How To Make 4-ingredient Homemade Rainbow Sprinkles and Nonpareils

Healthy Homemade Rainbow Sprinkles (and Confetti) to Announce the Naughty or Nice Cookbook

Did you know you can make your own rainbow jimmies and nonpareils right at home?  Yes!  This healthy homemade version is naturally colored, sugar free, fat free, gluten free, and vegan too!

SPRINKLES make food fun and exciting.  But too bad the store-bought kinds are so bad for you.  Just look at Mr. Sprinkles’ ingredients:

sugar, corn starch, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, soy lecithin, confectioner’s glaze, FD&C red 40 lake, FD&C yellow 5 lake, FD&C blue 1 lake, FD&C yellow 6 lake, FD&C red 3, FD&C blue 1, natural and artificial flavor, carnauba wax.



Skip out on the white sugar, dangerous trans fats, and artificial food colorings, and make a batch of these homemade rainbow sprinkles and rainbow confetti ASAP!

No need for the hydrogenated oil, sugar, and artificial food coloring.  No need WHATsoever.

As such, this is the PERFECT recipe to make a special announcement…

The Naughty or Nice Cookbook is officially PUBLISHED!

*happy dances*

The Naughty or Nice Cookbook is a collection of 70 healthy dessert recipes — from cookies to cake to pie to ice cream, and more!  One bite and you’ll be asking, “Is this naughty or is this nice?”

I know I should probably say I love ALL the recipes in the book the same, but there’s just something about sprinkles that make me so happy.  Like, so, so happy.

Sprinkles are so fun and playful and delicious, and can make a seemingly boring dessert POP!

Healthy Homemade Rainbow Sprinkles and Confetti

You can top anything with sprinkles — ice cream, cupcakes, donuts, anything!

I made these healthy homemade rainbow jimmies and nonpareils because store-bought ones are packed full of sugar, hydrogenated oils, and artificial food coloring.  This DIY version is naturally colored, sugar free, fat free, gluten free, and vegan!

I must admit, I had (aka still have) a slight obsession with sprinkles.

In high school, every Monday after school, before my bass guitar lessons, my mom would bring me to Dunkin Donuts.  I would get the strawberry frosted donut with sprinkles every time.  EVERY TIME.  If they were out of stock, and just had the strawberry frosted donut without sprinkles, I didn’t care…  that meant no donut.

Yeah, I was fussy  😉

Healthy Homemade Rainbow Sprinkles and Confetti

While it’s a tedious task to make these sprinkles and confetti, it’s a fun tedious task  😉

And they’re obviously super cute too.

Watch me make these sprinkles start to finish right here!

You’ll be tossing these sprinkles onto everything sweet you eat!

I know I totally have a bias opinion, but c’mon, these homemade rainbow sprinkles and confetti are the way to go  😉

I think we can all agree that everything is better with a drizzle of chocolate (duh), but now we can say everything is better with a handful of naturally-dyed sprinkles.

Healthy Homemade Rainbow Sprinkles and Confetti

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Healthy Homemade Rainbow Sprinkles and Confetti

Servings: 2 cups
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Did you know you can make your own rainbow jimmies and nonpareils right at home? Yes! This healthy homemade version is naturally colored, sugar free, fat free, gluten free, and vegan too!



  • Place 4 sheets of parchment paper onto your countertop. Prepare a disposable piping bag with small round tip (#4). Have 3 more disposable piping bags handy for the various other colors. 
  • In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the erythritol, arrowroot starch and salt. Stir in the water and vanilla paste. The mixture should be like a very thick, dense dough.
  • Divide the mixture into 4 small bowls. Stir in one food coloring per bowl. Mixtures should look like frosting, they should not be runny or liquidy. Scoop one bowl’s mixture into the prepared piping bag.
  • Pipe half of the mixture as lines and the other half as small dots/confetti (use 2 sheets of parchment paper for the lines and the other 2 sheets for the confetti). When you run out of one color, rinse the piping tip, place it in a new disposable piping bag, and then fill the bag with the next color. Repeat this until all mixtures are used up.
  • Let the lines and confetti sit uncovered at room temperature for at least 12 hours in order for them to dry and firm up. Carefully slice the rainbow lines with a knife, or pick them up and gently break them with your thumb and forefinger.
  • Pour the sprinkles into a tightly sealed container (I used a 16oz mason jar). Gently push the confetti off the parchment paper with your finger. Pour the confetti into another container (I used another mason jar). Store the sprinkles and confetti in the tightly sealed containers in the fridge for up to 2 months.

