White Chocolate Blondies (Gluten Free Option) + CBD for Migraine

Extra Gooey White Chocolate Blondies - extra gooey with two options. One recipe for gluten free and one with all purpose flour. Delicious and migraine friendly! #whitechocolate #migrainediet #blondies

For this recipe I wanted to focus on making white chocolate blondies that were extra gooey, like regular brownies. So often, they just don’t have that brownie like texture to them, but these are so delicious. There are two ways you can make them, either gluten free or with regular flour. They’re inspired by my friends at MigraineBuds, who were looking for a migraine friendly way to do a CBD infusion since most of the products you buy at stores contain other migraine triggers. 

CBD vs THC

Although I live in Texas, which only recently cleared low THC cannabis for intractable epilepsy, I’ve been really curious about CBD oil as a natural preventative for my vestibular migraines. Not many people understand the difference between CBD and THC…I was one of them. I’ll try to give you an easy breakdown that helped me understand this better. Cannabidiol (which is also known as CBD) is one of many cannabinoids present in the a cannabis sativa plant, making it one of the most prevalent cannabinoid in marijuana, the other being THC (Tetrahydrocannabinols). THC is known most for it’s psychoactive effects, producing the “high” effect people typically associate with marijuana use.

CBD however, does not have the psychoactive effects, but has been shown to reduce anxiety, inflammation, pain, and neurological disorders such as seizures and migraines. In fact when taken together, CBD can actually lessen the psychoactive effects of THC when combined. What’s super confusing is although CBD from hemp is widely sold around the US, it’s still sort of a gray area when it comes to the DEA. Hopefully measures like this will change it. All politics aside, it’s a natural treatment that has extremely limited side effects, the most common being digestive discomfort.

Here’s what’s really interesting to me. Opioids are prescribed freely for people who experience pain, especially associated with migraines. I’ve been prescribed Valium and Ativan to take as emergency meds when I’m having a horrible vestibular migraine because they suppress your vestibular system and calm everything down. But as I’ve been studying CBD further, I’m finding cannabinoids are similar to opiates by interacting with similar receptors in your central nervous system. If you can get the same benefits you would from an opioid or a benzodiazepine, like Valium, but in a natural way, doesn’t that seem better all around?

Of course many of us don’t live in legal states, but whether you do or don’t I highly recommend visiting MigraineBuds, created by Jodie E. Jodie has found cannabis to be one of the most effective treatments in addition to the Heal Your Headache diet. She says “I am currently 6 years in to my chronic illness… Cannabis is a helpful tool. It has helped me overcome the vicious cycle of rebound migraines, and has given me an alternative to addictive narcotics. But it is not a cure. It was a migraine specific elimination diet that cut my migraines by more than half. I highly recommend reading the book Heal Your Headache by Dr. David Buchholz. I still get migraines but I treat each one as an opportunity to test out a new strain, edible, oil some combination of these.” Her group, MigraineBuds began as a Facebook group which then launched a website, but it’s purpose is to educate the community on the best remedies for them, reduce the stigma associated with cannabis use, and facilitate an open discussion on migraine and cannabis.

CBD and Migraine

Many members, like myself, only have access to hemp-derived CBD (less than 0.3% THC content), but there’s still an abundance of information and product reviews. It’s extremely important to do your research when it comes to selecting the right product for you as many companies are jumping on the popularity of CBD oil and putting out “hemp seed oil” which is not the same as CBD.  One of the most popular brands is Charlotte’s Web Hemp Oil. You can get this as either the Everyday Plus in olive oil (23mg of hemp extract per 1ml serving) or capsules (35mg of hemp extract) at Thrive Market or on their website. The Everyday Advanced on the CW website, which is more expensive but also more potent, contains approx. 50mg of hemp extract per .6ml serving. If you’re using this strictly for immediate migraine relief, the higher dosages seem to work better. Mary’s Nutritional’s also sells Remedy Oil that’s 500mg of hemp extract for one bottle and 2mg per dose, although doses can be adjusted to the individual. If you want to try a topical method, you can find options from both brands like a hemp gel pen or an infused balm.

