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.

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been trying to make sure I’m eating 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 a whole other story.

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.

Seven coconut protein balls on a white plate with a bite out of one.

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!

I’ve made protein balls with nut butter a bazillion times and finally decided it’s time to make one with coconut butter.

Ingredients for coconut protein balls in the food processor.

Dough for coconut protein balls in the food processor.

After softening the coconut butter a bit by putting the jar in a mug of hot water (like coconut oil, it becomes solid at temperatures below 70°), I combined the butter with protein powder and hemp seeds (extra protein!!) and added a little maple syrup for sweetness. The end result turned out great and I’m really excited to share the recipe with you.

Seven coconut protein balls on a white plate with a bite out of one.

If you like coconut, you’ll love these balls! They’re perfect if you have a sweet tooth because they taste sweet, but are also super satisfying and filling from the healthy fat and protein. As it turns out, all of these balls are great as a pre or post workout snack, mid-afternoon pick me up or even an after dinner treat. Each ball is about 90 calories and has 6 grams of protein and 3 grams of net carbs!

Woman holding a coconut protein ball with a bite taken out of it. More protein balls are in the background along with hemp seeds.

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If you make these coconut protein balls be sure to leave a comment and star rating letting me know how they turn out for you! Your reviews are so helpful for the EBF team and other readers.

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Seven coconut protein balls on a white plate with a bite taken out of one ball sitting on top. Bowl of hemp seeds in the background..

Coconut Protein Balls


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

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. 


Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup vegan vanilla protein powder*
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients in a mini chopper/processor and pulse a few times to incorporate.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Notes

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 ball
  • Calories: 91
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 6g

Keywords: coconut protein balls

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    51 comments
    1. 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.

    2. Sam
      January 3, 2019 AT 6:52 pm

      Hi, I’m wondering if these can be stored and eaten from freezer.
      If not how long do they last in airtight container.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 4, 2019 AT 8:38 am

        Great question. You can 100% store them in the freezer, but they’ll probably be too hard to eat frozen, so I’d recommend transferring them from the freezer to the fridge to thaw a couple hours before you want to eat them. For storage, they should last 1-2 weeks in an airtight container in the fridge.

    3. Jorge
      September 16, 2018 AT 5:25 pm

      I love simple and straight forward recipes like this! There’s no way I can mess this up AND they look delicious!!

    4. Kelsey
      September 6, 2018 AT 6:36 pm

      Any suggestion for a substitution for hemp seeds?

      1. Carrie
        August 9, 2020 AT 5:05 pm

        Wondering this too! 🙂

        1. Brittany Mullins
          August 10, 2020 AT 10:02 am

          I haven’t tested it yet, but I’m thinking that cashews would make a great sub for the hemp seeds. So 1/4 cup cashews in place of the hemp seeds. Let me know if you try it!

    5. Brittany Audra @ Audra’s Appetite
      September 5, 2018 AT 4:25 pm

      That is an impressive amount of protein for each ball! I’m the same; I’ve used nut butters in SO many energy ball recipes, I’m excited to try something new!

    6. Dana
      September 5, 2018 AT 1:04 pm

      WANT! Love this recipe, lady! SO easy, and they look so tasty! xoxo

    7. Courtney
      April 15, 2014 AT 5:43 pm

      I need to make these!! They look amazing!! 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 16, 2014 AT 7:03 am

        Let me know how they turn out if you do! 🙂

    8. Mona
      April 30, 2013 AT 7:33 pm

      Nice and informative website.

    9. Anna {Herbivore Triathlete}
      February 24, 2013 AT 10:31 am

      I’ve been looking for some protein ball recipes and these look great, thanks!

    10. Nicole
      July 24, 2011 AT 6:47 pm

      Hi! I’ve been working out in the eeeeearrrrly a.m. and have been struggling to find something I can eat quickly that is packed with nutrition and doesn’t take long to make. My search led me to your blog, which in turn led me to this recipe… I made them for the first time today and they turned out so delicious! I had to substitute creamed coconut, which – when liquified – didn’t re-solidify as much as I’d like, but the taste is wonderful! I think if I refrigerate them overnight they’ll be just fine and if not, I’ll spread it on seed bread 🙂 Thanks for sharing your great ideas with us 🙂

      1. Eating Bird Food
        July 24, 2011 AT 8:54 pm

        Hi Nicole and welcome!! I’m so glad you enjoyed the coconut protein balls. 🙂

    11. Andrea
      June 8, 2011 AT 2:18 am

      WOW! THIS IS REALLY GREAT! THANKS FOR THE RECIPE AS ALWAYS! I have been buying “nut protein balls” at the health food store for 2$ each. Its nice to have a recipe to make them now.

