Green desserts are popular around certain holidays and special occasions, such as St. Patrick’s Day, but there are plenty of reasons to enjoy green desserts any day of the year. You might be planning a birthday party or baby shower with a theme that goes with green. Or, maybe you just love the tasty goodness of the ingredients you often find in green desserts, like kiwi, green apples (like the Granny Smith variety), lime, pistachios, avocado, and matcha. If you’re looking for green dessert ideas, there are plenty of options to choose from.
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For more delicious green dessert ideas you might want to try, we put out a call for ideas and curated responses below. (Note: Edible Arrangements® is not endorsing any of the companies or ideas discussed below, but we asked for suggestions to get some different perspectives.) Keep reading to find out what the contributors who responded to our query had to say about their favorite green dessert ideas.
Angela Milnes is a Multi Award-Winning Family Lifestyle and Food Blogger. She is the founder of The Inspiration Edit and The Instant Pot Table.
“My most recent favorite is mint chocolate cake. The frosting is made with peppermint extract, cocoa powder, and green food coloring, and it’s decorated with green chocolate chips. It’s such a fun and festive cake, and it’s perfect for any holiday party or event. You would never know that it’s actually super easy to make, too!
My second favorite: I’m a super fan of my Grinch Truffles. They are bite-sized balls of chocolatey deliciousness, with a little Grinch twist. I add green food coloring to the melted chocolate and then dip the balls in green sprinkles. They are perfect for any holiday party, or as a fun after-school treat! It hardly takes 30 to 40 minutes to make a whole batch of these, so they’re perfect for when you need a last-minute dessert.”
Cynthia Halow is the Founder of Personality Max. Figuring out people’s inner workings has always been Cynthia’s passion, and she has an MA in Industrial-Organisational Psychology to prove it. Her life mission? To help others understand themselves better so that they can develop better relationships with others, prosper at their jobs, and lead satisfying lives.
“These three things come to my mind:
- Avocado – Serve this rich fruit as a flavor for any dessert. Though they might not be that popular in cakes, they are well-loved in ice cream. Plus, avocados are rich in many nutrients that can be very healthy for your body.
- Matcha – A green tea flavoring has been fast catching up as the flavor for the new generations. You will find them in coffee, tea, chocolates, cakes, and even in French macarons. The taste is something that can grow in your tastebuds.
- Pistachio – Pistachios have nutty feel and a yummy, buttery taste. I look forward to this flavor in any dessert. It breaks the monotony of the usual fare. A dessert made with these nuts can perk up the mood in any spread.”
Ruiz is an editor at Honest Food Talks, which is a UK-based independent foodie media outlet that aims to help people discover new Asian cuisine recipes, kitchen hacks, and local eateries. He loves discovering new home recipes and is a huge Boba and Chai enthusiast!
“My favorite green dessert idea is Matcha Green Tea Tempura Ice Cream. Tempura ice cream is a Japanese dessert dish that combines the hot and crispy panko bread crust with a sweet and creamy ice cream filling. For this recipe, we use the delicious Matcha green tea ice cream at the center of our deep-fried ball.
The classic Japanese tempura ice cream invented by restaurants selling Tempura ice cream in the 1960s uses Castella cake as their main ice-cream wrapper. However, for our recipe, we recommend using sliced white bread that is accessible to most households today. You will also need to get some Matcha-flavored ice cream, panko breadcrumbs, eggs, and vegetable oil for frying to prepare this dessert at home.
To make one serving of this green dessert, first, trim the crusts off 2 slices of white bread and flatten them using a rolling pin. Next, scoop the Matcha ice cream into the center of one of the bread slices before wrapping the bread around the ice cream. Use the other bread slice to wrap around the ice cream from the other side, and then firmly wrap cling film around the ice cream-bread ball. Then, freeze it for at least 1 hour.
After 1 hour, take out the wrapped ice cream and dip it in egg wash before coating it with a layer of panko breadcrumbs. Then, put the wrapped ice cream in an air-sealed container and freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight.
When you’re ready to cook, heat up the oil to 190 degrees Celsius in a deep pan. Take the wrapped ice cream out of the freezer and immediately fry it in the hot oil for 30 seconds or until the panko crust turns golden brown. Serve and enjoy while it’s hot!”
