Recipe: Baba Bing Energy Balls

Jo Meynell

These bite-sized energy balls are handy for times when you need more energy but maybe lack an appetite, such as a marathon, a long labour or a super busy day. They’re very portable and make healthier alternatives to chocolate bars or sugary snacks plus you can hand them out and say ‘I made these, they’re 100% natural’.

They can also be made in advance and stored for a week or saved in the freezer plus you can alter the ingredients to suit your tastes. Everything can be combined together in a blender then rolled in different dried foods to finish off, easy peasy.

The base components are nuts, dried fruit and coconut oil. Together these ingredients form a sticky mixture and you can add cacao or maca powder for energy; or natural protein powders like pea or hemp are also a great addition. Although it is ok to eat peanuts when pregnant I suggest finding other nuts that are more nutritious.

Energy Balls

Here is a basic recipe so feel free to experiment with things you like; I have used American measurements of cups as I personally find this easier and quicker.


1 cup of cashew nuts (alternatives: walnuts, brazil nuts, hazelnut or almonds)

1 cup of dates (alternatives: dried figs, apricots – any fruit that is sticky)

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder

1 tablespoon of maca powder (if you need an extra boost)

Optional – tablespoon of gogi berries



  • Blitz everything in a food blender, transfer to a large ball and form into small balls.
  • Roll these in either more cacao or maca powder; coconut or finely chopped nuts also makes a tasty and pretty addition.
  • Store in a sealed container in the fridge and take what you need in small containers.
  • Eat when energy boosts are needed.



Mix the dried ingredients together before adding to the blender. Freeze some of the batch for another day.

This article was written as part of the Holistic Centre spring newsletter ‘Pregnancy and Childbirth’. Continue reading:

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