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.

More Protein Balls and Energy Bites

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.

Coconut Protein Balls

3 from 7 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. 
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..
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8


  • 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


  • Put all ingredients in a mini chopper/processor and pulse a few times to incorporate.
  • 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.
  • 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: 91kcal Carbohydrates: 6g Protein: 6g Fat: 5g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 2g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut protein balls


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    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!

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.


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