Coconut Hemp Seed Bites

This isn’t the fanciest snack on the block.

It doesn’t have many bells or whistles, but it’s sturdy, reliable and gets you where you need to go. Kinda like that hand-me-down bike you were embarrassed to ride when you were nine, or your dad’s borrowed old station wagon you wished was a flashy sports car.

Not everyone likes the taste of hemp, but there are plenty of compelling reasons why it’s a great addition to your diet:

– Hemp is a complete protein, which means it contains all of the essential amino acids our body needs to thrive.

– Hemp is a great source of essential fatty acids; it also contains the perfect ratio of omega 3 to omega 6.

– Hemp contains a protein called edestin that closely resembles the protein found in human blood, making it very easy for our bodies to digest and absorb.

– Hemp makes a great alternative to allergens like soy, corn and peanuts.

– Hemp is a wonderful source of fibre.

So there you have it: hemp is good for you. And when it’s combined with coconut, maple syrup and vanilla, you won’t be able to resist.

I love the taste of hemp, actually. What about you?

Coconut Hemp Seed Bites
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gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free, nut-free
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 10 to 12
  • ¾ cup shelled hemp seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla powder, or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened coconut flakes for rolling
  1. Take the first five ingredients and combine in a food processor until a fairly smooth dough forms.
  2. Melt the coconut oil very gently over low heat until just melted, then add to the food processor while it is running and mix until evenly distributed.
  3. Put the ⅓ cup of coconut flakes on a plate.
  4. Take spoonfuls of the 'batter' and shape into balls, then roll in the coconut flakes. Place the finished bites on a plate or baking sheet covered in parchment. When all the balls are rolled, place them in the freezer for at least half an hour to firm up.
  5. Store in the fridge or freezer.


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6 Responses to Coconut Hemp Seed Bites

  1. thefoodery April 27, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    This is an awesome snack, and I think hemp seeds are great, too! When I read more about the versatility of the plant I thought what a shame it was that we can’t grow it commercially in the U.S.! :(

  2. Gabby @ the veggie nook May 1, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    So glad you liked these! I love hemp as well :)

  3. shelley May 2, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    I made these yesterday, I used honey instead of maple syrup. I thought they were good, very easy to make. what surprised was some of the children in my dayhome inhaled them!! And asked me to pass along the recipe to their parents! Thanks for this!

    • Sondi Bruner May 2, 2012 at 10:38 am #

      That’s awesome! I was surprised too at how quickly my husband hoovered these. They’re very more-ish.

  4. Bethany May 29, 2012 at 4:35 am #

    Can’t wait to try these! I found you via Pinterest. My daughter and I cannot eat wheat, dairy, or eggs. I am vegetarian as well. So your recipes are just what we are looking for. Thanks!


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