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The holiday season is upon us and there are many reasons to celebrate. We have our family, friends and health. With the calendar year coming to a close, it’s an ideal time to look back and reflect on how you got here. It’s also a good moment to ponder where you want to go as the next calendar page turns. The best way to commemorate these thoughts? By stuffing your face with those you care about most!

Let’s face it. With family time comes a lot of dessert time — it’s no wonder we tend to gain excess pounds in the winter! If you’re feeling guilty about all of the sugar, add some awesome benefits by incorporating CBD into your desserts.

CBD is a nonpsychedelic supplement that will help your whole squad kick back and relax this holiday season. Baking with CBD may seem strange, but it’s a complete protein that has relaxative effects on the system. Therefore, the whole family can enjoy some delicious CBD treats this holiday season without worrying (too much) about excess pounds! Let’s take a look at how to make 5 delicious CBD holiday desserts.

Why CBD for the Holidays?

The holidays are a time meant for family, reflection and having a good time. We’re all so busy 52 weeks of the year, so December into January is a time to be grateful for your loved ones, health and future. Unfortunately, many look at this time of year as a source of stress. Some perceive the holidays as daunting due to financial woes, hosting parties or dealing with family members. It can’t solve every problem, but using CBD during the holidays may just help relieve some of that stress. 

Sometimes we forget that work and other responsibilities can take the backseat for a few days. Our minds keep racing to all the things on our to-do list. By the time we finally unplug our minds from the everyday grind, the holiday vacation is over and it’s time to plug it back in! That’s why using CBD products can help kick your dessert up a notch this holiday season.  

How CBD Desserts Work

Consuming a CBD dessert is much like taking a supplement with breakfast. You are consuming beneficial phytocannabinoids along with fats, carbs and other micronutrients. By infusing your desserts with CBD, it naturally increases the bioavailability of all your food’s nutrients.

The fats of the food will absorb the CBD chemicals. When you consume CBD desserts, the fatty exterior will hit the stomach acid first and the solid matter will break down. As a natural reaction, the CBD hoarded in the fat will dissipate into the atmosphere.

Since your atmosphere is contained inside of your skin, phytocannabinoids will dissolve into the bloodstream. Here is where the CBD particles will seek out unhappy receptors in your system. These are the receptors that are triggering your brain to repeatedly think things like, “You’re going to have so many emails when you go back” or “Your father-in-law’s politics are going to cause a huge fight.”  

CBD will bind onto some receptors, causing a calming effect on the entire system. In turn, you will feel relaxed, tune out the drama and tune into what matters most.

CBD and Weight Loss

Now, one of our biggest concerns about indulging in holiday sweets is the weight gain. Sure, CBD isn’t going to be a holiday weight loss miracle. However, it’s going to help fight the effects of these sweet foods we’re consuming.

When we eat a lot of sweets, it creates a lot of adipose tissue. These are white fat cells that tend to gather around the gut. The majority of fatty tissue cells are called 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Studies suggest CBD helps turn these white cells into beige-colored cells.

In a process called fat-browning, CBD stimulates these dormant sources of energy. When the white tissue turns brown, the cells become easy to absorb by the bloodstream. In other words, energy is readily available. Seeing as this energy is being drawn from the fat absorbed in your gut, this naturally shreds weight from your midsection.

Additionally, that study also showed CBD activated 7 critical proteins and caused 10 gene expressions that converted white tissues to brown. Simultaneously, these unique phytocannabinoids also down-regulated 3 proteins that have scientifically shown themselves to convert energy-burning brown tissues into fatty white ones.

Now that you understand how CBD can help your holiday spirit, let’s get to making some delicious CBD holiday desserts!

CBD Pumpkin Loaf

Who says pumpkin season needs to be over? While it’s cold, reminisce about warmer times and foliage-filled hikes with CBD Pumpkin Loaf. This recipe infuses CBD into the icing. This is a great way to preserve CBD because CBD starts to evaporate around 320° F to 356° F. Therefore, mixing in with an icing will ensure maximum CBD absorption.

Ingredients:

Cake

  • 1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 free-range eggs
  • 1 cup organic pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground espresso
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Icing

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Pour apple cider vinegar into a bowl.
  3. Add baking soda and allow to fizz.
  4. Use an electric beater to add in eggs.
  5. Once peak forms, add remaining cake ingredients until well combined.
  6. Line a bread loaf pan with parchment paper and place the batter inside.
  7. Put in oven for 30 minutes.
  8. Once done, allow to cool.
  9. After the cake cools, start the icing.
  10. Melt the coconut oil and coconut butter together at a low temperature.
  11. Once melted, allow to cool a bit (but not all the way).
  12. Add in Joy Organics CBD oil and stir.
  13. Pour icing over cooled off loaf and it should harden immediately!

