Hemp Seed Energy Balls

These Hemp Seed Energy Balls are a quick, portable, and healthy snack. They’re easy to make and gluten-free. Learn how to make this delicious no-bake recipe!

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One of my favourite plant-based sources of energy is hemp hearts. They are not only super nutritious by being packed with protein and healthy fats; they also taste good with a slightly nutty flavour and a chewy texture.

I like to add hemp hearts to smoothies, sprinkle a teaspoon on my oatmeal, cereal, and even on salads. And, obviously, it is an awesome ingredient for energy balls.

hemp seed energy balls on a plate.

Ingredients for Hemp Seed Energy Balls:

  • quick oats – look for gluten free on the label!
  • chocolate chips – I prefer dark chocolate
  • natural peanut butter
  • honey
  • hemp hearts
  • ground flax
  • vanilla extract
  • sea salt
ingredients for this recipe in a bowl.

How to Make this Recipe

Nothing beats the instructions for an easy measure and stir method.

No baking or food processors are involved!

First, measure out your ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Second, using a spoon or spatula blend together the mixture until the ingredients have all been incorporated.

Third, scoop out tablespoon-sized balls and roll these babies out.

Finally, pop the hemp protein balls in the fridge or freezer to set.

healthy snack bites in a dish.


  • Use a fresh jar of peanut butter for best results. The drippy nature of a fresh jar ensures your balls won’t be crumbly and they will hold together really well.
  • Substitute a variety of nut butters like almond butter or cashew butter. Even coconut butter or sunflower seed butter would work if you want a nut free option.
  • If you are vegan you can swap in pure maple syrup or brown rice syrup instead of honey.
  • Add dried fruit like cranberries or raisins for an extra sweet flavor.
  • Are hemp hearts good for weight loss? Hemp hearts are both a natural appetite suppressant and full of fiber. This helps keep you satisfied and fuller for longer.
hemp seed energy balls on a plate.


**This recipe was originally posted on May 23, 2014, updated on January 9, 2019, and updated again on March 10, 2022, with recipe notes, writing, and photos.**

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Hemp Seed Energy Balls – Easy Gluten Free + No Bake Recipe

Sharon Rhodes
These Hemp Seed Energy Balls are a quick, portable and healthy snack. They’re easy to make and gluten-free. Learn how to make this delicious no-bake recipe!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chill 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 130 kcal



  • Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir well to combine.
  • Roll into heaping tablespoon-sized balls, wetting hands a bit to get a smooth texture between balls. You could also use a small cookie scoop.
  • Place the rolled balls on a parchment-lined dish.
  • Pop into the freezer for 10-20 minutes to set. Store them in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week.



  • Use a fresh jar of peanut butter for best results. The drippy nature of a fresh jar ensures your balls won’t be crumbly and they will hold together really well.
  • Substitute a variety of nut butters like almond butter or cashew butter. Even coconut butter or sunflower seed butter would work if you want a nut free option.
  • If you are vegan you can swap in pure maple syrup or brown rice syrup instead of honey.
  • Add dried fruit like cranberries or raisins for an extra sweet flavor.
  • Are hemp hearts good for weight loss? Hemp hearts are both a natural appetite suppressant and full of fiber. This helps keep you satisfied and fuller for longer.


Calories: 130kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 41mgPotassium: 112mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 15IUCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg
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  1. I am addicted to these power balls. I make a double batch, eat them and start the process all over. I substitute raisins for the chocolate chip, just because of personal preference. Otherwise, everything is the same. The combination of peanut butter, oats, flaxseed and hemp seed is such an interesting texture. I can’t get enough! I live alone, so I’m making all of these for myself. I have tried other recipes but they don’t do it for me. Love, love, love them!!!!

    1. I love this Laura! Thanks for the great review. These have been a fave of mine forever, so I get it. 🙂 I will have to try with raisins now!

  2. I made this with almond butter but it was hard to get them to stick together to form a ball. Should I add more honey or more almond butter next time? How do I get them to form a ball better?

    1. Sometimes different varieties of oats can absorb the other ingredients differently. I would try to reduce the amout of oats next time and add more if needed. Let me know if that works! Also, using a fresh jar of natural nut butter is the best tip for no bake balls as the natural oils work hard to hold everything together.

  3. 5 stars
    Just tried this snack and I think this will be a regular go to snack for me! They are really really good!
    Thank you for sharing 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I am always looking for new energy ball/bite recipes to make as a snack that we can take to work. These were amazing and not sticky to pick up! Great recipe! 🙂

  5. Awesome okay so nutrition value is per ball, and how many balls does this recipe make? I am so excited!

  6. I was trying to find out if you could bake hemp seeds and I found this great group of delicious looking recipes. Can’t wait to try some.

    1. Thanks Donna! And a great question about baking hemp seeds!! I’m looking into this. 🙂 Have a great rest of your weekend. 🙂

  7. 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.

    1. Hey Angie! Thanks so much. 🙂 That’s the best comment ever. I know the lure of peanut butter cups. The struggle is real. 😉

  8. 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

    1. 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. 🙂

  9. 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!

    1. 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!

    1. Thanks so much Olivia! I’m so glad you stopped by. 🙂 You will love these energy balls. Have a great weekend!

    1. I absolutely adore hemp seeds! Move over chia, there’s a new seed in town. 😉 Have a great weekend Meagan!

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