I'm not typically a sneaky chef. I'm lucky that, so far, my daughter eats the same food at dinner that my husband and I are eating. She loves "crazy" stuff like beets, parsnips and rutabaga. That being said, she'd choose a sweet treat over veggies any day, like most kids her age. So I'm not adverse to sneaking more veggies in where she least expects it—dessert. And, let's face it: a little extra veg couldn't hurt the grownups either.
Here are 9 ways you can turn vegetables into dessert:
1. Put potatoes into cupcakes
Mashed potatoes give Blueberry Cupcakes great texture, almost like pound cake.
2. Grate zucchini into your brownie batter
Soon many of us will have zucchini bursting from the garden, left on the doorstep by neighbors or filling our CSA box. Turn them into Chocolate Zucchini Brownies. No one will ever know, promise.
3. Stir corn into ice cream
Everyone loves sweet corn and ice cream in the summer. Sweet Corn Ice Cream combines the two!
4. Whip avocados into pudding
5. Stir carrots into your cookies
A quick stir-in of grated carrots not only makes these easy Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies reminiscent of spicy carrot cake, it also adds sweetness and keeps these cakey cookies moist
6. Beat beets into your cupcake batter
Beets act as a natural food dye, plus they bump up the fiber in these Chocolate-Beet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.
7. Grate sweet potatoes into your cake
Sweet potato pudding was one of the only desserts I found on my trip to Jamaica. This Sweet Potato Pudding Cake was inspired by that trip.
8. Pump pumpkin into your cookies
These are awesome on their own, but Spiced Pumpkin Cookies are also the perfect texture for a sandwich cookie—fill them with a slightly sweetened cream cheese frosting.
9. Puree squash for your cheesecake
Squash Cheesecake Bars get their luscious texture from pureed winter squash.