    12. Doe
      April 28, 2011 AT 9:12 pm

      Love your blog!

    13. Lea @ Healthy Coconut
      April 9, 2011 AT 1:01 pm

      I am the same with you that I like to snack on food that have some protein in them, I like adding protein for staying power and keeps me full.

      Have you tried Simply Bar protein bars? I’ve tried them and they are great for when you are on the go. But of course, homemade is always better when you can make them because you can control the ingredients.

      I want to try these balls. I have some hempseed that I haven’t opened because I don’t know what to do with them.

      Thanks for the recipe

    14. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat
      March 29, 2011 AT 9:49 am

      I posted a similar snack a few weeks ago. I only used raisins and almonds in a food processor then rolled in oats. These variations look great!

    15. Aggie
      March 28, 2011 AT 10:21 pm

      I’m pescatarian too and get concerned about my protein intake at times too. There are only so many nuts you can snack on right, lol. I do love hummus and greek yogurt so I try to stick to those for snacks, but sometimes I just want something quick and no fuss on hand. I like the sounds of these truffles….have to try them.

    16. elise
      March 28, 2011 AT 7:17 pm

      im so so sorry about your scoliosis 🙁 ill keep you in my thoughts, but like you said, a second opinion never hurts.

      as for the balls…im definitely going to have to give them a try. im craving coconut in a major way, so your adaptation looks like a winner. i need to get hemp seeds, this is, like, the 100th post ive starred with it as an ingred.

    17. ChristinaAnne @ RegularGirl{Running}
      March 28, 2011 AT 2:15 pm

      Definitely going on my ‘must make’ list for this weekend!

      I’m totally with you in regards to having trouble finding good and filling snacks (fellow pescaterian, here!), and I’m always shying away from protein bars because of how much sugar they tend to include. Plus, I’m learning to follow the whole ‘no more than 5-6 ingredients’ rule when buying pre-made stuff ….
      Also if I can’t pronounce it/have no idea what it is … should I really be eating it? (think riboflavin …. ?!)

      Can’t wait to try these!!! 🙂

      1. Eating Bird Food
        March 28, 2011 AT 11:13 pm

        Hi ChristinaAnne. I complete agree with eating whole foods and limiting packaged products have a laundry list of ingredients! Although ribolflavin is one ingredient you don’t need to worry about – it’s just vitamin B2. 🙂

    18. Liz @ IHeartVegetables
      March 28, 2011 AT 1:23 pm

      Wow, those look really good!!! And pretty protein packed 🙂 These would be a great snack on the go!

    19. Susi May
      March 28, 2011 AT 12:38 pm

      Love the title! Made me smile and I needed that on a Monday morning!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        March 28, 2011 AT 11:13 pm

        🙂

    20. janetha @ meals & moves
      March 28, 2011 AT 12:24 pm

      Those are some good lookin balls.

    21. Nicole @ Fresh & Fit
      March 28, 2011 AT 8:09 am

      These look yummy, I’ve been trying to add protein to my meals to, What a great snack!

    22. natalie @ http://healthybalancingact.blogspot.com/
      March 28, 2011 AT 2:54 am

      yum yes please!! i shall have to make these

    23. BroccoliHut
      March 27, 2011 AT 8:49 pm

      Ooh! I am all for any recipe calling for coconut butter:)

    24. LauraJayne
      March 27, 2011 AT 8:10 pm

      I’ve been assuming that I get enough protein, but I’ve been doing some reading lately, and I’m going to start tracking my nutrition more carefully so I can make sure I’m getting enough! Your recipe looks delicious!

      Best of luck for your health-related news. I’m definitely thinking of you and will look forward to an update after you get the second opinion!

    25. Craig@cspinhealthyc
      March 27, 2011 AT 5:09 pm

      Love this post and can’t wait to try these. Many thanks.

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