Hemp Seed Maca Balls
These no-bake vegan hemp seed maca balls call for just 4 ingredients and are easy to make in minutes in a food processor. Each ball contains 1 tsp of maca powder for an easy way to include it in your diet.
- allergen and dietary restriction-friendly – this recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free, oil-free, nut-free and has no added sugar
- quick and easy – you’ll need just 10 minutes and 4 ingredients
- healthier snacking – these sweet treats make a wonderful healthy snack and also work for dessert
- easy to way use maca – each ball contains 1 tsp of maca powder, known for its hormone-balancing and energizing benefits
- hemp seeds – look for raw hemp seeds, sometimes labeled hemp hearts
- dates – soft, moist dates are essential but any variety works
- maca – you’ll need 3 tbsp of gelatinized maca power
- cinnamon – regular cinnamon is perfect but ceylon cinnamon adds an extra boost of nutrition
How to Make this Recipe
Start by tossing everything in your food processor.
Process the ingredients into a dough. It shouldn’t take long, just mix until you can press the dough between your fingers.
Once you’ve blended it up, roll into balls, coat in cinnamon sugar, coconut or cocoa and enjoy!
Tips and FAQs
- You need soft, moist dates in this recipe. If your dates are dry, soak them in hot water for 15 minutes then drain well before using in the recipe.
- If you don’t soak the dates and the dough isn’t sticking together, add 1 tsp water, blend again and repeat as needed until it does. 1 tsp of water should do the trick though.
- Hemp seeds can be substituted with with 1 cup of almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews or sunflower seeds.
What does maca taste like?
Maca is slightly bitter, earthy and nutty with caramel undertones. It works nicely with the dates and cinnamon!
How should I store these?
Store the balls in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freezer for up to 3 months.
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- Cacao Hazelnut Balls
- Coconut Goji Berry Balls
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- 1 cup tightly packed, soft pitted medjool dates (220 g)
- 1 cup hemp seeds (150 g)
- 3 tbsp maca powder
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp sea salt (optional)
- shredded coconut, cinnamon and coconut sugar or cocoa powder, for coating, optional
- Mix all ingredients in a food processor until it forms a dough you can press between your fingers.
- Use your hands to roll the dough into 12 balls.
- Roll the balls in a cinnamon and coconut sugar, coconut or cocoa powder, if desired.
- Store the balls in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freezer for up to 3 months.
The balls contain 1 tsp of maca each.
You need soft, moist dates in this recipe. If your dates are dry, soak them in hot water for 15 minutes then drain well before using in the recipe.
If you don’t soak the dates and the dough isn’t sticking together, add 1 tsp water, blend again and repeat as needed until it does. 1 tsp of water should do the trick though.
Hemp seeds can be substituted with 1 cup or 150 g of almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews or sunflower seeds. Mix and match as desired.
Keywords: maca energy bites, maca balls, how to use maca
UPDATE NOTE: This recipe was originally published on March 9, 2015. It was updated with new photos and text on April 30, 2020.