This is the perfect festive recipe that will satisfy those sweet cravings without ruining your healthy diet. It is packed with healthy ingredients like protein-packed peanuts and delicious dried apples, and is topped with decadent sweetness to treat the taste buds these holidays.




  • 45g chunky peanut butter
  • 32g vegetable oil
  • 1 cup Rice Crispies
  • 1 cup bran flakes or Cornflakes
  • 45g finely snipped dried apples
  • 30g finely chopped roasted peanuts
  • 2 pinches of cinnamon
  • some dark chocolate for drizzling over the top



  1. Combine the peanut butter, oil, and honey in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Stir until mixture comes to a boil then remove from heat.
  3. Next, add in the cereals, apples, peanuts, and cinnamon until well mixed.
  4. Transfer this to a small bowl and chill for 30 minutes. (The mixture should be a bit loose and crumbly).
  5. Form the mixture into small balls by gently pressing mixture together. This works best when your hands are kept slightly wet and you avoid rolling the mixture into balls.
  6. Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper.
  7. Allow them to stand for about 15 minutes or until firm.
  8. Place the chocolate pieces in a small saucepan; stir over low heat until melted.
  9. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the balls.
  10. Cover them and leave them to chill in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.
  11. Serve and enjoy!

At the Investec Hockey Academy, players are always reminded about the importance of proper sports nutrition. After all, a healthy player is a successful player! The art of nutrition is balance – the right amount and quality of input into your body with the optimum performance output. Balance your festive feasting by maintaining a fun, festive fitness plan, so that you can feel guilt-free about indulging in a little treat here or there.