Vanilla Hemp Protein Bites

by | Aug 18, 2018 | Dessert, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Snacks

These Vanilla Hemp Protein Bites make a fantastic snack anytime of day. Rich in protein, fibre and healthy fats, these 6-ingredient bites are perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth while supporting blood sugar balance at the same time.

Can you believe it’s nearing the end of August?! I’ve been so busy this summer with traveling and road-tripping and moving that it’s all been zipping by so quick. I have to say, though, that as much as I love the carefree vibes of summer, I’m also really happy to be back into my more structured routine. Do you ever feel that way?

With school approaching for many I wanted to share a whole bunch of healthy snack ideas, including two new snack videos coming next week (stay tuned!). I’ve decided to kick of the mini-series with these Vanilla Hemp Protein Bites!

The recipe for these protein bites features just six ingredients and can be whipped together in less than 10 minutes. They’re also 100% gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and paleo.

The hemp seeds in this recipe are what load these little bites up with protein. They’re also a great source of fibre and healthy fats, making these a fantastic option for satisfying a sweet tooth while supporting blood sugar.

These protein bites are also really versatile: you can add a teaspoon of cinnamon or 1-2 tablespoons of cacao powder for a different combination, but their vanilla flavour is so good as is. Sean loves them and thinks they’re similar to my 3 Easy & Healthy Date Ball recipes (which he LOVES) and that you definitely need to make, too!

5 from 3 votes

Vanilla Hemp Protein Bites

A simple protein-rich snack featuring hemp seeds, nut butter, and shredded coconut. Perfect for on-the-go or to satisfy a sweet tooth without loads of sugar.

Prep Time 10 minutes


  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut add 1-2 tbsp extra if mixture is too wet
  • 1/4 cup nut butter of choice sunflower seed butter, almond butter, peanut butter, etc.
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)


  1. Add all ingredients to bowl.

  2. Combine with spoon until mixture is dough-like. Mixture should be somewhat dry, but stick together well. If too wet, add another 1-2 tbsp shredded coconut.

  3. Roll into small bite-sized balls between hands and place into parchment-lined container or dish with lid.

  4. Cover and store in refrigerator. They should firm up slightly in the fridge after 1-2 hours. For an even firmer ball, store in freezer.

Recipe Notes

  • You can use whichever nut or seed butter you like in this recipe. Sunflower seed butter, almond butter, peanut butter, and cashew butter are a few great options!
  • These can be stored in fridge for 2 weeks or freezer for 3 months.

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by Meghan Livingstone

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  1. Kirsten

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious!!!!

  2. Emily

    Made these today with almond butter and omg!!! AMAZING!! That is the second recipe of yours i have tried this week and both have been so good!

    • Meghan

      Woohoo! Almond butter would be a great option too. I’ll have to try that!

  3. Susan White

    5 stars
    Thanks for sharing this recipe. They are delicious! A couple of these with some fruit is my new go-to snack.

    • Meghan

      Awesome!! Great pairing đŸ™‚

  4. Lena

    Could another type of seed be substituted for hemp seeds? Flax seeds? Other suggestions?

    • Meghan

      Hi Lena, ground cashews would be really nice in this recipe. They don’t contain the same protein content as hemp but they’d be delish!

  5. Cyprianne

    5 stars
    These are so delicious – mine were quite wet so i added almond flour.
    Thank you so much for the great recipe xo

    • Meghan

      So happy you enjoyed them, and the added almond flour worked out well!


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Hi, I’m Meghan. I’m a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, blogger, and YouTuber with a passion for healthy, simple living. I’m here to inspire you to listen to your body, eat mindfully and wholesomely, and create a fulfilling life that’s completely unique to you.