If you do live in a legal state, Jodie had the wonderful idea to infuse your own cannabutter or oil that you can add to Heal Your Headache safe meals. You can follow her super handy infusion guides to make your own cannabis coconut oil or butter at MigraineBuds. This is important because while many dispensaries sell infused brownies or treats, you could be subjecting yourself to a migraine with the ingredients in these alone. If you’re eating chocolate brownies infused with CBD and THC, doesn’t the chocolate or artificial flavors counteract any good you’re doing to ease a migraine? Even with the CBD like Charlotte’s Web, it’s best to stay away from the flavored options, and just add the unflavored oil to something delicious…like these blondies!

Extra Gooey White Chocolate Blondies

White Chocolate Types + Soy Lecithin Explained

White chocolate is allowed on Heal Your Headache, mainly because white chocolate isn’t actual chocolate. This is because white chocolate is made without cocoa solids, typically as cocoa butter, which is the fat that’s been removed from the roasted cocoa beans. The solids are typically what create migraine-related issues. There are many different brands out there that contain some questionable ingredients.

Soy lecithin is a common ingredient and should not be confused with the soy proteins we typically avoid. It’s used as an emulsifier to create a smooth texture. However, if you have a huge issue with soy, try Divine White Chocolate (found at Whole foods) which uses sunflower lecithin. Divine contains more cocoa butter and therefore is much more creamy and thick. It’s got less sweetness to it than the next ones and will melt better, but if you are super careful of cocoa content these will work better for you. Callebaut white chocolate calets is another option that’s one of my personal favorites, but they are on the sweet side. They have a good milky texture that’s not waxy. Guittard Baking Au Lait Chips contain whey, but it’s not the same type of whey you want to avoid in the MSG list, which is whey protein. Here are links to a few different brands and you can choose which one is best for you:

Divine White Chocolate

Callebaut white chocolate calets

Guittard Baking Au Lait Chips

Ghirardelli White Baking Chips

I’ve made this white chocolate blondie recipe a few ways now, and I’m so excited to share it with you. First of all, I wanted to make a recipe without a ton of sugar in it. White chocolate is already much sweeter to me than regular chocolate, and adding anything over a cup is just too much. I also wanted these to be a pure white recipe, rather than using brown sugar. My first recipe I tried it with gluten-free all purpose flour (Trader Joe’s) and less white chocolate (about 6oz). They were delicious, but the consistency was dense and somewhat cake like. Some people love this! I found they cut really nicely and looked beautiful topped with powdered sugar.Gluten Free White Chocolate Blondies

The next recipe I was shooting for extra gooey. I kept the sugar amount the same, but added more white chocolate, including chunks mixed in. These were a total hit and we’re completely gone by the end of the night. I find that people who are gluten-free have their own flours they like to make, but if you’re looking for an easy way to do it, you can use Trader Joe’s Gluten Free All Purpose Flour or Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Baking Flour (be aware this one contains a tiny amount of xanthan gum).

Mixing the white chocolate blondie batter

Helpful Tip for Brownies - Use parchment paper as a lining in your tray to easily lift them out when done baking #brownies #bakingtips

Helpful Tip for Brownies - Use parchment paper as a lining in your tray to easily lift them out when done baking #brownies #bakingtips
Helpful tip for brownies – Use parchment paper as a lining in your tray to easily lift them out when done baking.

Extra gooey white chocolate brownies AKA blondies!

Extra Gooey White Chocolate Blondies

4.78 from 9 votes
Extra Gooey White Chocolate Blondies
Extra Gooey White Chocolate Blondies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

These use regular flour, more white chocolate, and are extra gooey in the center.

Course: Dessert
Author: The Dizzy Cook
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, chopped into cubes for easy melting (I used Kerrygold)
  • 8 oz (1 cup) good white chocolate, cut into pieces if in bar form (I've used Callebaut and Divine)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 extra large eggs, slightly whisked
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate pieces
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use a double boiler or place a thick (heat proof) mixing bowl over a pan of simmering water, melt butter and 8oz or 1 cup of white chocolate, stirring continuously until just melted. You want to watch this carefully so they do not separate. Remove from heat.

  2. Add sugar to the melted butter/white chocolate mix and stir to combine Then add salt, vanilla, and eggs. Add the flour in 1/4 cup increments, folding your batter carefully after each addition until just combined. Finally stir in the 1/2 cup of white chocolate pieces. Do not overmix.

  3. Take an 8x8in pan and either fill it with parchment paper, as shown in the above pictures or grease with butter. Pour in batter. Cook for 28-30 minutes until slightly browned on top and set in the middle. Allow to cool at least 15 minutes before cutting.

