Black Charcoal Ice Cream Recipe

Black charcoal ice cream recipe

Black charcoal ice cream is just really a vanilla ice cream with a hint of carbon and chocolate. It’s not quite coal black, this final result was the 4th attempt and I don’t think its possible to get it really black without artificial colours. Even adding a lot of activated charcoal got it more purple than anything else.

Don’t go raiding your bonfire or art supplies for the charcoal. It has to be food safe activated charcoal. This is a natural remedy for poisoning. It has a huge surface area that is great for absorbing particles. That’s why it can be used to treat poisoning as it traps the poisonous particles. We have previously recommended it for natural teeth whitening for the same reason as trapping unwanted particles on your teeth. It’s also said to help with bloating.

Black coco power is an ultra dutch processed cocoa powder where the acidity has been neutralised leaving a mellow non bitter flavour. It is more for colour and gives a very mild flavor.

Black Charcoal Ice Cream Recipe

  • Total time: 15m
  • Yield: 6 portions
  • Calories: 205 cal


  • cashews, 1 cup / 150g
  • dates, 1 cup / 100g
  • vanilla, 1 tsp
  • almond milk, 1 cup 240 ml
  • black cocoa powder, 1 tbsp
  • activated charcoal, 2 capsules opened up

How to make

  1. Blend cashews, dates, vanilla and almond milk until smooth. You may need to add a bit more almond milk to help the blender.
  2. Ensure that all the pits are removed from the dates by hand, pitted dates can still contain a pit or two and one can ruin a dish.
  3. Then add the black cocoa powder, activated charcoal and 3 cups of ice and blend.
  4. Serve straight away, or store in the freezer for an hour to firm up more.

I always make ice cream using this method. Its quick and gives a great smooth ice cream. It’s not as solid as ice cream straight out of the freezer but more like a Mr Whippy that has begun to melt. This is all a bonus for me. You can use the same recipe in a traditional ice cream churner. Just replace the ice with water.

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5 thoughts on “Black Charcoal Ice Cream”

    1. Bastian Nest and Glow

      I think the capsules were quite big and full. I’ve seen other recipes where they add tablespoons of charcoal. Have you tried adding some black cocoa powder? That is also quite good at turning something black.

      1. thanks! havent tried the black cocoa powder. will do that. i did put more charcoal but it made the ice cream rather gritty! is that how it should taste…..gritty?

        1. Bastian Nest and Glow

          Mine wasn’t gritty, I think the charcoal is different in other places but the stuff I used was finely ground and from coconuts.

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