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Superfood Icing from EatYoungNutrition

February 13, 2019

Are you using your superfoods for fun, too?

You should be! Sure, a cup of warm Elderberry or a teaspoon of Beet Crystals in your water every day can boost your immune system and help you recover from your work out, but these superfoods are also great as snacks or in your desserts, too. Use this simple recipe to dress up all your desserts and impress your valentine!

Use this simple, versatile recipe for all your icing needs.

It’s healthy, it’s loaded with flavor, good fats and, of course, superfood power. Slather onto sugar cookies, fruit, pancakes, cupcakes, you name it!

The Simplest Superfood Icing

Servings: 1 cup



  1. Chill three glass bowls—one larger, two smaller—for about 15 minutes. (I stuck mine outside because Canada is that cold in February!)
  2. Open the cans of coconut milk and scoop out the hard coconut cream that will lie on top into the largest bowl. Set aside the water at the bottom to use for other purposes.
  3. Add vanilla and optional sweetener. Beat on high until very creamy with large peaks forming.
  4. Separate hot water equally into two small dishes, and add Red Beet Crystals to one, and Elderberry Crystals to the other. Whisk until all particles have disappeared. Set aside.
  5. Scoop some icing into the two smaller bowls, keeping much of the icing in the largest one. The icing in the large bowl will remain white, while the other two bowls will be dyed with the superfoods.
  6. Slowly add a spoonful of elderberry water to one of the bowls and whisk until well combined. You can add more to adjust the color or leave it as is. Do the same thing with the red beet water.
  7. To achieve a marbled effect, add some white icing to a colored bowl and use a fork or a toothpick to swirl it around. Dip a cookie into the marbled icing and spin before raising it out of the bowl. Use a spatula to swirl until smooth.


(1) Try to stick to liquid or very fine sweeteners if you choose to add any. I tried this recipe with a granular monk fruit sweetener and didn’t achieve the same creaminess as when I used maple syrup. As always, try to find good quality sweeteners with naturally occurring nutrients such as date syrup or maple syrup. However, a little sugar in moderation is usually fine in any diet. (2) Icing will harden in the fridge when chilled.
Lindsey Young is a registered holistic nutritionist, advocate for intuitive eating, and functional food recipe creator. For the original hot cacao post and more delicious recipes, follow her on Instagram @eatyoungnutrition and visit

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