Activated Charcoal is one of those jack-of-all-trades super foods that has more benefits than we even know what to do with. This potent but all natural ingredient traps and binds harmful toxins and chemicals in the body and expels them via a chemical reaction called adsorption. Activated charcoal is commonly used in emergency rooms across the world to treat drug overdose and alcohol poisoning and is said to be even more effective than stomach pumping. What’s more? It’s also used to whiten teeth, alleviate gas and bloating, reduce cholesterol levels and prevent hangovers. What’s not to love?
Put frankly, we can’t get enough of the stuff and love nothing more than finding new ways to chow down on charcoal, so imagine our excitement when Jacqueline Alwill from The Brown Paper Bag shared with us this delicious, nutritious and 100% gluten-free recipe for Charcoal Soda Bread. We think it’s the best thing since sliced bread…
Charcoal Soda Bread
Makes one small round loaf
250g spelt or gluten free flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon bi-carb soda
150ml natural yoghurt
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons activated charcoal powder+
Preheat oven to 200 degrees and line a baking tray with baking paper. Sift the flour, sea salt, charcoal and bi-carb into a mixing bowl. In a small mixing bowl whisk together the yoghurt, milk and Dijon mustard. Make a well in the dry mix and gently pour in the wet ingredients. Gently fold the ingredients together until combined. Using floured hands (probably advisable to use gloves here as the charcoal definitely loves getting under nails!) scrape the dough onto a baking sheet and manipulate into a rough round. Top with a dusting of flour. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Allow to cool before slicing. Keeps 1-2 days.
What’s your favourite way to use Activated Charcoal? Let us know in the comments below!