Remember the anticipation of the holiday season as a kid? I would look forward to winter break, cool weather, and hanging with friends and family. I enjoyed experiences like relaxing, eating, opening gifts, and eating some more. As I got older, I enjoyed the experience of giving gifts to those I loved, and helping those in need. It was a coming of age and I felt excited to participate. At some point the holidays became hectic; shopping, cooking, planning, paying, and preparing for challenging family dynamics. This year I’ve taken the holidays back for all the good experiences. Cannabis has helped. I have discreetly enjoyed my own private wellness breaks as I navigate the holidays and I even invited some friends and family members on the trip by gifting cannabis. Check out these tips we shared with HelloMD regarding gifting cannabis.
If you’re like me you still have some gifting to do. With Alchemy you can check giving the gift of cannabis and giving to charity off your list. Our partners are helping you do just that with the Alchemy Holiday Wellness Pack. A portion of the proceeds from the Holiday Wellness Packs will be going to the organization Friends Outside who provides gifts and services during the holidays to families of those incarcerated as a result of the War on Drugs.
Now, what kind of December update would we be sharing if we didn’t include a delicious holiday recipe written by an expert at pairing food with cannabis!
A Note & Recipe from Chef Coreen Carroll of The Cannaisseur Series:
We all tend get super precarious during the Holidays. It’s historically been our time to make excuses for poor eating habits. It’s a widely accepted part of our holiday culture to allow ourselves to overindulge on gluttonous meals for weeks on end because we know that come January 1st, we’re headed right to the gym to begin working on our New Year bodies! (wink) Many recipes that show up in my inbox or that are requested by clients during this time of year are filled with every delicious thing under the sun. Everyone wants organic, but no one wants to give up sugar or gluten. So here is a little treat that will still give you the holiday taste you are craving but without leaving you feeling drained afterward. To avoid lots of candy and cookies this year, try replacing them with these truffles. You can also try other variations using different nut butters, dried fruit and spices. Alchemy’s Sativa, citrus, & mint infused vape pen, Awaken, would pair nicely with the energy you will get from the truffle itself.
Healthy Holiday Cranberry Cardamom Truffles
By Coreen Carroll of The Cannaisseur Series
Paleo/ Gluten Free – Makes 16 truffles
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon quality vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
4 tsp canna-coconut oil, melted, room temperature
1 Tbs Local Honey or Maple Syrup
1 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
1 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped
Place the almond butter, coconut flour, vanilla, cardamom, honey and coconut oil in the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until combined.
Scrape down bowl and add in 4 tsp of chopped cranberries and mix until fully combined.
Prepare a small sheet pan with parchment paper. Place remaining chopped cranberries into a small bowl. Place the shredded coconut into another small bowl.
Measure out 16 leveled tablespoons of the batter. Form into perfectly round truffles and place into cranberries first. Cover about half in chopped cranberries and then dunk into the shredded coconut filling in any leftover surface. Toss gently until truffle is fully coated. You may apply gentle pressure to ensure coating sticks.
Place completed truffles on parchment paper and let cool in refrigerator at least 1 hour before serving.
These treats are delicious and are sure to be a hit at any holiday gathering.
Enjoy the experiences!