Smokey Walnut Collard Wraps

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Have you ever had a collard wrap?  They are the low carb answer to enjoying rolled up food.  I love eating yummy ingredients stuffed into a delightfully handheld vessel, usually of the flour tortilla kind, or naan, or any any other starchy goodness.  But with the summer season officially here, I am urged towards lighter lunch fare that still has some flavour, and girth.  Not just for vanity’s sake, but because eating water dense food in warm weather helps you stay hydrated, and provides energy for those long summer days, and nights.

These are super quick to prepare and really tangy, with a bit of heat.  I only added avocado to my wraps, but if you have shredded lettuce, tomato or sprouts, go ahead and add!  Just don’t stuff them to much or they will bust at the seams.


2 large collard leaves, stems removed, blanched in hot water for about 30 seconds

1/2 cups walnuts

1 large carrot

2 green onions

2 tablespoons hemp hearts

Juice of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon nutritional yeast

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon maple syrup

1/4 chopped fresh cilantro (or parsley/basil)

PInch of salt and pepper

1/2 avocado, thinly sliced


In your small chopper, start with the carrot and pulse until finely chopped.  Remove and place in a mixing bowl.  Next add the walnuts, hemp hearts, lemon juice and green onion, and pulse until finely chopped,being sure to maintain a mealy texture. Add walnut mixture to carrots and mix well.  Add nutritional yeast, paprika, maple syrup, cilantro, and salt & pepper. Spread half the mixture in the centre of each collard wrap, add 1/4 of the sliced avocado to each, and roll up like a burrito.  Enjoy both for lunch, or wrap one in tinfoil and save in the fridge for later.

~The Vegan Project



  1. Annastacia says:

    These look REALLY yummy. I love collard wraps. I always seem to have bad digestive response to walnuts. What other nut or ingredient would you suggest as a good replacement?

    • Annastacia says:

      I also would like to make this for our family BBQ,, but we have a few members with nut allergy.

    • Bridget says:

      Sunflower and pumpkin seeds would be very similar in texture, and delicious! If seeds are also an issue, I would replace walnuts for cooked or canned chickpeas. Have a wonderful family BBQ! Let us know what you use and how it turns out 🙂

  2. Tried this tonight – SO GOOD!

  3. Looks amazing can’t wait to try it out! ps. where can I get Hemp hearts? Never seen them at the local health food store 🙁 do they taste anything like artichoke hearts? Let me know a good sub please. Ty

    • Bridget says:

      Do you have a Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s near you? If not, you can replace them with sunflower or sesame seeds. Happy eating!

  4. I am starting to look into whats called the Paleo Diet and this recipe would be great for that. Not a huge fan of collard but willing to give this a shot. Thank you


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