Umbongo Balls

When life gives you passion fruits… make umbongo balls!

We were blessed to pet sit (Yogi Bear & Daisy Mae pictured below) in a tropical paradise… a beautiful Goan/Portugeese House in the Indian Jungle with passion fruits growing on the veranda.

I’d gone from never having had fresh passionfruit straight off the vine… to being inundated with a daily fresh crop of passion fruit… I started to get creative in the kitchen 🙂

The flavour of these Energy Balls reminds me of the Umbongo Juice we had in my childhood… hence the name 🙂 In-Joy

Umbongo Balls Ingredients:


  • 6 dates – chopped
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup grated/decicated coconut


  • 1 dessert spoon tahini
  • 2 heaped dessert spoons pea protein


  • 2 passion fruits
  • 2 tangerines (or more passion fruit)


  1. Add Lot One in Food Processor and mix for a few seconds…
  2. Add Lot Two and Mix…
  3. Add Lot Three and mix…
  4. Mix until the mixture is ‘tacky’… ie, it is sticky and rollable between your fingers without coating your fingers in a sticky, gloopy mess!!
  5. The pea protein will soak up some of the wet and thicken over time, so if the mix is wet, let it stand for a little while first
  6. If it’s still too wet… add some extra grated/decicated coconut and mix
  7. Once the mix is ‘tacky’, roll into walnut sized balls between the palms of your hands…
  8. Roll a few balls in grated coconut (cocoa or other seeds) for decoration… and place them all in the fridge to set
  9. In-Joy and Share 🙂

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