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Charcoal Waffle Cones (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Vegan)

That’s right, now even you can take it to a whole new level of hipster with these Charcoal Waffle Cones. These activated charcoal cones are slowly becoming the next Instagram trend and it’s not hard to see why. Beige is so boring after all… The black provides you with a blank canvas to work from and makes any colour pop with a newfound vibrancy. If charcoal isn’t for you however don’t worry just simply omit it and reduce the nut milk by 2 tablespoons.

Join the foodie brigade with these Charcoal Waffle Cones to reach a whole new level of Instagram hipster. Made with coconut activated sugar and free from gluten, grains and refined sugars these are the healthiest cones in town!

The best thing about these bad boys is that they are actually healthy! They’re gluten, grain, and refined sugar-free, plus I’ve included a vegan egg substitute so pretty much anyone can enjoy these. If you’re following a keto diet you may want to use some powdered erythritol instead of the coconut sugar. I’d recommend doing a dry run without the charcoal, one because activated charcoal is expensive, and two because you’ll get an eye for when they’re ready to roll up. When they’re black it’s a lot, lot harder to see what you’re doing.


You don’t really need any swish machinery, you can easily use a cast iron or non-stick skillet, however, if you want to achieve the ‘waffle’ look then you’ll need to purchase a waffle cone maker. In addition to this, I’d highly recommend buying a small waffle cone roller because it makes things so much faster and you’re less likely to burn the crap out of your hands. Because sugar gets hella hot for reals! For this reason, I only used my fingers to quickly hold the bottom of the cone flush to the roller before grabbing a clean, dry tea towel to roll up the rest. Try watching a few YouTube videos before going for it yourself.

I decided to opt for some activated coconut charcoal as this is supposedly best for you. I usually use mine for face masks and for tooth whitening purposes but it’s also great for hangovers and overall digestive cleansing. Although I’ve used it purely to colour my cones there is actually enough within the recipe to provide a functional dosage. It’s also important to note that when dealing with charcoal always use glass, plastic, and silicone utensils, and NEVER metal as the charcoal leaches out all of the toxins – and nobody wants to eat heavy metals! To read more about activated charcoal click here.

So, if like me you’d like to come and join the pretentious hipster foodie club check out my recipe below! Looking for more delicious recipes? Why not try my Healthy Strawberry Split Lollies or CBD Hot Fudge Sauce? Oh, and if you want to keep up to date with my deliciousness then sign up for my newsletter and I’ll love you forever – who am I kidding? I already do!


Charcoal Waffle Cones (Paleo, Gluten-Free, Vegan)
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Join the foodie brigade with these Charcoal Waffle Cones to reach a whole new level of Instagram hipster. Made with coconut activated sugar and free from gluten, grains and refined sugars these are the healthiest cones in town!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 9
  • 40g/1/4 cup coconut sugar (powdered)
  • 1 egg white or 1 chia egg (see 'Notes' for vegan option)
  • 50g almond flour
  • 20g arrowroot flour
  • 1-2 tbsp activated charcoal
  • 4-5 tbsp nut milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp butter/coconut oil (melted)
  1. Whisk together, using a silicone whisk, the eggs (or chia egg) and powdered coconut sugar together in a large glass or plastic bowl until pale and thickened. Gradually whisk in the flours and coconut charcoal powder until well combined. Next whisk in the melted butter and vanilla extract until smooth and then gradually whisk in the nut milk tablespoon by tablespoon. The batter should be fairly thick however you can stir in more milk if you feel it is needed. The thicker the mixture the sturdier the cone!
  2. Next heat your waffle cone machine as per the manufacturer's instruction. If you don't have one then simply heat a small skillet or griddle pan on a low heat. Brush your machine or skillet lightly with some coconut oil. Place 1-1.5 tbsp of batter into the middle of the machine then gently close and press firmly for 3 seconds. If you're using a skillet be sure to spread the batter out with an angled palette knife into a thin circle.
  3. Cook until the edges start to become a darker colour and the middle looks dull and firm - this should take about 1-2 minutes. If you're using a skillet you may need to flip over and cook the other side first.
  4. Using your palette knife gently lift the bottom corner up and start wrapping around your wooden waffle cone roller gently with your fingers before using a clean, dry tea towel to continue. Focus on rolling the bottom of the cone first, tightly and firmly, making it easier to shape the rest of the cone. Try not to roll it too tightly or you will struggle to remove your roller.
  5. Before removing your roller press firmly along the seam with your tea towel and then gently slide the roller out. Place on a wire rack to cool and harden completely and repeat the process with the remaining batter.
If opting for chia egg ensure that you use 1 tbsp of milled chia seeds in 3 tbsp of water. Leave to 'gel' for 10 minutes before using. You may also need to add additional nut milk to the overall mix.


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  • Reply
    21st August 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Great photo and something I would like to try out! I definitely need to be more adventurous and this is something I’d like to aspire to!

  • Reply
    Renee Kohley
    22nd August 2017 at 1:00 am

    I literally saw those charcoal cones become all the rage and thought…I bet Georgie could make those! Ha! These are beautiful – I can’t believe how simple and healthy they are!

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    23rd August 2017 at 2:22 am

    Man, this is genius! Seriously in awe of your talents. I need to go get me a waffle cone machine!

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    23rd August 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Haha, I love how you qualify it as “pretentious hipster” 🙂 This is what I get for staying off IG for a month – I don’t find out what all the cool kids are doing these days. But luckily I have you and your paleo-fied versions to keep me on the straight and narrow. I so bet my kids would dig these though. They might be Celiac and not able to have what the other kids are, but I bet not a lot of their friend’s moms are making the ultra-cool black cones for them either!!

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    23rd August 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Wow, these are so chic Georgie! I love that they are black from charcoal! You’re so creative 🙂

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    Tina T.
    24th August 2017 at 3:35 am

    What a freakin’ cool idea! You always come up with the best creations!

  • Reply
    Irena Macri
    24th August 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Hipster cred SO on point. You really know how to work with colours 😉

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    Holley Marth
    25th August 2017 at 2:20 am

    I’m all about the hipster food. These are gorgeous, I’ll have to search for some coconut activated charcoal…

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    Kari Peters
    26th August 2017 at 1:23 am

    These are so fun, I love the intensity, and you’re right beige is just boring compared to this! 😉

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    Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
    26th August 2017 at 3:05 am

    They look so cool! Such a fun treat made with such healthy ingredients!

  • Reply
    28th August 2017 at 2:40 am

    This is so amazing ! I’m going to try it !

  • Reply
    28th August 2017 at 5:14 am

    So cool! Not only do you make your own cones, but they are BLACK!! 😉 I have to try these!

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