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Late-Night Sweet Tooth? Make These Knockout Nighttime Cookies

Haile Thomas
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August 1, 2020
Haile Thomas
Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
By Haile Thomas
Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
Haile Thomas is a wellness & compassion activist, vegan food & lifestyle content creator, and the youngest to graduate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach.
Knockout Nighttime Cookies
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August 1, 2020
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.
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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

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Ingredients

  • 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 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

Method

  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.
From Living Lively by Haile Thomas. Copyright © 2020 by Haile Thomas. Reprinted by permission of William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
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Haile Thomas
Haile Thomas
Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

Haile Thomas is 19 years old and an international speaker, wellness & compassion activist, vegan food & lifestyle content creator. She was the youngest to graduate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach at age 16. Thomas is also the founder/CEO of the non-profit HAPPY (Healthy, Active, Positive, Purposeful, Youth). She founded HAPPY when she was 12 years old to redefine youth empowerment through holistic education and address the need for free/affordable plant-based nutrition and wellness education in underserved/at-risk communities.

She has spoken at events like SXSW, WeDay NYC, GITEX Future Stars, The Partnership for a Healthier America Summit, Expo East and West, TEDx, Teen Vogue Summit, and The Kids State Dinner to name a few, and has worked with brands like Williams-Sonoma, Nike, Bank of America, Vitamix, United Airlines, and Audible.

Thomas has been featured by NowThis, Insider, BuzzFeed, MTV, CNN, The HARRY Show, the Today Show, Dr. Oz, Home and Family Show, and The Rachael Ray Show, and highlighted in several major publications including O Magazine, Teen Vogue, Fortune, and YES Magazine.