Knockout Night-time Cookies

mbg night cookies

Haile Thomas is only 19 but has already graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a certified integrative nutrition health coach (at age 16) and launched a nonprofit, called HAPPY (healthy, active, positive, purposeful, youth). She was inspired to launch her health journey after her father developed type 2 diabetes and since then has begun working as a wellness and compassion activist and a vegan food and lifestyle content creator. Her first book, Living Lively, has 80 delicious, wholesome, super-powered plant-based recipes—including this one.

Help your body wind down in the evenings with these tasty and calming cookies. Have a cookie (or two!) a couple of hours before going to bed to get in all the natural melatonin (which helps to balance our sleep cycles) from almonds and cherries.

Knockout Nighttime Cookies

Makes 6 servings


  • ½ cup mashed banana (about 1 medium banana)
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup chopped raw walnuts
  • ½ cup dried cherries
  • ⅓ cup rolled oats (gluten-free if needed)
  • ¼ cup flaxseeds
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the banana, almond butter, coconut, walnuts, cherries, oats, flaxseeds, chia seeds, vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger until thoroughly combined. The batter will be moist.
  3. For each cookie, roll 2 tablespoons of the mixture into a ball and place on the prepared baking sheet, gently flattening the top with the palm of your hand. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden.
  4. Cool on a wire rack and grab a cookie! The cookies keep in an airtight container for up to one week.

Mary Flahavan’s Apple & Cranberry Crumble

blackberry crumble
Deep Filled Apple and Cranberry Crumble
Makes 8-10 servings.
Sweet Pastry
160g (6oz) plain flour
55g (2oz) caster sugar
75g (3oz) butter
1 egg
4 large cooking apples, peeled and sliced
150g (6oz) cranberries (fresh or dried)
100g (4oz) caster sugar
2 tbsp. water
75g (3oz) flour
75g (3oz) butter
75g (3oz) brown sugar
75g (3oz) Flahavan’s Progress Oatlets
  1.  Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4.
  2. To make pastry, sift the flour, add the caster sugar and rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  3. Add enough beaten egg to bind the pastry. The pastry can also be made using a food processor.
  4. Cut a circle of parchment to fit a large pastry dish, sprinkle with flour, roll out the pastry on the floured parchment and then slide it into the dish and bake blind for about 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile boil the ingredients for compote for 3 – 4 minutes.
  6. When pastry is baked, fill with the apple and cranberry compote.
  7. To make the crumble topping, combine the flour, sugar, butter and oats in a food processor until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs. (Add the oats last if you would like them to stay coarse and be visible in the crumble).
  8. Sprinkle the crumble over the fruit and bake in the oven for about 40 minutes.
  9. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

Pasta with Mozzarella and Tomatoes in Garlic and Herb Butter



Stir halved grape tomatoes into melted Kerrygold Garlic & Herb Butter; cook for 2 minutes to heat tomatoes. Toss with hot, cooked linguine, adding additional butter to taste; season with salt and pepper. Stir small boccaccini (fresh mozzarella balls) into hot pasta. Cook just until cheese starts to melt. Top with with shredded Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese and snipped fresh basil.

Dublin Bay prawns, lovage purée and boxty @Anahaugh

anna haugh scallops

Dublin Bay prawns are also known as langoustines and are served here with traditional Irish potato pancakes called boxty.


For the kale and cabbage

For the lovage purée

For the boxty

For the Dublin Bay prawns