2/25/15

All Natural Green Food Coloring Dye Alternatives for St. Patrick's Day


By on 2/25/2015 11:14:00 AM


St. Patrick's Day is a big holiday for our family--and a very fun holiday for the kids.  While we love all of the fun, cooking for kids ideas popping up on Pinterest and on our favorite blogs; we aren't such fans of the health risks of artificial food colorings and dyes.  We thought we would put together a list of our favorite, all natural, green food coloring and food dye alternatives for St. Patrick's Day!

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All Natural, Commercial Food Dyes 

I have not had a lot of success with commercial, all natural food colorings and dyes--but, many people stand by them!  While I have used India Tree--it is a lot more difficult for me to blend colors for successful results.  Especially for a bright, St. Patrick's Day green.  I do; however, like the India Tree Jimmies and Decorating Sugars !

Green Chlorophyll

 
Yes--you can buy liquid, green chlorophyll--and it will certainly give foods and light drinks a green hue in small amounts.  The product is sold as a dietary supplement.  Be sure to read the package labeling and instructions as only a few drops are necessary in use as a colorant--and only a small amount is recommended for ingestion.  Some varieties are available with mint flavoring added--while others are "unflavored".  The product itself does have a earthy/green taste--so it may actually work best as a coloring for minty frostings or foods.  Also--be sure to read the product labels carefully.  Not all chlorophyll supplements are all natural or organically sourced!

Matcha Green Tea Powder 

Matcha Green Tea Powder does have a slight taste (and some are more earthen and grainy than others)--but, I find that it works very well in coloring cookies and baked goods.  It offers a nice, light green hue for frosting as well. Again--you will need to research the brands to find one with organically sourced ingredients.  Also, keep in mind that Matcha Green Tea contains natural caffeine as well.

Wheatgrass Powder


Wheatgrass also has a bit of an "outdoorsy" taste--but, it blends very smoothly into recipes and the flavor is mild enough to be masked by fruit, chocolate or vanilla.  Also--be sure to look for organically sourced products.

Spinach or Kale Vegetable Powders


 
First of all--vegetable powders are literally powdered vegetables.  These powders smell & taste like their vegetable counterparts--in concentrated form.  A little of these powders go a long way and should only be used in recipes with scent/taste masking ingredients!  Check the ingredient list and be sure to look for all natural, organic powders.

Fresh Greens
Using fresh, organic spinach, kale or field greens is a bit more work--but, if you have them on hand--they do make convenient, all natural green food coloring alternatives.  Either put the green leaves through a juicer or puree in food processor--then add a little of the green to the food you seek to color.  Again--there will be a bit of a "green" taste to the mix--especially if you use a stronger green such as kale--so use the minimum amount and add it to foods with flavors able to hide the green!


These dye alternatives also work well in coloring the seasonal green beer.  Again--a little of these dyes goes a long way--especially in a light colored beer or pale ale!

About Angela

Angela is a freelance writer and blogger, blessed with 3 daughters, 4 cats, 1 needy dog, and 1 very supportive husband.

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