4.78 from 9 votes
Extra Gooey White Chocolate Blondies - extra gooey with two options. One recipe for gluten free and one with all purpose flour. Delicious and migraine friendly! #whitechocolate #migrainediet #blondies
Gluten Free White Chocolate Blondies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Resting Time
15 mins
Total Time
41 mins
 

These are perfect for a clean cut look. They are a little more soft and cakey than the extra gooey.

Author: The Dizzy Cook
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, rough chopped
  • 9 oz white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 extra large eggs, slightly whisked
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups gluten free all-purpose baking flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a double boiler, melt butter and white chocolate together, whisking to combine. Once melted, remove from heat and add sugar. Then mix in the eggs, vanilla, and salt.

  2. Slowly add in gluten free flour, 1/4 cup at a time. Stir till just combined and do no overmix. 

  3. Take an 8x8in pan and either fill it with parchment paper, as shown in the above pictures or grease with butter. Pour in batter. Cook for 33-38 minutes until slightly browned on top and set in the middle. Allow to cool at least 15 minutes before cutting.

Extra Gooey White Chocolate Blondies - extra gooey with two options. One recipe for gluten free and one with all purpose flour. Delicious and migraine friendly! #whitechocolate #migrainediet #blondies

Alicia was diagnosed with Chronic Vestibular Migraine in 2016 and has been able to successfully manage her symptoms through medication, supplements, lifestyle changes, and the Heal Your Headache Diet by Dr. David Buchholz from Johns Hopkins. She's the owner of The Dizzy Cook.

21 comments

  1. K

    Curious– I tried 2 ghirardelli white baking chips before (roughly a month and a half ago) and had a very bad reaction that lasted roughly an hour and then residual afterwards. Any idea why?? I miss yummy desserts so I was curious about what you’d be posting for more meals!

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    1. Alicia

      Did you just have two pieces by themselves and are you ok with other dairy? It could possibly be something like the non-fat dry milk or soy lecithin in them…but it’s so tough to tell! The Callebaut ones have whole milk and the Divine uses sunflower lecithin instead of soy if you can narrow it down. I’ll have to keep that in mind for future recipes!

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  2. K

    Thanks for following up! I’ve been wanting to email you to discuss these things as opposed to continually bogging up your comments section, haha.

    I’m completely okay with milk. Store bought ricotta (tried 2 brands, 1 of them you recommended) seems to have been giving me cluster headaches. I’ve only been eating cream cheese and American cheese. Haven’t tried the mozzarella Trader Joe’s you recommended cause I’m getting over a bad recent lapse and I don’t want to skew my results.
    Could it have been the soy lecithin then?

    Ps, I’m jealous of all the cheeses you can have!!

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    1. Alicia

      Haha, don’t ever worry about commenting on here! It’s good for others to be able to read it too. They might have similar questions. We are all so different when it comes to migraine triggers. I get the same horrible reaction almost immediately after eating yogurt, while some have been able to add it back in successfully. You could be in the highly sensitive column when it comes to reduced fat milk and milk powder which are used in white chocolate (http://www.truthinlabeling.org/hiddensources.html). Some ricottas use this too, which would explain the reaction, but the Calabro brand I recommend has whole milk! So we’re back at square one. Isn’t this fun?! 🙂 I’d guess that’s more likely than the soy lecithin, but that may just take some more trial and error if you’re willing to risk it.

      I’ll keep my fingers crossed you can tolerate the mozzarella (and maybe even goat cheese)!

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  3. K

    Oops, forgot to add what you were asking for– I only had the 2 small morsels themself. Symptoms kicked in 10 mins later. It was scary.

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  4. K

    I sent ya an email, but for public intensive purposes if people are reading this. I usually drink 1% milk with cereal (honey nut cheerios and frosted mini wheats). I have also purchased whole milk too so I can use it for recipes or my cereal. I’m able to have cheeseburgers from McDonald’s with no pickles, no onions. Funny enough, soy lecithin is the last ingredient in the cheese.
    I’m able to also have the vanilla ice cream cones which I’ve read are actually yogurt! (which I know you’re unable to have).
    I’m able to have vanilla bean ice cream from Friendly’s as well.

    As far as the ricotta cheeses I’ve tried, the Calabro Ricotta Cheese Whole Milk and Organic Valley Ricotta Cheese.
    Both of those gave me cluster headaches. I’ve noticed lemon/citrus is an issue for me.
    Funnily, I’ve had issues with hellman’s mayo too, but I can have the mayo from McDonald’s which has almost the same ingredients!
    This condition is bizarre.

