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There are many different ways to get your daily CBD intake in the form of CBD treats, as the ever expanding market is filled with a variety of products such as tinctures, capsules, and gummies. Additionally, a number of people have started to experiment with different ways of incorporating CBD into their culinary routine, and have taken to cooking with it.

However, there are some important things to consider when it comes to using your favorite CBD product to prepare food with. Foremost, it is crucial to know what other ingredients are in the product, which can include additional flavors, terpenes, and carrier oils. Being aware of what you are working with can help to prevent any kitchen mishaps or unintended results.

CBD Infused in Fresh Food VS Baking

Most CBD products utilize a carrier oil, which is used to help preserve the raw hemp extract and keep it from going bad. Common carriers include avocado oil, olive oil, or hemp seed oil, but the most prominent ones are MCT and PG. The carrier oil is important to consider when cooking with CBD infused in fresh food vs baking.

MCT Carrier

MCT stands for medium-chain triglyceride, and it is a type of saturated fat that is made from processed coconut and palm oil. While coconut oil and MCT is often thought to be the same thing, coconut oil also contains LCTs, or long-chain triglycerides, in addition to MCT. The two fats differ in how they are metabolized in the body, with MCT being easier and faster to digest.

MCT has relatively no flavor and is often used by people who follow a keto diet as a healthier fat alternative. When cooking, it’s important to keep in mind that MCT has a smoke point of 320°F, so it may burn at higher cooking temperatures.

PG Carrier

Propylene glycol, or PG, is a popular synthetic food additive that contains a similar chemical structure to alcohol. It is almost tasteless, and it is better at dissolving certain substances as well as retaining moisture than water, which is why it is such a common ingredient for many different processed foods and beverages.

Cooking With Hemp Oil: Dessert Treats

Here are some great CBD dessert recipes to try out. While CBD in food may be a relatively new concept, it can be a really fun method of getting your daily dose. Cooking with hemp oil doesn’t need to be intimidating, and you may discover some delicious new recipes along the way. What can be better than CBD dessert and CBD chocolate?

Hemp Berry Pie

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup of brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅓ cup cornstarch
  • Juice and zest from one lemon
  • 6 cups blueberries
  • 2 pie shells (homemade or store-bought, thawed)
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, diced into small cubes, 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 ml SOCIAL Citris hemp extract tincture
Blue berries

You will need a 10 inch cast iron pan, at least 2 inches deep.

Preheat the oven to 320°F

Combine the salt, brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon with the cornstarch and sift or whisk until fully mixed. In a separate bowl, blend the SOCIAL, lemon juice and zest and then stir it into the dry mixture. Finally, add the blueberries and toss them until they are fully coated.

Place one of the dough rounds into the skillet, making sure that it is completely lined. After ensuring one last time that the blueberries are fully coated, drop them into the pan and top them evenly with the diced butter. Place the second dough over the top; you can choose to crimp the edges and cut small holes in the center, or make a lattice top by cutting it into strips. Before placing it into the oven, brush the top with the melted butter and add a dusting of brown sugar.

Bake it for one hour or when the crust has turned golden and brown. You can serve it warm with a scoop of ice cream.

Chocolate No Bake CBD Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of white sugar
  • ½ cup milk of choice (whole, almond, coconut, ect.)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter (8 tablespoons)
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup smooth nut butter of choice (peanut, almond, sunflower, ect.)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2ml Full spectrum hemp extract tincture of choice

You will need parchment paper and a large, flat baking sheet, in addition to a medium saucepan.

Line the baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine the coca and sugar with the milk and butter in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil while periodically stirring. After one minute of boiling, remove it from the heat, and stir peanut butter, oats, and salt. Finally, add the vanilla and hemp extract, and make sure everything is completely mixed.

Use a teaspoon to drop small dollops of the mixture onto the baking sheet, and leave it at room temperature until they have fully hardened, which can take about 30-40 minutes. Afterwards, place them in an airtight container and refrigerate them for up to 3 days.