Eric Phillips runs Dripfina, a blog all about water, water purification, and water safety.
“Avocado Cheesecake is my favorite green dessert idea. So many green dessert recipes rely on food coloring, but I’ve got an all-natural (and really easy!) cheesecake recipe. The avocado’s creamy texture works great in a cheesecake and has a beautiful, natural green tone.
For The Crust: Everyone has graham crackers at the back of the cupboard, and they make a perfect base for this tasty cheesecake.
- Crush your crackers in the food processor until they’re a fine crumb, and then melt in two tablespoons of butter.
- Add a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of dark brown sugar, and then combine into a firm dough.
- Line your chosen dish with this base and place it in the fridge to cool while you work on the next step.
The Cheesecake: Now we get creative with the avocado! It’s super important to choose soft, right avocados for this – they’ll combine deliciously with the cream cheese.
- I use two avocados and two cups of cream cheese and whip them together in the food processor.
- Add one cup of icing sugar, half a cup of heavy cream, and the juice of half a lime.
Mix until smooth, and then spread it evenly on your cracker base before returning it to the fridge for 3-4 hours to cool and solidify.
To Serve: To serve your funky green cheesecake, I like to add a wedge of lime to each slice. The dark green lime complements the natural, soft green of the avocado cheesecake.
While lime and avocados are zesty Mexican flavors, a far cry from traditional Irish cooking, I’ve had a lot of good feedback serving this eye-catching green dessert at Paddy’s Day parties in the past!”
Claire Wells trained to become a baker and pastry chef in New York before moving to Spain, where she ran a bakery for four years. She then moved to Toronto and worked as a pastry chef in a top steak house. She loves to bake and has a huge sweet tooth!
“My favorite green dessert is avocado and lime cheesecake.
It’s packed with flavor and naturally green, unlike some other desserts that look a little scary!
Use a pre-made graham cracker base and add a filling made with avocado, coconut cream, maple syrup, and lime. It’s super simple, wonderfully creamy, and ideal for spring and summer.
- Store-bought graham cracker crust
- 4-5 medium avocados, scooped and without the pit (about 450 grams)
- 1/2 cup coconut cream
- 5 limes, zested and juiced (you need about 1/2 a cup of lime juice)
- 1/2 cup of maple syrup
- 1/4 cup of coconut oil
- Place all the filling ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
- Taste and add more lime if needed.
- Pour the filling into the pre-made crust and chill for at least 6 hours.
- Serve with whipped coconut cream, extra lime zest, and toasted coconut.”
Brandon Walsh is the Founder of Dads Agree. Being a father of two is tough stuff, that’s why Dads Agree is a place for cool dads with great advice.
“My favorite green dessert idea is mint chocolate pudding cookies. When it comes to green desserts, you can never go wrong with mint. These cookies are soft and chewy and can be made in under 20 minutes! Here’s what you need:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter softened (1 stick)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 3 drops blue coloring + 10-15 drops green coloring
- 1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix (3.4 oz)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp mint extract
- 2 cups chocolate chips
When you have these ingredients, follow these steps:
- Cream sugar and butter together.
- Stir in pudding mix, sour cream, and egg.
- Mix flour, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl.
- Add flour mixture to pudding mixture and mix well.
- Add mint extract and food coloring to achieve the desired color.
- Add in some chocolate chips.
- Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes.
- Transfer to a cooling rack and serve.”
Abbey is the creator and foodie behind My Casual Pantry. She loves casual, comfortable food – the food she shares with her family on a daily basis, the food we build memories around. She’s there to share her love of food with you and provide you with recipes to build memories with your family.
“When it comes to green desserts, Frozen Pistachio Pie is my favorite. This frozen treat consists of a light and creamy pistachio mixture served up in a pistachio almond crust. With its pretty presentation and simple ingredients, this refreshing pie is the perfect way to finish any meal.”
Maria Corcuera has lived in 4 different countries, helping her grasp food and cultural diversity. Maria is the recipe developer, photographer, and founder behind Sweet Fix Baker. She shares mostly dessert recipes that are updated takes on classics, as well as baking tips.
