What To Make With Cannabutter? Here Are 9 Easy Recipes

Cannabutter in a container

Besides smoking weed, edibles are by far the most popular way that marijuana enthusiasts have been getting high for years. Cannabis has been eaten for centuries, but it’s become so popular in recent years that there are seemingly endless cannabis-infused delicacies to choose from now. From candies to gummies to any baked good or savory dish you can think of, pretty much anything you can eat normally, you can eat infused with cannabis. (They even have cannabis cooking TV shows now!)

But, it was the classic and iconic weed brownie that started it all, and those weed brownies were made using cannabutter. Cannabutter has been a staple within the edible cannabis community for as long as it has existed and has widely been regarded as the easiest and most efficient way to infuse your food with weed.

So, let’s enter the beautifully delicious and versatile world of cannabutter! We’re here to teach you how to use weed butter, what to make with cannabutter, and what to put cannabutter on.

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What is Cannabutter?

Cannabutter (also commonly known as weed butter) is exactly what the name sounds like: cannabis-infused butter. Cannabutter can be made using traditional dairy-based butter, or it can easily be made using any vegan butter substitute of your choice. Instead of butter, you can also use a cooking oil as your medium––olive oil, coconut oil, canola oil, or whatever oil you prefer. Anything fat-based works for this!

You can buy pre-infused edibles, but weed butter is also easy to make at home. In short, the process is pretty simple: you cook or ‘steep’ the weed in the butter, which infuses it with THC (or whichever cannabinoid you’re looking to extract.) Then, you strain and separate the mixture of the marijuana leaves from the butter, so you’re left with a smooth, infused butter (or oil). This makes it the perfect ‘blank canvas’ of sorts to use in your cooking. Basically, anywhere you can use regular butter, you can use weed butter!

How to Use Cannabutter

Once it’s made, you’ll need to know what to do with cannabutter. There are many different cannabutter uses, but the best way to use cannabutter is in baking. Using weed butter this way will infuse the food without overpowering the flavor. Weed butter usually has a strong taste, which can be a bit off-putting to some.

On the other hand, some people love the strong weed taste. If you want to highlight the flavor instead of masking it, you can use cannabutter more liberally or even after the cooking process is done as a topping or garnish. There are really endless ways to use it. Let your creativity run wild!

But we know that’s a bit broad (and some people are a bit too busy to spend a bunch of time experimenting with a bunch of different weed butter recipes), so we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite and super easy cannabutter recipes that you can easily make at home.

Things to Make with Cannabutter

There are lots of things to make with cannabutter. The possibilities are truly limitless! Pretty much anywhere you can use regular butter in traditional cooking, you can use weed butter.

We’ve compiled some of our favorite (and easiest) cannabutter recipes so you can make some of your own cannabis-infused food at home. It was important for us to choose simple recipes that are relatively accessible for anyone to make, regardless of location, diet, or income. And for our plant-based pot heads, don’t worry––every recipe provided can be easily veganized!

We couldn’t start this list without first teaching you the basics of the iconic weed brownie.

For these, you’ll need: 

  • Brownie mix of your choice.
  • Your premade cannabutter or oil.
  • Eggs or egg replacement.
  • Your milk of choice.
  • A pan and an oven.

Step 1: Acquire brownie mix. Look at the instructions. Follow them, probably.

Step 2: Use your cannabutter as the butter needed per the recipe.

Step 3: Bake according to the package instructions. (This is rocket science, right?)

Step 4: Let cool, eat, and go to space. Enjoy!

If you’re a bit more adventurous, you can also make your brownies from scratch. Any brownie recipe of your choice works here, including the brownie recipe that has been passed down to your family for generations that would be really good with a cannabis-infused twist.

  • Banana Bread.

Banana bread is another super easy recipe to make infused with cannabis.

For this, you’ll need:

  • Very ripe (or even overripe) bananas.
  • Your premade cannabutter or oil.
  • Baking soda.
  • Salt.
  • Sugar.
  • Eggs or egg replacement.
  • Vanilla extract.
  • Flour.
  • A pan and an oven.

Step 1: Mash up your bananas 

Step 2: Mix your cannabutter with your mashed bananas.

Step 3: Add baking soda, salt, and sugar. Combine.

Step 4: Add eggs and vanilla extract. Combine.

Step 5: Add flour. Combine.

Step 6: Pour into pan and bake.

Step 7: Let cool, eat, and enjoy the heaven that is canna-banana bread.

We’ve provided an easy at-home banana bread recipe for you to follow with specific instructions on measurements and temperature, but you can also find premade banana bread mixes as well. Just add your cannabutter and any other ingredients it calls for per the package instructions, and you’re good to go!

  • Waffles.

Waffles (or pancakes) are a super versatile way to utilize your weed butter. This gives you an opportunity to both cook it in the batter (infused oil works here too) or slather the butter on top. 

For these, you’ll need:

  • Waffle (or pancake) batter mix.
  • Your premade cannabutter and/or oil.
  • Your milk of choice.
  • Eggs or egg replacement.
  • A waffle iron, griddle, or frying pan.

Step 1: Follow the instructions on the waffle mix.

