Fitness & Nutrition

7 CBD Recipes for Any Time of Day

By Melena Gurganus
Alyson Mcphee

Whether you want to infuse CBD into your next meal, dessert, or afternoon snack, there’s a recipe for that. Many CBD recipes are also vegan and gluten free, which is an added bonus for anyone trying to maintain a plant-based diet. Check out these top seven CBD recipes to find the best way to add some CBD into your diet with ease.

Our Favorite CBD Recipes

CBD Granola Bars

Looking for a healthy snack that’s easy to make at home? These CBD granola bars are a perfect way to make an on-the-go treat or morning breakfast bar that’s also infused with a bit of CBD for an added boost to help you get through the day.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup puffed rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 3/4 cup chopped dried fruit (or dark chocolate chips)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon of CBD oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a 9×9 square pan with parchment paper.
  • Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Stir well. Add the coconut oil, honey, CBD oil, and vanilla. Stir until everything is evenly coated.
  • Pour mixture into prepared pan. Using the bottom of a smaller pan, press down on the oat mixture to compress it as tightly as possible.
  • Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and again use the small pan to press down on the oat bars. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cut into 12 bars. Cool completely before wrapping. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week.

(Recipe courtesy of Well Fed Baker)

Garlic CBD Oil Salad Dressing

Since CBD tinctures are a natural oil based plant extract, they tend to pair well with vinaigrettes and other dressings to create a tasty addition to any salad. This recipe has been modified from its original version to incorporate both CBD oil and hemp seed oil as ingredients, which provides added nutritional value along with a distinctly nutty flavor profile.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of hemp seed oil
  • 1 tablespoon of CBD oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped/minced
  • 1/8 tsp pepper

Instructions:

  • Whisk all ingredients together until fully incorporated.
  • Let sit for an hour so the flavor of the garlic comes through.
  • Shake well and drizzle onto a salad.

(Recipe courtesy of Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen)

Fresh CBD Guacamole

Who doesn’t love fresh guacamole to dip their tortilla chips in? Avocados and CBD oil are a great combination when it comes to making a tasty guac that you and your friends will love. This recipe makes roughly 4 servings and should be served immediately, or stored in the fridge for up to a day.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1  tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ½ large Roma tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons minced jalapeño or Serrano pepper, with seeds and membrane removed (leave the membrane and seeds if you prefer lots of heat)
  • CBD oil in desired strength

Instructions:

  • Cut avocados in half lengthwise and remove pits. Scoop out flesh and add to bowl.
  • Add lime juice and CBD oil. Mash with fork until creamy but still chunky.
  • Crush garlic clove with salt to make a paste using the flat part of a knife, or just chop salted garlic.
  • Add tomato, garlic/salt, and diced peppers to avocado mixture.
  • Adjust the taste with additional salt, peppers and/or lime juice.

(Recipe courtesy of Grateful)

CBD Smoothie

Smoothies are a great way to get an array of nutrients in one beverage, and adding a dropper full of CBD oil to your favorite smoothie concoction is a quick and easy way to reap the benefits of this compound. Here’s a recipe to one of our favorites: a CBD-infused strawberry banana smoothie.

Ingredients:

  • One whole banana
  • Four whole strawberries
  • One cup of almond milk
  • One tablespoon of hemp seeds or chia seeds (optional)
  • One teaspoon of honey
  • One full dropper (1 mL) of CBD oil

Instructions:

  • Blend all ingredients to reach desired consistency

(Recipe courtesy of Palmetto Harmony)

Chocolate Chip CBD Cookies

For this recipe, you’ll likely want to use a coconut oil based, flavorless CBD oil so the desired taste of your cookies isn’t altered due to the addition of a hemp-derived product. These chocolate chip CBD cookies are a perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth while getting a dose of CBD in the process.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  •  ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 0.5 oz CBD oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons hot water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place the softened butter mixed with CBD tincture, brown sugar, and white sugar in a bowl and cream until smooth. Then, beat in the eggs one at a time before softly stirring in the vanilla extract.
  • Dissolve the baking soda into the hot water and then add it to the batter alongside the salt. Then, slowly stir in the chocolate chips, nuts (if you want them), and the flour.
  • Drop large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans, then bake for about 10 minutes (or until the edges start to turn a golden brown.)

(Recipe courtesy of Cannabinoid Creations)

Spicy Herb CBD Marinade

When making a marinade, CBD oil is an easy addition that allows proteins like steak, chicken, or tofu to absorb the CBD and other flavorful ingredients for a delicious infused meal. Marinades can also be used as a dipping sauce, or to top-off your dish for added flavor in the end product. This recipe for a spicy herb marinade goes well with a variety of dishes.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • 3 tablespoons full spectrum hemp CBD oil
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic smashed and minced
  • 4 dashes hot sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh basil
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary minced

Instructions:

  • Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl or Ziploc bag
  • Let protein marinate in mixture for 4 hours or more (refrigerate)
  • Save excess marinade to later add to the finished dish

(Recipe courtesy of Vitalized Hemp)

CBD PB&J Sandwich

This recipe requires minimal culinary skill since you only need a few ingredients to make a PB&J. Peanut butter is a thick, naturally oily product that CBD oil can easily be mixed into to get a dose of CBD with this twist on a classic sandwich.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Mix desired amount of CBD oil with peanut butter in a small bowl
  • Spread peanut butter mixture on bread, and pair with your favorite jelly

*Bonus Recipe: Finishing (CBD) Oil

For an easy way to add CBD to any meal, you can use CBD oil as the finishing touch to your favorite pastas, cream sauces, or other dishes that would pair well with the subtle flavor of hemp, or opt for a flavorless tincture if you aren’t a fan of its earthy taste.

What are the benefits of ingesting CBD?

CBD extracted from hemp plants has gained much attention for its potential health benefits, which have shown to help people with pain, sleep issues, anxiety and depression, as well as an array of other symptoms.

While there are plenty of other ways to take CBD, ingesting the compound with food is sometimes preferred for people that don’t enjoy the taste of hemp oil, or for those that want a smaller dose absorbed by the body over a longer period of time.

What to Know Before Cooking with CBD Oil

Many of the recipes that we’ve listed here don’t require any heat, which is a good thing when it comes to making CBD-infused meals. Like any other plant compound, CBD can be destroyed when met with high temperatures. We recommend that you avoid putting direct heat on CBD oil while cooking, as this can cause a break down of cannabinoids and terpenes that are responsible for many of the wellness advantages associated with CBD. Additionally, you should only ingest high quality CBD oil products from companies that share their lab test results, hemp source, and other important information with consumers.

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