“Pistachios give the perfect pop of color to any dessert!
I developed a recipe for Coconut, Cranberry and Pistachio Truffles, all green on the outside due to the pistachios.”
Christina Russo is the Creative Director of the Kitchen Community, one of the world’s most respected digital culinary hubs that attracts an audience of over 3 million visitors a month that is solely dedicated to food, health, cooking, and wellness.
“One of my favorite green desserts has got to be matcha brownies. The matcha works to give the brownies a unique green color and a rich chocolate flavor gently complemented by a subtle hint of matcha. This dessert goes down as a treat for all occasions.”
Sam is the founder of Kenko Tea, an online tea store that sells matcha green tea from Japan.
“As part of our digital marketing strategy, we looked into fun, vegan desserts that incorporate matcha to include in a YouTube cooking series.
Some of my favorites include a matcha ice cream sandwich and matcha green tea pancakes with coconut milk. They are absolutely delicious!”
Jessica Randhawa is the head chef, recipe creator, photographer, and writer behind The Forked Spoon.
“With endless varieties and mixtures, smoothies are my breakfast BFF and never get old. After all, they’re one of the easiest and most delicious ways to pack a ton of nutrients into a delicious and straightforward, 5-minute drink that can be transported just about anywhere.
My personal favorite is this green smoothie (or, as my 8-year-old says, ‘the green one’). A green smoothie is simple and made with just 6 ingredients – milk, yogurt, spinach, frozen peaches, frozen mango, and banana.”
Carlos Leo is a professional recipe developer, food photographer and blogger, and the owner of Spoonabilities.com, an online shop of select, small-batch, gourmet foods you can order for yourself or as a gift for family and friends.
“My favorite green dessert is Pistachio Tiramisu Cake. This cake is a layered sponge cake filled with pistachio-flavored whipped mascarpone cream and brought to life with an aromatic cardamom syrup that pays homage to Italian desserts and Persian flavors. Creamy, nutty, sweet, and spicy, this beautiful cake is layered with sophisticated yet comforting flavors.”
Staci Brinkman founded Sips by to make tea fun, personalized, and affordable. With hundreds of thousands of tea-drinking members and millions of personalized tea matches made, she has done just that! In 2020, Forbes covered Staci’s founder story in an article entitled “How 1 Woman is making tea the #1 drink in the US.”
“My favorite green dessert is green tea ice cream…is there any other answer? It’s simple, yet it’s exquisite.
Green tea ice cream made with Matcha is a bright green, creamy yet light, sweet yet bitter, indulgent yet healthy-ish dessert that is my absolute favorite. If you want a dessert that will completely satisfy your cravings, it’s arguably healthy because of Matcha’s super antioxidant properties, and it’s greener than green. Green tea ice cream is the winner. If you want to go wild and double down on your greenery, throw a mint sprig on it.”
Jacqui is the founder of the vegan food blog The Simple Sprinkle. She thinks food is meant to be shared – no matter the diet. Her mission is to provide people with the best tips and versatile recipes.
“My favorite green dessert gets its color from avocados! Not only is it green by color, but it also uses super healthy and wholesome ingredients, making it a green food. No-Bake Avocado Lime Cheesecake is entirely raw vegan, refined sugar and gluten-free. It uses nutritious date syrup and dried cherries as a sweetener instead. This smooth and tangy cheesecake is guilt-free, so easy to make and beyond heavenly!”
Michael Morris helps run a Rough and Tumble Gentleman, a men’s lifestyle website dedicated to shaving, grooming, and fashion.
“My favorite green dessert is Matcha marble pound cake.
It’s a perfect duo for a green-desert lover. Since Matcha is a popular green food, it is excellent for dessert that one must try. The cake is buttery, sweet, and has an earthy flavor – a perfect compliment for hot or cold tea or coffee.”
Rachel Fink is the founder of Parenting Pod, a site dedicated to family mental health, positive and nurturing parenting, and wellbeing that also offers advice from licensed medical and psychiatric practitioners and experts.
“My favorite green dessert idea is mint chocolate pudding cookies.
