How to Naturally Dye Easter Eggs Using Food

There are so many options out there for natural Easter egg dye using ingredients you have already in your kitchen and we’re showing you some of the options we loved with tips, tricks, and more!

Naturally Dyed Easter eggs in cartonNatural Easter Egg Dye

Did you know that it is so easy to naturally dye Easter eggs with food ingredients you likely already have in your pantry? It will be no surprise if you’ve been on this website for a while that we love to switch out artificial colors and unnecessary chemical additions to foods as much as we can, like these Naturally Colored Buttercream and these plant based decorated Sugar Cookies. If we wouldn’t eat a product with a long list of ingredients we can’t recognize why would we add chemicals in the form of artificial dyes to the food we make at home?

Some might say that you are just dyeing the outside of the egg: but anybody who has ever colored eggs know more often than not that color seeps in through the shell and colors the egg. So making festive colored eggs with actual FOOD coloring is a no-brainer. And honestly, it’s so simple and so FUN to experiment. You can create unique looking eggs that even will change color over time, the longer they sit. Kids and adults alike will find this holiday craft turned science experiment so fun!

Results of natural Easter egg dye recipe

How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally

Take a look in your pantry! We used white eggs, but you can experiment with brown eggs as they will have a different effect. All the eggs you see in these photos were dyed with these four foods:

  • Beets (red/pink/brown): 1 large beet, diced + 2 cups water
  • Red Cabbage (blue): 1/2 red cabbage, sliced + 2 cups water
  • Red Onion Skins (deep orange/brown): Skins from 4 large onions + 2 cups water
  • Fresh or Dried Turmeric (yellow): 1/4 cup sliced fresh turmeric or 2 tablespoons dried + 2 cups water

Other natural color suggestions:

  • Blueberries (grey/blue): 2 cups frozen blueberries + 2 cups water (don’t boil this, just let it steep)
  • Carrots (orange/yellow): 3 large carrots, sliced + 2 cups water
  • Spinach or Parsley (green): 2 cups spinach or 1 bunch parsley + 2 cups water
  • Yellow Onion Skins (orange): Skins from 4 large onions + 2 cups water
  • Coffee (brown): 2 cups strong brewed coffee

Natural Easter egg dyes in jarsHere is what you need to know to naturally dye eggs:

  1. Make the boiled eggs. We recommend using the water boiling or steaming method. Check out this post here. We normally love the Instant Pot for steaming eggs, but not here. We don’t recommend using the Instant Pot for colored eggs because they are more likely to crack in the food coloring. Let the eggs cool completely before coloring.
  2. Bring the food item in 2 cups of water up to a boil, cover and let simmer for 20 minutes. Strain and let cool. Once cool add 2 teaspoons of vinegar.
  3. Gently drop the white eggs in the color. They must be completely submerged.
  4. The longer the eggs sit in the color, the more brilliant the color will be. Letting the eggs soak overnight yielded the best color for us.
  5. When you are ready to take the eggs out of the color, place a clean kitchen towel down and gently pull out the eggs and place on the towel, or you could place them on a wire rack to prevent and the towel from wiping off any of the color. Let it air dry, do not rub it. If you’d like to dip the egg again to get a darker hue do that once it has dried. In addition, if you want to combine colors to make different hues (think coloring an egg first yellow, then blue=green) now is the time to do it.
  6. Once completely dry you can gently rub it with oil to help prevent the color from changing. We found that some of the eggs changed colors over a few days time (especially the beet one). Do them the day before Easter if you’d like them to be as close to the color as you want as possible.

Eggs dyed with natural egg dyeHow to Make Green Naturally Dyed Eggs:

To make green we first dyed the egg with turmeric (yellow) and then dyed it with red cabbage (blue) to make the egg green!

Do you have to use vinegar to dye eggs?

Yes! Without going into all the science behind it, the short answer is that the added acid from the white vinegar brings it to the correct pH level needed for the dye to adhere to the egg shell. The approximate amount of vinegar needed is about 1 teaspoon per 1 cup of dye. We experimented by adding more vinegar to some of our dyes and we got a cool spotted effect.

