These 4-ingredient Samoas cookies put a healthy spin on the traditional Girl Scout cookie. Made with just four ingredients; bananas, coconut, chocolate and coconut oil, these cookies are easy to make and even better than the original.

I love simple baking recipes just like this! You know, the ones that call for just one bowl and require zero precision.

Remember my 3-ingredient banana oatmeal cookies(link below!)? These 4-ingredient Samoas cookies are very similar, except instead of oats I stirred in shredded coconut and then finished each cookie with a hearty drizzle of chocolate over the top.


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3-Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies:
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Oatmeal Banana Muffin Cups:

2 ripe bananas (7-8 ounces each)
2 cups shredded coconut
1/2 cup chocolate chips*
1 teaspoon coconut oil

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Pre-heat oven to 350ºF. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchemnt paper or a silpat mat.

In a large bowl, mash browned bananas with the back of a fork until they are broken down.

Stir in shredded coconut and mix until well combined.

Form small cookie shaped discs, using your hands, and place on a prepared baking sheet. Repeat until you have made twelve cookies.

Use the back of a spoon or your finger to create a small hole in the center of each cookie.

Bake for 25 minutes or until the cookies are lightly golden and set through.
Melt chocolate chip in the microwave or over a double boiler. Stir in coconut oil.

Once the cookies have cooled, drizzle chocolate over the top of each cookie.

Pop in the fridge for one hour to allow the chocolate to set up. Enjoy!

*Be sure to buy vegan chocolate chips to keep this recipe 100% plant-based. I like these.

**If you want to add a bit more flavor, stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt when adding in the coconut.

***To create more depth of flavor, toast the shredded coconut in a dry pan until golden brown. Cool completely before adding to the bananas.

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 29IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

How To Apply Makeup With No Streaks

Beauty tends to be a construct of one’s mind. Taking care of one’s beauty is an activity that can be very enjoyable, often with the benefit of immediate results. A novice may be intimidated by that, which is why the tips in this article can be useful to them.

Rub your feet with Vaseline before going to bed. Your feet will feel smooth and soft as if you had just received a professional pedicure. Make this part of your nightly beauty routine so you don’t forget. Make sure that after you put on the Vaseline, you put on some socks.

If you only have the time and money for a single beauty product, consider spending it on a flattering cheek color. A cream-based blush is easily applied using only the fingertips and can be thrown in your purse and applied quickly and with little to no effort at all. This is one item that you shouldn’t be shy about spending a little extra on.

Plain yogurt can be used as a calcium-rich, beautifying skin treatment that will leave your body looking fresh and youthful. This technique is especially effective for those who are suffering from tightness or excessive dryness. Slather it on, then allow it to sit for about five minutes. After you rinse it off, your skin will be softer and silkier.

Gently brush your lips with a soft toothbrush. This will help you remove dead skin cells from your lips and make them soft. You should then apply Vaseline or another type of lip balm to moisturize your lips and keep them soft. You can do this every day or every other day.

For smooth, streak-free results, exfoliate your skin before applying self-tanner. Dead, dry skin can cause self-tanner to absorb unevenly. This can result in streaks, splotches and areas of color that are darker than they should be. You can eliminate this problem by exfoliating your skin before you apply self-tanner. By removing dead skin cells, exfoliating can help ensure that yourself tanner absorbs evenly and gives you a beautiful, streak-free glow.

Keep rosewater in your beauty supply kit. Rosewater is a remedy with roots in antiquity. Rosewater has many uses, from soothing sunburn to helping cure allergic rashes. It is the best toner you could use on your own skin. Apply daily after cleaning to tighten skin’s appearance and remove excess oil.

To make close set eyes appear further apart, apply your eye makeup so it is heaver on the outer edges of your eyes. Use light eyeshadow on the inner half of your eyes and darker shadow on the outer half, blending the two together seamlessly in the middle. Then, to finish off the look, apply your eyeliner and mascara so that it is heavier at the outer corner. This will give the illusion that your eyes are set further apart.

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Give your face a monthly beauty treatment. You do not need to go to a spa to get your skin in its best shape. You can, instead, give yourself a complete facial at home. Start with a product to exfoliate, follow with a mudpack, next apply an astringent, and finish with a deep moisturizer.

To reduce red tones in your skin, use a green based concealer. Because green and red are opposite from each other on the color wheel, the green tones in the concealer will cancel out any red tones in your skin. However, keep in mind that you only need to use a very small amount of concealer to counteract the red. If you use too much you can wind up looking green instead.

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Apply a lotion or cream containing sunscreen every day. You have to live your whole life with the same skin and it is worth the investment to protect it. You should start off each day with a coat of sunscreen before you even think of going outside. Your skin will thank you.

To make your eyelashes look thicker, dust them with a coat of loose powder before applying your mascara. Use a small brush to apply a thin layer of translucent powder to your eyelashes, taking care not to get the powder in your eyes. Follow up with a coat of your favorite mascara over the top of the powder.

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If you have ever gone too far when plucking your eyebrows to where you can’t see you had any, there is a solution. You will first want to select an eyebrow pencil that blends with your brow color. Remember to fill the entire brow with the pencil and not just the bald spots using the fill, fix, feather technique.

To achieve beautiful lips easily, think glossy. Outline your lips with bronzer darker than your skin. Apply a top coat using peach, coral or gold gloss.

There is a very fine yet very important line between vanity and taking care of yourself. It is important that you stay on the correct side of this line. Beauty should be a small part of your daily routine and if it is becoming an obsession then you should try to rethink your priorities.

If you are worried about looking like a raccoon after applying your eyeliner, then there are ways to prevent that. You could try using a small stiff brush to apply cream eyeliner between the roots of the lashes. You could also try a shorter pencil eyeliner that has a cone-shaped tip as this gives you more control where you want the liner to go.

So, you have decided to use a self-tanner to get a healthy glow because you wanted to make sure your skin stays healthy, but more streaks are left behind than your desired glow. Use plain old baking soda and put it on a washcloth (damp) or loofah sponge, and then use circular motions to buff away the orange color.

As you can see, beauty and the application of its basic principles is something that is not just for experts who have had formal training. Anyone can create a beautiful look, regardless of skills or experience. The tips above will help you during your beautification endeavors.