You don't need to leave the house or spend a lot to try out the newest food trend, activated charcoal! It's not all hype; charcoal does have some great benefits for the body. It is commonly used to remove toxins from the body. The thing with charcoal is that in its ability to remove the not-so-good things, it can also prevent your body from absorbing nutrients if taken too often. So use sparingly! Try out this photogenic smoothie bowl that uses activated charcoal in the banana and persimmon base.

Black Charcoal Smoothie Bowl [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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For the Smoothie Bowl:

  • 1 large frozen banana, chopped
  • 1 ripe persimmon, chopped
  • 1/4 cucumber, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon mesquite powder
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon charcoal powder
  • A few slices of fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup coconut or almond milk

For Toppings:

  • Persimmon
  • Goji berries
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Pomegranate
  • Coconut
  • Black sesame seeds


  1. Simply place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy, adding enough milk to reach your desired consistency.
  2. Pour into a bowl and top with your favorite toppings.


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  1. What ReaderRita wrote about charcoal and medications can be true (depending on the timing of the meds and the ingestion of charcoal). But the comment in the article about charcoal preventing the absorption of nutrients is not correct. Studies done which involved feeding charcoal to animals long term found no signs of nutritional deficiency. Charcoal does not adsorb nutrients, only toxins. See the book "Charcoal" by Drs. Calvin and Agatha Thrash for documentation and details.

  2. This smoothie is really dangerous if you are on any prescribed oral medication. Activated Charcoal is what they use to treat drug overdoses in the ER- it works by preventing the medication from being absorbed into the bloodstream; so, if you are on any oral medication, charcoal will render it useless. DO NOT EAT OR DRINK CHARCOAL if you are on any oral drug, or birth control pills- charcoal will make them not work.