Mint Chocolate Hemp Seed Energy Bites

Mint Chocolate Hemp Seed Energy Bites

Looking for a healthy snack? These mint chocolate hemp seed energy bites are fudgy and surprisingly nutritious. Read on for the recipe. 

Mint Chocolate Hemp Seed Energy Bites

I haven’t been this in love with a recipe since I made my healthy flax seed and peanut butter energy bars.  

Seriously, they have everything you could want in an energy bite: 

  • Rich, fudgy texture
  • Refreshing mint flavor
  • Naturally sweetened 
  • 4 grams of fiber per serving
  • Perfect for meal prep! 

I took one bite off my rubber spatula and knew I was in trouble – these mint chocolate hemp energy bites are seriously addicting. And that’s coming from someone who also had a whole container of chocolate chip cookies tempting her all day. 

Mint Chocolate Hemp Seed Energy Bites

What are the nutritional benefits of hemp seeds? 

Unlike flax and chia seeds, hemp seeds aren’t as popular, yet they’re just as nutritious. For a full breakdown and comparison of these “super seeds” be sure to check out my previous post. 

Hemp seeds are a good source of plant protein with 55 calories per tablespoon. And that same tablespoon also provides: 

  • Magnesium: 17% of the daily value (DV)
  • Phosphorus: 13% of the DV
  • Zinc: 9% of the DV 

Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays an important role in several processes, including bone health, muscle and nerve function, blood sugar control, and blood pressure regulation. 

Hemp seeds also contain an amino acid called arginine, which is responsible for producing nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide is important for relaxing blood vessels and lowering blood pressure. 

Hemp seeds also contain the ideal 3:1 ratio of omega-6’s to omega-3’s, which is important for keeping chronic inflammation levels low and reducing our risk of several diseases. 

Mint Chocolate Hemp Seed Energy Bites

What are hemp hearts? 

Hemp seeds are also sold as hemp hearts. So what’s the difference? 

Hemp seeds have an inedible black outer coating with a soft white interior. Hemp hearts are simply hemp seeds that have had the black outer shell removed. 

Do hemp seeds contain THC? 

Essentially no. Hemp seeds contain <0.3% THC. This means that eating hemp seeds will not result in any psychoactive effects or cause THC to show up in a drug test. 

Mint Chocolate Hemp Seed Energy Bites

How to make hemp seed energy bites

To make these mint chocolate hemp energy bites, you’ll need a food processor, baking dish or tupperware container, and a handful of ingredients. 

What You’ll Need

Mint Chocolate Hemp Seed Energy Bites
  • Medjool dates
  • Hemp hearts
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut 
  • Dark chocolate chips or chunks
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Peppermint extract
  • Salt

If you don’t care about the mint flavor, then feel free to leave the peppermint extract out. 

Use a high-powered food processor

The key to getting that fudgy texture is using a good-quality food processor.

Mint Chocolate Hemp Seed Energy Bites

And unlike some of my previous energy bite recipes, for this one, you’ll want to pulse the dates by themselves first and then add in everything else. I’ve found that it actually does make a difference texture-wise. 

Mint Chocolate Hemp Seed Energy Bites

Also, if your dates are on the drier side, I recommend soaking them in hot water for 10 minutes to help them blend easier. 

Mint Chocolate Hemp Seed Energy Bites

Making mint chocolate hemp seed energy bites even fancier 

Once your hemp seed energy bite batter is made, you can simply roll them into balls and let set in the freezer. 

However, to make them a little prettier, you can also roll the balls in shredded coconut or cocoa powder before freezing. 

Mint Chocolate Hemp Seed Energy Bites

While I haven’t tried it, rolling them in chopped nuts would also be a decorative way to add an extra crunch! 

How to store mint chocolate hemp seed energy bites

I think these bites taste best from the fridge. 

But, for longer storage, you can keep your hemp seed energy bites in the freezer and transfer one or two at a time to the fridge. 

Whichever way you decide to go, just be sure that they’re stored in an airtight container! 

More healthy energy bite recipes 

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Mint Chocolate Hemp Seed Energy Bites

Mint Chocolate Hemp Seed Energy Bites

Looking for a healthy snack? These mint chocolate hemp seed energy bites are fudgy and surprisingly nutritious.
Prep Time25 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy Snack, Hemp Seed Energy Bites
Servings: 8 large bites
Calories: 100kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (160 grams) pitted Medjool dates
  • 6 tablespoons hemp hearts
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder or raw cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt I used whole fat
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • 3 tablespoons dark chocolate chips or chunks
  • 1 tablespoon water

Optional toppings:

  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Shredded unsweetened coconut

Instructions

  • If your dates are a bit dry, first soak them in hot water for 10 minutes.
  • Place soft, pitted dates in a high-powered food processor and pulse until broken down. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the sides of the food processor.
  • Next, add hemp hearts, cocoa powder, unsweetened coconut, Greek yogurt, salt, extract, dark chocolate, and water. Pulse 5-6 times, or until all the ingredients are well-combined, forming a sticky mixture.
  • Using a tablespoon, scoop batter and roll into bites. Option to make 16 tablespoon-sized bites or 8 larger ones.
  • If wanting to roll in coconut or cocoa powder, place topping(of choice in individual bowls and roll bites into topping of choice. Place bites in a baking dish.
  • Once all the bites have been rolled, place baking dish in the freezer for 20 minutes. Enjoy immediately, keeping leftovers stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 7 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Notes

Nutrition for 1 large bite (⅛ of recipe) : 100 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated), 19g carbs, 2g fiber, 16g sugar, 4g protein
Adapted from Oh She Glows

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