This month, you get to enjoy a cold culinary creation! Our Kief-Oat-Flaxseed Morsels are perfect for those sizzling summer days when you want a sweet healthy treat without heating up the kitchen. Of course, with the addition of kief, you are also treating your endocannabinoid system with each morsel you munch! So we can safely say you will find these Kief-Oat-Flaxseed Morsels to be cool AND beneficial in one delicious bite.
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Just the Flax, Ma’am
Of course, we can’t just jump into our recipe without learning something about flax and flaxseed.
Like our beloved hemp plant, the flax plant also displays versatile properties. For instance, the seeds from the flax plant can be eaten raw, ground into a meal, or converted to oil.
But there are more parallels to flax seeds and hemp seeds. Nowadays, many health-conscious consumers also include hemp seeds in their diets (hemp hearts are particularly popular and in demand). Hemp seed oils can also be found in most grocery stores and nearly all health food outlets. It is an excellent alternative to other cooking oils, particularly such uninspiring standards as vegetable oil.
Also like the hemp plant, we haven’t yet fully discovered all the ways that flaxseed aids our own bodies. But what we have already learned is indeed impressive!
NUTRITIONAL FLAX FACTS
Here is a nutritional breakdown of 100 grams of flaxseed:
- Carbohydrates – 28.88g including
- Sugars – 1.55g
- Dietary Fiber – 27.3g
- Fats – 42.16g including
- Saturated – 3.663g
- Monounsaturated – 7.527g
- Polyunsaturated Omega-3 – 22.8g
- Polyunsaturated Omega-6 – 5.9g
- Protein – 18.29g
- Calcium – 255mg
- Iron – 5.73mg
- Magnesium – 392mg
- Phosphorous – 642mg
- Potassium – 813mg
- Zinc – 4.34mg
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) – 1.644mg
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) – 0.161mg
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin) – 3.08mg
- Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) – 0.985mg
- Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) – 0.473mg
- Vitamin B9 (Folate) – 87μg*
- Vitamin C – 0.6mg
- Water – 7g
*μg = 1 microgram (1 millionth of a gram or 1 thousandth of a milligram)
Flaxseed is also energy rich. Here is how flaxseed compares to other foods in terms of calories (for 100 grams – about 3.5 ounces):
- Flaxseed – 534 calories
- Popcorn – 375 calories
- Corn Flakes – 357 calories
- French Fries – 312 calories
- Beef Steak – 271 calories
- Pizza – 266 calories
- Chicken Breast – 239 calories
- Pork Chop – 231 calories
- Salmon – 208 calories
- Ice Cream – 207 calories
- Pasta – 131 calories
- Rice – 130 calories
- Tofu – 76 calories
- Carrots – 41 calories
- Broccoli – 34 calories
- Celery – 14 calories
Remember that calories are not bad but a necessity, as they provide us with energy to function. However, when you consume a lot of calories and do not burn them off, weight gain occurs. And that’s where calories get a bad rap. It is easier to consume 100 grams of ice cream or pizza than the same amount of flaxseed. In comparison, a tablespoon of flaxseed (10.3 grams) is usually more than one will consume in a single sitting.
We believe the point has been well-proven… flaxseed is versatile, beneficial, and filled with energy!
A SHORT VERSION OF THE LONG HISTORY OF FLAX
The fibers from the plant have been used to make linen; in fact, it might be the oldest plant material used for this purpose. This is based upon evidence from the Dzudzuana Cave (located in present-day Republic of Georgia), where wild flax fibers that were spun, dyed, and knotted were discovered. Modern dating techniques determined that these samples were over 30,000 years old, making them the oldest known textiles ever discovered!
It’s likely that these textiles were not made into clothing but were instead used for practical purposes. For one thing, those fibers were twisted, a clear indicator that it was spun. By braiding flax fibers, strings and ropes can be made. Those early strings and ropes tied together belongings for easier hauling and made nets and traps for hunting.
However, the Fertile Crescent, that Middle-Eastern region famed for many technological innovations in the early stages of human civilization (including agriculture), made the most of flax. It was used for both food and clothing, with linen being the most prized fabric made from the flax plant.
It may have been in ancient Egypt where flax was most extensively cultivated. Flax was considered a symbol of purity for ancient Egyptians which was why their priests only wore linen. Many temple walls had paintings of flowering flax plants; linen was also used to wrap and embalm mummies.
Etymologists would not be surprised to learn that the word “linen” is derived from flax – flax was often referred to as “linum” (“linon” in Greek). The scientific name of flax is Linum usitatissimum; “usitatissimum” means “most useful” which flax certainly is, since this plant is used as both food and fiber.
It was not just the flax plant that was treasured; flax seeds proved equally important and valuable. When cold pressed, flax seeds produce an edible linseed oil.
“But wait!” you may cry out! Isn’t linseed oil used as a wood and concrete preservative? And isn’t it also found in varnishes, paints, stains, soaps, inks, and linoleum? That doesn’t sound safe to eat!!!
The fact is that both linseed oil and flaxseed oil are extracted from flax seeds. Flaxseed oil remains pure enough for human consumption whereas linseed oil goes through a refinement process that can include additives to make it effective for industrial applications.
