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Hemp & Walnut Energy Bites

Cross-posting from the Arthritis Society's Flourish Program! Looking for an “on-the-go” snack that is tasty and filling? Try these easy energy bites! 

Hemp seeds and walnuts are excellent sources of plant-based omega-3s, which may be beneficial in decreasing inflammation and promoting heart health. Walnuts are also a great source of melatonin, which plays an important role in improving your quality of sleep. Enjoy all the benefits of these little bites and simplify snack time! 

Hemp & Walnut Energy Bites Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

*16 Servings


  • ¾ cup shelled walnuts 

  • ½ cup hemp hearts, divided 

  • 4 tbsp maple syrup

  • ½ cup almond butter 

  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries 

  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract 

  • ⅓ cup rolled oats


  • Medium Mixing bowl

  • Food processor

  • Your hands


  • Place the walnuts and half of the hemp hearts in a food processor and process until fine. Add the maple syrup, almond butter, cranberries, vanilla and oats. Continue to process until all the ingredients are combined.

  • Roll the balls onto the remaining hemp hearts and press lightly until completely covered.  

  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

Extra tips:

  • You can also coat these energy bites in unsweetened shredded coconut or vegan chocolate chips.  

  • Try toasting the hemp hearts on the stove to elevate their nutty flavour. Place a skillet over medium heat and spread hemp hearts evenly in the pan. Allow hemp hearts to brown for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.   

  • Try other dried fruits or nuts for variety.

  • Use certified gluten-free oats like On

I had the privilege of developing more plant-based recipes for the Arthritis Society's Flourish program in 2020 and 2021. Check out The Arthritis Society's website for more anti-inflammatory recipe ideas.

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