Even if you’ve already tried activate charcoal in your juice or applied this activated charcoal face mask, you’ve really only scratched the surface of activated charcoal uses. The wondrous thing about the highly-porous powder is that it doesn’t taste like anything, even though it leaves a not-so-conspicuous black color to everything. That’s good news for those among us who want the detoxification benefits of activated charcoal, but without having to compromise our high standards of flavor because of it. Enter: activated charcoal pizza crust. That’s right, your next pizza homemade pizza can taste just as it always does, only its crust will give you more bang for its buck!
Activated charcoal is made from carbon steamed at a high temperature and is often sourced from coconut shell, bamboo, or oak. Activated charcoal is reportedly loaded with benefits, all explained by the substance’s ability to attract and absorb unwanted toxins. Its highly-porous surface area makes it efficient and effective at detoxifying the body. However, activated charcoal cannot differentiate from the good stuff and the bad stuff, so it can also leach minerals from the body if consumed too often. For the occasional benefit, however, activated charcoal is godsend. Pair it with pizza, and we have ourselves perfection on a plate.
This activated charcoal pizza crust recipe is a delight for the eyes but will not give off any “charred” or “burnt” taste. Your crust will cook to a soft and lightly-crispy finish. Top the pizza with whatever toppings you have on hand – the more vibrant and contrasting in color they are to the activated charcoal crust, the better! Enjoy!
Activated Charcoal Pizza Crust Recipe
Activated charcoal meets pizza with this delicious crust recipe.
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 2 teaspoons dried yeast
- Dash of white sugar
- 1 cup wholemeal flour
- 1/2 cup white flour
- 2 grams (4 capsules) bamboo or coconut shell activated charcoal powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Toppings: whatever you'd like!
- In a small bowl, stir together the yeast, sugar, and the warm water. Cover and let sit for about 10 minutes or until the mixture is lightly bubbly.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, activate charcoal powder, and salt. Stir in the yeast.
- Use clean hands to knead the dough on a floured surface until it is smooth and elastic. Shape it into a dough ball.
- Place the dough ball into a large bowl. Cover the bowl with a damp towel, and let it sit in a warm place. After one hour, punch down on the dough's surface and cover the bowl again with the damp towel. Let the dough rise again for another 45 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the dough in the middle of the sheet.
- Use clean hands to flatten the dough, forming a pizza crust shape.
- Drizzle the crust with olive oil and top with your favorite pizza toppings.
- Cook for 15 minutes, or until your toppings have cooked through or melted and the pizza crust is just cooked and lightly crispy.