How to Make Different Effects on Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

  1. Add more vinegar: When we added more vinegar to the dye it created a bubbly effect which created the dots you see on our eggs.
  2. Dip for different lengths of time: You can try dipping the eggs for shorter periods of time. For our pink spotted eggs seen above we just briefly dipped the eggs in the beets for like 10 seconds and then let it dry.
  3. Double dipping eggs, depending on the different colors can create different effects. Honestly we had different results each time, so have fun experimenting.
  4. To create an ombre effect you can start dying a batch of eggs, and then every few hours take one of the eggs out of the dye.

Should eggs be cold or at room temperature for coloring?

You want both the boiled eggs and the natural dye to be cool during the dye process, so that not only do the eggs not overcook in the natural dye, but also for safety. Leave the eggs in the dye in the refrigerator overnight.

Natural Easter egg coloring

Don’t want to make your own dye but want to try naturally coloring eggs?

There are also a few different products on the market. Try these good brands:

Tools we used in this recipe:


Lastly, check out these other healthier Easter recipes:

How to Naturally Dye Easter Eggs
How to Naturally Dye Easter Eggs With Food

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake (Easy Sheet Cake)

This Gluten-Free Carrot Cake is so easy to make, has such classic flavors and is perfect to serve a crowd. This healthier, more nutrient dense take on the classic carrot cake is gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo friendly and made without any refined sugars! It can be topped with a classic cream cheese frosting, or made dairy-free with homemade fluff. Either way it will be welcome at any celebration or holiday dinner (or just a regular tuesday afternoon)!

Easy Gluten Free Carrot CakeGluten-Free Carrot Cake

We are so in love with this Gluten-Free Carrot Cake! Aside from the fact that this carrot cake is just darn delicious, our version is so much more nutrient dense and healthier than a traditional cake that we don’t feel so ridiculous eating it for breakfast. It’s the perfect cake to serve at a celebration of family holiday and is a breeze to make! The cake itself is also dairy-free and paleo, plus we give options below for changing out the cream cheese frosting..

This Gluten Free Carrot Cake is SO EASY to make because it’s made all in one bowl! So we wanted to keep the rest of the cake simple too by making it a sheet cake. We baked it in a 9×13″ cake pan, but it will work in any similar sized baking dish. We’ve done layer cakes in the past year (see chocolate and vanilla versions) so this just felt like the way to go, though you can bake this as a layer cake if you wanted. In the past we’ve recommended always baking our style of gluten free cakes in 6″ pans because they are slightly more delicate while also being heavier than traditional wheat cake, but this one might work well baked in 2-8″ cake pans if you’d like to make it a layer cake.

Simple gluten free carrot cake

Which gluten free flour is best for cake?

As always we love our favorite blend of almond and coconut flour. It is so moist and tender and really easy to use. Most people wouldn’t be able to tell the cake was gluten free. If you are looking for a nut free cake, check out this recipe here.

Other frosting options:

We’ve opted to top this with a classic cream cheese frosting, but you can feel free to use either a dairy-free cream cheese with this recipe or instead top it with our Marshmallow Fluff recipe which is dairy and refined sugar free. This cake is also delicious by itself and can be served alone, but this gluten-free carrot cake uses less sugar than most carrot cakes so you may notice it more without a frosting.

Gluten fee carrot cake coconut flour

Tips for Making Gluten-Free Cake

  • Sift your almond flour and coconut flour first if they are lumpy. It makes it easier to fully incorporate.
  • Use an electronic kitchen scale if you have one. It makes it easier to measure the gluten free flours, and we’ve included grams in the ingredient list.
  • Gluten free cakes are a little tricker to check when they are done. Some signs to look out for: the cake is nice and golden brown, it has completely puffed up throughout, cracks are not uncommon, when you stick toothpick it it should come out clean, and when you gently press in in the center of the cake it will spring back as opposed to leaving a dent (which is a sign it is underdone).
  • Let the cake cool completely before frosting.
  • The cake can be made up to two days in advance. Leave it at room temperature covered until ready to frost.
  • We direct you to use a parchment paper sling to bake the cake in. If you plan to serve the cake inside of the baking pan you do not need to use this. If you want to take the cake out and serve on a different platter the sling will help you easily take it out of the pan.
  • Once it is frosted it needs to be kept in the refrigerator. It can be assembled up to two days in advance. As most cakes, it will get more moist each day it sits.