Recipe Notes

I originally wasn't going to share the recipe here because I worked so incredibly hard on publishing Naughty or Nice.  But I wanted to provide it here because that way, you can determine whether or not the cookbook is for you!
I’ve made these sprinkles and confetti for YEARS now.  While India Tree is damn expensive, their product seems a bit more reliable compared to other natural food colorings on the market.
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Homemade Rainbow Sprinkles and Confetti
Amount Per Serving (1 tablespoon)
Calories 5
% Daily Value*
Sodium 20mg1%
Carbohydrates 1.5g1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side
Cuisine: Candy
Keyword: Dairy Free, DIY, Eggless, Fat Free, Gluten Free, Keto, Low Carb, Paleo, Sugar Free, Vegan

Recipe republished with permission from the Naughty or Nice Cookbook!



Be happy.

Live fully.

Feel naughty, eat nice.


– Jess


78 comments on “Healthy Homemade Rainbow Sprinkles (and Confetti) to Announce the Naughty or Nice Cookbook”

  1. Wow! What a cool idea, thank you for sharing!!

  2. Wow this is very cool!

  3. Bonjour, ravie d’avoir découvert ton blog et cette recette pour parsemer mes pâtisseries mais j’ai un petit doute sur les doses car la traduction de l’anglais vers le français n’est pas parfaite et en espérant trouver tous les ingrédients
    A bientôt 😉

  4. I’m glad I found this recipe! I have a homemade sprinkle recipe for toppings, I’ve needed one that would stand up to baking. Thanks!

  5. I love this! I always say life is better with sprinkles!!! Wonderful to have a healthier alternative 🙂

  6. Great recipe, thanks for sharing! I have avoided sprinkles for the longest time and now I can finally feel good about putting them on everything!

  7. It is amazing!
    Can You write, how can I sub “erythritol”?

    • dessertswithbenefits

      Patrycja- You can make any granulated sweetener into a powdered sweetener by running it through a food processor for a few minutes, or until powdery. Avoid using white/refined sugar, maybe you can try xylitol or organic evaporated cane juice. Many healthy sweeteners will not work because they have color to them… sucanat is brown, turbinado is beige, maple sugar is tan, etc.

      • I havent read this after Ive made it😭. I just used the normal erythritol and it became like colorful erythritol😅. By any chance you know if it possible to food processor it back

  8. Brilliant and beautiful!

  9. Having a daughter with eczema and food related allergies has transformed our lives. While she is still just a baby, I had already mourned her inability to be able to be able to enjoy sweets in the future because I fear she may have am allergic reaction. Finding you site made my day and possibly her childhood! I can feel comfortable making many of your recipes. Yes, she can have her cake and eat as much of it as she wants. Thank you! The sprinkles look amazing!

    • Our son has a lot of food sensitivities, but we just have a stockpile of recipes and he has no idea of missing anything and all his snacks and treats are so healthy you can’t go wrong!! Hugs to you on your journey!!

  10. I hail you as an absolute genius! I have always wanted sugar free and hydrogenated oil free sprinkles for so long! I went out of my way to even attempt to make my own! I had to use egg whites though, so even though they did indeed have a pleasant vanilla taste, the egginess was hard to look past. Thank you SO, SO much. I unfortunately only have one bag of erythritol on hand–had to order it online and it was expensive! But I will definitely be playing with this recipe soon. Thanks, again. 🙂

  11. Brilliant idea but this recipe needs to b adjusted measurement wise it was so runny I couldn’t pipe it… matter how much more cornstarch or powdered sugar I added it was still too runny……calls for way too much almond milk to begin with……

  12. Jessica! THank Goodness, I found this recipe! Great blog Btw. Ill be back for more:)

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  14. Omg….. Can I pay u to make these and pay for shipping as well???! Please???!

