Who doesn’t love eating fun-colored food? While many processed foods are dyed with artificial coloring and should usually be avoided, there are many natural alternatives that are just as vibrant! Not only are plant-based blue foods fun to eat and pretty to look at, but they are also filled with nutrients! These recipes get their gorgeous color from blue Spirulina, blue matcha, and blueberries, which contain the phytochemical anthocyanin. Studies have shown that eating foods high in this phytochemical may help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer. From smoothie bowls, to cheesecake and pop tarts, these blue food recipes will not disappoint! Which recipe are you most excited to try?
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1. Blue Spirulina Smoothie Bowl
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Have you tried blue spirulina yet? Like regular spirulina, it is a great addition to smoothies and raw desserts, only instead of an algae green, it gives everything a kiss of bright blue color. In this delicious smoothie bowl recipe by Melanie Sorrentino, bananas are blended into an ice cream-like texture, then swirled with bright, blue spirulina. Then, it’s topped with fresh berries, dairy-free yogurt, coconut, and star-shaped banana slices. Picture-perfect and delicious!
2. Nutrient Dense Blueberry Smoothie
So here’s what goes into this smoothie by Daniela Modesto: Nut milk of your choice, avocado, coconut oil, almond butter, and frozen blueberries. A quick blend and you’ve got yourself a tasty nutrient-dense blueberry smoothie to keep you full and satisfied for hours. If you wanted to, add the smoothie to a bowl and dress it up a bit with additional blueberries, chia seeds and toasted coconut flakes would match up perfectly.
3. Blue Banana Smoothie
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This Blue Banana Smoothie by Jesse Lane Lee will take your taste buds to the tropics! It has a yummy sweetness from bananas, filling fat from coconut, and hidden fiber from steamed cauliflower. Best of all it is blue thanks to blue matcha!
4. Blue Moon Latte
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This ‘Blue Moon’ Latte by Teri Macovei it’s not only enticing but also full of health benefits for our bodies. It’s a perfect way to end your day with a caffeine-free cup of latte. The special tea that is used to make this lovely latte is the butterfly pea tea.
5. Blueberry Cheesecake
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This blueberry cheesecake by Lena Ropp recipe is nothing like a regular cheesecake. Instead of using cream cheese and sugar, this cake is made with cashews and flavored with vanilla and lime. It’s like an endless holiday in your mouth!
6. 5-Ingredient Blueberry Mousse
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This easy dairy-free mousse by Christine DesRoches is simply made with just 5 ingredients. The blueberries add natural sweetness and give the mousse such a pretty purple color. This recipe is raw, vegan, gluten-free, fruit-sweetened, and paleo; this one checks a lot of allergy-friendly boxes! Above all, it’s delicious, light, and makes a great dessert.
7. Mini Blue Matcha Cashew Cakes
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These sweet mini blue matcha cashew cakes by Victoria Rand and Christopher Bill don’t require a lot of ingredients, making them the perfect bite-sized treat to whip up for parties. What’s also nice about these is that you don’t have to stick to the exact recipe. You can flavor them however you like. Whether you feel inclined to add a drop or two of peppermint extract or almond extract is up to you!
8. Raspberry and Blue Spirulina Smoothie
Have you tried blue spirulina yet? Like regular spirulina, it is a great addition to smoothies and raw desserts, only instead of an algae green, it gives everything a kiss of bright blue color. In this simple blue Spirulina smoothie by Melanie Sorrentino, frozen raspberries are blended with banana, then banana is blended with blue spirulina and poured on top in order to create a bright, colorful, two-tiered sweet treat. Not only does it taste great, it looks gorgeous, too!
9. Blueberry Poptarts
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Better than store-bought, these Vegan Blueberry Poptarts by Nicole Dunai are an easy and healthier alternative to traditional pop tarts! Made with a delicious homemade blueberry filling and simple flaky coconut oil crust.
10. Silky Raw Blueberry Cashew Cake
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This silky blueberry cashew cake by Victoria Rand and Christopher Bill calls for only a few ingredients and no baking at all! The grain-free crust is made from dates and almonds with a touch of vanilla while the creamy filling is made from cashews blended with blueberries, a drizzle of coconut oil, and maple syrup for sweetness. The result is a cake that looks like it was made by a professional — but don’t worry, nobody needs to know how easy it was to make.
11. Minty Blue Cheesecake Bars
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Refreshing, minty, and gorgeous — how can it get any better than that? How about the fact that these pretty blue cheesecake bars by Victoria Rand and Christopher Bill use all-natural food coloring for a pop of summery color? The coconutty base paired with the creamy cashew filling (which you can flavor however you like) is absolute dessert perfection.
12. Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Popsicles
Similar to those red white and blue, sugary rocket popsicles that you grew up with, but a healthy, whole foods version! These patriotic popsicles by Shannon Leparski are free of added sugars/colorings or anything weird. They are creamy and taste like smoothie-yogurt-ice cream popsicles. YUM! The coconut milk is the trick and adds that creamy taste.
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