Hemp and walnut energy bites

Looking for an “on-the-go” snack that is tasty and filling? Try these Hemp & Walnut Energy Balls!

These delicious energy bites contain hemp seeds and walnuts. Both are excellent sources of plant-based omega-3s, which may be beneficial in decreasing inflammation and promoting heart health. What’s more, walnuts are a great source of melatonin.

Melatonin plays an important role in improving your quality of sleep. Enjoy the all the benefits of these little bites and simplify your snack-time!

Arthritis-Friendly Tips

✔ You may 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 up to 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.  

✔ Try other dried fruits or nuts for more variety.

✔Use certified gluten-free oats If following a gluten-free diet.

Hemp & Walnut Energy Balls

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! 
Prep Time20 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Snack
Yield: 16
Author: Cristina Montoya


  • Medium Mixing bowl
  • Food processor
  • Your hands


  • ¾ cup shelled walnuts
  • ½ cup hemp hearts, divided
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ cup almond butter 
  • cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • cup rolled oats


  • 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.

I’ve had the privilege of developing plant-based recipes for the Arthritis Society’s Flourish program since 2020. Check out The Arthritis Society’s website for more anti-inflammatory recipe ideas.

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