December 06, 2021 4 min read

 

What meal or unique recipe are you super proud of cooking? We have one: Peanut butter energy bites! Our mouths are just watering thinking about them.

Now, the ingredients for these peanut butter bites are simple: Rolled oats, peanut butter, maple syrup, and chocolate chips. But the reason we’re so proud of this recipe is because we also like to add full spectrum CBD oil. Pretty cool, right?

These CBD-infused peanut butter bites not only melt in your mouth, but they contain medicinal properties that help support normal emotional balance and relaxation. They’re the perfect treat for managing normal stress levels and a racing mind. 

But we get it… Maybe you’re not much of a cook. Maybe the thought of standing in the kitchen overwhelms you. And that’s ok!

Even if you’re not much of a cook, we’re confident that if you put your mind to it and follow simple instructions, you can make a tasty treat like CBD peanut butter energy bites.

But first…

Can you cook with CBD oil?

Absolutely! Cooking with CBD is a lot simpler than it sounds. All you really need is a high quality CBD oil and you’re set.

However, there are a few tips worth mentioning when it comes to cooking with CBD oil. Don’t worry, these are basic.

How to cook with CBD oil

The first thing you want to do is purchase high quality CBD oil, preferably full spectrum or broad spectrum CBD.

While full spectrum is known to produce the Entourage Effect—thus giving your body the full benefits from the cannabinoids and terpenes—many users claim that broad spectrum CBD can do the same [¹].

The hemp plant is packed with vital nutrients, vitamins, amino acids, additional therapeutic cannabinoids, and aromatic terpenes and flavonoids [²]. By incorporating all of these nutrients together, you’re likely to achieve a more well-rounded therapeutic experience.

Now then, let’s dive into...

CBD cooking tips

1. Heating CBD Oil

While the actual definition of cooking is “combining and heating the ingredients in various ways”, we strongly advise you to be wary of heating your CBD oil.

Heat can potentially change the composition and the effectiveness of your CBD oil. Either invest in a cooking oil like olive oil that’s infused with CBD, or just add a few drops of your CBD oil to the final product.

For example, high quality CBD oilcan easily be added to sauteed vegetables or oven roasted veggies after they’ve been cooked.

2. CBD Oil and Healthy Fats

If you really want to get the most effect out of your CBD recipes, consider mixing your CBD oil with other healthy fats like coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, ect.

And here’s why… CBD is fat-soluble! Which means, your body can absorb the medicinal properties of high quality CBD oil faster and better when it’s combined with another fat [²]. Just be sure not to place your CBD oil and other fats over direct heat.

3. CBD and alcohol

While there are a ton of CBD cocktail recipes, we strongly advise you to be mindful of combining CBD and alcohol.

CBD is a calming cannabinoid, and alcohol can often act as a sedative. Mixing the two can make for a wonderful calming experience, but be sure not to drive if you plan on drinking a CBD cocktail [³,]​​.

Can you bake with CBD oil?

Yes, baking with CBD oil is doable. While we know that baking involves heat, we advise you to stick to baking recipes that require 350 degrees or less. The lower the heat, the better.

Or you can opt for no-bake goods, like the CBD peanut butter energy bites or CBD no-bake cookies.

Cooking with CBD Takeaways

Whether it’s the holiday season, summer luncheons, or birthday parties, CBD oil can be the secret ingredient that has everyone wanting more.

Just be sure that you only incorporate high quality CBD oilto your CBD recipes. And remember to have fun!

If you’re looking for a few good easy CBD oil recipes, check out our list below. Oh yeah, and give those CBD peanut butter energy bites a try!

CBD oil Recipes

CBD Peanut Butter Energy BitesBy The Wholesome Dish

Ingredients:

  • 15mg - 35mg of CBD oil
  • 1 ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
  • ⅓ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or carob chips)

Instructions:

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. Then cover the bowl and place it in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Once ingredients have chilled, grab about a tablespoon full of the mixture and form into a ball.

Store the balls back in the fridge in a sealed container. Enjoy!

CBD Mango Guacamole

Ingredients:

  • 15mg - 35mg of CBD oil
  • 1 medium ripe avocado
  • 1 medium mango (diced)
  • ¼ cup white onion (diced)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Sea salt to taste

Instructions:

Dice avocado, mango, and onion and place them in a large bowl. Then added minced cilantro. Add lime juice and sea salt and mix thoroughly. Enjoy!

CBD Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing By Living Free Gluten Free

Ingredients:

  • 15mg - 35mg of CBD oil
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions:

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour over salad and enjoy!

Sources:

  1. NCBI: The “Entourage Effect”: Terpenes Coupled with Cannabinoids for the Treatment of Mood Disorders and Anxiety Disorders
  2. NCBI: Towards Better Delivery of Cannabidiol (CBD)
  3. NCBI: Interaction of cannabidiol and alcohol in humans
  4. NCBI: Therapeutic Prospects of Cannabidiol for Alcohol Use Disorder and Alcohol-Related Damages on the Liver and the Brain