Peppermint, Coconut & Dark Chocolate CBD Date Bites
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:
reduce cholesterol: studies show that pecans and other tree nuts can help lower cholesterol
And peppermint is rich in the terpene limonene, which is:
2 c dates
1 tsp baking soda
2 c boiling water
1 ½ c pecans, chopped
1 stick butter, melted (Optional: Infuse with peppermint using the LEVO Oil Infusion Machine)
Fill herb pod with 1 tbsp dried peppermint
Add butter to basin
Set temperature at 165˚F and time at 25 min
Allow to infuse and dispense into mixing container to use or jar to store
2 c unsweetened shredded coconut, plus additional for topping
½ c honey (we recommend using Potli CBD-infused Honey)
1 tsp salt, plus additional for topping
½ tsp peppermint extract or 1 drop food-grade* peppermint essential oil (this ingredient is not needed if you infuse your butter with peppermint using the LEVO)
20 oz dark melting chocolate
*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)
Place dates in bowl with boiling water and teaspoon of baking soda; let sit for 5-10 minutes, until softened
In a blender, add dates, 1 c of the water and pecans. Blend until combined, about 2-3 minutes. Mixture will be slightly chunky
Pour mixture into a bowl and add butter, coconut, honey and salt
Place in the refrigerator and allow to cool for 30 minutes
Line a sheet tray with parchment
With slightly damp hands, roll balls of the mixture and line on sheet tray
Place balls back in the refrigerator to chill for an additional 20-30 minutes
Melt chocolate over a double boiler and stir in peppermint extract
Dip balls one by one and place back on sheet tray; top with additional coconut and salt
Serve immediately or store in refrigerator until you’re ready to snack!
Opportunities for Cannabinoid Infusion
If you'd like to enhance this recipe with cannabinoids, consider using one of the products below. We recommend using between 5-30mg of CBD per serving, depending on your needs and body weight (typically 1-5mg of CBD per 10 lbs of body weight). Remember to always start low and go slow when it comes to cannabinoids, and be sure to read our CBD Safety article and talk to your doctor before incorporating something new into your routine.
LEVO Oil Infusion Machine
If you're in a legal state or have access to hemp, you can also add available cannabis flower to your LEVO herb pod to infuse the butter in this recipe. To infuse cannabis flower with butter, set your LEVO to 165˚F for 2.5 hours.
Learn more about the LEVO Oil Infusion Machine here!
Potli CBD Honey
To enhance this recipe with cannabinoids, consider substituting some or all of the honey in each recipe for Potli’s CBD honey.
Potli CBD honey is a full-spectrum product made from hemp grown in Kentucky without pesticides, fertilizers, or chemicals. Their CO2 extracted CBD is then blended with Grade A wildflower honey harvested by hand from their own bees in the Bay Area of California. This female-owned company is passionate about “empowering you to experience and enjoy life your way” by creating products designed to help you live a high-functioning life.
1 tablespoon of Potli’s CBD honey is approximately 10 mg CBD. When substituting infused honey for regular honey, be aware of how many mg CBD are in each portion of the recipe you are making. The standard dose of CBD is 10mg, but varies based on tolerance, reason for use, severity of condition, etc., and can be used at regular dosages as high as 50mg or more. We always recommend starting small and working up as needed to cut down on overall costs of using CBD as medicine.
Papa & Barkley Essentials Hemp Drops CBD Tincture
If you'd like to enhance your lip balm with cannabinoids, you can add cannabis flower to your LEVO herb pod or add an available tincture to your recipe.
Before dispensing this lip balm into its containers, we added 2 droppers of Papa & Barkley’s full-spectrum CBD tincture to enhance it with the healing properties of CBD.
This tincture is a whole plant extraction made with hemp grown in Colorado and carried in fractionated coconut or MCT oil. It is a lipid infusion, meaning that it uses no solvents in the extraction process and retains a full range of phytonutrients, including all of the plant’s cannabinoids and terpenes. A full dropper of their 450mg bottle contains 30mg of CBD, and the dropper has measurements on the side for easy dosing.
This recipe was created in collaboration with Rustic Supper and Justin McDaniel. The product shown here was gifted to Hempsley by LEVO and Papa & Barkley during their Heart of Health Exchange sponsorship. All opinions are our own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Hempsley!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products have not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners. Please consult your health care professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act requires this notice.
The product shown here was gifted to Hempsley by LEVO and Papa & Barkley during their partnership for our Heart of Health Exchange.
LEVO and Papa & Barkley’s sponsorship supported our mission to bring you free, quality education by allowing us to purchase props, create original imagery, perform research, write and edit content, & host events in our local community. Although this is a sponsored recipe, we assure you that we are committed to bringing you unbiased information and promise that all thoughts and opinions are our own. Thank you for your support!
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This review was written by Kristen Williams. Copyright Hempsley 2019, All Rights Reserved