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
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
If you'd like to enhance your bites with cannabinoids, there are many different products that you can add to this recipe.
We recommend using Potli’s CBD honey, but you can also use an available oil-based or water-soluble tincture. See what tinctures we recommend here!
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.
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Rosebud CBD oil is made from CBD rich hemp flowers grown on US soil under the Oregon sun. Rosebud CBD-rich oil is comprised of CO2 derived hemp extract mixed with fractionated coconut oil, MCT (medium-chain triglycerides). It is pesticide, herbicide and solvent free. We recommend using 5mg CBD (approximately 10 drops from Rosebud's 350mg bottle) per serving in this recipe.
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