About the Peppermint, Coconut & Dark Chocolate Date Bites Recipe

This recipe was developed by Rustic Supper based in Columbia, Missouri. These sweet holiday treats combine dates, peppermint, and coconut for a festive flair, then are then dipped in dark chocolate to boost the endocannabinoid system.

The holidays bring constant temptation… but we’re here to let you in on a little secret: dark chocolate can actually help support your endocannabinoid system!

These little guys combine dates, pecans and coconut for a festive flair, then they are dipped in peppermint-infused, antioxidant-rich dark chocolate to boost the endocannabinoid system. The compounds in dark chocolate work similarly to CBD; they slow the breakdown of our own endo-cannabinoids so that our bodies can use more of what they’re naturally producing. Check out our CBD Safety article to learn more!

When it comes to nutrition, dark chocolate is rich in: 
  • antioxidants: help to prevent cell and tissue breakdown and help eliminate free radicals

  • flavanols: known to lower blood pressure and maintain the elasticity of blood vessels, which contributes to normal blood flow and heart function

In addition to the dark chocolate, pecans can help: 
And peppermint is rich in the terpene limonene, which is: 

Dipping cannabis infused peppermint coconut date balls into dark chocolate

Opportunities for Cannabinoid Infusion

If you'd like to enhance this recipe with cannabinoids, consider one of the suggestions below. When substituting or adding cannabis-infused products, be aware of how many mg of CBD (or, if you're in a legal state, THC) are in each portion of the recipe you are making. The standard dose of CBD is 15-30mg, but varies based on tolerance, reason for use, severity of condition, etc. We recommend starting low and going slow; click here to learn more about dosing) and be sure to read our CBD Safety article and talk to your doctor before incorporating new cannabinoids into your routine.

How to add cannabinoids to your Peppermint, Coconut, Dark Chocolate Date Balls

Ingredients

  • 20 oz dark melting chocolate
  • 2 c dates

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 2 c boiling water

  • 1 ½ c pecans, chopped

  • 1 stick butter, melted

  • 2 c unsweetened shredded coconut, plus additional for topping

  • ½ c honey

  • 1 tsp salt, plus additional for topping

  • ½ tsp peppermint extract or 1 drop food-grade* peppermint essential oil (or infuse your butter with peppermint using the LEVO

    • *Please note: not all essential oils are safe to ingest! In fact, we typically don’t recommend that anyone ingest essential oils without the guidance of a certified professional. In this recipe, the essential oil is diluted by and combines with the oils in the chocolate to make it generally safe for consumption (although you should always check with a certified healthcare professional before adding any herbs or essential oils to your routine) 

Directions

  1. Place dates in bowl with boiling water and teaspoon of baking soda; let sit for 5-10 minutes, until softened

  2. In a blender, add dates, 1 c of the water and pecans. Blend until combined, about 2-3 minutes. Mixture will be slightly chunky

  3. Pour mixture into a bowl and add butter, coconut, honey and salt

  4. Place in the refrigerator and allow to cool for 30 minutes

  5. Line a sheet tray with parchment

  6. With slightly damp hands, roll balls of the mixture and line on sheet tray

  7. Place balls back in the refrigerator to chill for an additional 20-30 minutes

  8. Melt chocolate over a double boiler and stir in peppermint extract

  9. Dip balls one by one and place back on sheet tray; top with additional coconut and salt

  10. Serve immediately or store in refrigerator until you’re ready to snack! 

 

Cannabis infused peppermint coconut date balls on vintage white plate with Missouri handkerchief

Kristen Williams
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