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Let's Make Cannabis Energy Bites!
When we think of cannabis edibles, we almost always think of sweet treats.
While they are of course tasty and delicious, I have so many members of my Well With Cannabis Facebook Community who are always looking for healthier options.
That is why I strive to publish just as many healthy cannabis recipes as I can, because healthy cannabis consumption and healthy diets are truly a match made in heaven.
In this post, I will show you how to make your own no-bake cannabis energy bites for a simple, healthier treat that you can prep ahead of time and enjoy on the go.
Complete with multiple different infusion options, this post will show you all the ways you can use your different infusions and extractions to make the perfect, customizable treat.
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What Are Energy Bites?
Energy bites are a cute, compact version of the energy bar and can be made with all of the goodness of plant-based ingredients.
I love energy bites because all you have to do is mix everything and roll in a ball, and that’s it; you have a snack prepped and ready to go.
These no-bake cannabis energy bites are naturally sweetened with dates and dried fruit and are packed with nutrition from the nuts and seeds.
All of the healthy ingredients in this recipe come together to make a sweet and chewy, super nutritious, balanced snack.
The oatmeal and the chia seeds provide complex carbohydrates and dietary fiber while the nuts and nut butter provide protein and heart-healthy fats to slow down digestion.
All of these healthy ingredients work together to help to keep you fueled, full, and focused all morning long.
These energy bites healthy are enough for breakfast, a post-workout snack, and come together quick because they require no baking or cooking.
How to Infuse These Energy Bites with Cannabis
As with all things cannabis, there are many different ways to infuse something.
It is important that you choose an option that is right for you, based on your own personal tolerance.
If you are unsure, it is best to follow the golden rule of "start low and go slow" while you experiment to find what option is right for you.
Various Cannabis Oils
My preferred way to infuse this recipe is by adding 1 tablespoon of infused cannabis oil to the mix.
The infused oil easily blends well with the rest of the ingredients, and it is something most people have on hand already.
Of course, there are so many different oils to choose from, you're going to want to pick the one that is right for you.
Here are just a few ideas of different oils I have available here.
- Cannabis Coconut Oil
- Cannabis MCT Oil
- Homemade CBD Oil
- Homemade ABV 'Already Been Vaped' Oil
- Homemade CBG Oil
One of the easiest ways to make infused foods is with cannabis concentrates.
These are the most convenient, easy-to-use, pre-prepared concentrated products for cannabis infusions.
Because they are concentrated, you only need to add a tiny bit to each recipe to get the experience you are looking for.
Because you only need to add a tiny bit, cannabis concentrates will not disrupt your food's volume, texture, or flavor.
For this reason, cannabis concentrates are the perfect way to infuse these no-bake energy bites.
While THC-dominant cannabis concentrates must be purchased at a recreational or medical dispensary in a legal state, CBD-dominant cannabis concentrates can be purchased from my shop here.
Full Extract Cannabis Oil (FECO)
Full-extract cannabis oil, also known as FECO, is a concentrated, whole-plant, full-spectrum cannabis extract.
This means that all of the important plant compounds, from cannabinoids to terpenes and other plant materials, are present in the extract.
FECO is a powerful concentrated cannabis extract that interacts with our own endocannabinoid system.
Because of its potency, a few drops may be all you need for a perfectly portioned energy bite.
Simply mix in your FECO with the nut or seed butter you are using.
If you are interested in making your own FECO, check out my post detailing how to make full-extract cannabis oil here.
Decarbed Cannabis Flower
This is not my favorite way to infuse, but it works.
Before incorporating straight cannabis as an ingredient in any recipe, it’s important to understand the process of decarboxylation or decarbing.
This process must occur before creating the recipe for you to experience the benefits of activated THC or CBD.
However, raw cannabis plants do not naturally contain large amounts of active THC or CBD, the two most popular cannabinoids.
To experience the benefits of activated THC or CBD, the cannabis must first undergo a process called decarboxylation.
Without decarboxylation, you will not experience the full range of activated cannabinoids such as THC or CBD.
Decarboxylation occurs when cannabis is exposed to heat, light, cofactors, or solvents.
In your own kitchen you will use an oven to provide the heat needed to decarb the cannabis.
If you've never gone through the process before, have no fear, decarbing really is simple.
Bake the dried cannabis in the oven at 240° F for 40 minutes for a THC-dominant flower and 240° F for 90 minutes for a CBD-dominant flower.
If you have never decarbed before, you can get started with my beginners guide to cannabis decarboxylation here.
Because each person has a different endocannabinoid system and responds to cannabis differently, it is important to add an appropriate amount for your personal tolerance.
This recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of ground, decarbed cannabis flower, but you can adjust this as needed to suit your needs.
Kief typically contains the highest concentration of resinous glands, or trichomes, that contain the cannabinoids like CBD, THC, CBG, etc.
