Tropical Friendship Bars

Hi friends! How are you today? Did you know, a lot of wonderful things happen in February? It’s true! There’s Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day, my Birthday (Best. Holiday. Ever!) and it’s Girl Scout Cookie time! Y’all know how much I love cookies, so the fact I get to celebrate my birthday and eat Girl Scout Cookies is basically awesome. However much I love cookies by themselves, they get even better when you use them in fun, new ways! Case in point, these Tropical Friendship Bars!

Tropical Friendship Bars

These shareable snack bars are stuffed with tropical dried fruits, coconut flakes, almonds, white chocolate chips and use Savannah Smiles Lemon Cookies to give them a summery brightness! They would be perfect for a troop meeting, hiking trip, backpacking adventure or a simple after-school snack!

Tropical Friendship Bars

Tropical Friendship Bars

Tropical Friendship Bars

Tropical Friendship Bars

2017 marks 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies to fuel their dreams. Imagine that! 100 years of cookies. Yum! Another fun fact, the Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-run business in the world where girls gain leadership and business entrepreneurial skills. More than half of women in business are Girl Scout alumnae (myself included) and attribute the Girl Scout Cookie Program as beneficial to the development of their skills today.

In my area, Girl Scout Cookies are on sale through March 12. To find a cookie sale near you, go to girlscoutcookies.org. Cookies are $5/box, except for the two specialty cookies: gluten-free Toffeetastic and non-GMO Girl Scout S’mores, which are $6/box.

Be sure to pick up an extra box of Savannah Smiles, so you can make these bars too!

Tropical Friendship Bars

Tropical Friendship Bars

Tropical Friendship Bars

A healthy snack bar using Girl Scout Cookies and tropical dried fruits! Perfect for a troop meeting or afternoon snacks on the trail!

  • 6 Tablespoons ground Savannah's Smiles Girl Scout Cookies
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 Tablespoons packed, dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 3 cups assorted dried fruits (I used a combination of dried Mango, Pineapple, Papaya and Dates)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Coconut Extract

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Spray an 8x8 square baking dish with non-stick spray, set aside.

In a large bowl whisk together the ground cookies, baking soda, salt and sugar.

Add all the nuts, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, coconut and dried fruits to the bowl. Toss gently with your fingers to combine.

In a small bowl, beat the egg and coconut extract together.

Pour the egg mixture over the fruit and nuts. Mix gently until everything is coated. It may not seem like much liquid, but the batter will hold together once everything is wet.

Spread the mixture in prepared pan. Press down gently to distribute evenly across the pan.

Bake for 35-40 minutes until the tops of the bars are golden brown.

Cool the bars in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove from pan to a rack to cool completely.

Cut cooled bars into 18 pieces.

!For the Chocolate Drizzle

In a small, microwavable dish, heat remaining 1/2 cup white chocolate chips in the microwave on 50% power for 30 seconds. Stir until bowl is no longer warm. Heat again for an additional 30 seconds at 50% power, stir until smooth. Put melted chocolate in a plastic sandwich bag, close securely. Snip off a tiny corner of the bag and use it to drizzle chocolate over cooled bars

Tropical Friendship Bars

To see more great ideas for Girls and to find cookie ideas, follow Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles on social media — Twitter & Instagram: @GirlScoutsLA / Facebook: facebook.com/GSGLA OR use the hashtag: #GirlScoutCookies

To get amazing produce not always found in your local stores, go to Melissa’s Produce and browse their site for products and recipes! Follow them on social media — Facebook: Melissa’s Produce Twitter & Instagram: @MelissasProduce

I was blessed with the dried fruits from Melissa’s Produce and the Cookies from Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles to come up with this recipe. I received no monetary compensation for this post and all opinions are 100% my own!

Till next time, friends! Live life deliciously!

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