Magic Cookies

Who doesn’t love a delicious sweet, soft, chewy, crispy, warm cookie? I LOVE many types of cookies, but there’s one cookie I continually make for myself at home, the cookie I once deemed “The World’s Healthiest Cookie” on this blog.  It’s the perfect blend of everything I want in a cookie!

If you’ve ever been to Peacefood Cafe in New York City, I hope you’ve tried the Magic cookie.  A delightful combination of oats, coconut, pecan, chocolate chips and carrots,  it’s our most popular cookie, of course the name helps to sell it.  Working at Peacefood Cafe, I’ve tried all of the desserts, and cookies, but as scrumptious as it is, the Magic cookie isn’t my favorite.

A cookie really becomes magical for me, when I can enjoy 4 of them guilt-free.  Yes, a guilt-free cookie! Being vegan, the Magic cookie is already free of much of the “bad” stuff in traditional cookies like butter, refined sugar and eggs; but the Peacefood Cafe Magic cookie does have unbleached all purpose flour.
After much success over the years with “The World’s Healthiest Cookie” I am convinced that a cookie can boast a terrific texture even without flour, and my sweet tooth can be satisfied without refined sugar.

Which brings us to my rendition of the Magic cookie.  Like it’s Peacefood Cafe predecessor, my Magic cookie contains healthful coconut, pecans and oats.  Because I’m the Sweet Potato Girl, instead of carrot I used shredded sweet potato, and chocolate chips are tossed in the batter too.  I avoid using flour by using bananas to hold the ingredients together, and 1/2 cup of maple syrup replaces the raw cane sugar used at Peacefood (I do prefer the optional 1 tbsp of cane sugar to sweeten them even more!). 

From start to finish, these cookies take about 30 minutes to make (including bake time).  The cookie dough is so good you won’t want to bake them! They’re a cinch, and you’ll be so glad you made them; so bake some Magic cookies, and enjoy them knowing that they’ll make you smile from the inside out!

Magic Cookies
(inspired by my World’s Healthiest Cookie recipe, and the Peacefood Cafe Magic cookie.  For gluten free cookies, buy GF oats.  Makes 2 dozen small cookies)
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tbsp cane sugar (optional)
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
2/3 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup sweet potato packed tightly, peeled and shredded
1/4 cup chocolate chips (add up to 1/2 cup if you like)
Preheat oven to 350° and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.  
In a large mixing bowl mash 2 ripe bananas.  Add vanilla, coconut oil, maple syrup and sugar; mix well. 
In a separate bowl, combine and mix oats, coconut, pecans, cinnamon, baking powder and salt.  Slowly stir the sweet potato into the oat mixture making sure to break up all of the clumps.  
Stir this mixture into the wet mixture, then fold the chocolate chips into the batter. 
Dampen your hands a little, and spoon about 2 tablespoons of the batter into your palm.  Shape them into balls then press them flatter onto the parchment.  Bake one dozen on each baking sheet, or set the dough aside, and bake one batch at a time.  Bake for 15 minutes, then remove from oven and allow them to cool for about 15 minutes.  
Voila, Magic!
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13012802385700310974 SueAnn

    Yum! These look good! I’ve been looking for goodies without sugar added, and vegan as possible!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11195737115432451006 Amy

    These are so packed full of goodies, and you have used many of my favorite ingredients :)! I can see why they are called magic ;)!

  • http://www.thekitchenarian.com/ kitchenarian

    These look so good. It has my favorite ingredients – oatmeal, coconut, and maple syrup. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15557517506340986862 Cleo Coyle

    Beautiful post! Sending you buzz love from foodbuzz (and Queens, NYC, and foodbuzz)!

    Hugs,
    ~ Cleo Coyle
    author of The Coffeehouse Mysteries
    Coffeehouse Mystery.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12789862971326167986 Natalie

    wow these look so good! definitely magical cookies. putting the recipe on my “to-make” list. last week i made carrot cookies, also with no refined sweeteners – with applesauce, oats, almond flour – and dried apricots + walnuts and i had so many for breakfast everyday til they ran out! also guilt-free =)

  • http://www.thesweetsensations.com/ Sandra

    Sweet Mother of Pearl this looks good! Trigger Food Alert!!!!!!

  • http://potandkettlecookbook.wordpress.com/ egb

    Yum. These look awesome!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14129754860234591059 Honestly Good Food

    These were great. I made them today and posted a few photos of them on my blog. Thanks for the recipe!!!!

  • http://www.squashblossombabies.com/ Squash Blossom Babies

    Oh my goodness!!!! I can’t wait to try these! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11977371951644293169 briarrose

    Coolest cookies every. I love the sweet potato.

  • http://www.veggienumnum.com/ Trudy ~ Veggie num num

    m m mmmm these cookies are positively bursting with goodness!! yum!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05504564773503160022 Diethood.com

    The cookie really does look magical! I need to jot down this recipe… thank you for sharing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03814360396897839625 Lisa

    Wow, those bars look super good. I bet the magic is in making them disappear (right into people’s mouths). I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I’d like to invite you to stop by and link your cookies up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/04/sweets-for-saturday-11.html

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08295973331579634458 Happy Go Lucky Vegan

    Your pictures are gorgeous and food ideas sound wonderful! I love following your blog!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14129754860234591059 Honestly Good Food

    And I’m making these again. For the zillionth time. Just thought you should know ;)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12835890757951092792 glutwin

    These look fabulous…a definite must bake for this weekend…I have one hesitation…Does the addition of sweet potato increase the glycemic/insulin surge factor in a big way? Or does the fact that its raw relieve some of these concerns?..Thank you for your beautiful posts and creative offerings..so appreciated!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11504948204624142238 Jenné

    @glutwin. Thanks so much! These cookies aren’t actually raw :( Most of the glycemic load is from the maple syrup.
    If you want to avoid that surge, I would use coconut nectar in place of the maple. You’ll be fine with the sweet potato, or you could use carrot instead. Hope that helps :)

  • Anonymous

    best. vegan. gluten free. cookie. ever.

  • Anonymous

    Hello! These cookies look amazing. I <3 sweet potatoes :) Could you advise what can I replace for shredded coconut? Unfortunately I can’t eat it. Should I use more oats or maybe some kind of flour or walnuts? And can I use 1/2 cup sweet potato instead of 1/4 cup sweet potato + 1/4 cup chocolate chips? Thank you!