Chocolate Peanut Butter Hemp Seed Balls

This recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Hemp Seed Balls is the answer for those looking for a naturally sweetened, protein packed snack. Using gluten free oats keeps these treats allergy friendly. And they are vegan! Win win.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Hemp Seed Balls Recipe

Hey everyone!

I’ve missed you. 🙂

My vacation out west was so nice. I do have a lot of photos to sift through ( by a lot, I mean 300+ ) and once that is done I plan on tossing up a post or two about my trip. You know, in case anyone is interested or maybe have plans to travel to Vancouver Island. And also, it’s kinda nice for me to have to look back on. Like a little travel diary of sorts.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Hemp Seed Balls Recipe

But first, a girls gotta eat.

And even though that’s pretty much what I did for the entire time I was on the island, I still needed some energy to see me through the process of getting back to the grind.

Work, clean, laundry, repeat.

Ooops … and EAT. Don’t forget eat. Work, eat, clean, eat, laundry, eat, Real Housewives of Wherever, eat. 😉


Chocolate Peanut Butter Hemp Seed Balls Recipe

Since I have a crap load of laundry to do (you know how it is when you get back from a trip) I wanted something quick. I also wanted something cold. Ontario = Humidity. Ugh. For me, chocolate is the best cold, so I immediately went into chocolate balls mode.

Chocolate and peanut butter. Am I speakin’ your language?


healthy vegan, gluten free chocolate snack in a bowl

Firstly, get the peanut butter ( I like to use chunky) and maple syrup on the stove in a small sauce pan.

Stir over medium low heat then add the vanilla.

peanut butter, maple syrup and vanilla in a saucepan

Once the peanut butter mixture is smooth, stir in the cocoa or cacao powder.

Using cacao is definitely a better choice nutritionally but it is a tad more bitter so your balls will not be as sweet.

maple and peanut butter mixture with cocoa stirred in

To give these balls a little oomph, I rolled them up with oats (choose a certified gluten-free if needed) and my favourite little nutritional powerhouse, the mighty hemp seed.

Hemp seeds are so great for texture but they are also a fantastic protein source, as more than 25% of their total calories are from high-quality protein.

That is considerably more than similar foods like chia seeds and flaxseeds, whose calories are 16–18% protein.

mixing bowl with oats and hemp seeds

Another thing about hemp seeds? They are considered a complete protein source, which means that they provide all the essential amino acids. Your body cannot produce essential amino acids and must obtain them from your diet.

So why not in the form of these tasty balls??

And so easy too. Once the ingredients have been all mixed together, you have something that looks a little like this:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Hemp Seed Balls ingredients ready to be rolled into balls

Roll it into golf ball sized balls and into the freezer they go to set.

I liked mine best after a good stint in the freezer. I’m all about the cold, chocolaty treats.

healthy vegan, gluten free chocolate snack in a bowl



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healthy vegan, gluten free chocolate snack in a bowl

Originally posted July 28, 2014. Updated January 21, 2020

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Hemp Seed Balls Recipe

Chocolate Peanut Butter Hemp Seed Balls

Sharon Rhodes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Hemp Seed Balls: the answer for those looking for a naturally sweetened, protein packed snack. Gluten Free and Vegan!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Chill 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 187 kcal



  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together the oats and hemp seeds and set aside
  • In a small saucepan over medium low heat, melt together the maple syrup and peanut butter. Once it is well blended, stir in the vanilla, herbamere, and then the cocoa powder
  • Add the peanut butter mixture to the oats/hemp seeds and mix together really well
  • Pop the bowl into the fridge for five minutes to cool it down before adding the chocolate chips. This ensures they don’t melt and the chocolate chips remain whole
  • Stir in the chips ( I used my hands) and mix well again
  • Roll into golf ball sized balls, wetting your hands every now and then. Let them firm up in the freezer for about an hour
  • Store in the fridge or freezer


Calories: 187kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 8gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 78mgPotassium: 176mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 32IUCalcium: 36mgIron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I have tried a few of your recipes… Delicious. the chocolate peanut butter balls are my favorited of course…

  2. Looks delicious ! I was wondering if you could post recipes for school lunches? I’m trying to eat healthier while trying to balance out homework and exercise and I would like some simple, quick and healthy lunch recipes. Thanks 🙂

  3. Hi Sharon. I’m just licking the bowl while the balls are in the fridge ?? They are very nice indeed. I came across your recipe while searching for hemp seeds cookies so I can prepare something yummy & healthy for my 3 kids & husband. Thank you so much. I looked at your ‘about’ link and it looks like I will become a frequent visitor on your blog – since we share similar values in food: home made and no weird ingredients. All the best 🙂

    1. Hey Gosia! Thanks so much for your wonderful comment. 🙂 The hemp seed balls are a personal fave. 😉 Kudos to you for providing real food to your family. You are an inspiration! kepp doing such a great job. Thanks again and ‘see’ you soon. -Sharon

  4. These look great. I’ve never made energy balls of my own, but I should try to make them. They look easy to make and delicious too. Thanks for sharing 😉

    1. I can’t believe you’ve never made energy balls! I think I make them every week. 😉 Thanks Olivia!

  5. These look amazing! I acutally went out shopping for white chocolate chips on saturday so I can create some energy balls of my own 😉 I love them! They are so perfect and chocolately. Mmmmmm, with peanut butter you’re totally talking my language 🙂 Good to hear your trip was nice, can’t wait to see some pics!

    1. Thanks Karen! I’m imagining white chocolate in an energy ball and I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Can’t. Wait. 🙂

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