Happy Earth Day!!!
Earth Day occurs annually on April 22nd and was created to celebrate the planet we live on and bring awareness to the environment and pollution. This day is generally observed with rallies, conferences, outdoor activities, service projects, and often personal earth-friendly choices throughout the day.
The first Earth Day was in 1970. After a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, a national education event was organized that focused on educating the public about the environment. In 1990, it went global with 200 million people participating in the event!! Now every year on April 22nd corporations and activists create new projects, initiatives and campaigns to protect and restore the Earth.
But you don't need to be an activist to participate in this day! Making simple environmental choices like keeping the car in the garage for the day and taking public transport or riding a bike to work will also make a difference! You could also teach the kids about recycling, unplug the TV, plant some herbs or veggies in the garden, or use Earth-friendly cleaning products!
Children in the United States often celebrate by creating Earth Day-themed crafts and school projects. But we think adults should get in on the fun too!! That was the inspiration for today's recipe. Using natural food dyes like Spirulina and Turmeric we made these vegan-friendly cookies to both honor the earth and have a little fun!! We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!!
Prepare cookies and frosting of your choosing.
While cookies cool, separate the frosting into two bowls, one for ocean blue, one for the green land.
In the first bowl to make the blue: add one tsp at a time of Spirulina until your desired color in achieved (it will be a soft slightly speckled blue)
In the second bowl to create the green, add 1 tsp Spirulina and 1 tsp Turmeric to start. Add more as needed until the color is achieved. You will need slightly more Turmeric than Spirulina.
Once your frostings are prepared, either place them in separate piping bags or make your own piping bag by placing the frosting into a sandwich bag, moving all the frosting into one corner, securing it with an elastic. Then make a small cut on the corner for the frosting to exit through (this is what we did).
Lastly, grab the kids or some close friends and get decorating!!
**Don't forget to clean up with earth-friendly cleaners 😉**