Add Vegetables to Dessert with these 10 Easy Recipes

Add Vegetables to Dessert with these 10 Easy Recipes

Your kids will never know you added vegetables to their dessert, unless you want them to! Adding vegetables to these easy recipes increases the nutritional make up of an otherwise nutrition depleted food!

Add Vegetables to Dessert with these 10 Easy Recipes. 10 easy dessert recipes that include vegetables from super healthy kids

Adding vegetables to dessert isn’t actually that crazy or unheard of. In fact, there are several vegetables you are already adding to your desserts.  Veggies will not only add texture and richness to a dessert, but it will also add essential nutrients!  It may be easier to get your kids to eat their veggies than you thought, when you make them taste amazing. These recipes can help you do that!  These 10 veggies are the most common ones parents use within a dessert recipe. I just know you’ll find one your kids will like too!

10 Easy Recipes

1) CARROTS

While there are plenty of recipes for carrot cake, have you ever tried this super healthy version, Raw Carrot Cake?  Carrots really are good for vision health.  One study showed women who consume carrots twice per week had significantly lower rates of glaucoma than those who didn’t.

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Add Vegetables to Dessert with these 10 Easy Recipes. Kids won't even know that there's carrot in their cupcakes!

2) Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is a very close cousin to pumpkin, so it makes sense that it could be used interchangeably! We replaced pumpkin in our most recent pumpkin pie here with butternut squash. No one could tell a difference! Butternut squash is a great source of fiber, potassium, and vitamin B!

Add Vegetables to Dessert with these 10 Easy Recipes. It's Butternut, but tastes like Pumpkin, Pie!

 

3) Cauliflower

Cauliflower has been popular lately in recipes like these “bread sticks“, but have you considered adding the cruciferous veggie to Chocolate pizza with a cauliflower crust? What?  This is a terrific idea! Cauliflower takes on the flavor of the food you are preparing it with, and you get the added benefits of vitamin C, folate, fiber, and even omega 3s!

Add Vegetables to Dessert with these 10 Easy Recipes. 10 easy dessert recipes that include vegetables from super healthy kids

 

4) Zucchini

Zucchini is perhaps the most used veggie in all of desserts.  This Chocolate zucchini cake is AMAZING, but you could also make orange zucchini bread, or even this healthy zucchini brownie recipe! Zucchini has actually been studied and shown to regulate blood sugar.  It carries an abundance of vitamin B which helps in blood sugar metabolism. (source)

Add Vegetables to Dessert with these 10 Easy Recipes. Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake that kids will love!

5) Beets

The deep red color of beets indicates they are rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants.  Luckily, they also can taste great in cakes, donuts, cookies, and even better, Cookie Dough!

Add Vegetables to Dessert with these 10 Easy Recipes. 10 easy dessert recipes that include vegetables from super healthy kids

 

6) Sweet Potato

So many brownies, so little time! While I found brownies with spinach, black beans, chickpeas, and more, I was intrigued with this one that contained sweet potato!  We love the idea that a delicious brownie can also provide kids with beta-carotene, potassium, fiber, and vitamin c.

Add Vegetables to Dessert with these 10 Easy Recipes. Can you even tell that these brownies have sweet potatoes?

7) Cucumber

Perhaps the strangest vegetable of them all to include with your dessert ingredients is the cucumber!  But why not? Cucumbers are light, moist, and make a yummy Cucumber cake!  While cucumbers are extremely low in calories, they are surprisingly high in nutrients such as vitamin B and fiber.

Add Vegetables to Dessert with these 10 Easy Recipes. 10 easy dessert recipes that include vegetables from super healthy kids

8) Spinach or Kale

It’s recently become not only common but expected to add kale or spinach to our smoothies, so why not move into dessert? These 6 Green Ice Cream recipes aren’t that outrageous when you consider they started out as delicious smoothie recipes.  Try all 6 here!

Add Vegetables to Dessert with these 10 Easy Recipes. 6 Super Healthy Green Ice Creams for Kids

 

9) Pumpkin

Pumpkin pie, pumpkin butter cups, or pumpkin cookies!  You can’t go wrong including pumpkin in your desserts! The trick here will be to keep the sugar down and still have your dessert taste good.   Try our pumpkin roll out cookies first!

Add Vegetables to Dessert with these 10 Easy Recipes. Great tasting Pumpkin Roll Out Cookies with Beans and Coconut Sugar.

10) Avocado

Technically (botanically) not a veggie, but nutrient wise, definitely a veggie!  Avocado is a great source of omega fats, vitamin k, and even vitamin E.  (source)  Try adding avocado to Chocolate Pudding and surprise your kids with the creaminess of it!

Add Vegetables to Dessert with these 10 Easy Recipes. Kids will love this chocolate avocado pudding!So there you go! No excuses for your kids to eat their veggies today. Try these 10 ideas and let us know which ones you’ll make over and over!

 

written by
Amy Roskelley

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Comments(5)
Niels says:

I’m sure all of this is very tasty, but if your kids won’t eat vegetables unless they are hidden in mixtures of sugar, oil and white flour, “super healthy kids” they will never be.

Saundra L. Weed says:

Can’t wait to try these. I’ve been trying to add more veggies to my meals. What a tasty way to incorporate them.

sport travel says:

Wow, everything looks so tasty. Would love to try some of these recipes. I’m sure my kids will like them. Thanks for the inspiration!

Kory says:

While Avocado is technically not a veggie, neither are pumpkins, squash, zucchinis, or cucumbers.

Well that would depend on your classification criteria. Foods can be classified botanically, nutritionally, or by their culinary use. Most commonly pumpkins, squash, zucchini and cucumber are classified by their culinary use, which puts them in the same group as other veggies.

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