Does carrot cake contain gluten

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Gluten Free Carrot Cake

Prep Time 00:20 Cook Time 00:45 Inactive Time 04:00 Total Time 05:05 Serves 12-16

Ingredients

For Cake

For Frosting

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Prepare a 9" x 13" cake pan or baking dish by coating with cooking spray and making a parchment paper sling. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl add the avocado oil, coconut sugar, eggs, almond milk and vanilla extract. Whisk well until fully combined.
  3. To the bowl add the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt and whisk it together until it's fully combined.
  4. Fold in the carrots, pecans, coconut and raisins.
  5. Place batter into the prepared baking dish and smooth down the top with an offset spatula. 
  6. Baking in the middle rack for 45 minutes, or until the top is puffy and the cake springs back when lightly pushed down in the center.
  7. Let cool completely. This step can be done up to two days in advance.

To make the frosting:

  1. With an electric mixer beat the butter until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the cream cheese and vanilla and beat until the mixture has lightened up, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the salt and sugar and mix on low speed until well blended. Increase the speed to medium and beat until fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.

To assemble:

  1. Place the frosting in the center of the cake and smooth it over the cake with an offset spatula, creating waves.
  2. If desired top with chopped pecans.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can swap out the avocado oil for another baking oil you have on hand, such as melted coconut oil or light olive oil.
  2. Looking to make a smaller cake? We've included a halved recipe below. You can bake it in either an 8x8" square baking dish, or a 8" cake pan. Baking time will be between 30-35 minutes. Look for a lightly browned top that has puffed up all over and the middle springs back when lightly pushed in.

Ingredients for a half recipe of Gluten Free Carrot Cake:

  • 1/4 cup avocado oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (192g) almond flour
  • 1/2 cup (48g) coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch fine sea salt
  • 1-1/2 cup carrots (2 large)
  • 1/2 cup pecans (optional)
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut (optional)
  • 1/3 cup raisins (optional)
Cream Cheese Frosting:

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 240
Total Fat 16.1g 21%
Saturated Fat 10.1g 51%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 136mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 23.1g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 22.2g
Protein 1.7g

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake WITHOUT Frosting:

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Gluten Free Carrot Cake Cookies (With Maple Glaze)

These Paleo Carrot Cake Cookies with a Maple Glaze are the perfect treat to make for your Easter holiday celebration. This gluten free carrot cake cookie recipe yields soft and chewy cookies, is easy to make and packs all the flavor of a traditional carrot cake in an easy-to-serve form.

Paleo Carrot Cake Cookies with Maple Glaze 

Carrot Cake Cookies with Maple Glaze

Easter weekend is here! While traditional carrot cake or a carrot cake loaf is standard, let’s switch it up this year! Everyone loves a good cookie, and a soft carrot cake cookie topped with the most delicious maple glaze is just guaranteed to be a hit of the dessert table. Guaranteed. 

Paleo Carrot Cake Cookie Dough

These cookies are wonderful for any carrot cake lover; and personally, since we don’t actually celebrate Easter in our home, can vouch that they are perfect for any occasion. These cookies are: lightly sweetened, packed with delicious add-ins, soft, and topped with a decedent frosting.

Gluten Free Carrot Cake Cookies

Want other paleo desserts with veggies? Try these favorites:

Carrot Cake Cookie Recipe

Carrot Cake Cookie Recipe

Carrot Cake Cookies with Vanilla Maple Frosting

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 10 min Total Time 0:20 Yields 12

Ingredients

Add-ins

  • 1/4 cup or more chocolate chips (Enjoy Life's or your favorite dark chocolate chunks)
  • 1/3 + 2 tbsp grated carrots
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup raisins

Vanilla Maple Frosting

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt
  • In a small mixing bowl combine egg, honey, oil, and vanilla
  • Combine bowls and mix well, add your add-ins of choice and mix well
  • Drop tablespoons of dough on a lined baking sheet (I cover mine with parchment paper )
  • Bake for 10 minutes (undercooked), 10-12 (not undercooked)
  • While baking, mix together (using your KitchenAid or hand-mixer) all frosting ingredients until creamy, taste and adjust sweetness as desired
  • Let cool completely, frost, and serve!
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    P.S. Here are the cookies with the old frosting from 2015!

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