Super Easy Cacao + Coconut Balls

Protein balls 2 enhanced


We’re kicking off our first FOOD post for 2016 with a recipe for Cacao + Coconut Energy Balls from Aussie chefs Mark LaBrooy and Darren Robertsons’s latest book ‘The Blue Ducks’ Real Food’.

Having recently returned from a holiday in Australia where it is very easy to eat ‘real, whole foods’, I’m now craving satisfying healthy snacks I can make at home to beat the 3 o’clock munchies, and pop into my handbag to eat when I’m battling Jakarta’s traffic gridlock.

Today’s real food treats are raw, full of antioxidants, and delicious chocolatey goodness; require the bare minimum of prep time, and all the ingredients can be sourced in local Jakarta supermarkets and specialty food shops. I must say this recipe was a lot of fun to make. I made a batch for my Bahasa Indonesia class a few weeks ago. I popped them into a recycled glass jar for easy transport; and they were the perfect ‘brain fuel’ we needed as we launched back into our language studies for the year. Since then, my Bahasa buddies have also batched Cacao + Coconut Energy Balls…sourcing, rolling, adapting and substituting to make the perfect raw, real food snack.

I think you’re going to love them too!

Cacao + Coconut Energy Balls

Makes: 20 balls


100 grams dates, pitted
100 grams prunes, pitted
100 grams coconut oil
200 grams desiccated coconut
50 grams chia seeds
50 grams cacao powder
1 tbsp maca powder (optional)
31/2 tbsp cacao nibs
1 tbsp honey


1. Add the dates, prunes and coconut oil to a blender and process until a smooth paste forms.
2. Add the date paste to a large bowl with half the desiccated coconut and the remaining ingredients.
3. Using your hands, mix until the ingredients are well combined and then roll into walnut-sized balls.
4. Roll the balls in the remaining desiccated coconut and refrigerate for approximately one hour to firm up.

Cooks’s notes:
* I roughly chopped the dates and prunes before I placed them into the blender.
* The energy ball formula is sticking power + healthy base + extra flavour, so it’s easy to substitute ingredients. They could include oats, nut pastes, raw nuts and seeds, dried fruit and sweeteners.
* The Cacao + Coconut Energy Balls will keep up to two weeks in the fridge. Mine never last that long!
* You can also freeze Cacao + Coconut Energy Balls for up to three months.

Super ball ingredients
Cacao + Coconut Energy Ball Ingredients following the energy ball formulae of sticking power (dates, prunes and coconut oil) + healthy base (cacao powder, desiccated coconut, chia seeds, maca powder) + extra flavour (honey and cacao nibs) Exact quantities not shown.
Pouring in the coconut oil
Add the coconut oil to the dates and prunes and blend until a thick paste forms
Ball mixture
Into a large bowl add the dry ingredients to the date, prune and coconut oil paste, and prepare to mix with your hands
preparing to roll the balls
Prepare to mix and combine the date and prune paste and the remaining dry ingredients. Prepare a tray lined with baking paper and using your hands roll the mixture into walnut sized balls. Roll the balls in the remaining desiccated coconut.
Balls rolled
Place the Cacao + Coconut Energy Balls on a tray lined with baking paper and refrigerate until firm
Protein balls complete
And here you have it…delicious chocolatey goodness!
Holding Power ball and coffee
The perfect treat for when the 3 o’clock munchies hit..
Super balls and glasses
Or for those times you are on the go!


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Do drop us a line if you make a batch of Cacao + Coconut Energy Balls and enjoyed them. What healthy treats do you turn to when the 3 o’clock munchies hit, or you’re stuck in Jakarta traffic?

By the way, Chinese New Year Celebrations begin in Jakarta this weekend, known locally as Imlek. We hope you get a chance to experience some of the customs!

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Words: Liz  Photography a journey bespoke


    • ajourneybespoke says

      Hey there Jane!
      The inspiration for this post came straight from your summer holiday kitchen! Thanks for the delicious introduction to Cacao + Coconut energy balls. They are a constant healthy treat in my house, and the bonus is I can source all the ingredients here in Jakarta!

    • ajourneybespoke says

      Hello Helen,
      Glad you liked the look of our Cacao + Coconut energy balls. The best thing about this recipe is you can adapt and substitute a range of ingredients, and it is no bake! Enjoy!

    • ajourneybespoke says

      Hi Louise,
      They are indeed yummy and very easy to make. I also read that you can pop a couple of energy balls into a blender with almond milk and a banana and they are a delicious energy drink. Enjoy!

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