I found a recipe for this online not long ago, and my kids absolutely love them. It’s
essentially cookies made out of a pudding mix, with a mint extract that makes it green, and with some chocolate bits inside. They’re pretty easy to make, they’re delicious, and they’re perfect for special events such as St. Patrick’s Day! (Or any event in which the color green is significant).”
Dave Cimon is the co-founder and CEO of Costumes Heaven.
“My favorite green dessert is kiwi lime pie. Green sweets can be a pleasant expansion to a party for an extraordinary occasion, for example, a baby shower, as well as a holiday like St. Patrick’s Day. Limes and kiwis can likewise be utilized to make a few delectable pies.
Kiwi lime pie is a tropical twist on the exemplary key lime pie, made with a simple graham cracker crust and a smooth, no-heat cheesecake-like filling. Joined with a distinctive cluster of kiwi slices on top, it’s an ideal summer dessert for barbecues and picnics.”
Anna Silver is the founder, CEO, and creative director of CookForFolks.com, a website dedicated to new go-to original recipes. Inspired by her grandmother’s love of cooking, Anna has a passion for treating the people in her life to delicious homemade food and loves to share her family recipes with the rest of the world.
“One of my all-time favorite festive green desserts is a green velvet cake!
This unique recipe is essentially a classic red velvet cake with a unique color twist to spice things up. This is a great dessert idea for hosting and serving at kids’ parties.”
Jessica Kats is an e-commerce and retail expert at Soxy.
“My favorite green dessert idea is grasshopper pie. With a chocolate cookie crust and creamy mousse filling, this delicious dessert is not to be missed. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 ½ cups finely crushed thin chocolate wafer cookies (24 cookies)
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- ½ cup milk
- 32 large marshmallows (from a 10 oz bag)
- ¼ cup green or white crème de menthe
- 3 tablespoons white crème de cacao
- 1 ½ cup whipping cream
- Few drops of green food color, if desired
- 2 tablespoons reserved crumbs
Once you have this all, follow these directions:
- Heat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, stir crust ingredients until mixed. Press the remaining crumb mixture firmly against the bottom and side of the 9-inch glass pie plate.
- Heat milk and marshmallows over low heat just until marshmallows are melted. Refrigerate for about 20 minutes.
- Beat whipping cream on low speed with an electric mixer in a large bowl until it becomes thick. Slowly increase speed to high and beat until stiff peaks form. Fold in food color.
- Spread filling in cooled baked crust. Sprinkle with reserved crumbs and grated chocolate. Refrigerate for about three hours or until set. Store covered in refrigerator.”
Albert Vaisman is the Founder of Soxy. Soxy is a new generational media company that seamlessly connects content & commerce.
“My favorite green dessert idea is the decadent mint chocolate brownies. I love to make these brownies in a cupcake tin and take them out a couple of minutes before the cooking time. This gives a crispy edge and gooey center, which goes perfectly with the minty icing.
I add peppermint essence to my brownie batter for the extra kick. It elevates the chocolatey goodness with a cool minty element even without the frosting. So, people who don’t like frosting can enjoy the refreshing taste. After each cupcake brownie is cooled, I begin to pipe my green mint icing and add chocolate shavings. My green dessert is ready and served with french vanilla ice cream. This is the perfect burst of flavors for a hot summer pool party.”
Deniz EFE is the Founder of FitnessEquipped.com, a Student of Molecular Biotechnology and a former leader of an initiative in the sport-field (cooperation with the Austrian Football Association).
“One of my favorites is a green apple crumble. To make this dessert, you will need:
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 4 green apples, peeled and sliced
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
To make the crumble, simply combine the butter, sugars, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a bowl. Then, add the apples and toss to coat. In another bowl, mix the flour and oats. Add this to the apple mixture and stir until everything is evenly mixed.
Pour the mixture into a baking dish and bake at 375 degrees F for about 45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the apples are tender. Serve warm, with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy!”
Julia Moroz is a recipe developer for the HitMeal app.
“Hot season is coming, so desserts with a chilling effect are more preferable for me and my loved ones.
