all organic and best of all, it’s homemade! Truly a much more healthier version!

    25 . Jan . 2015
  6. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    I don’t know what girl scout cookies are, but I know I would love one of those sandwiched cookie! They look amazing!

    26 . Jan . 2015
  7. Tricia @ Saving room for dessert

    We’re on the same page these days Jessica! I love chocolate and tagalongs are one of my favorite GS cookies. I would be thrilled to win this giveaway – as we are always looking for ways to incorporate a healthier dessert. Thanks!

    26 . Jan . 2015
  8. Tricia @ Saving room for dessert

    I liked Madhava on Facebook!

    26 . Jan . 2015
  9. 2 Sisters Recipes

    You are one smart woman girlfriend! These are fantastic and love the way you made them healthier!
    We would love all desserts to be healthier! Never heard of coconut sugar but now we are inspired to get some! thanks!

    26 . Jan . 2015
  10. 2 Sisters Recipes

    We liked Madhava on Facebook

    26 . Jan . 2015
  11. yummychunklet

    I’m so glad I came back in time to see this post! It will save me tons of money on my favorite Girl Scout cookie! But, I’ll still donate to them as I was a Scout once, too!

    27 . Jan . 2015
  12. nancy at good food matters

    Good for you, promoting Non-GMO products. it’s important that we do our best to avoid GMOs if possible. (Labeling would be a big help, which the GMO lobbyists have shut down, for now.)
    Love your mock tagalongs–I bet they are de-lish.

    27 . Jan . 2015
  13. Roz

    Jessica, we so love girl scout cookies, but in the past 10 years have had to make them off limits for lack of self-control when they are in front of us! I’m so glad that you figured out how to make them healthy and just as delicious. My sweet-toothed husband will especially be grateful!
    Hugs,
    Roz

    27 . Jan . 2015
  14. Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen

    I think their coconut sugar is great and use it all the time instead of regular sugar. Your tagalongs look killer!

    28 . Jan . 2015
  15. Joanne

    I haven’t heard girl scout cookies in FOREVER, but I will always remember how tasty they are. Love this homemade tagalong!!

    29 . Jan . 2015
  16. Liz

    These are my daughter’s favorites! So glad I can make a better version when our boxes are empty!

    29 . Jan . 2015
  17. Betty

    Those cookies look great- Tagalongs are my youngest’s favorite. I could eat way too many Thin Mints- wish there was a healthier version of them! ๐Ÿ™‚

    29 . Jan . 2015
  18. Betty

    I follow Madhava on Pinterest. ๐Ÿ™‚

    29 . Jan . 2015
  19. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    Your cookies look scrumptious. I haven’t tried coconut sugar yet. I’ll have to pick some up.

    30 . Jan . 2015
  20. Eva Taylor

    I have to admit I’ve never been a huge fan of Girl Scout Cookies, sorry. As well, I don’t think we have tagalongs in Canada. But making anything healthier is definitely great and your little cookies are adorable. It’s unfortunate because I don’t think we have this brand in Canada, I’d love to try it though. I’d love to see my macaron recipe made healthier…I’ve been baking up a storm of them!

    02 . Feb . 2015
  21. Jennifer Farley

    I love these! It’s so nice to be able to make healthier versions of the classics.

    04 . Feb . 2015
  22. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    If its non-gmo, count me in! These look so yum drenched in chocolate ๐Ÿ˜€

    08 . Feb . 2015
  23. Sophie

    I made these tasty beauties & loved every bite!
    They were just amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

    26 . Mar . 2015

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