Magic Cookies {carrot, oat, coconut & chocolate chips}

One of my favorite things about living on the Upper West Side is the proximity to Peacefood Cafe – one of the best vegan cafes around. I must confess, beyond just being a super hippy chill cafe, they have desserts that will blow your mind. More often than not I find myself walking by and popping in for a cookie. Or 12. I may have eaten every dessert they make. I have even ordered just desserts to be delivered. One time they asked my friend (who I conned into making the call for delivery) if she was high. She wasn’t. The desserts are just that good. And one of my all-time favorites at Peacefood is their magic cookie.

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I can’t quite put my finger on what exactly is all in the magic cookie. But I decided it was about time I try to figure it out. It’s a whole hodgepodge of a cookie. There’s definitely carrot, and coconut, and pecans beyond that, I’m not quite sure. But I decided to start with the carrot. I’ve never actually put a carrot in a cookie before, but I have tossed them into pancakes and that went well so  I figured what the heck!

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While I’m sure the Peacefood version is healthier than an Oreo, I’m not entirely sure they’re all that good for you, despite the carrots. I wanted to make a cookie that I didn’t feel all that bad about eating for breakfast (because, yes, if there are cookies in my house, I’m sure as heck eating them for breakfast). So I added some pecans and chia seeds for protein, and oats for whole grains. I used a garbanzo bean flour because I wanted my gluten-free friend to enjoy them, and I added some unsweetened shredded coconut because I’m pretty sure there’s coconut in the Peacefood version.

Magic Cookie Carrot Oat Pecan Coconut Vegan Vegetarian Girl Eats Greens_0021 Magic Cookie Carrot Oat Pecan Coconut Vegan Vegetarian Girl Eats Greens_0033In an effort to keep this on the  lower-sugar side, I only used a small amount of maple syrup for sweetness. But if you have a big ol sweet tooth, I recommend either using sweetened shredded coconut, or adding some more maple syrup or agave (or plain old sugar will work too). I found the mini chocolate chips to be the perfect amount of sweet without being rot-your-teeth sweet.

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And I definitely felt no guilt at all slathering the cookie with a little peanut butter and eating for breakfast. Don’t judge me. You might want to do it too.

Magic Cookies - Carrot, Oat, Coconut & Chocolate Chip {vegan & gluten-free}

  • Servings: makes 14 cookies
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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What You’ll Need:

  • 3/4 cup gluten-free flour
  • just under 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (or sweetened if you like your cookies on the sweeter side)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 mashed very ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup vegan mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

What You’ll Do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, add the oats, coconut, baking powder, xanthan gum, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and flour together
  3. In a separate bowl, mash the banana with a fork, then add the almond milk, maple syrup and mix until it’s all incorporated
  4. Add the chia seeds to the wet mixture and then add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well
  5. Add the carrots, chocolate chips, and pecans and mix everything together until it’s all evenly distributed
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  7. Using a spoon, mold the batter into cookie form, pushing down to make them even
  8. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until they cookies are firm and the chocolate chips are slightly melted
  9. Cool, serve, and enjoy!

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14 responses to “Magic Cookies {carrot, oat, coconut & chocolate chips}

  1. Linking to these on my site if you don’t mind. You have wonderful recipes. Please feel free to submit any to my site if you’d like. Alyssa

  2. I made these lovely tasty cookies & I don’t mind whatever you call them anyway,….they are just perfect with my morning vegan café latte!

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