A good plan for healthy eating always includes plenty of vegetables. You likely add an assortment of vegetables to salads, soups, entrées, appetizers, snacks and possibly savory breakfasts, but what about baked goods, sweet breakfasts and desserts? It’s a lot easier than you might think, and the results are delicious. What a wonderful way to get those veggies in!
While not every vegetable is ideal for adding to sweets (okra comes to mind), there are plenty that do quite well. For instance, adding grated carrots to muffins like these Carrot Apple Muffins or zucchini to cupcakes and muffins like these Carrot Zucchini Cupcakes, or these Gluten Free Morning Glory Muffins would be a good start. The following veggies are particularly good when added to baked goods, sweet breakfasts and desserts:
Carrots, parsnips and rutabaga
Zucchini and yellow squash including other varieties of summer squash
Butternut squash, pumpkin, and other winter squash
Corn (actually a grain)
Sweet potatoes and yams
These ideas are sure to be kid-pleasers, as well:
Make Zucchini Bread or muffins.
Strawberry Rhubarb Topping is great over ice cream, frozen yogurt or a nondairy favorite. Try it over cheesecake, too.
Add grated carrots to your oatmeal breakfast like in this Carrot-Raisin Baked Oatmeal.
Add grated beets to chocolate cake or cupcakes.
Make a sweet potato, butternut squash or a pumpkin pie this fall.
Here’s a unique, healthy idea: Chocolate Sweet Potato Mousse!
Try sweet corn, grated carrots, zucchini, rutabaga or parsnips added to muffins, quick breads, pancakes and more. This Zucchini Pancake recipe is really tasty.
Already a fan of zucchini bread? Make Blueberry Beet Bread!
For a fun birthday party, how about trying our Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cupcakes with Orange-Cream Frosting?
Butternut Blondies with White Chocolate Chunks can be made with grated sweet potato, if desired.
Use carrots along with parsnips in this Super-Moist Carrot-Almond Coffee Cake.
Add sweet corn to corn or plain muffins. While you’re at it, add some grated carrots or yellow squash, too.
Substitute yellow summer squash in place of zucchini in baked goods like quick breads, muffins and pancake recipes.
Add grated carrots, zucchini or summer squash to banana bread or banana muffins.
Add spinach to cake for a green surprise!
Coconut-Gingersnap Sweet Potato Pie is a delicious seasonal dessert your family and friends will love.
Here’s a Sweet Potato Apple Cake recipe that’s super easy to make for a snack or dessert.
Have you added vegetables to baked goods, sweet breakfasts and desserts recipes? What’s your favorite?