If you’ve been paying attention to social media, you’ve probably noticed that colorful foods have been taking over. What likely stemmed from rainbow bagels (which are exactly what they sound like), colorful foods have evolved into healthier fare that falls under other names that conjure up all things mystical and magical, like unicorn lattes, galaxy doughnuts, and even mermaid toast. All these colorful foods may have their detractors, but we say eat what makes you happy — especially today because May 11th is National Eat What You Want Day! And if you’re worried about food coloring, we can help you learn how to use plant-based foods to make all-natural food coloring.
Last year, we celebrated this glorious holiday with Have Breakfast for Dinner and Dessert for Breakfast Because It’s Eat What You Want Day. But this year, we’re hopping on board the rainbow/unicorn/colorful food trend with these 15 awesome recipes.
In case you haven’t noticed, unicorn food is totally trendy right now. So much so, Starbucks just released a Unicorn Frappuccino but we’ve got even better news – you can make your own, version at home (it’s basically just a milkshake). All you have to do is grab some fresh strawberries, blueberries, and whatever you want to garnish; we gave you a few suggestions if you’re not in a creative mood.
If you want to have truly magical sushi, try this Rainbow Unicorn Sushi. A true feast for the eyes, the vibrant rice in this sushi is colored naturally with ingredients like turmeric, beet powder, spirulina, and purple cabbage. Each roll is stuffed with roasted sweet potatoes and crisp, colorful bell peppers, but feel free to swap in your favorite ingredients.
No, you don’t need to adjust the color on your screen. These Tofu Hors D’Oeuvres are real. The baked tofu slices get their golden yellow color from curry powder, the beet hummus is a natural, vibrant pink, and it’s topped with naturally purple cauliflower. So simple, but so tasty, and sure to be the star of any appetizer spread.
Presenting: Unicorn Noodles! These gorgeous colorful noodles need to artificial colors. All you need is noodles, purple cabbage, and lemon juice! It’s like magic, but really: it’s science. Purple cabbage has a pigment called anthocyanin, which changes color when it makes contact with something acidic. When you cook purple cabbage for a short time in some water, you’ll get a nice blue shade, cook it for a bit longer with a bit more purple cabbage will give you a nice purple shade. Now when you add something acidic (lemon or lime juice) to the blue colored noodles, the pigment from the purple cabbage will react and takes on a bright pink color.
Raspberries, avocados, blueberries, and saffron lend their colors and flavors to this show-stopping Raw Rainbow Ice Cream Cake. The pastels make it look like something out of a fairytale! As if this cake wasn’t amazing enough, it’s topped with coconut-crusted vanilla bliss balls – mega yum!
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These Galaxy Doughnuts are stellar. The doughnut itself is dense and chocolatey with hidden, good-for-you ingredients like zucchini and carrot. The icing is sweet and sugary and you can get as creative as you want when it comes to decorating each doughnut with your own edible universe. Not only that, if you don’t have a doughnut pan, you can make cakes, so it’s super-versatile.
Onigiri are Japanese rice balls often filled with umeboshi (pickled plums) which is a kind of plum, kombu, and many other fillings.They’re popular items at convenience stores and in lunch boxes. But these Rainbow Onigiri are special. Aside from their spicy, savory coconut and pea filling, they’re rainbow-colored through the use of natural food coloring. If you take these for your lunch, those beautiful colors are guaranteed to grab attention.
Ever wish you could taste the rainbow? With this Raw Rainbow Chakra Cheesecake, you can! When you slice in, you will find a rainbow of colors and natural, fruity, and delicious flavors begging to be devoured. This is a fun weekend project for when you have a bit more time, once it comes together it is absolutely worth the wait.
These beautiful Superfood Berry Bars embody the delightful pastels of spring and the taste as good as they look. Each layer is luxurious, creamy, and packed full of blueberries, strawberries, and spinach. Don’t panic, you don’t taste the leafy green; it’s just for color.
This Fruity Pebbles Cheesecake combines a childhood favorite with an adult classic to give you a dessert that is playful and delicious. The velvety cheesecake is studded with fruity pebbles and rests atop a fruity pebble crust that gives the cake a surreal and colorful look.
This dazzling Marshmallow Cream Cake was created by accident, when the recipe’s creator added chia seeds to the already creamy filling and was left with a light and fluffy texture that resembled marshmallows exactly! Although this dessert is fluffy like marshmallows, it’s not nearly as sweet, making it easy to sit back and indulge.
These vegan Birthday Cake Ice Cream Sandwiches are so good, so easy, and so perfect in every way. The cake batter ice cream (that’s vegan ice cream with actual cake batter – and sprinkles — mixed in) and rainbow sugar cookies by themselves are amazing, and putting them together creates the best dessert ever! Even if you don’t have any birthdays coming up, these babies will make every day feel special! Have a very merry unbirthday!
These No-Bake Galaxy Berry Cheesecake Bars have a stunning color that looks like a galaxy! They’re quite simple to make; the only time-consuming thing is soaking the cashews and letting it all solidify in the freezer, but all of this won’t cost you any effort. Making recipe though takes about 10-20 minutes total, depending on how fast you work. Minimum effort and maximum reward — gotta love it.
This Raw Ice Cream Goddess Cake is almost too good to be eaten by us mere mortals … but since it’s here, you may as well. This ice cream goddess cake is made up of layer upon creamy layer of chocolate, blueberry and blackberry, raspberry, and vanilla ice cream. This is a definite treat yo’self type of dessert.