    So, is it the soy lecithin, non fat dry milk, or the cocoa that bothers me?
    Figured I’d ask someone who seems like they have very extensive time with cooking 🙂

    Thanks again!

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    1. Alicia

      I suppose testing out different white chocolate chips isn’t the WORST thing that could happen haha. I can’t wait to hear what you find out. I think it’s also important to note it could be reaction to outside triggers too. Sometimes avocado doesn’t set me off and sometimes it does. I think it all depends on what’s going on with the weather, stress, cycle, etc.

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    2. Nicole

      Frosted mini-wheats contains gelatin and that is a huge trigger for me. I would avoid McDonald’s too. Everything is hydrolyzed and that might be causing your cluster headaches. If you crave a burger go to Five Guys. Their burgers are real beef and their fries are just potatoes and peanut oil (peanut oil is like soybean oil-super refined so no reaction) but avoid their Cajun fries-I swear there is msg in them.

      Reply

      1. Alicia

        Actually McDonald’s has plain all beef burgers too (the regular burgers without seasoning), which I know is surprising! But their fries are definitely not good. You can find the ingredients here.

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  5. K

    I was actually recovering pretty well and not much was triggering me which is why I finally tried it. I’m absolutely certain it was something in that white chocolate. This reaction was really bad. I’ll make sure whatever I try next will extremely minimal so it’s just a very minute cluster headache 🙂 or hopefully nothing at all so I can finally enjoy white chocolate!

    Reply

    1. Alicia

      I’ve recently heard from a few people they just can’t have all white chocolate. Hoping that’s not the case for you. Please keep me updated!

      Reply

  6. Beth

    Thanks for posting, these look so yummy. Although I’m concerned about the food starches used in gluten-free flour these days. Will maybe wait until I’m through the initial four-month strict diet period and then try adding back.

    Reply

    1. Alicia

      I think that’s a great plan, Beth! Are you ok with GF flours without the starches? I may try to experiment with some to see if I can eliminate the potato starch. I guess sweet rice flour is really great for binding as well.

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  7. Stacy

    5 stars
    Oh my goodness these are amazing!! So rich and thick and a treat for sure!

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  8. Mickayla

    4 stars
    Yum, what a great treat! Personally I found them to be way too sweet, but I generally don’t like sweet things so take that with a grain of salt if you have normal taste buds. I’d make them again with probably 2tbsps of sugar and see how that goes. Thanks again for another great recipe!

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  9. Nancy Panyon Fick

    5 stars
    Oh my goodness, these are a great treat. They certainly satisfy a sweet tooth craving. I have made these so many times and I can’t count. I also like to wrap each piece individually and freeze these so I can have them available when ever I want.

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  10. Alyson

    5 stars
    These are SO delicious! I’m so glad to have these to make for a special treat for myself, or to bring with to share with others! Do you know if this recipe doubles well? I wonder if it would affect the baking time? Thanks, and thanks for another great recipe! 🙂

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    1. Alicia

      I’m so glad you loved them!! I think the safest way would be to double the ingredients and just use two smaller pans. If you wanted to use a 13x9x2 I’d guess you might have to add at least another 10 minutes, if not more. If you try it, let me know!

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  11. Anonymous

    What is your take on coconut MCT oil? It seems that a lot of the cbd products have that listed on the ingredients. Is that so small that it wouldn’t even cause problematic symptoms? ( I Honestly don’t even like testing potential triggers) There’s very few that don’t have it in it. I’m curious in trying the cbd products. I know charlottes web has an olive oil one. Do you still use cbd? On occasion? What was your overall take on it?

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    1. Alicia

      Oils are usually highly refined so I wouldn’t worry too much about it. I personally don’t take it. I also have not tried CBD regularly but I’ve been TTC for over 2 years now so if that weren’t a factor, I probably would have tried Charlottes Web first. The only experience I’ve had with it was on a trip to Colorado and I bought a salve from a dispensary that I put on my temples when I felt symptoms pop up while traveling. It actually worked quite well for me at the time.

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  12. Liza Shay

    5 stars
    These white chocolate blondies are a real treat to have on the go if you have a sweet tooth and they are truly a precious gift when a migraine hits.

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