DF, GF, Vegan, Sugar Free
- 1 1/4 Cup Soft Dates – pitted
- 1/2 Cup Organic Pumpkin Seeds
- 1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds
- 2 Tsp Organic Chia Seeds (all out? Grab the best deal in the country here)
- 1/4 Cup Organic Cacao Nibs
- 1/4 Cup Organic Raw Cacao
- 2 Tbs Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil – melted
- 3 Tsp Activated Charcoal – I used capsules*
- 1 Tbs water
- Pinch of Celtic Sea Salt
1. Pit dates and place them into a high speed food processor. Blend for a few seconds.
2. Add remaining ingredients (except water) and blend.
3. Add water to make mixture sticky and scrape the sides if need be. Ideally a ball of mixture should form.
4. Spoon out a heaped tablespoon of mixture at a time and use your hands to firstly squeeze the ingredients together. This will help them bind a bit before rolling gently into balls
5.Place in the freezer overnight to set. Keep in an airtight container for up to 1 week (although I doubt they’d last that long )
*But what is Activated Charcoal?It is important to know right from the get-go that activated charcoal is not the same thing as charcoal for your grill or charred wood from the fire. So don’t try to substitute or make your own.Activated charcoal consists of a substance—usually bamboo, wood, or coal burned without oxygen to create char. The char is then heated to a high temperature and exposed to certain gases through a multi-step process to make it extremely porous. This is the “activation” part of the process.Once activated, the increased surface area of the molecules can bind powerfully to any substance. This process of adsorption (not to be confused with absorption) is what makes charcoal so powerful. True activated charcoal is odorless, tasteless, and nontoxic.
Benefits of Activated Charcoal Use
1. Poison and Toxin Remedy
Studies show that activated charcoal may be the most effective GI tract decontaminant available. It can adsorb up to 50-60% of unwanted substances in the stomach and intestines when taken quickly after ingestion. It can even have a positive effect as long as two hours after ingestion! In fact, emergency rooms routinely administer large doses of activated charcoal for certain types of poisoning.
2. Oral Care
The same properties that make charcoal beneficial for removing harmful substances in the digestive system also make it beneficial for oral health as well. It doesn’t neutralize toxins, but rather binds them to the many tiny pores on its surface. When used in toothpates, powders and oral health rinses, it can bind to bacteria and other harmful substances and remove them from the mouth. Many people like using it in this way because it also binds to substances that stain the teeth and can whiten the teeth in only a few uses.
3. Beauty Ingredient
Activated charcoal is showing up in many beauty products lately too! This is because it is effective at removing bacteria, chemicals, dirt and build up on the skin.
Is Activated Charcoal Safe?
Activated charcoal is not known to be toxic, though it should not be taken within two hours of vitamins or medications because it will keep the body from adsorbing them. As with any substance, you should always check with a doctor or medical professional before internal use, especially in an emergency or life-threatening situation or if there is any other underlying health problem. Some would say that there is negative benefits to consuming charcoal with foods as it may hinder the nutrient absorption process, but I’m a bit skeptical as I believe it’s capacity to bind positively charged ions (such as chemicals) would not bind to say nutrients – which would have a different charge to toxins and chemicals. And, let’s face it, we’re using it in MUCH smaller quantaties than you would a drug overdose.