As we have said more than once, flax (and its seeds) are really versatile! Just like hemp! 🙂
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Your Kief-Oat-Flaxseed Morsels Recipe
With this recipe, there is no slaving over a hot oven or stove! From start to finish, you are working with cold ingredients that are finished off in the freezer. And instead of flour, our foundation for this recipe is made with rolled oats, ground flaxseed (aka flaxseed meal), and kief! Add some peanut butter, maple syrup, chocolate chips, and vanilla extract and your recipe is put together!
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 tbsp kief
- 6 tbsp ground flaxseed
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- ½ cup crunchy peanut butter
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
NOTE: Your foundation consists of 1 cup of rolled oats plus a combined ½ cup of ground flaxseed and kief. We arbitrarily split the two “floury” ingredients – ground flaxseed and kief – into a 3 to 1 ratio. However, if you want to “strengthen” your treat with a higher quantity of kief, simply reduce the ground flaxseed accordingly.
ABOUT GROUND FLAXSEED
You have two options: you can purchase flaxseed meal (flax seeds already ground up) or you can freshly grind flax seeds. If you decide to grind your own flax seeds, be aware that they are small. Most food processors should do a decent job. Using a mortar and pestle takes a little longer but can be more thorough than a food processor. If you grind up more flaxseed meal than you need, store the rest in the fridge in an airtight container.
ABOUT “FLOURY” CONSISTENCIES
We already mentioned the two key “floury” ingredients (ground flaxseed and kief) but let us clarify the consistencies of these two foundational items. Both your ground flaxseed and kief have the fluffiness you find in flour. But they also tend to contain a bit more moisture than traditional baking flour; this makes the materials cling together better than flour.
As anyone who regularly bakes with flour already knows, fans and strong breezes can create a powdery white storm as it blows off the upper layer of a mound of flour. That is less likely to be an issue with your kief and ground flaxseed mixture.
CONVERTING TABLESPOONS TO CUPS
By the way, 1 tablespoon is equal to 1/16 of a cup. That makes your ½ cup of combined flaxseed meal and kief equivalent to 8 tablespoons.
Feel free to divvy that up to match the potency you desire for these Kief-Oat-Flaxseed Morsels. (We do recommend using AT LEAST 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal at the bare minimum; remember that flaxseed is also a very healthy natural ingredient your body will appreciate!)
- Combine all ingredients in one large bowl.
- Using a spoon, scoop out enough batter to roll into a 1” ball.
- Arrange the morsels on a baking sheet.
- Place in the freezer for a minimum of one hour. They should be soft yet firm when removed.
- Enjoy a healthy and delicious taste sensation!
You should expect to yield about 24-30 morsels (depending how well you eyeball the size of your 1” balls).
These Kief-Oat-Flaxseed Morsels will hold their own at room temperature for a couple of hours. Once they have been removed from the freezer and you have enjoyed all you can eat, store the remainder in the refrigerator. They will stay fresh and tasty in the fridge for weeks… in other words, you will finish them off well before they even hint at going stale!
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Estimating the Potency of Kief-Oat-Flaxseed Morsels
Here comes the fun part… math! 😉
For those of you who do not find math fun, we recommend you crunch the numbers BEFORE you eat any Kief-Oat-Flaxseed Morsels. The last thing we want to be responsible for is souring your kief-induced state of happiness!
For the small minority of you remaining who happen to enjoy math, feel free to nosh on a morsel while you do your math. (In other words, munch while you crunch!) Once you estimate how much kief you consumed, you will KNOW from where that smile was truly derived! 🙂
Since we recommend you add kief in tablespoon increments, we will calculate the potency of a single tablespoon of kief. Then you can multiply that value by the number of tablespoons you actually use in your own recipe.
Here is the breakdown of that calculation:
- We will assume you are using kief with a potency of 20% CBD. There is 1000mg in one gram, so a gram of kief contains 200mg of CBD.
- One cup of kief weighs about one ounce (28 grams). There are 16 tablespoons in one cup, so one tablespoon of kief weighs about 1.75 grams.
- Therefore, each tablespoon contains about 350mg of CBD.
While our recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of kief (about 700mg), you can add anywhere between 1 and 4 tablespoons of kief. We do recommend that you use at least an equal amount or more of flaxseed meal when combining it with kief.
Here is a quick summary of the potential potency of your Kief-Oat-Flaxseed Morsels, if you use the following kief measurements:
- 1 tablespoon – 350mg of CBD
- 2 tablespoons – 700mg of CBD
- 3 tablespoons – 1050mg of CBD
- 4 tablespoons – 1400mg of CBD
Finally, depending on the number of morsels you make (probably between 24 and 30) and using the same table above, each one would likely contain the following amounts of CBD:
- 1 tablespoon – between 11mg and 14mg of CBD per morsel
- 2 tablespoons – between 22mg and 28mg of CBD per morsel
- 3 tablespoons – between 33mg and 42mg of CBD per morsel
- 4 tablespoons – between 44mg and 56mg of CBD per morsel
For many consumers, 2 tablespoons of kief in your entire batch will be more than sufficient. Even seasoned consumers are cautioned to start with our recommended measurement of 2 tablespoons of kief. After all, these treats are not only potent; they’re also delicious so you will want more than one!