There are many ways to consume CBD, why not make it fun and guilt-free?
These chocolate cups are Paleo, Keto, and vegan, so there’s no need to feel stressed about indulging. Bonus: They’re infused with Toast Cinnamon for ultimate chill vibes.
What Is CBD?
Before we get cooking, a little about the most important ingredient in this recipe: CBD. CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is one of the most common ingredients AKA cannabinoids found in cannabis. Even cannabis with high amounts of THC (that ingredient that gives you the euphoric feeling) usually contains more CBD than it does any other cannabinoid. In some specially-bred hemp plants, CBD is the most prevalent cannabinoid by far.
What Does CBD Do?
CBD may relieve temporary anxiety, provide post-workout pain relief, and promote full body balance. While CBD isn’t psychoactive like its friend THC, it does tend to gently uplift one’s mental state. Many users feel calmer and more mellow from CBD use. CBD users have also reported relief from inflammation, including in that caused by digestive conditions. Eating to relieve gut issues? Sounds good to us!
CBD’s potential ability to reduce temporary stress is one of its strongest benefits. By reducing stress and allowing our bodies to adapt to the challenges of life, CBD presents a truly holistic approach to health and wellness.
Why We Love Cooking with CBD
Though it is fun, cooking with CBD is more than just that. It also can provide major benefits! A growing body of research shows that CBD’s absorption improves by a factor of 3 or 4 when it’s eaten alongside -- or cooked into -- a fatty meal. That’s because CBD, like other cannabinoids, is fat-soluble.
Before you go roasting your veggies in CBD oil, do note that CBD and other cannabinoids need to be decarboxylated before they're ready to consume. Decarboxylation makes CBD molecules slightly smaller — small enough to make it past the blood-brain-barrier into the brain and do their best work.
Before you head to the kitchen, make sure to keep in mind that Toast’s CBD oils are already decarbed and fall within that optimal structural window. We recommend incorporating CBD in recipes that are no-heat or low-heat (under 300ºF). Lucky for you, these delicious chocolate cups fall under the recommended heat limit.
Learn more about cooking with CBD.
Let's Get Cooking
These Cinnamon CBD Almond Butter Cups are super easy to make, and require only four ingredients: chocolate, almond butter, Toast Cinnamon, and powdered cinnamon. Additionally, if you're not a fan of dark chocolate, milk chocolate can be substituted to suit your taste.
In addition to the ingredients, you will need a small sauce pan or double boiler, measuring cups and spoons, mini paper cupcake liners or a mini silicone muffin pan, and a spatula.
Turn your stove on low heat, and melt chocolate. You can do this using a small sauce pan and stirring frequently, or using a double boiler method. Once the chocolate is creamy, scoop about a teaspoon of the chocolate into 12 mini paper cupcake liners or into your muffin pan. If you go the liners route, we recommend placing them on a pan or in a plastic container with lid in order to be easily transported to the freezer. Save the remainder of the chocolate for later.
Next, pop those babies in the freezer for five minutes or so to set. While setting, melt the almond butter. This can be done over low heat, or by putting in the microwave for a few seconds. If you choose the microwave method, only put in for 10 seconds at a time to prevent burning. Once melted, mix the almond butter with the cinnamon hemp oil and cinnamon.
When chocolate has hardened, remove from the freezer, and pour a teaspoon of the almond butter mixture onto the chocolate. Freeze for 5-10 minutes.
Finally, once the almond butter has hardened, top off with more of the melted chocolate (you may have to warm it up again). Place it all back in freezer to set.
Et voila! Time for a taste test.
Cinnamon CBD Almond Butter Cups
- In a small sauce pan, melt chocolate on low heat, stirring frequently.
- Once fully melted, turn off heat and pour about 1 teaspoon of chocolate into 12 mini paper cupcake liners.
- Place in the freezer and freeze until set.
- Melt almond butter and mix with Toast Cinnamon.
- Remove hardened chocolate from the freezer and add a teaspoon of almond butter mixture on chocolate. Freeze until set.
- Remove from the freezer and add another teaspoon of chocolate on top of almond butter, freeze.
*If you’re looking to add more CBD to your almond butter cups add Toast Chocolate supplement in addition to the dark chocolate.
Recipe adapted from Bake It Paleo