  15. Can you use something else besides almond milk? My daughter loves sprinkles but her current diet doesn’t allow them. This recipe would be great for her.
    How long do these sprinkles last?
    You should make these commercially. I know I would buy them too!!

    • You can use any other milk you like, such as organic/non-GMO soy milk, coconut milk, rice milk, or organic dairy milk. I just used almond milk because that’s what I had on hand and it keeps longer than dairy milk 🙂
      I hope you like the sprinkles!

  16. Jess, I tried your recipe and it worked! I used Hemp Milk and it worked out great! Thanks!

  17. I love your blog and I’ve made lots of yummy things but these are my absolute favorite!!  I made these last week and they are seriously life changing lol!5 stars

  18. Do you provide a link to the mould you use? What “device” would you use to make these?

  19. What did you use to color these little dollops of happiness??

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  22. Instead of sprinkling on top, can you use these “in” a recipe, like making birthday cake cupcakes?

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  25. Is the book low carb and sugar free? I can’t have sugar and need to keep my carbs low for many health reasons. I really want this sprinkle recipe but want to know if the rest of the book will be worth it before purchasing. Thank you!

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  27. Hi,
    You mention the better Food Coloring is expensive ($15). Then you go on to list a recipe with Vanilla Paste. I went to Sprouts and they never heard of it. Then i notice you have a recipe for it, calling for 30 vanilla beans!! That’s a jar of $100 Vanilla Bean Paste. I don’t know anyone who will in their right mind spend $100 on making a jar of Vanilla Bean Paste just to use it as an ingredient in healthy sprinkles, which i’m not guaranteed will turn out good. Then you want to sell me a book on top of that. Am I missing something??

    • Mindy,
      I doubt anyone would make an entire batch of Vanilla Paste to make sprinkles lol. I make my own vanilla paste because I am a baker and go through A LOT of it (same goes with vanilla extract). If you bake a lot, it gets expensive. If you actually read the directions for the vanilla paste you’ll see that it REPURPOSES vanilla beans used to make vanilla extract. So with 30 beans, not only do you get 30oz of vanilla extract, you get 16oz of vanilla paste too (which SAVES money). You could buy vanilla extract and paste of course, but that’s more expensive per ounce.
      Instead of going to Sprouts for an ingredient try looking online first, like on Amazon. There are a ton of brands that sell vanilla paste.
      Anyways, I’m not pushing my book at all. You can get a copy or not, either way I’m good! 🙂

    • I have found that making these basic ingredients like the author suggests really does save money & is fun to make yourself! I do wonder if one could skip the vanilla paste entirely if you didnt have any on hand…? I may just try and update here. Best regards.

  28. Is there anyway to purchase this recipe without purchasing a 32$ cookbook? I’m on a restrictive diet and I know many of your recipes would not be beneficial for me.

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  35. Hi there!

    Is it possible to leave out the vanilla flavoring completely?
    Thanks in advance for taking the time to answer my question 🙂

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  39. wow! these sprinkles look just as good if not better than the store bought ones! colors are super bright and pretty! gotta try this 🙂 thank you5 stars

  40. Lauren A Cohen

    I’ve been looking for ages for a recipe for sugar free jimmies! Yours is simple without thirty ingredients. I’m seeking a vanilla paste recipe and will keep looking until I find one!5 stars

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  42. How long will the sprinkles last? How do you store them?

  43. Question: for your recipe can Erythritol with monk fruit be substituted for Erythritol?

  44. Hello. What can i use to substitute the arrowroot? It cause me allergies and I definitely want to tru this recipe5 stars

  45. Amazing recipe. I will definitely try this. I wanted to know how would I make spherical shapes from your recipe.
    Thanks5 stars

  46. Oh my gosh! Made these today and they are amazing!!! So tasty. Thank you for easy and delicious recipe5 stars

  47. HI. Love the sprinkles recipe. I need to make a cake tomorrow, my daughter is entering a cake baking competition! Can I substitute the arrowroot for xantham gum?

  48. Can you freeze for a longer shelf life?

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