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 a key role in improving your quality of sleep. Enjoy all the benefits of these little bites and simplify snack time! 
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Snack
Yield: 16

Equipment

  • Medium Mixing bowl
  • Food processor
  • Your hands

Materials

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

  • You can 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.
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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