Unicorn toast sounds like something a softly spoken, vegan nanny makes for children after completing their origami homework and positive affirmation chanting. Right?
Wrong. It’s for spoiled brats living in L.A. and bonked-up adults like me. Unicorn toast is scorching hashtags all over the world, and accessing the deepest of crazy childhood recesses. Our synapses are trip wiring on the stuff, and our eyes are beating like voodoo drums. We. Can’t. Get. Enough.
Unicorn toast is set to be the biggest food trend of 2017. All you need is a thick slice from a square-shaped loaf, such as Irish brown bread. Some cream cheese (DIY recipe in my Sunday Independent column this weekend my friends). And food colouring. Breathe – I haven’t completely lost my mind. Wholefood junkies have thankfully hijacked the movement with Mother Nature’s library of colours; yellow turmeric, red raspberry, pink strawbs and green matcha powder. And guess who won the dance off? Let’s hear it for the plant-powered hippies!
Unicorn lattes have even started making guest appearances on Starbucks menus all over NYC, turning suited stock brokers into a gaggle of giddy girls on their coffee break. And now, the unicorn bonbon is exploding across the Irish countryside from Cobh to Cong.
You don’t need to stock up on 12 different plant colours. Stress gives you inflammation. Even I’m not that unreasonable. Just start by choosing two unicorn shades from the following …
pink raspberry powder
purple beetroot powder
orange gojiberry powder
green barleygrass or wheatgrass powder
pastel green Matcha green tea powder*
(*You’ll only need half a teaspoon for these final two colours, in the recipe below).
1 teaspoon of plant-powered colouring (see options above)
120g desiccated coconut
45ml coconut oil
60ml honey (or rice malt syrup for vegans)
2 tablespoons coconut flour
Squeeze of lemon
Pinch of sea salt
1 Using a food processor, blitz the ingredients into a soft snowball. My food processor usually takes 20 seconds to do this.
2 Pinch a piece of dough and roll into a smooth bonbon. Repeat until all the dough is gone. Chill until set.
3 Repeat the recipe, with lots of different colours. These unicorn bonbons freeze really well if you run out of refrigerator storage or stomach space.
Taking the hell out of healthy.
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Out next week, the paperback version of The Virtuous Tart, in all good Irish bookstores. New price too. Twit-twoooo!