Low Temperature CBD Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 2-3 large, overripe bananas
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 ⅔ cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil or melted butter, cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 mL full spectrum hemp extract tincture of choice
  • 1 tablespoon butter or cooking spray
  • ⅓ cup chopped walnuts or chocolate chips, or a mixture of both (optional)

You will need a 9″x5″ loaf pan lined with greased parchment.

Preheat the oven to 275°F, line the loaf pan with parchment and grease it with butter or cooking spray.

Mix the bananas with the brown sugar and baking soda, using either a hand mixer or blender.

Add the vegetable oil/ butter, buttermilk, vanilla, hemp extract, and eggs, and continue to blend until the mixture is smooth.

Mix salt and flour in a separate bowl, and then slowly stir it into the banana batter until it is evenly blended.

Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan and bake it for at least 2.5 hours on the center rack. When done, use a thermometer to ensure the internal temperature is at least 205°F.

Fresh Bananas

CBD Rice Cereal Treats

Ingredients

You will need a large frying pan, wax paper, a 9″x13″ pan and olive oil cooking spray.

Melt butter in a frying pan over low heat; once melted, add marshmallows and stir until they are also melted. Remove from heat.

Add 2 mL of hemp extract tincture into the mixture and stir until evenly blended.

Add the cereal and stir until the mixture is coated.

Press the mixture into the wax paper greased pan and let it cool. Cut into up to 12 servings and serve immediately.

Hemp Oil Recipes: Snacks

You might still be wondering, can I really cook with hemp oil? As long as you are careful not to heat it up too much, the process is actually very simple. These hemp oil recipes can help you whip up some quick and easy CBD snacks!

CBD Chocolate Chip Energy Balls (fresh no bake)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ¾ cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup nut butter of your choice (peanut, cashew, sunflower, ect.)
  • ½ cup hemp seeds (shelled as hemp hearts, optional)
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 mL full spectrum hemp extract tincture of your choice

Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl and stir until completely combined. Cover and chill the mixture for at least 1-2 hours in the refrigerator.

Once the mixture is completely chilled, roll it into small 1 – inch balls and serve immediately. Left-overs can be refrigerated or frozen for later.

Homemade CBD Granola Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups quick cook oats
  • 1 cup raisins or chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup honey or maple syrup
  • ¼ cup nut butter of your choice (peanut, cashew, almond, ect.)
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 mL full spectrum hemp extract tincture of your choice

You will need a large mixing bowl, a medium saucepan, and a 12″x8″ greased baking sheet.

In the mixing bowl, combine the oats with the raisins and stir until mixed evenly.

Melt the butter in the saucepan and add the honey or maple syrup and brown sugar and cook at medium heat until the mixture starts to bubble. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the nut butter; cook for about two minutes, stirring frequently. Take off the heat and mix in the vanilla extract and hemp extract tincture. Pour everything over the dry ingredients and stir until they are fully coated.

Pour the mixture into a lightly greased baking sheet and press it down so that it is tightly compacted, you want to make sure you have it really packed in so that the bars retain their shape after cutting.

Cover and let it set in the refrigerator to set. After at least an hour, cut into bars. Wrap in wax paper to store, at room temperature.

Container of fresh oats

CBD Fruit Leathers (Like a homemade Fruit Rollup)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of fresh strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2mL full spectrum hemp extract tincture of your choice

You will need a large baking sheet and parchment paper.

Preheat the oven to 170°F (must be under 200°F).

Line the baking sheet with parchment paper.

Blend strawberries in a food processor or blender until completely smooth with no chunks. Stir in the honey, lemon juice, and the hemp extract tincture.

Pour the entire mixture onto a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment, making sure it is spread evenly and level. As the leather cooks, it will shrink a little bit.

Bake strawberry mixture in the oven for about 4 hours. The center should not be sticky, but just a little tacky.

Allow it to cook completely after taking it out of the oven.

Place the sticky side of the fruit leather onto another sheet of parchment paper and cut it into 2 inch strips. Once cut, roll into strips and store the fruit leathers in an airtight container.

