diy coconut rainbow sprinkles

When I first started baking, my favourite part of the process was the decoration. I was obsessed with sprinkles, glitter, gold and anything that sparkled. I loved using lots of different colours, and making cakes that looked really special. Of course, I still love using these ingredients when I bake, but recently I decided that it was time for me to try making these decorations from scratch.

One edible decoration I’ve always loved, is ‘hundreds and thousands’ – the little round sprinkles you can buy in tubs of lots of different rainbow colours. They always look so cute and delicate when scattered on top of cakes! They just seem to look good on any dessert. So, when I decided I was going to try making my own edible decorations from scratch, I chose to begin by making some rainbow sprinkles.

For my sprinkles recipe, I decided to keep it really simple, natural and healthy. So, for the base I used desiccated coconut, as its plain white colour was perfect for dyeing different colours. Then I added a few drops of liquid stevia for a very subtle sweetness, and used a mixture of different natural food colourings for the rainbow effect.

Recently, Colouring Food sent me their collection of beautiful natural food dyes to try, and I knew that they would be perfect for this sprinkle recipe. Their range of dyes comes in six colours; red, gold, yellow, green, blue and purple. They are made from only natural ingredients like spirulina, mango, paprika and tomato. It’s incredible! The colours these ingredients produce in the dyes are so bright and vibrant, it’s amazing to see how powerful fruits and vegetables are!

Making the recipe with them was so simple. I just mixed in 1/4 tsp of dye with 1/6th of the desiccated coconut I measured, until the colour had spread through it evenly. I repeated this with each of the colours, and then lastly stirred the six different colours together in a bowl to create a rainbow effect! All that was left was to store them in a jar, ready to be used for decoration later. So fun and easy to make!

I hope you enjoy the recipe!

coconut rainbow sprinkles

makes about 25 servings


2 cups (200g) desiccated coconut – I used Coconut Merchant’s

4 drops liquid stevia (or amount to taste)

1/4 tsp Colouring Food red colouring

1/4 tsp Colouring Food gold colouring

1/4 tsp Colouring Food yellow colouring

1/4 tsp Colouring Food green colouring

1/4 tsp Colouring Food blue colouring

1/4 tsp Colouring Food purple colouring


  1. Firstly, add the desiccated coconut and stevia into a large mixing bowl and mix together.
  2. Then, divide the coconut into 6 by weighing it into sections of about 33-34g each – to be even. When this is done, add 1/4 tsp of one of the food dyes into 1/6th of the coconut. Then, thoroughly mix the dye into the coconut using your hands, so that the colour is spread evenly throughout the coconut. Repeat this step with each of the dyes into 1/6th of the coconut, until complete.
  3. Next, pour each of the different coloured coconut sprinkles into a bowl, and gently stir together using a spoon until all of the colours have mixed together. Then, pour the sprinkles into a large jar, cover it and store it away until ready to use for decoration.

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26 thoughts on “diy coconut rainbow sprinkles

  1. Not sure I like food colourings, but the coconut sprinkles do look really adorable.

  2. I have seen so many rainbow cakes around recently, so it’s awesome to see how to make them more naturally.

  3. Well see if I wasn’t so lazy 😉 Hahaha! I know people do this all the time, but now that I’ve found my allergy-free sprinkles, I have less motivation to do it 😉

  4. Sprinkles just make me all sorts of happy, and it’s a fact that they make life better. 😉 LOVE these, Harriet!! I’m a coconut fiend, so I’m loving that you used it as the base for these sprinkles! Plus you can never go wrong with natural and healthy sprinkles!! Genius! Cheers, friend!

    1. Hehe me too! Thank you Cheyanne! <3

  5. these look fun! sprinkles make everything better!

  6. Love this idea, Harriet! Such pretty colors too! This would be PERFECT to sprinkle on a birthday cake or some ice cream instead of using regular sprinkles! I need to look for these natural dyes! You’re so creative, my friend 😉

  7. No lie I just made coconut sprinkles a couple of days ago!! Although I didn’t make an entire rainbow because I didn’t have these convenient all natural colorings. They sound wonderful, I wish I could find them here. So fun, I want to put these beautiful sprinkles on everything 🙂

  8. this is GENIUS!!! I am in love with this idea, I love bright colors SO much I need to do this asap! and those food coloring I wonder if I can get them online anywhere I love that they are natural!!! totally pinned this!!! hope you’re having a great week so far girl!

  9. Harriet this has to be one of the most inspired recipes I have ever seen, cannot wait to try it!!!

  10. I’m sending this post to my sister!! Her daughter’s first bday party is coming up this month and she’s doing a rainbow theme, these would be perfect!! Also I love that Colouring Food uses all natural ingredients, that’s worth everything to me!

  11. This is such an insanely creative idea – making sprinkles with coconut flakes!! So genius!! 😀

  12. This is just TOO cool!! What a fun and awesome idea! I love rainbow sprinkles and made out of coconut?? I love it.

  13. This is one of the most delicious DIY posts I have ever seen. Love coconut and idea of making rainbow sprinkles is just WOW! Can’t wait to try it!

  14. Wonderful idea! The colors really came out great. I will definitely try this, my daughters would love it!

  15. This is brilliant! I can’t wait to try this.

  16. This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  17. Ah, this is so cute! :D! Sprinkles are so awesome–I love all the colors! :]

  18. Do you have a link to the dye brand? Google just comes up with food colouring, instead of Colouring Food lol

  19. Great post!
    I found the colors!
    Heard they will be available online soon, too!

  20. Love this idea! Would using a granulated sugar of some kind work or does it have to be liquid? My family really doesn’t care for stevia and the like. Thanks!

    1. Thank you! Liquid is best as it will help stick to the coconut – you can always mix sugar with water to make it into a syrup if you have no liquid sweetener at hand 🙂

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