This means that kief can be much more potent than flower or trim.
Because of this, you may be able to use less of it in this recipe, or more, depending on the effect you’re looking for.
Remember that you still need to decarb the kief just as you would traditional flower to enjoy the activated benefits of CBD, THC, CBG, etc.
If you've never worked with kief before, you can get my full guide to decarbing and making edibles with kief here.
The Formula for Customizable Energy Bites
The best part about this recipe?
With my basic formula, you can switch up your dried fruits, nuts, seeds, and nut or seed butter to make completely customizable bites packed with your favorite ingredients.
1 Cup of Oatmeal
For this recipe, you will want to use Old Fashioned Rolled Oats. Quick oats will not provide the same consistency. I use Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free rolled oats.
While oatmeal is naturally gluten-free, it is often cross-contaminated with gluten-containing grains during processing. Bob’s Red Mill is a brand that is committed to the purity of their oats. To ensure that the oats stay gluten-free, they test each batch in their quality control laboratory when the oats arrive from the farm, and after they are packaged in their dedicated gluten-free facility.
*Note: a small percentage of people with Celiac disease may not tolerate even the purest of oats.
½ Cup of Nut or Seed Butter
Peanut butter is my nut butter of choice due to convenience and cost, but this recipe works with just about any type of nut butter you like. This is my favorite choice for peanut butter.
For those who are allergic to peanuts, alternate nut butter may be a better option. Current options on the market today include almond butter, cashew butter, walnut butter,
For those who may be allergic to all nuts and peanuts, butter made from seeds is a great choice. Hemp seed butter is a popular choice that uses allergen-friendly hemp seeds to make a creamy, delicious nut-free butter.
⅓ Cup Dried Fruit
Options include, but are not limited to: dried blueberries, cherries, cranberries, figs, apricots, dates, pineapple, apricots, banana chips, and coconut flakes.
Recipe Note: be sure to chop your dried fruit, unless it is already chopped or small like dried blueberries. If the dried fruit pieces are too big, the energy balls will not hold together as well.
2 Tablespoons Liquid Sweetener
Using a liquid sweetener in this recipe not only adds a sweet flavor but also contributes to the texture and consistency of the recipe. I do not recommend swapping this for a dry sweetener like granulated sugar.
Pure maple syrup, honey, agave, or another liquid sweetener will work.
2 Tablespoons Seeds
Adding just a small amount of seeds to this recipe is an easy way to get more vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber,
Learn More: The Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds
1 Tablespoon Cannabis Oil
As mentioned above, this is my preferred way to infuse these energy bites.
I've also included alternative infusion options if you don't want to infuse with cannabis oil.
If you choose another option, just be sure to still use 1 tablespoon of non-infused oil to keep the consistency of these bites the same.
½ Teaspoon Spices
Spices are an excellent way to add not only delicious flavor to your energy bites but also to add extra nutrition. Warming spices work best in this recipe, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice, ground cloves, ground ginger, or even turmeric.
Just be mindful of which spices you are using, you wouldn't want to use an entire ½ teaspoon of ground cloves -
My Favorite Energy Bite Combinations
- Hemp Seed Butter + Dried Blueberries + Chia Seeds + Cinnamon
- Cashew Butter + Dried Tropical Fruit (pineapple, banana, coconut) + Hemp Seeds + Ground Ginger
- Sunflower Butter + Dried Cherries + Pumpkin Seeds + Pumpkin Spice
Frequently Asked Questions
No, you would not want to infuse these energy bites with an alcohol-based tincture like the Green Dragon or QWET Tincture unless you want to evaporate off the majority of the alcohol off first. The alcohol will be too strong and offputting for this recipe.
How to Determine The Dosing For Your Recipe
While a calculator is no replacement for lab testing, this tool has been designed to help you get a more accurate guesstimate of the potency of your cannabis infusions and extractions.
Unlike other calculators available online, this calculator aims to provide more accuracy by accounting for the losses associated with decarboxylation, infusion oils, or extraction solvents used.
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No-Bake Cannabis Energy Bites
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup nut or seed butter
- ⅓ cup dried fruit of choice
- 2 tablespoons liquid sweetener of choice
- 2 tablespoons seeds of choice
- 1 tablespoon cannabis oil of choice
- ½ teaspoon spices of choice
- In a large bowl, mix everything together until all of the ingredients are well incorporated.
- Using your hands, begin to create 1 inch balls and roll between your palms until they are perfectly ball-shaped.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days or the freezer for up to 3 months.
- Decarbed Cannabis Flower: Add 1 teaspoon of ground, decarbed cannabis flower during step one
- Decarbed Cannabis Kief: Add 1 gram of ground, decarbed cannabis kief during step one
- Cannabis Concentrates or FECO: Add your desired amount of cannabis concentrates to the nut or seed butter. You may need to gently warm them together to get them to incorporate.
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