I think it’s safe to say that charcoal infused food is one of the biggest food trends of 2018. Everywhere I turn, from recipe sites, to Instagram food bloggers, and trendy cafes, I see charcoal infused food. Chefs and foodies alike are becoming quite creative with their activated charcoal use, and so far I’ve seen charcoal ice cream, burger buns, pancakes, and smoothie bowls. Of course I wanted to be part of the craze, so I ordered Organika activated charcoal powder online and have had so much fun incorporating this powder into banana ice cream, and now most recently, oats!
What is activated charcoal?
Simply put, activated charcoal is just charcoal that has been activated, or oxidized at high temperatures. Remember, activated charcoal is NOT the same charcoal used in your barbecue grill! Do not get these two substances confused. Barbeque charcoal (charcoal briquette) is a fuel for cooking that is filled with toxins and chemicals, and thus, should most definitely not be added and consumed in your foodie creations.
Regarding taste, I haven’t noticed any taste difference upon adding activated charcoal to my food. Nevertheless, it does give a cool colour and offer various health benefits. After some research, I found that activated charcoal can:
With that, let’s get cookin!
Ingredients (serves 2-3)
1.5 cup oats
1.5 ripe banana (mashed)
1 cup water
1 cup non-dairy milk of choice
1 tbsp activated charcoal
1 tbsp coconut butter (YUM)
1 tbsp protein powder (optional)
Pinch of salt
1. Combine the oats, mashed banana, water, and non-dairy milk. Mix.
2. Pour the mixture onto a pan over your stove and stir for 5-7 minutes on low-medium heat until reaching your desired thick oatmeal-like consistency.
3. Once your oats look almost ready to eat, add in the activated charcoal, coconut butter, protein, and salt. Stir for 1-2 minutes until well-combined.
4. Put your ready-to-eat oatmeal into a bowl, add toppings of your choice, and eat!
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