Coconut Protein Balls


High protein, low carb coconut protein balls made with coconut butter and hemp seeds! You’ll love the coconut flavor and the energy boost these protein balls provide. Low carb, vegan and gluten-free.

One of my overarching health goals is to make sure I’m getting enough protein. Most of the time, it’s pretty easy for me to get a good amount of protein at breakfast, lunch and dinner, but snacks are another story.

An overhead photo looking down at 5 coconut protein balls on a plate. One of the balls has a bite taken out of it.

It can be a challenge to find protein-packed snacks that I actually want to eat! Greek yogurt bowls with fruit and granola have been my go-to for a while, but recently I was inspired to use protein powder, hemp seeds and coconut butter to make a low-sugar coconut protein ball for snacking.

Ingredients measured out to make coconut protein balls: coconut, vanilla protein powder, hemp seeds, cinnamon, maple syrup and water.

Ingredients Needed

  • vegan vanilla protein powder – any vanilla protein powder works, I just recommend vegan protein powder to keep these energy balls vegan! My go-to brand recently is Nuzest and you can use the code “eatingbirdfood” for 15% off your order if you want to try it out!
  • hemp seeds – packed with healthy fats and protein, these seeds are a great addition to energy balls!
  • coconut butter – use store bought or make your own coconut butter for the most delectable ingredient!
  • maple syrup – a natural sweetener to balance the rest of the flavors. You should be able to swap for a different liquid sweetener of choice if needed.
  • water – to help get theses balls to stick, you just need a touch of water!
  • cinnamon – the perfect spice pairing.
Collage of four photos, two photos of coconut flakes being turned into coconut butter in a food processor, and two photos of ingredients added to the food processor to make coconut protein balls.

What the Heck is Coconut Butter?

If you’re unfamiliar with coconut butter, it’s the most amazing thing ever – it’s a spread just like almond or peanut butter but made from coconut! You can find it at most grocery stores or simply follow my simple coconut butter recipe (linked above)! I’ve made protein balls with nut butter a bazillion times and finally decided it’s time to make one with coconut butter.

Eight coconut protein balls on a plate, the front and center ball has a bite taken out of it, exposing the inside.

How to Make Coconut Protein Balls

Start by making sure your coconut butter is softened by putting the jar in a mug of hot water. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and pulse a few times to incorporate. Stir the dough with a mixing spoon and then use your hands to roll 1 Tablespoon of the mixture into balls. Repeat until you’ve made about 8 balls. If the dough is too crumbly and not sticking together, add a few more drops of water.

pro tip!
If your coconut butter is hard, place the jar in a bowl of hot water to let it soften. Alternatively, you can scoop out the amount of coconut butter you need and place it in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30 second increments until softened, stirring often! Just keep an eye on it because the coconut butter can burn in the microwave!
An overhead photo looking down on 10 coconut protein balls on a plate. The center ball has a bite taken out of it. The plate is on a khaki dish cloth.

How to Store Protein Balls

You can enjoy the protein balls right away or store them in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days. For longer storage, store in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks or in the freezer for 2-3 months.

More Protein Balls and Energy Bites

Coconut Protein Balls

4 from 29 votes
High protein, low carb protein balls made with coconut butter and hemp seeds! You'll love the coconut flavor and the energy boost these vegan coconut protein balls provide. 
An overhead photo looking down at 5 coconut protein balls on a plate. One of the balls has a bite taken out of it.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8


  • ¼ cup vegan vanilla protein powder*
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • ¼ cup coconut butter
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Put all ingredients in a mini chopper/processor and pulse a few times to incorporate.
    Coconut butter, hemp seeds, vanilla protein powder, maple syrup, water and cinnamon in a food processor.
  • Give the dough a stir and start to roll the mixture (with your hands) into 1 tbsp sized balls. It should make about 8. If the dough is too crumbly add a few drops of water.
    A tablespoon is used to scoop proportionate amounts of mixture out that are then shaped into balls to create coconut protein balls.
  • Eat right away or store in an airtight container at room temp for 3-4 days. For longer storage, store in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 week or in the freezer for 2-3 months.



  • Use a vegan protein powder to keep these protein balls vegan.


Serving: 1ball Calories: 118kcal Carbohydrates: 5g Protein: 8g Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 5g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 9mg Potassium: 50mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 3g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut protein balls


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    1. Emma Peart
      January 18, 2023 AT 4:00 pm

      5 stars
      I love coconut so had to put these together. I doubled the recipe and added a bit more water than stated. I made my own coconut butter which took about 10minutes in my magimix – luckily I had some coconut flakes stocked. I also used linseed instead of hemp. Maybe a bit premature to rate but did the taste test and very nice. And a change from the choc/coconut balls.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 20, 2023 AT 11:10 am

        Ahh this sounds amazing, Emma! Thank you so much for sharing your review & star rating, I really appreciate it!

    2. Jill Leitheiser
      January 4, 2023 AT 12:20 pm

      1 star
      I made this recipe and it yields 4 balls (not 8 as the recipe indicates). Also, coconut butter is extremely difficult to find in stores (I went to three grocery stores including Whole Foods and none of them had it). I finally found it online but that is a pain to have to buy it online. I know the Recipe says you can make your own coconut butter, but who has the time? Finally, the final product was just too sweet for me.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 4, 2023 AT 3:48 pm

        I am sorry to hear this recipe did not turn out as you had hoped, Jill. Did you make sure to measure out the balls the correct size? If everything else was correct, it should have made 8. Thanks for sharing, again, I apologize these did not work out for you.

    3. Hannah
      March 16, 2022 AT 1:24 pm

      5 stars
      This is so delicious!! I substituted collagen for the protein powder and added some vanilla. I tried macadamias and cashews for the hemp seeds, but it was very wet, so I rolled them generously in coconut flakes.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 16, 2022 AT 3:16 pm

        Woo! Thank you for sharing what swaps you made and how they turned out, Hannah. I appreciate it! 🙂

    4. Allison A. Ward
      January 7, 2022 AT 10:50 pm

      Do you have a protein powder you recommend?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 13, 2022 AT 2:29 pm

        Hey Allison! I’ve been loving Nuzest + Sun Warrior protein powders. 🙂 If you want to try Nuzest I have a code “eatingbirdfood” for 15% off. 🙂

    5. Jess
      October 22, 2019 AT 7:26 pm

      Would these last just as long (1-2 weeks) in an air tight container if they aren’t in the fridge?X

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 23, 2019 AT 10:10 am

        If you store them at room temp, they will last 3-4 days. I would store them in the fridge if you want to keep them any longer than that! Hope this helps.

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.


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