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Are Girl Scout cookies throwing you off your game? Not to worry. With just a few ingredients, you can make these delicious and healthy thin mints without sacrificing your health goals.

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My husband always jokes about the poor timing of Girl Scout cookies. After the indulgence of the holidays is past and the new year has begun, just about everyone is trying to get their health back on track. And then, Girl Scout season hits. Not only can it be hard to resist the treats, but it’s nearly impossible to ignore the smiling faces outside our grocery store, asking innocently if we’d like to support their troop and buy a box of cookies. Thankfully, with a few simple ingredients, you can make a healthier version of these delicious treats at home! And don’t worry, you can still support the troops (without wrecking your health in the process).

Why Should I Make Healthy Thin Mints?

Girl Scout cookies come out but once a year! Aren’t I missing out a little if I only eat the healthy version?

I would argue no! You are not missing out.

One of the many lessons I’ve learned in the past year on Trim Health Mama is how addicted I can get to sugar. Just the taste of it (and its apparent effects on my blood sugar) has me wanting and craving more, almost immediately! It negatively affects my weight, my energy, and my mood. No thanks!

I do love the Girl Scouts and want to support them. I used to be one myself. But, I refuse to throw my body into another bout of sugar addiction over their cookies.

The first two ingredients in a box of Girl Scout Thin Mints are enriched flour and sugar, both of which are known to spike blood sugar.

They also contain vegetable oil which isn’t the healthiest form of fat for our bodies.

Why not treat yourself to a yummy indulgence that won’t leave you feeling like junk afterward?

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What Makes These Healthy Thin Mints So Healthy?

These healthy Thin Mints are made with no refined flour and no sugar. They also include some peppermint essential oil which can support digestion and be therapeutic in many ways.

Instead of refined flour, I used THM Baking Blend, which is a gluten-free blend of almond flour, coconut flour, and a few other ingredients. I love this flour substitute because it’s versatile, not too calorie-dense, and a decent source of protein!

Instead of sugar, I opted for a sweetener that wouldn’t spike my blood sugar: Stevia and Erythritol. I love THM’s Gentle Sweet, but monkfruit sweetener would also be great. You can use coconut sugar if you’d like, but realize that it still spikes the blood sugar.

Notes on Making Your Healthy Thin Mints

Sweetener: I like my sweets to be, well, less sweet. If you’re the same, you’ll probably do well with the amount of sweetener in the recipe. If you like a sweeter cookie, feel free to play around with the amount of sweetener (maybe topping it off with a bit of pure stevia so the dry/wet ingredient ratios aren’t changed too much).

Flour Substitute: I’ve heard that coconut flour can make the cookie dough too crumbly. The THM Baking Blend does contain coconut flour and my dough did end up a bit crumbly, but it all came together just fine and I was happy with the results.



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How to Make Healthy Thin Mints

Prepare the Healthy Thin Mints Cookie Dough

Combine THM Baking Blend (or another flour substitute), cacao powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk until well combined. You can also use a sifter to make sure the ingredients are evenly distributed with no clumps.

In a separate bowl, beat together the softened butter, Gentle Sweet (or another sugar substitute). Add in the peppermint essential oil, almond milk, and vanilla. Beat in the “flour” mixture until well combined.

Transfer your dough onto some plastic wrap. Top it with another sheet of plastic wrap and roll it out into a square for easy storage in the fridge. This also makes it easier for you to roll out nice and thin after the dough has chilled.

Chill in the fridge for at least two hours.

Bake the Healthy Thin Mints

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Then line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Remove the cookie dough from the fridge and roll it out nice and thin, just like a Thin Mint (about 1/8″). Use a shot glass or small cookie cutter to cut out the cookie shapes. Place them on your lined baking sheet.

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Bake the cookies at 375 degrees for 10-13 minutes.

Once the cookies are done, allow them to cool on the baking sheet for 5-10 minutes until they can be easily transferred to a wire rack.

Cover the Healthy Thin Mints with Melted Chocolate

Place the sugar-free chocolate chips in a heat safe bowl over a pot of boiling water (just a few inches of water — you don’t want it touching the bowl). Allow the chocolate to melt.

Once the chocolate is melted, use a teaspoon to spoon it over each cookie. You can also dip the cookies to be coated completely. I just found the spooning method easier.

Allow the chocolate to harden completely before enjoying. (I placed mine in the fridge to speed it along — plus, I enjoy my Thin Mints cold!)

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Healthy Thin Mints

These healthy thin mints are minty and chocolatey, and they won't throw your body out of balance!

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup THM Baking Blend (or other flour substitute)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder (I used cacao powder from Costco)
  • 1/4 tsp aluminum-free baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp mineral salt
  • 2 tbsp softened butter
  • 1/3 cup THM Gentle Sweet (or other sugar substitute)
  • 3-5 tbsp almond milk (depending on the flour your use and the texture of your dough; I used 5 tbsp)
  • 1 drop peppermint essential oil (or 1/2 tsp peppermint extract)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Chocolate Coating

  • 3/4 cup sugar-free chocolate chips (I used THM's, but you could use Lily's)

Instructions

Prepare the Healthy Thin Mints Dough

  1. Combine THM Baking Blend, cacao powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk until well combined. You can also use a sifter to make sure the ingredients are evenly distributed with no clumps. 

  2. In a separate bowl, beat together the softened butter, Gentle Sweet (or another sugar substitute). Add in the peppermint essential oil, almond milk, and vanilla. Beat in the "flour" mixture until well combined.

  3. Transfer your dough onto some plastic wrap. Top it with another sheet of plastic wrap and roll it out into a square for easy storage in the fridge. This also makes it easier for you to roll out nice and thin after the dough has chilled.

  4. Chill in the fridge for at least two hours.

Bake the Healthy Thin Mints

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Then line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Remove the cookie dough from the fridge and roll it out nice and thin, just like a Thin Mint (about 1/8"). Use a shot glass or small cookie cutter to cut out the cookie shapes. Place them on your lined baking sheet.

  3. Bake the cookies at 375 degrees for 10-13 minutes. 

  4. Once the cookies are done, allow them to cool on the baking sheet for 5-10 minutes until they can be easily transferred to a wire rack.

Cover the Healthy Thin Mints with Melted Chocolate

  1. Place the sugar-free chocolate chips in a heat safe bowl over a pot of boiling water (just a few inches of water -- you don't want it touching the bowl). Allow the chocolate to melt.

  2. Once the chocolate is melted, use a teaspoon to spoon it over each cookie. You can also dip the cookies to be coated completely. I just found the spooning method easier. 

  3. Allow the chocolate to harden completely before enjoying. (I placed mine in the fridge to speed it along -- plus, I enjoy my Thin Mints a bit cold!)

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2 Replies to “Healthy Thin Mints | THM-S, Low Carb, Gluten Free, Keto”

  1. lifefromthegroundupbloggmailcom says: Reply

    These sound so delicious! Even something my husband would like too! I see a grocery shopping trip in my very very near future. ;D I will let you know how we like these! I am going to make some this weekend!

    1. Yay! Can’t wait to hear how you like them!

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