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Halloween With Natural Food Coloring

Picture this: A Halloween feast with natural food coloring. That’s right – as in, treats with colors found in nature, not in shocking food coloring. Even though we’re used to all sorts of wild colors in our Halloween treats, an all-natural Halloween is not as far-fetched as you’d think.

Halloween with natural food coloring

Of course you can always stick with comfort food classics (macaroni and cheese) that come in fall colors already. But when you want to make the most of your Halloween bash using only natural food coloring, you need to get creative. For example:

Orange

Think carrots, pumpkins, squash, sweet potatoes, cheddar cheese, mangoes, cantaloupe, oranges, and more. By the way, these butternut squash donuts are fast and easy and they’re a delightful shade of orange inside.

 

Black

Experiment with molasses, raisins, black beans, and olives. Or if you’re willing to stretch a little… black sesame seeds, or even black garlic, like the one we used in this Black Garlic Pumpkin Hummus.

Green

Use green leafy vegetables for garnish or dips (make a spinach dip in the blender so it comes out a uniformly green color), or use celery sticks for fingers or “boats” for your spooky treats. We have a recipe for some green frosting that’ll confuse everyone. And don’t forget good old-fashioned guacamole – everyone’s favorite gooey green dip.

Purple

Grapes, blueberries, red cabbage… Plus you can make Purple Cauliflower Coconut SoupIced Purple Sweet Potato CookiesPurple Potato Chips… Or how about some Purple Dragon Shakes (made with purple dragon fruit)?

Red

Try apples, strawberries, cranberries, pomegranate juice, tomatoes, and of course beets. You might be grossed out by this beet hummus that we made to look like raw ground beef (a.k.a. ground beet hummus), but it’s bound to be a hit at your Halloween bash – and of course with the beet juice, it’s made with all natural food coloring.

White

Sometimes you don’t even need food coloring to make something spooky. These Spooky Rice Ghosts are equal parts adorable and spooky – and they’re perfect for Halloween.

Feeling healthier already? Now go enjoy that candy!

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