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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Natural Green Food Dye

Nothing says St. Patrick’s Day like dying everything green. But wait – did you know that it’s possible to make and consume natural green desserts that do not compromise a vegan lifestyle?

Because fruits and vegetables are naturally colorful, we can use them to our advantage when it comes to being festive for seasonal holidays.

By: Mallory Diekmann 

Food dye is a great way to personalize celebratory treats for any holiday. However, the celebration can end when you think about the chemicals that make up dye. While these artificial ingredients may be a mystery, there is a way to celebrate without them.

Natural dye is as simple as combining real foods with a little bit of water.

Photo From: Leite’s Culinaria

From green bagels to green eggs and ham, St. Patrick’s Day is often synonymous with consuming green foods.

Instead of reaching for that plastic bottle of green food coloring, try out this recipe for a natural St. Patrick’s Day. 

Natural Green Food Coloring


  • 1 cup frozen spinach, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons water


  1. Put the spinach and water into a food processor or blender and blend until you achieve a smooth mixture. If necessary, add more water (a teaspoon at a time).
  2. Add to your favorite recipes, or replace for red coloring to create green velvet cupcakes.

The opportunities are endless when you use food to add natural color to your recipes. Beets are deep and red, turmeric is warm and yellow, and blueberries are bright and purple.

Interested in naturally-green sweets? Try out this recipe for key lime pie.


More Natural Green Recipes

You will not taste the kale in this Kale and Blood Orange Cake, but you will see the Irish flag.

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Start your day off with these {Spinach} Pancakes.

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These Chocolate Mint Cups are naturally colored with matcha powder.

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This Avocado Mousse is another great green-substitute. Top with oranges, instead of raspberries, for the full Irish affect.

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Need more cupcakes in your life? Try these Chocolate Lavender Cupcakes

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