Samoa Cookies from the Girl Scouts, used to be one of my most favorite indulgences, however, with 7 different forms of processed sugar (sugar, corn syrup, sweetened condensed milk, sorbitol, invert sugar, caramelized sugar, dextrose) GMO ingredients and inflammatory inducers, a healthier version was necessary. This improved version tastes better than the boxed version but is also less expensive.

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First properly soak and dehydrate organic groats, (like these, or these) the hulled seeds of the buckwheat plant, by putting 2 and a quarter cups organic groats in a bowl of water with one tablespoon apple cider vinegar. Let soak for four hours to a day, 90% of the phytic acid soaks out in the first four hours. Drain the groats and dehydrate on 110 degrees for four hours or until dry. This step is vital to the hollow circular crunch and texture of the bars. 

To the dehydrated groats add 4 cups unsweetened coconut flakes, 1 cup cocoa powder, 1 cup local or raw honey, 3/4 cup coconut oil and a dash of salt. Stir ingredients until fully combined. Press into a cookie sheet and cut to size. Smaller bite size is best. One batch makes 72 bars.


Freeze for 30 minutes. Remove from pan and store bars in an airtight container in the freezer. 



Samoa Cookie Bars
Serves 72
A delicious and healthy no bake treat.
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
  1. 2 1/4 cup properly soaked and dehydrated organic groats
  2. 4 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
  3. 1 cup cocoa powder
  4. 1 cup local honey
  5. 3/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
  6. dash of salt
  1. Combine all ingredients together until mixed thoroughly. Press contents into a cookie sheet. Cut the mixture into bite size bars. Freeze. After 30 minutes transfer bars to an airtight container and store in freezer.
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*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, GAPS who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia through food she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. This is not a news article published by a paper trying to make money. This blog is put out by a mom who sees first hand the effects of nourishing food vs food-ish items. No company pays her for writing these blogs, she considers this a form of missionary work. It is her desire to scream it from the rooftops so that others don’t suffer from the damaging effect of today’s “food”.





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9 Responses to Samoa Cookie Bars

  1. Yvonne says:

    I am excited to try this, thank you for the recipe! I just got 1 1/4 cup of groats soaking per the recipe, then I noticed above the recipe it says 2 1/4 cups, can you verify the quantity of groats please? Thank you!

  2. Yvonne says:

    …oh maybe it takes 2 1/4 cups of groats to end up with 1 1/4 cup after soaking and dehydrating?

  3. Yvonne says:

    Just finished making these, they were SO easy and YUMMY! A whole new world has opened up for me soaking and dehydrating buckwheat. Thanks for the great recipe and blog, bless you.

  4. Denise says:

    So, can I use the whole buckwheat I buy to grind up fresh for pancakes?

    • Becky Plotner says:

      Thanks Denise I didn’t realize I hadn’t linked them so folks can see what they look like. It’s not a normal ingredient in the house for most folks. I’m not sure the ones you get for pancakes so I linked two kinds so you can see through the bag. It’s probably the same. Or we will just be sitting on your front lawn Saturday morning for you to make us pancakes and I’ll tell you then 🙂

  5. Juli says:

    Is it OK to use organic cocoa powder? According to the GAPS book it is on the not allowed list, I am comfused 🙂 Many thanks

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