You’ve had emerald green matcha lattes, vibrant golden turmeric lattes … why not try a smoky black charcoal latte?
Activated charcoal is a trendy ingredient that you’re seeing in coffee drinks, ice creams, and even in specialty cocktails all over town. The charcoal adds a mysterious dusky hue to anything it touches, but there are reasons people are reaching for charcoal that go beyond the visuals.
Some people keep activated charcoal on hand for the occasional bout of digestive upset, and it has quite the reputation for relieving bloat in some people. Others are after its detoxifying effect, claiming that they notice a difference in their skin clarity.
Charcoal, Nutrients, and Medications
When consuming charcoal, it’s very important to take it away from food and vitamins, and stay hydrated. If you’re on any medication, ask your doctor about consuming charcoal, because the charcoal could decrease the effect of some medicines.
How Does Activated Charcoal Taste?
You may wonder if breaking open an activated charcoal capsule into your latte will make it taste like your backyard BBQ. Rest assured, it doesn’t. The activated charcoal doesn’t add much flavor-wise, and it certainly doesn’t taste burnt, as you might expect it to.
That’s great news for this activated charcoal latte. You’ll taste cozy vanilla and creamy, frothy milk, lightly sweetened. And who knows, your skin may take on a glow afterward.
Let’s make one.
Activated Charcoal Black Detox Latte Recipe
- Contents of 2 activated charcoal pills, or about 3/4 tsp. charcoal powder
- 1 cup milk of choice (we used full fat almond milk)
- 1 scoop of unflavored collagen powder 
- Sweetener of choice, to taste
- 1/4 tsp. Vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt, optional
Warm the milk in a small saucepan. Add the charcoal, sweetener and vanilla extract and whisk until combined.
Pour the mixture into a mug. Use a frothing wand to blend until frothy. Enjoy immediately.
Nutrition Info* (per latte)
*Will vary based on the type of milk and sweetener you use
Saturated Fat: 1g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0
Trans Fat: 0g
Net Carbs: 3.1g