|DIY Natural Coloring for Icings + Crafts|
One of the best activities from the kitchen is cooking with your children. The following is a few healthy alternatives to toxic colorings. To create colors from nature for icings and frostings, arts and crafts.
Icings + Frostings
Blend mashed banana + lemon juice + arrowroot + yoghurt (sheep milk has a nice creamy texture) + brown rice syrup / organic raw honey (optional).
Process 2 cups mashed banana + ¼ cup arrowroot + ½ cup carob powder / juice.
Process arrowroot, coconut oil and liquid (fruit or vegetable juice).
1 cup organic dates + 1 tablespoon carob powder (optional) + 1-2 cups sesame seeds…soften dates in water, grind sesame seeds very fine, mix all together, blend until smooth. Can add vegetable or fuit juice for color.
Mix ½ cup water + ½ cup sweetener of choice + 3 tablespoons arrowroot in small pan, stir frequently until it boils and thickens, stir in 3 cups fresh coconut + small amount of coconut oil.
Process 8oz organic cream cheese + 1 cup organic butter + honey to taste + lemon juice (1 or 2 lemons) + lemon peel.
60gms unsalted organic butter, softened + 1 teaspoon lemon rind + 1 teaspoon vanilla + 1 tablespoon honey…cream butter, lemon rind, vanilla and lemon juice, gradually beat in icing sugar until thick and smooth.
Add color from the following:
The final coloring are based on dyeing white foods; final colors will vary (based on original food product color and amount of coloring agent used (e.g. yellow cake + pomegranate juice will turn more orange than red). For richer colors, use thawed (frozen) or concentrated juices of fruits and veggies. Of course, only choose local or organic spices, fruit and vegetables etc.
Blue-Purple: blueberries, purple grape juice, blackberries, and blackberry juice.
Brick red-orange: paprika
Green: pureed, cooked spinach (thawed frozen spinach works great)
Lavender: grape juice. For darker lavender use 4 cups frozen or fresh blueberries.
Pink: cranberry juice, raspberries, red currants, strawberries, beet juice
Red: pomegranate juice, or dried, powdered, boiled, unsalted red beets (ground in the blender or food processor-won't effect flavor).
Yellow, gold, + orange: small amounts of turmeric powder, yellow mustard powder, curry powder, annatto powder, and carrot juice (final color depends on amount used).
Decorating Tip: Sprinkle shredded coconut over frosting before it hardens to create a realistic looking Santa's beard, lamb or other animal fur, etc.
These are things we have used to color crafts and Easter eggs: If you are using the dyes to make colored icing or dry items like play dough, omit the vinegar.
Dried powdered spinach will make a yellowish green. Add 1 teaspoon vinegar to 2 tablespoons powdered spinach and 1 cup boiling water.
Dried dark red beets will make a red or pink shade depending on how much you use.) Fresh beets put through the champion juicer is easy and our most used coloring, from playdough to icing.it does not efffect the flavor of icing.Strawberry juice or fruit spread also work well for a flavored red or pink icing.
Red onion skins use very little water, boil and then strain through cheese cloth
Yellow- turmeric for Easter eggs and craft: 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric + 2/3 cup boiling water and 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
Brown dyes- 1 tablespoon instant organic coffee or loose tea , 2/3 cup boiling water 3/4 teaspoon vinegar. Tea and coffee produce different shades of brown, so you might experiment with this one. For an even different (darker color) brown, use cocoa powder instead of coffee.
red cabbage juice makes a bluish color
Blackberry juice- reddish blue dye
Blueberry juice- bluish gray dye
Lavender- add 1/8 cup lemon juice
Green: Add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda and the dye will turn green, and if you allow it to stand for several hours to overnight, it will turn a dark yellow or orange.
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