Copycat – Girl Scout Gluten-free Samoas

Being a dance teacher, this is the time of year when all of my students ask me the dreaded question “Miss Whitney would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies?” Of course I don’t want to say no, so I buy a few boxes from each student and give them to family members.

However, as soon as I see the box of Samoas, I instantly regret buying them.  These cookies have always been my favorite (I mean, really, who doesn’t like caramel, coconut, and chocolate all in one?) but this year, I decided I was going to try to make my own version of the cookies.  My grandmother loves to bake just like I do, so we spent my day off baking.

I found a recipe from a gluten-free website that I always has great ideas and tips:

http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/gluten-free-samoas-girl-scout-cookies/

Let me just say…you will NOT regret making these.  They are very messy and it requires a lot of clean up afterwards, but it is totally worth it.

My version might not look exactly like the real cookie, but I guarantee they won’t last long enough for anyone to judge.

Now there is no reason to feel left out during the “Girl Scout cookie season”.

Enjoy!

gluten free samoas

Welcome!

Hello everyone…My name is Whitney and I have been eating gluten free for a little over 5 years.  Being a college student, I know how expensive gluten-free food can be, and you never know how it will taste…

With this blog, I want to share with you some of my favorite gluten-free recipes, restaurants, bakeries, and tips on how to make “gluten-free living” a little simpler (and tastier). BUT, before I get into my first delicious post, I want to explain why I have to eat gluten-free and why this topic is so important to me.

When I was 13, my best friend stayed at my house for the weekend.  Unfortunately, we both ended up very sick, but with what we thought were just colds.  After a visit to my pediatrician and some prescriptions, I thought I was on my way to finally feeling better.  However, after the typical cold symptoms went away, I was left with a headache.  Not the normal kind of headache where you take tylenol and a nap, and wake up feeling fine.  This headache did not go away…ever.

For the next 4 years, I went to every type of doctor you can imagine, had multiple MRI’s, cat-scans, a spinal tap, was on dozens of medications, and I even stayed in the hospital for 2 weeks to be put on an IV at all times, to try to find a medication that worked.  However, when this was happening I was still very young and my parents didn’t like the idea of being on such strong medications.

We were referred to a holistic doctor, who took a few tests for the most common allergens and found out I was allergic to at least 17 things…with gluten being the highest on the list.

It was a rough start trying to eat gluten-free because gluten is hidden in so many products…and even though I am not an expert, I have learned a lot and can’t wait to share some of my favorite gluten-free finds with you all.

Enjoy!