Each year when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, we get inundated with images of food in unnatural shades of green. This always makes us scratch our heads because some of the most beautiful green food we’ve ever seen comes straight from the earth, no food dyes required.
True, there aren’t that many naturally green desserts, but if you play around with kiwi, grapes, limes, mint, pistachios, and even avocado, you can probably come up with something pretty creative. And if you want to go in a completely different direction, you can surprise your kids and friends by using leafy greens in desserts.
Exhibit A: This green Rainbow Chard Cake, which gets its color from real green leaves, not food coloring. It’s a very tasty cake, not super-sweet, but delicious with cream cheese frosting.
Another dye-free dessert option is cookies with spinach frosting– no food coloring in here either! Although it sounds strange, it really tastes more like sugar than spinach. True story: We served these cookies to an entire Little League team and they gobbled them up without hesitation.
Last, this one isn’t Irish (it’s supposedly Swedish), but it’s still naturally green. Our Swedish Potato Casserole gets its pale green hue from spinach. (And spinach and potatoes are the perfect combination, right?.)
More Green Food
Want to make a whole green meal? Check out these other great green ideas:
Kale Brownies (OK, these don’t technically look green, but you’re going to love them anyway.)