energy balls on a plate

Vegan Energy Balls

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x


You’re going to love these easy Vegan Energy Balls that are also gluten-free.



  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted (about 10 large)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder or cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons toasted shredded coconut for topping (optional)*


  • Combine the pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, pitted dates, coconut flour, cocoa powder, coconut oil, and vanilla extract in the bowl of a food processor.
  • Pulse on high to combine; about 45 seconds total.
  • Pour the mixture into a medium mixing bowl and use your hands to form 12 energy balls.
  • If desired, place the toasted coconut on a plate and roll each ball over the coconut as a topping.
  • Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.


*To toast the coconut, place it in a dry skillet over low heat. Let the coconut toast for about 3-4 minutes, being careful to not let it burn.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: Vegan, gluten-free, healthy

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