3 Must-try sweet treats for the weekend

Posted on October 12th, 2017

Put the yum-factor in healthy treats with these easy recipes. By Noeleen Foster

3 must-try sweet treats for the weekend

Healthier versions of sweet treats doesn’t have to be tasteless. Your kids won’t even now these are not packed with kilograms of sugar.

Peanut butter balls

*Makes roughly 20-30 balls
*Can be chilled or served immediately


  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup coconut (1/3 of cup to coat balls)
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (1/3 of cup to coat balls)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder

Healthy doughnut bites


  1. Warm the peanut butter in the microwave up to 1 minute to make it easy to stir.
  2. Add to peanut butter, honey, vanilla, chopped nuts, coconut and cocoa powder. Stir well.
  3. Use a tablespoon to scoop out little balls. Coat your hands in a little butter or oil to help roll the balls.
  4. Roll some balls in coconut and others in your chopped nuts.

Cinnamon apple fries


  • 4 fresh green apples (I apple is enough to serve 2 people)
  • 2 cups canola oil
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup white sugar


  1. Wash and cut apples into fry shapes.
  2. Slowly heat oil in a deep-frying pan.
  3. In a bowl, mix the cornstarch and 1 tbsp cinnamon.
  4. Coat the apple slices in the cornstarch right away.
  5. Dust and shake off any extra cornstarch using a strainer.
  6. In a separate bowl, mix remaining 2 tbsp cinnamon and 1/2 cup sugar. Place aside.
  7. Once oil is hot and ready, fry apples a few at a time.
  8. Once apples are golden brown, place on a paper towel to dry.
  9. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.

Tip: Drizzle with a little caramel or eat them plain.

Quinoa cookies

*Makes about 25-30 cookies


  • 1/2 cup oat flower
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup golden syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup coconut

Make your own peanut brittle using only 2 ingredients!


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C.
  2. Beat egg and vanilla essence. Set aside.
  3. Mix peanut butter, syrup and chocolate chips.
  4. Mix all your dry ingredients.
  5. Folding in with a wooden spoon, add your wet ingredients and dry ingredients along with your peanut butter and syrup, until dough is fully mixed.
  6. Roll into balls, place on a baking sheet and flatten your balls.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes until they are light brown.

Tip: A little butter on your fingers will make it easy to roll and flatten your balls.

*Originally published in October 2013

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