Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs – Make your Own Food Dyes with Food!

I feel like food dye is most commonly found in frosting, and I just don’t make that much frosting. I’m gonna go ahead and call that a good thing, but ever since I saw a food network show with blueberry dyed frosting, I’ve been dying to try it. Plus, now that I’ve detoxed my life and cut out <most of> the unnecessary preservatives and fillers in my food and skin products, I’ve been in love with the idea of natural food dye!  So,  I was super excited to finally tryout some natural dyes on something that doesn’t go on top of a cupcake – > hard boiled eggs! It felt like a long time coming. Not to mention, these Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs arrive just in time for the Easter holiday coming up this month… and my super busy work week, where I’ll need some easy-peasy, grab-and-go protein. 🙂

Completely natural and easy Blue, Yellow, Red, Pink, and Green Natural Food Dye Recipe for Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs. No artificial colors.Completely natural and easy Blue, Yellow, Red, Pink, and Green Natural Food Dye Recipe for Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs. No artificial colors.

Growing up we always had white shelled eggs and artificial dyes, so the eggs were very bright. Now, I usually use brown pasture-raised eggs and I didn’t even think about how the brown tinted shells would impact the dye until I’d already purchased two dozen. But I’m glad I went with the usual, because the brown eggs give the finished product an earthy, natural look that I love! I imagine these dyes would be even more intense on standard white shelled eggs or in whipped coconut frosting like the one I use on this lemon orange scone cake.

Completely natural and easy Blue, Yellow, Red, Pink, and Green Natural Food Dye Recipe for Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs. No artificial colors.

I went into this mini-experiment with the intentions of finding the best natural dye. Some of the outcomes were expected and obvious, both others were trial and error. For example, I already expected turmeric and beets to be great dyes.

Here are some things I didn’t expect:

  • Parsley doesn’t dye anything green. Neither does Cilantro
  • Despite how intensely green Spirulina Powder is, it doesn’t transfer pigment very well. It took a while for the green to soak into the eggs, and it worked better when mixed with oil than when mixed with water.
  • Blueberries and blackberries are the best natural food dyes!

Other somewhat unrelated lessons learned: don’t soft-boil eggs and neglect to tell the consumer. Apparently when biting into something you expect to be solid, liquidy egg yolk is not pleasant, and borderline terrifying. Sorry John!

Completely natural and easy Blue, Yellow, Red, Pink, and Green Natural Food Dye Recipe for Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs. No artificial colors.Completely natural and easy Blue, Yellow, Red, Pink, and Green Natural Food Dye Recipe for Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs. No artificial colors.Completely natural and easy Blue, Yellow, Red, Pink, and Green Natural Food Dye Recipe for Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs. No artificial colors.

 

–Blue, Yellow, Red, Pink, and Green Natural Food Dye Recipe for Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs–

Blue:

  • mix 1/2 cup each blueberries and blackberries and 1 cup water in pot
  • boil on medium high for about 15 minutes, then let cool

Yellow:

  • mix 1 tbsp Turmeric Powder and 1 cup water in pot
  • boil on medium high for about 15 minutes, then let cool

Red:

  • boil 2 beets for 30 minutes until cooked
  • juice beets to create the dye

Pink:

  • boil 2 beets in water for 30 minutes or until cooked
  • reserve the beets for something else, like the red dye above or beet dandelion flatbread
  • use the beet water as dye

Green:

Completely natural and easy Blue, Yellow, Red, Pink, and Green Natural Food Dye Recipe for Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs. No artificial colors. Completely natural and easy Blue, Yellow, Red, Pink, and Green Natural Food Dye Recipe for Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs. No artificial colors. Completely natural and easy Blue, Yellow, Red, Pink, and Green Natural Food Dye Recipe for Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs. No artificial colors.Completely natural and easy Blue, Yellow, Red, Pink, and Green Natural Food Dye Recipe for Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs. No artificial colors.

 

–To Make the Eggs for the Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs–

  • place eggs in water and turn heat to medium high. Once boiling, boil eggs  for 12 minutes. These will be soft boiled. Boil for 15 minutes if you want hard boiled eggs
  • run cool water over the eggs until the water is luke warm, then set aside to let cool.
  • paint coconut oil into shapes or letters on the egg to block the dye and create designed eggs
  • dip eggs in the natural dyes and let sit until dyed, about 30 minutes

Have fun!

 

Then don’t forget to make a tasty egg salad kale wrap with radishes afterwards!

8 Comments Add yours

  1. OMG the last time I ever dyed my own eggs…… Maybe when I was like 12! I wanna change that – lol!

    1. Alicia says:

      Haha- that was me too! It was so much fun 🙂

  2. alisamarie says:

    This is so great! Thanks for testing these all out Alicia. I must say that I shouldn’t be too surprised about the berries – I’ve stained far too many things purple with blueberries! 🙂

    1. Alicia says:

      Haha- me too. Have to be careful when cooking with berries. It was a fun little experiment!

  3. Sarah says:

    Beautiful! We’re coloring ours naturally in a couple days and I never thought of the coconut oil to write on them!

  4. I love how these are all natural and use food for dyes. Great idea!

  5. Yeah thank you for this!! I was actually wondering about doing eggs this year and finding ways to skip all those weird dyes!

  6. Natural is the best way! Less vibrant, but real and safe!

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