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The Ultimate Guide to Baking CBD Brownies

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Imagine you've had a long day and you're relaxing with your feet up and a cup of tea, you're watching your favourite tv program, all is well.  To top it off, you remember your homemade CBD brownies in the fridge and heat one up during the commercial break (more realistically you pause netflix) and settle in until your couch all but devours you.  If this sounds as nice to you as it does to us, then keep reading because we're going to show you how to make this night your reality, and every night after if you'd like.  Baking your own CBD edibles is so satisfying and rewarding plus you can really play around and get creative with them.  However, there are a handful of golden rules to keep in mind so that your brownies and treats are a success every time.  We've compiled some of our best pointers and an easy but seriously delicious brownie recipe to get you started.  It's simple, it's fun and this is just a glimpse into the newly discovered world of baking with this earthy and relaxing herb.  


  • Watch the heat.  The easiest way to damage your edibles is by overheating them.  Applying directly to the stovetop or cooking at high temperatures can destroy the CBD's precious terpenes and healthy properties.  It's boiling and vaporization point is quite low so be mindful not to heat above 171 C.       

  • Quality is King.  CBD should be extracted into a fatty base oil such as coconut, olive or hemp oil to be used in baking.  This means that it is best to use a CBD oil but make sure it is of high quality and includes ingredients that are desirable and safe for baking.  Cheaper products may have additives or not contain the same healthful properties present in higher caliber products.  You can not go wrong with any of the oils in our shop, we only source from the best brands on the market.  Keep in mind that CBD concentrate, in a powder form, and CBD crystals can also be used in baking.
      
  • Consider Flavour.  CBD comes in a myriad of flavours so it is important to match them appropriately with what you are cooking or baking up.  Naturally, CBD has a very earthy and strong taste that can be incorporated, just like any other herb in your pantry, into cooking and baking.  Instead of trying to mask its flavour, we really recommend you try to embrace it in your culinary repertoire. 

  • Storage is Essential.  This is a paramount step that most people are unaware of.  Edibles are highly sensitive to heat and light; you wouldn't want to go through all the effort of making them, only to lose the CBD's impact over something as trivial as storing them improperly.  So keep them off your sunny counter next to the oven and store them in a cool, dark and dry place.  

  • Concentrate on concentration.  Baking is a precise art and adding in a lot of additional oil can throw a recipe off kilter.  Try to use an oil that has a high CBD potency so you do not need to use excessive amounts of oil.  If all you have is a less potent mix then consider removing oil elsewhere in the recipe that is equivalent to the CBD oil you will be adding.  

  • Figure out your serving size and dosage per serving.  Before you get started, you will have to decide how much CBD you want in each serving, since CBD oils vary in potency we've put together an easy formula for you.  Don't let the math scare you, it's a breeze once you've done it once.    

    Step 1. Figure out how many milligrams of CBD you want in each brownie and multiply it by the total number of servings.  (Example: If you want 10mg of CBD per serving and there are 16 servings in total, you will want to add 160mg of CBD to your batter).
     
    Step 2. Figure out how many milligrams of CBD there are per milliliter in your CBD oil.  Simply divide the total milligrams of CBD in the bottle by the total number of milliliters.  (Example: if your bottle has 1000mg of CBD in 10ml then each milliliter has 100mg of CBD in it → 1000 divided by 10 = 100mg)   

    Step 3. Divide the total amount of CBD you wish to have in your brownies (160mg) by the milligrams of CBD found in each milliliter of your oil (100mg).  160  divided by 100 is 1.6 so you will need 1.6ml of CBD oil in your recipe.  Use google to convert your desired milliliters to teaspoons/tablespoons!


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    So that is it, while keeping these simple tips in mind, you are ready to get baking and start exploring this incredibly versatile and flavourful herb.  You are going to love the recipe we've provided below and it'll have you running back and forth to the shop all week.           



    The Chewiest, Fudgiest and Tastiest CBD Brownies


    INGREDIENTS:


  • ½ cup of coconut oil, melted and heated
  • 1  cup superfine white sugar*
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • ½ cup of chocolate chips* (optional but recommended!) 
  • For 10mg of CBD in each brownie use:
    1.6ml/ ⅛ teaspoon + 2 droppers of our Daiba Organic 1,000mg oil OR
    1.6ml /⅛ teaspoon +1.5 droppers our Calm MCT Isolate oil*

  • You can find these oils by clicking here.

    **Bonus: get creative with different types of chocolate chips like adding peanut butter or white chocolate chips 

    **For even fudgier brownies use half brown sugar and half white sugar 

    **For a peppermint flavour use 4ml of our Love Hemp Peppermint CBD spray (this will yield 10mg of CBD per serving)

    **If you would like 20mg of CBD per serving double the quantity of CBD oil or if you would prefer 5mg per serving, cut the quantity of oil in half 

     



    METHOD: 


    1. Preheat fan forced oven to 165°F (175°C).
    2. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan with oil. Line with parchment or baking paper; set aside.
    3. Combine hot melted coconut oil and sugar together in a medium-sized bowl. Beat well with a whisk for about a minute. Add the eggs and vanilla; beat for  another minute, until lighter in colour.
    4. Sift in flour, cocoa powder, chocolate chips and salt. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until JUST combined (do not over beat as this could affect the brownie texture).  If the batter is looking a bit dry - add more melted coconut oil one tablespoon at a time. 
    5. Pour batter into the prepared pan.  Treat your batter like gold and take the time to really scrape all of it into the pan - every bit counts! 
    6. Bake for 25-28 minutes, or until the centre of the brownies are just set to the touch and they no longer jiggle.  When using a toothpick, it should still be a bit dirty when you remove it from the center, this is what makes them fudgy.  The brownies will continue to cook in the hot pan.  
    7. Set on the counter and let them cool to room temperature.  Cut into 16 brownies (4 slices both length and width ways)



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