Rainbow Bread Painting Recipe

By Penelope Henderson, MSc, RNutr/ 09/28/2023
A slice of each spotty and rainbow bread painted on a wooden board

Bread painting is such a fun and creative way to explore colours of fruits and make a picture you can eat!

Using a variety of fruits like raspberries and blackberries produces beautiful colours they can experiment with. This recipe also offers fussy children a chance to interact, smell and touch food getting them engaged with foods they maybe wouldn’t normally go near. Adding colour to bread makes it so much more appealing to kids too.

How do you add colour to bread?

Adding colour to bread makes it appealing to kids and there are lots of ways you can do this. I used fruit juices but you could use food colourings or cordials instead. You can use as little or as many as you like to get a variety of colours.

Bread painting Ingredients

Here’s what ingredients i used to make this recipe.

Ingredients needs for bread painting including a pot of blackberries, a pot of kiwi juice, a pot of orange juice, a pot of raspberries and two slices of white bread

Bread

I used white sliced bread but you could use other types of white bread.

Berries

I used blackberries for the black/purple colour and raspberries for the pink/red colour. 

Fruit juices

I used orange juice for the yellow colour and kiwi smoothie/juice for the green. 

How to make

Step 1. Put a handful of raspberries in one pot, a handful of blackberries in another. Pour some orange juice in a third pot and some kiwi juice or smoothie in a fourth pot.

Four small pots which contain orange juice, kiwi juice, blackberries and raspberries

Step 2. Crush the two pots with raspberries and blackberries with the back of a fork or with fingers until most of the juice comes out. 

Step 3. Using a clean and fine paintbrush, paint one side in stripes or whatever pattern they like! Get creative

Step 3. A slice of bread painted in a shape of a rainbow with different coloured fruit juices

Step 4. Leave to dry a little or toast in the toaster briefly on a low setting to dry out the painted bread so it becomes painted toast. 

Step 4. The painted bread being toasted

Variations

Breads – You can use different breads for this but i would suggest sticking with a white variety otherwise the colour will not show up as well. For example you could use white sourdough, ciabatta, milk bread, rolls and pitta bread. Just make sure it doesn’t have too many holes in the bread or it won’t work so well.

Food colourings – Food colouring are a quick alternative to using fruit juices. If you use the liquid ones then these can be quite concentrated so you would want to water it down by using 2-3 drops of food colouring to a base like some milk or water.

A tray of 10 different food colourings mixed with milk.

Fruit cordials – You could use a slightly diluted fruit cordial as an alternative to fresh fruit or juices. For example orange or mango cordial would work for yellow. 

Recipe FAQ

What kind of paint can you use on bread?

Edible paint is needed if they are going to eat it afterwards. 

Can you paint regular bread?

Yes you can paint regular bread and different types but white bread is best.

Can you add food colouring to bread?

Yes you can use food colouring on bread if you didn’t want to use fruit juices. You can buy liquid food colourings or gel types. 

What do i serve it with?

You might like to add some whole or chopped fruit pieces with it. They could even add them around the design on the bread to make it into an edible picture.

Bread painting ideas

A slice of each spotty and rainbow bread painted on a wooden board

There are lots of ideas for painting bread. Here are some easy suggestions below but just get creative:

  • Rainbows
  • Strips
  • Spots
  • Shapes like circles
  • Swirls

Instead of slices of bread you could always try painting the top of a loaf or smaller loaves.

A slice of each spotty and rainbow bread painted on a wooden board

Rainbow bread painting recipe

A fun and creative way to explore colours of fruits and make an edible picture
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Snack

Ingredients
  

  • 1 handful blackberries fresh, frozen or tinned
  • 1 handful raspberries fresh, frozen or tinned
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup kiwi juice
  • 2 slices white bread

Instructions
 

  • 1. Put a handful of raspberries in one pot, a handful of blackberries in another. Pour some orange juice in a third pot and some kiwi juice or smoothie in a fourth pot.
  • 2. Use the back of a fork to crush the raspberries and blackberries until most of the juice runs out.
  • 3. Take a clean, fine tipped paint brush and soak it in one of the juices for a second or two and then brush a line in the corner. Rinse the paint brush with water and repeat with another colour. Alternatively make another pattern of your choice!
  • 4. Once you have finished painting your bread, either leave it as it is and eat straight away or pop in the toaster on a low setting for 30 secs to toast the bread a little.
Keyword bread painting

Did You Make this?

Make sure to tag me on Instagram @nutrition2nourishflourish so I can see and share your creations!

Other fun recipes you might like

flower sandwich recipe

0 Comments

MEET THE AUTHOR
Author Penelope Henderson

Hi I’m Penelope Henderson RNutr Registered Nutritionist specialising in children’s nutrition and responsive feeding therapy.

I am a mum of 2, with over 15 years of experience in nutrition. I support parents to feel confident in how and what to feed their child. I hope you find my recipes and nutrition posts useful, so you can enjoy stress free cooking and mealtimes.

More about me

VIEW CATEGORIES
DOWNLOAD MY FREE GUIDE
free guide to 6 steps to calm and happy mealtimes

6 steps to calm and happy mealtimes

Say goodbye to dreaded mealtimes and hello to stress-free meals, where you can enjoy family time without the fuss!

Inside, you’ll discover:

> How to set up successful mealtimes

> Easy ways to get them exploring and eating a wider variety of foods

> How to get them eating more, so you’re not throwing it away!

Yes I need this!

VIEW RECENT POSTS

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This