This hemp seed energy bites recipe was shared with us years ago by Manitoba Harvest, and I thought it deserved a refresh. It was created by raw cookbook author Kristen Suzanne. She calls them raw cookies, but to us, these are healthy snack balls that you can enjoy on the go or for an afternoon pick-me-up. They have a soft doughy bite, and are shaped liked truffles, but are downright nutritious. Each bite has a sustaining blend of healthy fats, protein, and carbohydrates with relatively low sugars.
Hemp Seed Energy Bites are Perfectly Balanced Snack Balls for All
I love these hemp seed energy bites because they are loaded with nutrition, naturally allergy-friendly, and quite versatile. I’ve got some substitution notes and FAQ answers to help you decide on your best options.
Can I Make these Energy Balls Coconut-Free?
Definitely! You can substitute the coconut with more hemp seeds, quick oats, or another favorite add in.
I’m not a Raisin Fan. What are the Best Substitutes?
We like dried blueberries best, but dried cranberries or chopped dried cherries would also be delicious in these hemp seed energy bites.
Where Can I Find Hemp Seed Butter? Are there Other Options?
Hemp seed butter is often sold at natural food stores, but is most easy to find online. You can also make your own! Kristen’s Cinnamon Hemp Seed Butter Recipe includes a homemade hemp seed butter option. If you don’t have any hemp seeds or hemp seed butter, pumpkin seed butter makes a great substitute. In fact, you can use any seed butter or nut butter, as long as it suits your dietary needs.
Are Hemp Seeds Healthy?
Can I Make These into Hemp Protein Bites?
Yes, just add some dairy-free protein powder. You can use hemp protein or another type. This will make them less sticky, which can be a good thing. But be careful – if you add too much, the dough will become dry and crumbly. Start with just 1 tablespoon and add more to taste and your desired texture.
Special Diet Notes: Hemp Seed Energy Bites
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, vegetarian, optionally paleo, and top food allergy-friendly.
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ⅓ cup raisins
- ¼ cup hemp seed butter (see post above for options)
- 2 tablespoon agave nectar or honey
- ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla flavoring or extract
- Pinch sea salt
- ¼ cup shelled hemp seeds (also called hemp hearts)
- Stir the coconut, raisins, seed butter, sweetener, vanilla, and salt together in a small bowl until well combined. Then mash it together with your hands. Yes, it’s sticky and gooey.
- Place the hemp seeds in a small bowl.
- Roll the dough into balls, using about 2 teaspoons worth of dough for each. Then, gently roll the balls in the hemp seeds to coat
- For best results, let them “set up” and get firm in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes before serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer.
More Hemp Seed Recipes
Cinnamon Hemp Seed Butter (vegan, gluten-free & allergy-friendly)
Homemade Maple Hemp Milk (vegan, gluten-free & allergy-friendly)
Banana Almond Hemp Shake (vegan, gluten-free & allergy-friendly)