Cannabis-infused food has been the biggest culinary craze to hit our shores. It all started in California with cannabis-infused gummy bears and beverages. Now, it is quickly spreading around the globe (or at least where cannabis is legal), and a new recipe is being invented pretty much every day. Although cannabis brownies are no longer new, people are using cannabis in new and surprising ways in their cooking.
Cannabis is also being used in gourmet foods, because it has a lot of great benefits. You can find it in fine restaurants and at private dinner parties. Creating new and innovative cannabis dishes is becoming increasingly common. Cooking with cannabis involves more than just adding it to food or using edibles. It is an art form of preparing cannabis and infusing it with oils and fats.
Today, we share the best no-bake cannabis recipes a Colorado Springs dispensary provides.
Cannabis Recipes: Marijuana-Infused Cooking Oils
Marijuana-infused oils such as cannabutter are the easiest way to incorporate cannabis into any cuisine. To make one, THC must be able to bond with a fatty medium, such as butter or oil, to draw out the psychoactive effects. Because all the following no-bake recipes use cannabutter, we will first show you how to make one yourself.
How To Prepare Cannabutter
The most basic way to cook cannabis-infused food is with cannabutter. It can be spread on toast, baked with it, or fry your vegetables! It is delicious and simple to add to your meals, not to mention easy to make.
This is how you can make your own cannabutter for cannabis-infused food.
- Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat until it sizzles. Keep stirring so as not to burn the butter.
- Add ground marijuana and simmer on low heat for approximately 45-60 minutes while stirring frequently. The standard ratio of marijuana to butter is approximately 3 grams to a cup. However, you can adjust this according to your tolerance.
- As the marijuana infuses, the butter will slowly turn green. Then, strain the butter through a cheesecloth to remove the plant bits.
- Transfer to a mason jar and let it cool down to room temperature before refrigerating.
- You can store cannabutter in the fridge for up to six months
Now that you have cannbutter, you can use this to make the delicious no-bake treats below!
- No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies
This is a chocolatey, peanut-y combination for gourmet chocoholics.
- 2 cups of white sugar
- 1/2 cup cannabutter
- 1/2 cup milk
- Three tablespoons of cocoa powder
- Instant Oats 3 cups
- Peanut butter 1/2 cup
- One teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Lay wax paper on your counter or a baking tray. Set aside.
- Heat a saucepan over medium setting on the stove. Add the cannabutter and cocoa powder to the pot and stir until well blended. Add the milk, sugar, salt, and milk.
- Once the ingredients are dissolved, increase the heat until it boils. Bring the heat back down to low, then simmer for one minute.
- Turn off the heat. Mix in the peanut butter, vanilla extract, and oats. Stir until the mixture turns into a dough-like consistency.
- Place the mixture on the previously prepared baking tray using a spoon or an ice cream scoop. Form each piece into your desired shape. You may also use a cookie cutter.
- Allow it to harden at room temperature.
- Enjoy with milk or as is.
- No-Bake Cannabis Cookie Bars
You do not have to stop at chocolate peanut butter cookies. These edible cookie bar snacks will take your party to the next level.
- 1.5 cups peanut butter
- 1.5 cups crushed graham crackers
- 1 pound confectioner’s sugar
- 1/2 cup cannabutter, melted
- 1/2 cup butter, melt
- 12 oz milk chocolate chips
- Combine the peanut butter, sugar, crushed graham crackers, and salt in a bowl.
- Mix until well combined. Add the butter and cannabutter. Mix well.
- Press the mixture in a bowl or on a baking tray. Set aside.
- Place the milk chocolate chips into a bowl. In a double boiler or the microwave oven, melt.
- Spread the melted chocolate over the peanut butter mixture.
- Refrigerate until it sets. Do not freeze
- Slice into bars and serve.
- No-Bake Sweet & Salty CBD Energy Bites
This recipe has extra salt to enhance its flavor.
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- Two teaspoons cannabutter/cannabis
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup of oats
- 1/4 cup chopped almonds
- 1/4 cup pretzels, crushed
- One teaspoon salt
- Line the baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Combine the honey, almond butter, cannabutter, in a large bowl. Mix all ingredients with a wooden spoon or spatula until well blended.
- Add in the vanilla extract and stir.
- Add the dry ingredients: salt, pretzels, and almonds. Mix well.
- Place the mixture onto a baking sheet using a spoon or small ice cream scooper.
- Roll each scoop into balls.
- Place in the refrigerator to cool and set.
- No-Bake Cannabis Fudge
You can make delicious, no-bake edible cannabis treats. As a final treat, here is one more mouthwatering cannabis-infused treat.
- Four sticks of cannabutter
- 1 cup peanut butter
- One teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 7 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup powdered cocoa
- Melt the peanut butter and cannabutter in a double boiler. Add the vanilla extract. Mix well. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the powdered cocoa powder and powdered sugar. Stir until well-combined.
- Carefully mix the wet and dry ingredients.
- Mix thoroughly and spread the mixture evenly on a baking sheet.
- To chill, place in the refrigerator
- Serve and enjoy
These treats can be enjoyed at any time. These recipes are simple to follow, and many of the ingredients may already be in your kitchen. However, be careful how much cannabis you use to avoid unpleasant side effects and overdose.