Every year around this time, I make my favorite avocado ice cream. This dessert is low-calorie and helps you to feel cool on a sunny day. The recipe isn’t difficult, and it’s based on coconut milk, which vegans will appreciate. Thanks to avocado, the dessert has a green color and looks mouth-watering. Serve this delicious dish in coconut halves to make a big impression on your guests. I highly recommend this dessert to all green lovers and healthy diet followers.”
Tara blogs about plant-based recipes at Veggieslicious.com. She’s always loved cooking, but as a vegan for the past six years, it’s become her life.
“My favorite green dessert is Chocolate Avocado Ice cream. You should expect a rich, creamy texture and a deep chocolate flavor regardless of how you make it. Serve a scoop on top of a warm vegan brownie for a treat that’s twice as good. Avocado ice cream is a guilt-free indulgence. It’s packed with healthy fats and antioxidants, and it’s free of processed sugar.”
Shane Paarman is the founder and CEO of AwesomeStuff365.com, a web magazine that features unique gift ideas, paradigm-altering inventions, amazing designs, cool facts, and exciting, innovative technology, all of which he shares with his millions of followers every day.
“My favorite green dessert is pistachio cake. It’s something I tried quite recently, and I absolutely loved it. You can alter the recipe quite easily and can make it greener by adding the right decoration on top. It works as a dessert, as a snack, and as a special treat for special occasions.”
Dan Scalco is a lover of all food – from the sugariest desserts to the healthiest entrees. He blogs about all of the different food boxes he and his wife order over at Food Box HQ.
“One of my favorite green desserts also happens to be super simple to make. I like to call them my Mean Green Rice Krispies Treats, and they’re exactly what they sound like – bright green Rice Krispies treats.
I usually break these out around St. Patrick’s Day because they always make people do a double take when they see them.
Here are the ingredients needed:
- 5 cups of Rice Krispies
- 1/4 cup margarine
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of green food coloring
- 1 (10 oz) package mini marshmallows
Here are the directions:
- Line a baking pan with foil and rub on butter to ensure nothing sticks.
- Melt the margarine in a pot on low heat.
- Add in marshmallows and stir until melted. Then turn off the stove.
- Add vanilla extract and food coloring stir until it’s an even consistency.
- Add Rice Krispies to the mixture and stir until it’s evenly placed.
- Press the mixture into the ready baking pan.
- Set aside and let cool.
Voila! You’ve got yourself some Mean Green Rice Krispies Treats. Sometimes I cut them into little squares or even roll them up into balls. It depends on the occasion.”
Katie Lyon is the co-founder of Allegiance Flag Supply. Her experience in business development has been key to defining Allegiance’s brand. Along with her co-founders, she holds a master’s degree from the College of Charleston and has dedicated her career to all facets of the consumer goods industry, including management, sales, community outreach, and marketing.
“I live in the South, so I’m always looking for desserts that will cool me down. One of my favorite treats is green tropical popsicles. I blend together oranges, pineapple chunks, coconut milk, and orange juice along with spinach for a rich, green color. If you have mangos or papayas on hand, those would be great too. The tropical fruits mask the taste of the spinach, which not only gives them their fun color but also packs a punch of vitamin A, C, and calcium for a healthy dessert!”
Kevin Harris is the founder and CEO of NANBF, an online business dedicated to helping people become the best versions of themselves that they can possibly be. A former wrestling coach and physical trainer, Kevin is also a motivational speaker who believes everyone has the potential to achieve and realize their goals and dreams.
“My favorite green dessert is no bake avocado lime cheesecake. It is gluten-free, raw and vegan, meaning that it is suitable for basically all diets, and you can eat a few slices without feeling guilty or rushing to the gym afterward. Because it is no bake, it can be whipped up quickly and cheaply, without a cooling period. I suggest making it ahead of time and then whipping it out after a dinner party to surprise your guests.”
James Leonard is the Editor in Chief at COZYSEATING, where we try to find solutions for interior, home decor, and other lifestyle-related issues.
“My favorite green dessert is anything baked! Especially the mint-flavored cakes, cookies, and brownies. They don’t just look good but taste so good and refreshing. Although while using mint (not just in the bakery but anywhere when you prepare your food), a small amount of mint lasts long as it has a quite strong flavor.”
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