CBD brownies are becoming a popular (and delicious) way to get your fix of CBD oil. From athletes to CEOs, the elderly and everyone in between, more and more people want to incorporate this nutritional supplement into a healthy lifestyle thanks to the greater understanding of CBD oil and its benefits.
CBD contains numerous nutritional properties so makes for a healthy addition to your home bakes, especially brownies. Hemp seeds are gluten-free and a source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibre, essential fatty acids and amino acids, all of which contribute to a healthy body and mind.
And if there is a choice between a CBD salad and CBD brownies, some of us are definitely in the CBD brownie camp!
We’re proud to say that all EthicaCBD products are vegan friendly so we don’t think our recipes should be any different. That’s why this CBD brownie recipe (with peanut butter icing!) is vegan friendly too!
Want to know more about the effects of CBD? Our knowledge hub explains all.
Are CBD Brownies Legal?
When looking for a good CBD brownie recipe on the internet you might first wonder about the legality of CBD and whether it’s legal to make CBD brownies. The simple answer is yes; it is legal to make and consume delicious CBD brownies here in the UK.
Why Put CBD in Food?
CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp. It interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system and, whilst research into specific benefits is still ongoing, it is widely believed to aid the functionality of mental and physical processes that occur within the body. Making cakes or brownies with CBD oil can be a fun and delicious way to get your daily CBD fix.
When adding CBD to food, it passes through your digestive system before eventually entering your blood. This is a slower process than using CBD sprays or droppers which means that the effects are not felt as quickly and may not be as potent.
CBD is now as commonly acknowledged in the wellness space as any other wellbeing promoting vitamin or mineral. Cooking with CBD means that we can replace elements missing from our diet whilst fine-tuning and enhancing the way in which the body performs.
Making your own CBD edibles can be a cheap and effective way of getting CBD into your diet. Using CBD oil to make CBD brownies is a great way to introduce yourself to this popular food supplement but it’s important to make sure that you use a decent CBD brownie recipe so that you can easily judge how much CBD you are consuming. Which leads us to ask the question…
How Much CBD Oil Should I Put in CBD Brownies?
If you are brand new to using CBD in cooking, be sure to start out small. You don’t want to add too much and find out that the taste isn’t quite what you imagined, so start out using small amounts to avoid wasting valuable CBD oil in brownies you don’t want to eat.
When taking CBD oil it is important not to exceed the suggested daily limit of 70mg of CBD in any 24 hour period. Whether you ingest your CBD via droppers, sprays or CBD brownies, you must ensure that you always keep to this limit and never exceed the suggested daily amount.
If you plan to eat all of the CBD brownies yourself in one sitting (!), mix in as much CBD as you would normally take in one dose (we advise 3 drops per dose) and, as long as you eat the whole thing, you will know that you have had one whole dose of CBD.
However, most people prefer to make share bakes like CBD brownies to divide up, so you will have to stir CBD through the brownie mix carefully to ensure it is distributed evenly. Remember that when you cut up your brownies, assuring that the CBD has been mixed through thoroughly, the dose of CBD you ingest will be the amount you put into the recipe, divided by the amount of slices you cut it into.
For example, if your brownie recipe is for 10 brownies and you use a total of 100mg of CBD, you will know that each brownie contains 10mg of CBD (if stirred thoroughly!).
It sounds obvious to say, but sometimes we undertake our daily routines (such as teeth brushing) on auto-pilot without a second thought. If you regularly use CBD droppers throughout the day, you will have to remember the quantity of CBD per slice of brownie and count it into your daily allowance of CBD. Take care not to use drops/sprays later on throughout the day if you have already fulfilled the 70mg of CBD via CBD brownies to avoid inadvertently taking too much.
Is CBD Adversely Affected by Heat?
Similarly with heating other oils such as olive oil, heating CBD oil during cooking can sometimes deplete its unique qualities and change its composition. This is why we take such painstaking care to extract our CBD to guarantee only the purest and highest quality cannabinoids. Carefully balancing the temperature of our CBD extraction is a highly skilled process (and a tricky one to perfect) but we are proud to be able to deliver the highest quality CBD extracts as a result.
If using CBD to make brownies you might wonder if the CBD oil is altered by heating it. Heating it more than 120 degrees can destroy all its efficacy so it’s a good idea to make brownies using a low heat. Better still, try a no-bake raw vegan brownie recipe which will eliminate the need to heat the oil at all. We also like adding CBD oil to the icing/frosting after the brownies have baked and cooled as a foolproof way of using CBD oil in your baking.
Vegan CBD Brownie Recipe
We love using all sorts of yummy nutritious additions to our brownie recipes, such as this recipe here for courgette vegan brownies (yes really) so adding CBD is a great choice if you care about wellbeing and leading a healthy lifestyle.
If you are a competent baker and adept at making delicious confections like brownies anyway, then you may well already have a favourite brownie recipe that you use. If this is the case, then you can simply add your preferred dose of CBD oil (adhering to the dosage guidelines mentioned above) to the brownie mix and bake as usual.
We’ve put together a DELICIOUS (if we do say so ourselves) VEGAN CBD brownie recipe for you guys to enjoy!
(Note: To ensure these brownies are 100% vegan, please ensure you check the packaging of all the ingredients you use.)
Vegan Brownie Ingredients
- Cooking spray
- 160g plain Flour
- 1 tsp coarse sea salt
- 32g unsweetened cocoa powder
- 227g plant-based butter, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 170g (vegan) dark chocolate chips, divided
- 300g granulated sugar
- 110g packed brown sugar
- 250ml OGGS Aquafaba Egg Alternative (or other vegan egg alternative equal to 5 eggs)
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
Vegan CBD Peanut Butter Icing
- 240g smooth peanut butter
- 10 tbsp plant-based butter, softened to room temperature
- 260g icing sugar
- 6 drops CBD oil
- 1/4 tsp coarse sea salt
- 2 tbsp plant-based double cream (we like Elmlea Plant)
- Preheat oven to 350°f / 177°c. Grease a 9” × 13” baking pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and cocoa powder.
- Add half the chocolate chips to a large, heat-proof bowl. Microwave in 15-second increments, stirring between each time until chocolate chips are half-melted. Add plant-based butter and microwave until melted. Stir to combine butter and chocolate until smooth. Add sugars and whisk until combined.
- Add eggs 50ml at a time, stirring well between each addition, then stir in vanilla. Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture and fold in dry ingredients with a rubber spatula until just combined. Fold in remaining chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the centre of brownies comes out with a few moist crumbs, about 30 minutes. Let cool completely in pan
- Meanwhile, make the icing: In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together peanut butter and plant-based butter. Add icing sugar, vanilla, CBD oil, and salt and beat until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in cream to loosen icing, if needed. When brownies are cool, ice with peanut butter icing. Cut into 12 squares and serve.
- EAT AND ENJOY!
How to Store CBD Brownies
CBD lasts longer than brownies do so there should be no issue with the CBD deteriorating (however it is important to remember more generally that CBD can deteriorate if not stored correctly). It’s important to store your vegan CBD brownies in a cool, dark place and use the usual storage guidance for storing brownies (as per the recipe).
We hope that you like the recipe for vegan CBD brownies. Please share your tips and favourite ways to bake with CBD over on our social media channels.