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Motivated to join the cannabis industry after experiencing benefits like pain relief and improved appetite during her personal battles with auto-immune disorders, entrepreneur Liz Rudner turned her attention to creating a Paleo baked goods company where “every ingredient has a benefit for your body.” With a background in hospitality, branding and holistic nutrition, Rudner partnered with Jamel Ramiro, a personal trainer with experience in corporate sales and marketing, to start Moonman’s Mistress, which features cannabis-infused options for clean eating enthusiasts.
Noticing the lack of healthy choices when shopping at dispensaries, Rudner sought to create medicated treats to heal herself.
“Cannabis has been part of my treatment and healing process for more than 20 years,” she said, explaining the positive effects the anti-inflammatory herb has on Celiac and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. “It lessens the pain and helped me get my appetite back. It’s been the one thing that kept me stable, and I don’t have as many flare-ups.”
Currently, their nutritious product line includes five different cookies, designed to be tasty and properly dosed with 25 milligrams of THC—as well as Paleo, gluten-free, wheat-free, soy-free, dairy-free and low on the glycemic index. Perfect for diabetics, Celiac patients and others seeking healthy options, Moonman’s Mistress products use no processed ingredients or refined sweeteners. Even if a cannabis-infused product is considered “gluten-free,” it may be packed with sugar and therefore not a truly healthy option. Refined sugar is an addictive substance that spikes the body’s insulin, leading to cravings and ill health when consumed in excess.
“We use raw coconut nectar or maple syrup from a farm in Vermont,” Rudner said. “Sugar should be found in nature, not refined.”
Using high-quality ingredients including almond flour, coconut oil, maple syrup, hemp seeds and pecans to craft their confections allows those with dietary restrictions to enjoy comforting favorite flavors like Chocolate Chip Crater Cookies, Cosmic Cacao Peppermint Cookies or Lunar Lemon Maca Shortbread Cookies, while still nourishing the body.
“We really believe that you can heal your body with food,” Rudner said. “We use 100 percent organic ingredients and 100 percnet outdoor organic cannabis.”
Create these clean, healing treats at home from entirely whole, natural ingredients. These toothsome Sweet Potato Pecan Pot Cookies have a great texture and flavor, sweetened with maple syrup and incredibly moist because of the sweet potato puree.
“It’s got a lovely warm spice cake flavor,” Rudner said. “It’s nice to have a comforting recipe.”
Dosage Note: I used a low-potency cannabis coconut oil when re-creating this recipe. Your results will vary depending on the potency of your infused oil. My cannacoconut oil tested at 2.16 mg of THC per gram, so I was able to figure that the 1/2 cup of coconut oil (105 grams) called for in this recipe contained about 226.8 milligrams of THC. My batch yielded 39 small cookies that would have measured about 5 – 6 mg of THC each.
Hey, it’s healthy, so I can eat more than one, right?
Sweet Potato Pecan Pot Cookies
2 1/4 cups almond flour
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2 tbsp coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raw pecans
1/2 cup organic cannacoconut oil
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup sweet potato puree
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 325°F.
In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients.
In a small mixing bowl, combine eggs, maple syrup, vanilla extract and melted cannacoconut oil with a hand mixer. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
On a parchment lined baking sheet, drop tablespoon-sized amounts of cookie batter. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes. Allow cookies to cool and serve.