Hemp Seed Energy Balls – Gluten Free

by Sharon on May 23, 2014

These Hemp Seed Energy Balls are a healthy, gluten free snack featuring hemp seeds & sweetened with local honey. Swap in maple syrup to make this recipe vegan!

Energy ball on a wooden cutting board with hemp seeds scattered around it

One of my favourite sources of energy is hemp seeds. They are not only super nutritious by being packed with protein and healthy fats; they also taste good with a slightly nutty flavour and great texture. I like to add them to smoothies, sprinkle them on my cereal and now I’ve made them into these amazing tasting hemp seed energy balls.

I’m so excited and honoured to be part of the North Coast Naturals team of bloggers so naturally when I was asked to do a guest post for their website I was all over it.

So what to make? Which one of their natural, healthy, organic products should I feature?

In my opinion, one can never have too many energy ball recipes in their repertoire so, balls it is! This one in particular is an absolute keeper.

Energy ball on a wooden cutting board with hemp seeds scattered around it

Hemp Seed Energy Balls

Nothing beats an easy measure and stir recipe. No baking involved, just roll these babies out and pop them in the freezer to set.

A large white mixing bowl filled with energy ball ingredients

Energy Balls in a glass container

Avoiding gluten? No problem! Look for certified gluten free oats and you’re in business. Vegan? Swap out the honey for maple syrup and you’re good to go.

To amp up the fibre I added some of North Coast Natural’s Ultimate Daily Cleanse. Pairing it with the protein packed goodness of their Raw Hemp Seeds makes for a guilt free, delicious treat for the whole family.

I’ve made a ton of ball recipes in my day and it has to be said that this one is the tops. Truly. There is something wonderfully decadent about the combination of these ingredients. Although these chocolate chia seed balls are pretty yummy too. 😉


Energy ball on a wooden cutting board with hemp seeds scattered around it

Yields 16

Serves 16

Hemp Seed Energy Balls

25 minPrep Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 1 cup quick oats (certified gluten free if required)
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup honey (if vegan, use maple syrup)
  • ¼ cup raw hemp seeds
  • ¼ cup Ultimate Daily Cleanse (or ground flax)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt


  1. Stir all ingredients together well
  2. Roll into golf ball sized balls, wetting hands a bit to get a smooth texture
  3. Pop into the freezer for 10-20 minutes to set and store them in a sealed container in the fridge


Diet :    
lacto vegetarian
Allergy :    
gluten free
egg free
soy free
wheat free
seafood free
sesame free
mustard free

Hemp Seed Energy Balls

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Meagan May 23, 2014 at 3:44 pm
These look amazing!! :) I've just discovered hemp seeds and they're delicious!
Sharon May 23, 2014 at 3:59 pm
I absolutely adore hemp seeds! Move over chia, there's a new seed in town. ;) Have a great weekend Meagan!
Olivia May 24, 2014 at 8:28 am
My first time I visit your blog. I love it :-) And this recipe looks so tasty. Love it ;-)
Sharon May 24, 2014 at 9:07 am
Thanks so much Olivia! I'm so glad you stopped by. :) You will love these energy balls. Have a great weekend!
Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods May 24, 2014 at 12:21 pm
I haven't had hemp seeds. What kind of flavor do they have? These little energy balls look delicious. I have all the other ingredients on hand, so I can easily whip these up. Pinning!
Sharon May 24, 2014 at 2:59 pm
I would describe hemp seeds as nutty. They add a bit of chewiness more than crunch. So good. :) Have a great Memorial Day weekend Cindy!
carrie July 18, 2014 at 3:10 pm
I made these using quinoa flakes instead of oats and almond butter instead of peanut butter and then I left out the chocolate chips completely. they were so good. I will probably be making them again
Sharon July 25, 2014 at 11:49 am
Great substitutions, Carrie! I haven't used quinoa flakes yet, but it sounds like they would be great for energy balls. :) Thanks so much for checking out the site and taking the time to comment. It's muchly appreciated. :)
Angie October 5, 2015 at 10:41 pm
These are delicious!! So good, in fact, that I've been able to avoid the bag of peanut butter cups hidden away for Halloween! That almost qualifies as a miracle in our house.
Sharon October 6, 2015 at 12:08 pm
Hey Angie! Thanks so much. :) That's the best comment ever. I know the lure of peanut butter cups. The struggle is real. ;)

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