Eat + Drink: Pink

We love all things pink: Beets, dragonfruit, radish, red cabbage, raspberries, pickled ginger, and edible flowers. And have you even heard of lilly pilly berries? From pink dragonfruit (pitaya) smoothie bowls, dreamy creamy pink pannacotta and pretty pink nice cream cupcakes, to savory dishes made bright pink with beet root and purple-pink cabbage. We thought we’d give you a blush of inspiration to eat and drink all things pink.

smoothie bowl, pink smoothie, @the_sunkissed_kitchen

Superfood pitaya and lilly pilly berries in a smoothie bowl by @the_sunkissed_kitchen

Ami of @the_sunkissed_kitchen created a magical pink bowlful of pitaya and lilly pilly berries mingled with ethereal flowers and fronds. We believe this to be superfoods for fairies.

pink, @simpleplantbasedlife

beetroot rice and avocado by @simpleplantbasedlife

Katherine of @simpleplantbasedlife made a beautiful dish of beet root colored rice:

“I mixed cooked rice with roasted beet juice, and that gave it a gorgeous pink hue. Then I made a flower out of a very ripe avocado and sprinkled it with fresh lime juice, black sesame seeds, and coconut lime sea salt. Also added a few sliced blackberries.”

beet smoothie, berry smoothie, smoothie

beet and berry smoothie by @frei_style

Swiss-based Verena of @frei_style created this colorful layered pink smoothie using beets and berries:

Beet & Berry Smoothie

  • 1/2 beet (raw or cooked)
  • Coconut yoghurt
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • Handful soaked cashews
  • Handful mixed frozen berries
  • 1 tbs Maca powder
  • Agave syrup to sweeten, if needed

Mix all the ingredients on a high speed blender (I used my @vitamix) – add water or coconut water of you like it more liquid.

For the lighter layers I just used more coconut yoghurt to mix with the smoothie base.

Layer in a jar and top with fresh fruits and coconut flakes.

buddha bowl with bright purple-pink cabbage and pretty pink flowers by @healthyeating_jo

This beautiful snack bowl by @healthyeating_jo looks so lovely with vibrant colors set off by the pink flowers and cabbage. And if you’re in the mood for something sweet, you’ll also love her pink panna cotta recipe…

panna cotta, pitaya, @healthyeating_jo

Pitaya Coconut Vanilla Panna Cotta by @healthyeating_jo

Jo Ross, @healthyeating_jo a plant-based food blogger in Sydney, created these pink ombré beauties with plant-powered pink.

“I had to kick off Pink week with my Dragonfruit (Pitaya) Vanilla Coconut Panna Cotta. One of my favourite pink recipes to date. It’s just started storming outside, but there’s something about the colour pink, that you just can’t help but be happy.”

Dragonfruit Vanilla Coconut Panna Cotta (Serves 2)

  • 400ml Light Coconut Milk
  • 1 quantity of Agar Agar or Gelling Powder (follow the instructions per amount of liquid for your brand)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp Dragonfruit powder
  • 1 heaped Tbsp granulated stevia or natural sweetener of choice

Pour half the tin of coconut milk into a saucepan and sprinkle over the gelling powder.
Stir well to combine.
Add remaining ingredients and blend well or with a stand mixer if required*
Heat gently to boiling point, stirring regularly.
Simmer for one minute.
Remove from heat and pour into some glasses or greased ramekins.
Put in the fridge to set for at least an hour.
*I left some of the mix white and added dragonfruit powder to the other half, adding the two mixes to the glasses to create an ombré effect

nourish bowls by @talinegabriel

The delicate pinks of pickled ginger and other pastel colors offset by the purples of cabbage underneath the veggies make these bowls extra pretty. We love @talinegabriel and her new cookbook Hippie Lane.

‘Pink Aloha’ smoothies by @earthyandy

Have some Pink Aloha to brighten up your day by Andrea of @earthyandy in Oahu, Hawaii…

Pink Aloha Smoothie Recipe

Makes 2 servings

  • 5 Frozen ripe banana
  • 2 pitaya packets
  • 1/3 cup almond or fav nut milk
  • 1 vanilla bean

Blend until Smooth!

We ended up freezing these for a couple hours, topping with a little vanilla vegan ice-cream and drizzled some vegan chocolate over it! It was such a fun and beautiful dessert to share!

*Pitaya has pretty much no flavor, just a lot of great nutrients and a bold punch of color so it can go both ways, fruity/tarty or creamy/decadent.

pink nice cream cupcakes by @oatmeal_stories

These decadent little pink nice cream cupcakes are every bit good for you and so pretty pretty pink. Magda of @oatmeal_stories shares her love of pink along with the recipe for these plant-based treats:

“Who’s in the pink mood with me today? Who’s coming over for a pink nicecream cupcake? Ok, to be honest these are all gone now, but I can make more!”

Pink Nice Cream Cupcakes

  • 4 dried figs, 2 big medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • handful walnuts
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • top with banana slices and pink nice cream (see below)

Pink Nice Cream

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • big handful of frozen mixed berries

pink pitaya smoothie bowl by @rainbowsforbreakfast_

This bright pink pitaya bowl by @rainbowsforbreakfast_ was made by blending up frozen bananas, vanilla protein and pink pitaya powder. Served with yogurt and fresh berries.

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