Step 2: Sub your weed butter or oil for the butter or oil as per the recipe.

Step 3: Put the waffle mix in the waffle iron as per the instructions.

Step 4: (Optional) slather your cannabutter on top for extra pizazz.

Again this can also be done from scratch as there are about a zillion waffle and pancake recipes out there. Or, if you want something even easier, you can throw a couple of frozen waffles in the toaster, top with cannabutter, and enjoy.

  • Omelettes.

Omelettes (or eggs in any form, really) are an absolutely beautiful way to use cannabutter.

For this, you’ll need:

  • Eggs or an egg substitute.
  • Your premade cannabutter and/or oil.
  • Your milk of choice.
  • Your cheese of choice.
  • Your veggies and filling of choice.
  • A frying pan.

Step 1: Prep your egg mixture and add desired seasonings.

Step 2: Prep your fillings of choice and add them to the egg mixture.

Step 3: Add your milk and cheese of choice along with your cannabutter.

Step 4: (Optional) use canna-oil to line the pan and fry the omelette.

This is a wonderful opportunity to get creative with your cooking. We’d bet that most people know how to make some kind of omelette or egg dish, and thankfully, those dishes are super easy to infuse with cannabis. They’re also easy to make vegan––just use a plant-based egg substitute, vegan cheese, and non-dairy milk alternative.

  • Smoothies.

We know you may be thinking: “Butter in smoothies?! Ew.” But, we actually recommend using an oil like coconut oil for this recipe because of its taste and health benefits.

For this, you’ll need:

  • Your fruit of choice.
  • Your infused coconut oil.
  • Your protein powder or other additives of choice.
  • Your milk of choice (water works here, too.)
  • A blender.

Step 1: Add your fruit of choice to the blender.

Step 2: Add a small amount of your infused coconut oil (less is more in terms of the health benefits, so we recommend around 1 tbsp.)

Step 3: Add your protein powder or any other additive of your choice.

Step 4: Add your milk or water and blend for at least 30 seconds.

The great thing about smoothies is that they are incredibly versatile and can be made in a wide variety of ways. Along with fruit, you can choose to add greens like kale or spinach, seeds like flax, hemp, or chia, protein powders, peanut butter, superfoods, and more. The opportunities are limitless!

  • Hummus.

For this recipe, we once again recommend using oil instead of butter. (Olive oil works best here!)

For this, you’ll need:

  • Cooked chickpeas (or garbanzo beans.)
  • Lemon juice.
  • Your premade infused oil.
  • Tahini.
  • Garlic.
  • Your seasonings and fillings of choice.
  • A food processor (or blender.)

Step 1: Add your cooked chickpeas to your food processor or blender.

Step 2: Add your desired amount of garlic (we’re not going to tell you how to live your life!)

Step 3: Add the lemon juice, tahini, infused oil, seasonings, and fillings as per the recipe.

Step 4: Blend it all together until smooth. Enjoy!

Hummus is another super easy food to customize almost any way you like. As far as fillings, you can make hummus with things like roasted red pepper, artichoke, hot sauce, kalamata olives, different cheeses of choice, or anything else you can think of. The key to the rich taste and texture of hummus is the oil, which makes this the perfect opportunity for you to infuse some olive oil and make a delicious canna-hummus.

  • Grilled Cheese.

Grilled cheese sandwiches are the perfect opportunity to utilize a bit of cannabutter.

For this, you’ll need: 

  • Your bread of choice.
  • Your cheese of choice.
  • Your infused butter.
  • A frying pan.

Step 1: Spread your cannabutter along one side of each slice of bread.

Step 2: Assemble your grilled cheese with the buttered side facing outward.

Step 3: Commence the grilling of the grilled cheese until it’s toasted golden brown.

Step 4: Add a bit more cannabutter to the pan as needed while cooking. That’s it. Voila!

Grilled cheese is about as classic as it gets when it comes to food, so we figured this would be a fun, easy, cheap, accessible, and not to mention delicious way to use your weed butter.

  • Macaroni and Cheese.

Mac and cheese is a stape of munchies food, and now we’re about to make it a staple of infused food, too.

For this, you’ll need:

  • A box of macaroni.
  • Your premade weed butter.
  • Your milk of choice.

Step 1: Cook the macaroni per the box instructions. (Oh yeah, we’re back to rocket science here.)

Step 2: Add your cannabutter in place of regular butter.

Step 3: Mix with your milk of choice.

Step 4: Enjoy the dankest bowl of mac and cheese you’ve eve

Once again, if you’d rather do macaroni and cheese from scratch, there are literally thousands of different mac and cheese recipes online, where the simple step would be to replace the regular butter with cannabutter. So let your imagination run wild here!

  • Popcorn.

You can use either butter or oil for this simple recipe, whichever is better for your preferred eating style.

For this, you’ll need:

  • Popcorn kernels.
  • Your premade weed butter or oil.
  • A pot and a stove.

Step 1: Pop the popcorn.

Step 2: Drizzle with melted cannabutter or oil.

Step 3: Enjoy your pot-corn!

We clearly saved the most complicated one for last, but it’s also one of the yummiest. If you want to make it even easier, just pop a premade bag in the microwave.

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