The Aloe vera plant is a beautiful, spiky succulent, a member of the lily family. Aloe is not only easy to care for (and lovely to look at) but has also been used for thousands of years as a multi-purpose medicinal plant. The miraculous plant is on every basic list of home remedies, and, while most of us think of aloe as just a burn treatment, its beauty uses are endless. Aloe is the perfect all purpose plan to keep on hand — and they add a little greenery to your room!
Of course, aloe is also edible, and it’s a common ingredient for recipes promoting beauty from the inside out. Yes, the healing ingredient is popular in aloe drinks and juices, but we’re also sharing interesting new ways to use aloe in desserts, cocktails, and snacks.
9 Edible (or Drinkable!) Aloe Recipes
When taken internally, aloe vera juice can help with digestion and bowel regularity, and it can also be detoxifying. Seventy-five potentially active constituents have been identified in the plant, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes, and it has been well-reported to have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral qualities.
Aloe has cleansing properties for the digestive tract. Start with small amounts of aloe vera juice daily (1-3 ounces), but be sure to read label directions before ingesting aloe vera juice because it can have laxative effects.
1. Aloe and Cucumber Water from Hello Glow
Let’s be honest: plain aloe vera juice does not taste good. Turn it into a hydrating water recipes with coconut water and cucumber to sweetens things up.
2. Aloe Vera Martini from Hello Glow
Sipping on a martini you know is good for you may sound unlikely, but this aloe vera cucumber cocktail makes it totally likely!
3. 5 Ingredient Healthy Double Chocolate Cashew Aloe Ice Cream from Flexitarian Nutrition
Just five ingredients, all of them vegan, all of them healthy! This double chocolate ice cream has a cashew base and just enough aloe vera juice to make it guilt-free.
4. Aloe Vera, Mint and Tequila Frozen Jelly from Front + Main
Somewhere between a granita and a jelly shot, frozen jelly is the best treat for summer! This recipe mixes refreshing mint, basil and lime, with hydrating aloe and naughty tequila.
5. Hydrating Kiwi Aloe Popsicles from Creative Green Living
We all need an extra boost of hydration these days, which makes these kiwi aloe popsicles a midsummer night’s dream come true!
6. Healing Aloe Smoothie from Hello Glow
This smoothie—which uses the fresh gel from inside the aloe leaf, although you could use pure store bought juice—is naturally sweet, using organic apple juice and strawberries to help hide any unpleasant taste.
7. Raw Brownies with Aloe Vera from Vie de la Vegan
Raw brownies are the perfect summer dessert – no baking means less heat in the kitchen! Plus they’re a great way to secretly include aloe vera in a tasty bite that few could resist.
8. Kuvar Pak Recipe from Veggie Food Recipes
A dessert that has benefits for the digestive and immune systems and is actually good for you? Count us in! Blended with milk, the aloe in this cake tastes nothing like it’s raw, bitter version.
9. Poached Aloe Yogurt from No Recipes
Why limit the uses of aloe to drinks when you can just as easily add it to your yogurt? This simple recipe makes a very good case for poached aloe, which only adds to the health benefits of the probiotic snack.
New to the world of aloe? Learn how to harvest it and what to do with it!149