Naturally Green Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

Allergies to food dyes don’t have to take away your St. Patrick’s Day fun. Here are some naturally green recipes for St. Patrick’s Day to help you celebrate, proving that sweet treats and good eats don’t have to include processed chemicals and food coloring!

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Just over 3 years ago, I developed a sudden allergy to artificial food colorings. Digesting any amount of them makes me violently ill. For a while, I thought that meant I would miss out on the fun rainbow of colors that appears in foods around holidays like Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and Christmas. I was bummed, to say the least.

Then I looked around and realized that God placed some naturally vibrant colored plants on this planet, and there was no good reason why I shouldn’t use them to create fun holiday treats! You know, beets for a natural red color, tumeric for yellow, and spinach for green color.

I also learned that there are many other food lovers out there who feel the same way that I do, so I gathered up some of my favorite bloggers and got permission from them to share these recipes with you.

This past Christmas, I created a collection of dye free holiday cookies. Today’s naturally green recipes are just as fun and delicious as those were!

St. Patrick's Day fun doesn't need processed chemicals and food coloring. Get 17 naturally green recipes to help you celebrate. There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert!

Which one of these naturally green recipes for St. Patrick’s Day is your favorite??

This Sunrise Green Smoothie from It's Yummi will give your body everything it needs to keep it fueled all morning long. #lmwlchallenge @sarahjenks


Mint Chocolate Smoothie – I could seriously drink one of these every day and be happy!

Sunrise Smoothie – This is one of my favorite breakfast smoothies.

Simple Green Smoothie – Just like the name implies.

Healthy Shamrock Shake – This is no joke. This shake should be sold at McDonald’s!

Green Tea Latte – This tea will go perfectly with my matcha white chocolate cookies.

Green Tea Gnocchi with Orange Butter Sauce from

Main and Side Dishes

 Spinach Pancakes – Take a look at the stunning color on these pancakes!

Green Tea Gnocchi with Orange Butter Sauce – I had loads of fun learning how to make this dish.

Artichoke Pesto Pasta with Shrimp – I’ve never been a fan of traditional pesto, but this artichoke version blows my mind!

Skinny Zucchini Casserole – Zucchini is one of my favorite veggies. I can’t wait to dig in to this dish.

Spring Pea Salad – This recipe shouts spring and makes me crave peas…which I rarely do.

Traditional Shepherd’s Pie – OK, it’s not green, but it IS delicious!

Potato Broccoli Soup – Adding potato to broccoli soup is an act of genius. It adds flavor and thickness.

Cilantro Lime Rice – Of all the carbs in the world… oh, Mr. Lime Rice, where have you been all of my life?

Recipe for Matcha White Chocolate Cookies ~

Desserts & Snacks

Chocolate Topped Mint Cheesecakes – Take my favorite dessert and top it with chocolate?  I want to marry this!

Green Tea Sprinkles – These are just pure, simple, green fun.  Sprinkles for everyone!

Spinach Parmesan Sable Crackers – These sables are a cross between cracker and cookie. Green crunch, for the big win.

Spinach Ice Cream – I couldn’t wrap my brain around the concept of spinach in ice cream… then I saw this recipe. Wow!

Matcha White Chocolate Cookies – When I made these cookies, I couldn’t stop eating them. Healthy matcha makes them special.

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream – Lactose intolerance, I hate you.  But Laura made this dairy free and vegan, so I love her!

Spinach Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting – St. Patrick’s Day just wouldn’t be the same without a green cupcake.


Be sure to Pin these naturally green recipes to your St. Patrick’s Day board!  

For more recipe inspiration for the holiday, check out my Pinterest boards, too.

St. Patrick's Day fun doesn't need processed chemicals and food coloring. Get 17 naturally green recipes to help you celebrate. There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert!


22 Replies to "Naturally Green Recipes for St. Patrick's Day"

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    Gwen March 18, 2015 (9:51 pm)

    What an amazing roundup! I’m loving all of these healthy green recipes, my fav color! 😉 Thanks so much for including me in your list! oxox

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    Chris March 4, 2015 (2:11 pm)

    What an amazing round-up Becca! With Asheley expecting in June, I’m all about eliminating artificial colorings in her diet. This is so perfect as I gear up for what to make to celebrate the 17th!

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      Chef Becca March 5, 2015 (11:56 am)

      I’m so glad to hear that this collection of recipes will be helpful to you and Asheley, Chris! P.S. I can’t wait to see pics of baby Cockren!

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    CakeSpy March 3, 2015 (10:20 am)

    LOVE IT!! It’s easy being green when it’s delicious like these sweet (and savory) treats. I’m intrigued by the matcha cookies in particular!

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      Chef Becca March 5, 2015 (11:57 am)

      Matcha cookies are the bomb dot com, so I hope you’ll give them a try!

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    Amanda March 2, 2015 (9:53 am)

    Great roundup! I love the variety of recipes you have on this list!

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    Faith (An Edible Mosaic) March 2, 2015 (5:54 am)

    Hooray for green eats! Naturally green is definitely the way to go and these look wonderful. Thank you so much for including me!

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    Susan | LunaCafe March 1, 2015 (9:15 pm)

    What a fun post! Now I’m excited for St. Patrick’s Day. 🙂

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      Chef Becca March 3, 2015 (9:19 am)

      I don’t normally get into St. Patrick’s Day, Susan, but these recipes got me excited for it, too!

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    Ann from Sumptuous Spoonfuls March 1, 2015 (4:05 pm)

    What a gloriously green roundup! I love them all and I especially love that they are all NATURALLY green … also thanks for including my cilantro lime rice 🙂

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      Chef Becca March 1, 2015 (6:48 pm)

      I agree, Ann. Naturally green recipes for the big win! Oh, and I can’t wait to try your cilantro lime rice recipe. It sounds seriously delicious!

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    Toni | BoulderLocavore March 1, 2015 (1:05 pm)

    Becca I saw this today on Google+ and love this idea! I stick to sharing mostly traditional Irish recipes I’ve picked up in traveling for St. Patrick’s Day but I am in love with this post; so creative! Sharing everywhere!

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      Chef Becca March 1, 2015 (6:49 pm)

      Thanks so much, Toni! It’s sort of strange that I’m married to an Irishman and I don’t cook traditional Irish recipes more often than once or twice a year. Brian’s mantra is “potatoes in all the things” 🙂

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    Kristen March 1, 2015 (10:53 am)

    I am posting St. Patrick’s Day recipes this week. I love making food festive while remaining all natural and dye free! Today we are having green eggs (spinach blended into eggs in blender) for Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. Great round up!

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      Chef Becca March 1, 2015 (6:50 pm)

      Oh my gosh, Kristin… green eggs for Dr. Seuss’ birthday?! I love that idea!

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    Taylor March 1, 2015 (10:42 am)

    Loving all of these recipes! Thanks for including my mint smoothie! Pinned!

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      Chef Becca March 1, 2015 (6:50 pm)

      Thanks for stopping by, sweet girl, and thanks for the delicious recipe!

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    Janette March 1, 2015 (9:29 am)

    What a great collection and everything looks so good. Who knew there were so many naturally green foods?

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      Chef Becca March 1, 2015 (6:51 pm)

      Thanks for stopping by, Janette, and you’re right… who knew there were so many naturally green recipes to love?

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    Ashley March 1, 2015 (8:45 am)

    Fantastic roundup! This is a great way to get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit… naturally! 🙂

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      Chef Becca March 1, 2015 (6:51 pm)

      I appreciate you stopping by, Ashley!

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