CBD Veganogg

One of the grandest traditions during the holiday season is eggnog. However, not everyone can partake in the festivities. Vegans don’t drink dairy products, which excludes them from this festive beverage. Well, the CBD community is an inclusive one. So, cheers, vegans. Here’s a CBD Veganogg even carnivores will crave this holiday season! The best part? It’s super easy. Let’s take a look!

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz raw hemp milk
  • 4 cups frozen thai coconut meat
  • 3 tablespoons organic maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons organic raw chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla bean extract
  • 1 drop Joy Organics orange CBD tincture
  • Pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt
  • Pinch of nutmeg (Optional)
  • Pinch of cinnamon (Optional)

Instructions:

  1. Add everything into a blender except the topping you want (cinnamon or nutmeg). Whichever you don’t use as a topping, add into the mix!
  2. Blend for about 20 seconds, until texture is smooth and creamy
  3. Pour into a cup and add a pinch of the topping you didn’t throw in your Veganogg!

CBD Gingerbread and Apple Cake

Who isn’t a bit guilty of going overboard at the orchards during the fall? We still have some apples clinging onto life. What better use than to bake them? This CBD Gingerbread and Apple Cake is guilt-free because it’s gluten-free. With 18 million Americans suffering from a gluten sensitivity, flour in holiday treats may lead to excess weight into the New Year. This recipe takes that statistic into consideration and gives you a healthy dose of CBD!

Dry Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup gluten-free brown rice flour
  • ¾ cup gluten-free buckwheat flour
  • ¼ cup sunflower seed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon clove
  • Pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • ¼ cup pure cane sugar
  • ¼ cup organic maple syrup
  • Apples (or ⅓ cup applesauce)
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ⅓ cup distilled water
  • 1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup organic coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon Joy Organics lemon CBD tincture
  • 1 tablespoon raw chia (place in ¼ cup of warm distilled water)

Directions:

  1. This recipe is best with homemade applesauce. If you have any left over, heat it up on the stove and stir with water. You only need ⅓ cup of applesauce, so 1 or 2 apples should suffice. However, if you make extra, that’s a nice treat to snack on!
  2. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  3. Line a cake pan with parchment paper.
  4. Mix all dry ingredients.
  5. Once applesauce is done, allow to cool.
  6. Mix all wet ingredients (including homemade applesauce) into a bowl. Exclude the chia.
  7. Slowly mix dry mix into wet mix.
  8. Add chia paste and smooth together.
  9. Place into lined pan and even out with a spatula.
  10. Bake for 25 minutes, until browned.

CBD Snow Day Mint Drops  

We’ve had some pretty healthy holiday recipes. This is without a doubt an old-fashioned sweet tooth attack. It’s okay to live a little! Just be sure to do so with moderation. Here’s a CBD spin on a minty holiday classic!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt
  • ½ cup crushed peppermint candy canes
  • ¾ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 5 teaspoons warm water
  • 1 teaspoon Joy Organics mint CBD tincture

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and white sugar in a large bowl. Continue until texture is smooth.
  3. Beat egg into mixture.
  4. Combine salt and flour into mixture.
  5. Fold in candy canes.
  6. Roll batter into balls about 1 tablespoon in size.
  7. Place on a baking sheet and bake until firm, around 8-10 minutes.
  8. Allow to cool for 1 minute before moving to cooling rack.
  9. Grab confectioner’s sugar and warm water and whisk together in a small bowl.
  10. Add in Joy Organics mint CBD tincture and mix together.
  11. Dip cooled off balls into mix.
  12. Roll in more candy cane crumbs, if desired.

Nutella Cherry Fudge CBD Bites

Okay, who doesn’t have a soft spot for Nutella? Well, get even nuttier by adding some Joy Organics Natural CBD Tinctures to the mix. CBD has a naturally earthy flavor that will compliment this dessert and your body’s receptors! Cheers to a Happy New Year!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • Butter
  • 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla bean extract
  • 8-oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped 
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ cup dried cherries, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon Joy Organics natural CBD tincture

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 275° F.
  2. Place hazelnuts on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Once skins crack, place them into a towel.
  4. Roll the hazelnuts around to loosen up the skin before transferring to a chopping board and coarsely cutting them.
  5. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.
  6. Butter the parchment paper lightly and set aside.
  7. Simmer a few inches of water in a pot. Do not boil.
  8. Place a heatproof bowl onto the pot.
  9. Combined sweetened condensed milk, organic vanilla bean extract, chocolate, Nutella, butter, chili powder and salt.
  10. Stir the mixture over heat occasionally until the texture is smooth.
  11. Remove from the heat and toss in hazelnuts, dried cherries and CBD tincture.
  12. Fold until everything is well-combined.
  13. Spread evenly into prepared baking pan.
  14. Let cool and sprinkle with pink Himalayan sea salt.
  15. Cover the pan and refrigerate for four hours.
  16. After four hours, remove parchment paper from baking pan and cut up fudge as desired.
  17. Store in airtight container.

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