October means pumpkin…everything. Those who eating low-carb, however, may believe that most of those treats are off the menu. Not so. It’s possible to enjoy a variety of traditional pumpkin recipes (including pumpkin pie and this pumpkin bread) while you keep your low-carb commitment. Made with the goodness of almond flour, eggs, and all the traditional spices, this pumpkin bread bakes up moist and flavorful. Pumpkin puree rather than pumpkin pie filling means you can sweeten to your own taste. And don’t worry about sugar—this recipe doesn’t have any. It uses a popular low-carb standby—Swerve—to add sweetness without the sugar content.
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
Some people feel like they shouldn’t snack, but there are lots of reasons you might reach for something to tide yourself over. Maybe you’re snowed in with work and your schedule was thrown off. You could be a little hungrier than normal from yesterday’s tough workout. You could need a snack because you’re just starting with intermittent fasting or keto as your metabolism is adjusting. Quality snacks are a good thing to have on hand so you’re not caught off-guard. These homemade energy bars are perfect snacks filled with my favorite fats and very low in carbs and sugar.
For years, I’ve been experimenting with gluten-free chocolate cake recipe after recipe, and most of the time, they turned out … okay. I’d add a little of this, hold back on that, take the the best of the crumbly one with good flavor, merge it with the tender one that isn’t nearly chocolatey enough. Add a melted chocolate bar or stick with cocoa powder? Dairy or no dairy? Extra egg to make it fluffy, or less egg for a richer, denser bite?
Well, today is a good day. After trying every trick, hack, and ingredient combination under the sun, I think I found the gluten-free chocolate cake recipe of my dreams (and yours, too).
What did it? This gluten-free chocolate cake has a secret ingredient that I’m going to start adding to a lot more of my flourless desserts.
This ingredient turned a kind of dry-looking, gloopy dough into a dreamy batter that I knew would bake up into the soft, springy cake that I remember from my gluten-happy childhood. And, I was right. This ingredient added stability (sometimes hard to come by in gluten-free desserts), moisture, and tenderness, and its subtle tanginess really woke up the rich chocolate flavor.
Do you want to know what the secret ingredient is? You probably have it in your pantry right now.
If you’re not sure how to express your love for your significant other, your children, close friends, parents, or other special people in your life, chocolate is a safe bet. Chocolate is the universal language of love, and a language that we’re particularly fluent in over here at Mark’s Daily Apple.
We put together six Primal, paleo, and grain-free chocolate recipes that you can enjoy with the special people in your life, with zero guilt.
Hello friends, Sadie Radinsky here. I’m a writer, paleo recipe creator, freshman in college, and author of the new book Whole Girl: Live Vibrantly, Love Your Entire Self, and Make Friends with Food. The book is filled with empowerment insights and advice, wellbeing practices, and 45 delicious gluten-free, paleo treat recipes—all with the goal of helping young women embrace and celebrate our every part of ourselves. I’ve been a part of the paleo community for over six years now, and Mark’s Daily Apple has always been such a huge aspect of that. So, I am over the moon to be connecting with you all today and sharing a special recipe from the book.
I would like to introduce you to Lavender-Rose Truffles. These are silky smooth, rich chocolate truffles flavored with pure lavender oil and rolled in crushed rose petals. They are exactly as luscious as they sound. This is a wonderful treat to make ourselves for Valentine’s Day (or any day!) as an act of self-love. I hope you enjoy these truffles as much as I do.