12 Orange Colored Recipes

If you’re in need of orange colored recipes for whatever reason, and not just orange recipes, then this article is for you!

Below I’ll be sharing some delicious orange colored recipes, from snacks to desserts and even full meals.

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When you think about orange foods there’s probably a list of individual foods, or fruits & veggies that come to mind, such as: 

  • sweet potato
  • butternut squash
  • cantaloupe
  • carrots
  • apricots
  • orange bell pepper
  • oranges
  • pumpkin
  • papaya
  • mangoes
  • clementine
  • tangerine
  • peaches
  • nectarines
  • turmeric

Sometimes these foods will turn a recipe orange, other times the recipe will turn yellow (like with turmeric), and other times it’ll completely change color depending on what other foods it’s mixed with.

So, let me share some of my favorite naturally orange colored foods.

Use these for Halloween or when teaching kids about colors, for themed food nights, or to simply enjoy!

Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin is one of those foods that overpowers other foods in their color, which is great when you’re looking for orange colored recipes!

Overhead image of a Vegan pumpkin waffle served and ready to eat.

Vegan Pumpkin Waffles

These are a favorite sweet and filling breakfast recipe for my family in Fall, and they can be for your family as well!
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3 vegan pumpkin donuts with cinnamon sugar stacked on a cooling rack, with more donuts and non-dairy milk behind the stacked donuts.

Vegan Pumpkin Donuts

These sweet treats are full of pumpkin and are a dark orange color after baked.
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Vegan pumpkin spice latte with non-dairy whip, a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice, and a cinnamon stick in a mug.

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte

Depending on how you make it, pumpkin spice lattes can be a dark orange to brown color.
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Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte in a medium sized mason jar with vegan whipped cream, cinnamon stick, and some extra pumpkin pie spice sprinkled on top, with a glass straw.

Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte

Iced pumpkin spiced lattes are a little lighter in color than a regular latte, so if you’re going for a more orangey- orange color, add some ice!
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Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes with non-dairy whipped cream and pecans on top, with maple syrup pouring over it.

Easy Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes

A little note about pancakes when you’re trying to make them a specific color, cook them for as little time as possible, while still thoroughly cooking them. I’ve noticed the longer you cook them the more color that cooks out of them, and this goes for natural bright colors and when using food dyes.
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Vegan pumpkin bread, 3 slices stacked on top of each other, the top one is being lifted up with a hand.

Vegan Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin bread, after baked will be a dark orange to brown color.
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Vegan pumpkin cookies still on the cooling rack after being frosted.

Vegan Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin cookies after baked will be a dark orange to light brown color.
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Other Orange Colored Recipes

Just because most of the recipes on this list are from pumpkins doesn’t mean they all are (I’m just used to cooking and baking with pumpkin often).

4 clementine pumpkins with celery stick stems on a white plate.

Clementine Pumpkins

Clementine pumpkins are 100% orange in color and flavor.
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1 white bowl with Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry in it, sitting on top of a bed of white rice.

Vegan Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry

The sweet potatoes, turmeric, and other spices help create a beautiful orange color  for this main dish.
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Mouth Watering Vegan Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

This orange creamsicle smoothie makes a light orange colored, creamy, smoothie. It also only takes a couple minutes to makes and uses 3 ingredients.
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Vegan Spaghettios in a white bowl next to a medium sized dark gray saucepan that was used to make it from scratch.

Vegan Spaghettios

Bring on the nostalgia with these homemade spaghettios, which actually end up turning orange in color due to the mixture of tomato sauce and spices.
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Sweet potato fries on brown parchment paper with ketchup in a white bowl.

Simple Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

Again, sweet potatoes tend to turn the recipes they’re in orange, and with there being very few ingredients in these sweet potato fries, they are obviously orange.
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Tips for Making Orange Colored Recipes

Making orange recipes, or finding them, isn’t all that hard!

Simply choose from the ones above OR use the list of orange foods above and search for recipes that include those foods. Then make a judgment call on whether or not the recipe is ‘orange’ enough for you.

I hope you enjoy the recipes, and if you have any favorite orange recipes, please leave a comment so we can all have more ideas!

More Orange Colored Recipe Ideas

I’m already in the process of adding more orange recipes to this site, so far I know I’ll be adding 

  • Carrot Cake Oatmeal
  • Orange Icing
  • Peach Pancakes
  • Soft Pretzels
  • Crispy Chickpeas

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