looking for a natural way to add green color to your St. Patty’s day treats this year? Check out my easy DIY Green Food Coloring!
Food coloring and dyes give foods wonderful colors, but traditional food dyes found in the baking section are artificial. This means they are man-made and not made from natural colors found in foods. So what are we really eating, chemicals?! Yuck! So instead I decided to come up with my own natural green food dye to use in my baked goods this St. Patty’s day. The secret to my green food coloring you ask? It is spinach! The bright green in spinach makes it the perfect natural food coloring and can provide a little added nutritional benefits like added fiber, Vitamin C among other vitamins and minerals.
Add one to two teaspoons to baked goods or few splashes to smoothies to turn your favorite St. Patty’s day treats green! I added it to pancakes and eggs this week. The colors aren’t as vibrant and the artificial green food dye, but enough that you get the idea!
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- In a medium saucepan add spinach and enough water to just cover spinach.
- Bring water to a boil and cook for 15 minutes.
- Let cool. Add spinach and water to the blender or food processor. Process until smooth.
- Pour liquid through a strainer to remove any large pieces.
- Store the liquid in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 4 months.