Do you have someone in your house that pulls the “Yuck!” face every time vegetables are served? If you’re searching for a creative way to make sure your family gets their recommended daily servings of vegetables, why not try making desserts with hidden vegetables! From spinach and beets to carrots and pumpkins, there are plenty of vegetables that make your favorite desserts extra delicious and with an added serving of nutritional benefits. Many vegetables have a natural sweetness that will not only satisfy your sweet-tooth at the end of a meal, but will also provide all the healthy vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber that our bodies need for optimal health and wellness.
Here are a few of our favorites desserts with hidden vegetables that we’re certain will convert even the pickiest of eaters!
Chocolate Beet Cake
Beets add a velvety, rich color to cake and when combined with sweet dark chocolate and baked, the end results are truly decadent and delicious. This is one chocolate cake they’ll ask for again and again.
Lightened Carrot Cake
This sweet and spice-filled cake is made with whole grains, maple syrup, coconut oil, and freshly grated carrots. You’ll reap all the health benefits of this super vegetable while enjoying a lighter, less fattening version of this popular cake.
Maple Glazed Pumpkin Muffins
Pumpkin makes creating desserts with hidden vegetables a snap and a serving of it is filled with fiber and protein. This recipe uses olive oil and maple syrup for a muffin that’s lighter in calories but still packed with the flavor you want from a desert. Running short on time? These muffins make for a great grab-and-go quick breakfast, too!
Gluten Free Zucchini Cake
Zucchini is another “sneaky” vegetable that adds moisture and extra nutrition when added to deserts. This gluten-free version of coffee cake is moist, hearty, slightly crumbly, sweet and delicious.
Sweet Potato Cookies
The sweet potato is high in protein, fiber, and antioxidants. Like pumpkin, sweet potatoes have a naturally sweet taste, add moisture to baked goods, and give these cookies a taste-tempting, golden-orange color.
Chocolate Spinach Muffins
If you’re looking for a dessert with hidden vegetables that really hides its healthy side, these chocolate muffins are it! Packed with fresh spinach, bananas, coconut oil, and cocoa, they offer the perfect sweet-treat taste without even the slightest hint of spinach.
Cauliflower Rice Pudding
Cauliflower rice pudding is a great gluten-free dessert that’s rich and creamy. Add variety by experimenting with various toppings such as toasted nuts, fresh berries, chocolate chips, cinnamon or cardamom, sliced apples or applesauce.
Desserts with Hidden Vegetables: Are you hungry, yet?
Have you been convinced that sweet potatoes, cauliflower, beets, spinach, and zucchini can be successfully added to a wide variety of delicious desserts? Once you try some of these suggestions, let us know what you think by posting in the comments or tagging us on social media. Happy baking!