So, it’s been a little while since I posted an awesome CBD based recipe using my favourite brand Truth Naturals and their awesome organic full spectrum oils because I’ve been super busy with things like shaving my head for charity and being nominated for the Health Blog Awards 2019 (I know, I know!). But, I’m back baby and with an absolutely scrummy recipe that’s perfect for drizzling over ice cream in the summer – my CBD Salted Caramel Sauce. If ice cream isn’t your thang then dip apple slices into it, eat it straight from the jar, pour it over freshly baked brownies… most of all though just enjoy how absolutely dreamy it is!
This smooth and creamy CBD Salted Caramel Sauce is delicious for drizzled over desserts and fruit, plus it’s great for treating pain, anxiety, and insomnia!
DISCLAIMER: Please note, I am a Truth Naturals affiliate and was sent some wonderful goodies to create delicious recipes with. All opinions are my own and 100% honest. For more info scroll to the bottom of this post.
If you aren’t familiar with CBD (cannabidiol) then you might be under the impression that it’s solely for stoners or is illegal in the UK altogether, but don’t worry, you’re not alone with those thoughts and they’re all pretty common misconceptions. You’ll be relieved to know however that this isn’t the case at all and CBD is now widely available in most health food stores in the UK. CBD is simply an all natural compound that can be derived from both the hemp and marijuana plant and can be used to help treat depression, anxiety, insomnia, chronic inflammation, and pain, amongst a whole host of other things. But don’t worry, CBD is not intoxicating like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is. For those of you that don’t know, THC is the compound in weed that gets you ‘high’.
Both CBD and THC are classed as a phytocannabinoids – plant-based cannabinoids which are essentially compounds of the Cannabis sativa plant. These cannabinoids can also be found being produced inside of our own bodies via the endocannabinoid system, also known as the ‘ECS‘. Although it’s worth noting that our body produces CBD it does not, however, produce THC. Instead, the body produces a neurotransmitter that is almost identical to THC called anandamide (AEA) which is sometimes dubbed as the ‘bliss molecule‘ and is a sort of natural antidepressant and it can also be found in raw cacao too.
I do honestly love a real caramel sauce, you know – one that’s been whipped up on the stove. But, I’m also pretty lazy and like a lot of working mums, I usually don’t have much time to make delicious desserts on the daily. So, I decided to opt for a raw vegan recipe that was quick and easy to make for all my fellow lazy and busy people out there. All you need is a decent high-speed blender or food processor and a small bunch of ingredients. Although the sauce is largely coconut oil based it gets its caramel-like flavour from Medjool dates, coconut sugar, vanilla, and coconut cream. The CBD oil doesn’t detract from the taste at all and you can change the dosage as you see fit. If you’re looking for some energising effects then keep the dosage low at around 8mg, if you’re looking to treat pain or insomnia then a higher dose of anywhere between 25mg and 50mg would be ideal.
If you’re really new to CBD start dosing twice a day orally at really low doses of about 5-8mg for a few days then move up to 10-16mg if you aren’t feeling any effects. Everyone reacts differently and what might be a high dose for one person may not touch the sides for another. Whatever you do don’t just go storming in taking super high doses as you’ll just be wasting your hard earned cash and probably won’t gain any extra benefits from it either, in fact, you might find that CBD just becomes less effective. This is because CBD is biphasic meaning that it has different effects on the body at different concentrations so at a certain dose you could feel alert and full of energy and at another, you could feel drowsy, or if you use it to treat nausea then one dose could help but another could actually make it worse. It’s about learning how your body responds and this is down to how well your endocannabinoid system works already, chances are if you’re a heavy weed smoker then your body will likely require larger doses of CBD.
Anyway, that’s probably enough on the whole science of CBD for now, but if you’d like to create a super delicious sauce that you can pour down your gullet, or just over a delicious dessert, then check out the recipe below. I love this sauce with a tart green apple like a Granny Smith or 2 tbsp of the sauce blended into steamed hot milk or cold milk makes the best latte or milkshake ever. Either way just make it your own and have fun!
- 1 cup coconut oil (melted)
- ¼ cup/roughly 10 pitted Medjool/Deglet Noor dates
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- ¼ cup coconut cream (see notes)
- 2 tbsp almond/cashew butter or tahini
- 1 tsp vanilla powder/1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp sea salt
- ¼-1/2 cup freshly boiled water
- 10ml/166mg Truth Naturals Natural 500mg CBD Oil Tincture
- Start by combining all of the ingredients, except for the freshly boiled water or CBD oil, into the bowl of your food processor or a high-speed blender. Pulse a few times before blending on high until the ingredients come together into a nice smooth paste. The oil may separate but don't worry the hot water will emulsify the sauce.
- Add ¼ cup of the freshly boiled water and blend to emulsify. If you'd like the sauce to be of a thinner consistency trickle in a little more water at a time but no more than another ¼ cup. I used ½ a cup in total for mine as I wanted it to be runny but for more of a dip ¼ cup should be fine. Next blend in the CBD and divide into airtight jars then store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Due to the sauce being coconut oil based it will solidify when stored in the fridge so simply run the jar under some lukewarm water, slowly increasing the heat, then sit the jar in a bowl of freshly boiled water for 5 minutes. Stir together and enjoy.
This recipe makes roughly 2 and a half 250ml cups of caramel sauce. A serving is ¼ cup (roughly 60ml). When figuring out dosing, add 10 of your regular doses. In this recipe, I've included 10 doses at roughly 16.6mg each.
*All cup measurements used are UK cup measurements and so 1 cup = 250ml. Please note that the prep time is largely setting time.
DISCLAIMER: Please note that this is NOT a sponsored post. I am a Truth Naturals affiliate and was sent some wonderful CBD goodies to create delicious recipes with. All opinions are my own and 100% honest. If you buy anything from the Truth Naturals website using any of the links contained with my post and use the discount code ‘GEORGINA10’, it won’t cost you any extra, but I will get a small commission to help keep my blog up and running. If you’d like to know more, feel free to contact me.