Strawberry CBD Jam

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of strawberries, or berries of your choice
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 mL full spectrum hemp extract of your choice

You will need a medium saucepan, a cold plate, and several jars for canning (size of your choice).

Put a plate in the freezer.

Combine the sugar, honey, hemp extract tincture, lemon juice and zest in a medium saucepan and cook at a very low heat for about 10 minutes, making sure that the honey and sugar are completely dissolved.

While the mixture is cooking, hull the strawberries and cut them in half.

After the honey and sugar have dissolved, add the strawberries and cook them for an additional 20-25 minutes. It should be ready when the strawberries release their juice and the sauce is slightly simmering. Take the plate out of the freezer and test to see if a small amount of jam congeals when placed on the cold surface, because this means it is done.

Pour the jam into jars and store them in the refrigerator.

Bowl of fresh strawberries

CBD Applesauce

Ingredients

  • 5-6 apples (softer apples like fiji, Gala, or McIntosh apples work best)
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • 2 mL ECODROPS full spectrum hemp extract tincture

You will need a medium saucepan and a large wooden spoon.

You can peel the apples or keep the skin on for extra nutrients. Dice the apples into very small cubes.

With the exception of the hemp extract, combine the rest of the ingredients into the saucepan and stir until evenly mixed. Cover and bring the sauce to a boil and then reduce the heat.

Add in the hemp extract tincture and simmer the sauce for about 25-30 minutes, making sure to stir frequently.

Once the apples are fully cooked, take a wooden spoon and mash them. Take the sauce off the heat and serve warm or wait and serve cold.

CBD Recipes: Breakfast

CBD food can be a great way to start the day with a hemp oil breakfast. Smoothies are an especially easy way to incorporate CBD, because you can simply blend it in with the rest of the ingredients.

CBD Berry Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of mixed berries (your preference)
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ⅗ cup milk of your choice (whole, almond, coconut)
  • 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • ½ cup ice
  • 2 mL full spectrum hemp extract of your choice

You will need a blender.

Add all of the ingredients to a blender and combine until smooth and thick.

Infused CBD Berry Smoothie

Chocolate CBD Protein Shake (fresh no bake)

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 3 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ½ cup spinach leaves
  • 1 scoop of protein powder of your choice
  • ½ cup ice
  • 2 mL full spectrum hemp extract tincture of your choice

You will need a blender.

Add all of the ingredients to a blender and combine until smooth and thick.

CBD Hemp Seed Green Smoothie (fresh no bake)

Ingredients

  • ½ cup spinach leaves
  • 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
  • ½ cup pineapple
  • 1 green apple
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • ½ cup ice
  • ½ milk of your choice (whole, almond, coconut, ect.)
  • 2 mL SOCIAL citrus hemp extract tincture

 

Green smoothie

CBD Avocado Toast

Ingredients

  • Bread of your choice
  • 1 avocado, ripe
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon hemp seeds
  • ¼ cup arugula
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • Pinch of Kosher salt
  • 2 mL SOCIAL citrus hemp extract tincture

You will need a medium mixing bowl.

Cut and pit the avocado, and scoop the fruit into the mixing bowl. Combine the avocado with lemon juice, SOCIAL hemp extract tincture, and salt, stirring until evenly mixed. Spread the avocado mixture over your favorite toast and top with hemp seeds and arugula. Finish it with a drizzle of olive oil.

CBD Hemp Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 2 cups milk of your choice (whole, almond, coconut, ect.)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ cup tablespoons hemp seeds
  • ½ cup fruit or berries of your choice
  • 2 mL full spectrum hemp extract tincture of your choice

You will need a medium saucepan.

Combine milk, sugar, and honey in the saucepan and bring to a simmer over low heat.

Add the oats and cook on low heat for around 5 minutes. When the oats are fully cooked, remove from heat and add the hemp extract tincture, stir until evenly mixed.

Once served, you can top it with the fruit, additional brown sugar, and hemp seeds.

Bowl of oatmeal