Nana Rita's Macrobiotic Cookies

Submitted by zweiss

These are my famous "Crazy Vegan Cookies" that I often make. I share this recipe with anyone under the sole condition that they call them "Nana Rita's Cookies" after my Nana from whom I got the recipe.

These are the absolute best cookies I know for people with dietary restrictions (also, they are really delicious for the rest of us too!). They are infinitely adaptable, fast, easy, and did I mention delicious?


  • 1 cup flour (whole wheat works best)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
  • jam or other filling


  1. Mix all the ingredients (except for the filling) in a bowl.
  2. Roll into walnut sized balls and put on a greased cookie sheet.
  3. Poke little wells into the cookies (depending on how finely the nuts are chopped, this may require some shaping) and fill with jam or anything else you want.
  4. Bake at 350 for about 12 minutes or until the bottoms turn light brown. The cookies will firm up as they cool.
  5. Enjoy!

Cook's Notes

Notes, Variations and Substitutions:

The original recipe calls for maple syrup and walnuts. I find pecans work very well with maple syrup too.

Honey goes very well with almonds.

A combination of very finely and more coarsely chopped nuts gives the best texture (in my opinion).

Canola oil is my favorite and very discreet but olive oil can work (especially without a filling) if you want the flavor (honey and walnuts with olive oil work).

I have made these nut-free by simply using 1 1/2 cups flour and 1 1/2 cups oats.

I have not yet made these gluten-free but when I do, I'll update this.

I have made these without any filling at all, simply pressing an almond or half a pecan onto the top of the cookie before baking and it's delicious.

Please let me know other experiments and combinations you try!



omghisam says:

As a NHV (first I've heard of this term), I substitute brown rice syrup when a recipe calls for honey. I find it to have a mild carmel taste and it is usually less expensive per ounce than honey. It is supposedly a healthier sweetener as well. The science:


zweiss says:

Some vegans eat honey (especially if it is local/organic/bees were not abused/etc.). In the co-op we differentiated between "honey vegans" and "non-honey vegans" or NHVs. We made these once with brown rice syrup as the sweetener and it was a little funky, but worked.


Stiney says:

Of course, if you make them with honey, they are no longer vegan.