We all strive to eat more vegetables and enjoy them in new and delicious ways. However, sometimes things can get dull and in need of some different variations to keep it tasty and exciting. One area that veggies get very little love is in desserts. And we get it, putting vegetables into a dessert sounds like a bit of a crime. Of course, it’s pretty obvious why they rarely enter this realm but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some great options. We’ll show you some key veggies and recipes that fit together particularly well. After you try these, you might even prefer them over your usual recipes, thanks to the flavors and added health benefits they provide.
The first great direction to take your desserts is by packing them with avocado. With countless benefits including healthy fats and phytonutrients, avocados are not only incredibly nutritious but also perfect in sweet treats. This is because they have a very light, slightly nutty flavor and creamy texture which works perfectly in almost anything. You can make it the key ingredient in a rich, fluffy icing or whipped topping as well as part of cakes and tarts for moisture and viscosity. The best part about this one is that it’s not even about hiding in your dish because avocado actually brings something special to a recipe and steps it up a notch.
To highlight it on its own, try out some 3-Ingredient Coconut Avocado Mousse if you want a dish that’s super healthy and quick. Another delicious transformation is these Chocolate Avocado Bars, which are rich, creamy, and easy to grab for a guilt-free treat.
If you’re in the mood to go for a super healthy dessert, make this Raw Chickpea Cookie Dough Cake With Avocado Ganache. Despite its uncommon additions like beans and avocado, it’s certainly not lacking in flavor. Avocado’s texture also makes it ideal in this delicious 5-Ingredient Passion Fruit Sorbet— the ultimate sweet refresher. This Frozen Mini Mojito Tart is another perfect pick for summertime.
Beets are an option which tend to be overlooked in desserts. They provide a beautiful deep pigment that’s rich and bright, as well as a mellow earthy taste. Use them in this Red Velvet Banana Bread for the perfect natural color. They’re are also a star component of some Healthy Beet Red Velvet Baked Doughnuts while preventing dryness and adding the ideal shade of crimson in a natural way.
If you want to keep it classic with a twist, go for this stunning Beet Cashew Cake which is packed with so many healthy ingredients. You can also opt for some clean and light Coconut Beet Ice Cream With Orange Zest.
Although mostly reserved for the dinner table, zucchini can also be a fantastic dessert component. The mild taste isn’t strong or bitter, and can absorb others flavors well. Consider using them as the base layer for these Chocolate Zucchini Brownies With Sweet Potato Frosting, where you can double up on veggies with the use of sweet potatoes too.
This Fudgy and Decadent Chocolate Avocado Zucchini Cake is another sure-fire way to deliciously integrate more than one unexpected ingredient. For ultimate versatility, these Carrot Zucchini Squares With Cashew Maple Frosting will get you through midday snacking and post-meal satisfaction.
Yes, greens made the list! While some definitely work better than others in your sweet dishes, spinach is one of them that actually turns out well. One of the reasons why is because their taste isn’t strong and they can provide some balancing richness plus color. Spinach pairs especially well in recipes with mint and chocolate, but you can also swap if for other greens of preference if you’ve got a different one in mind. Get started with this easy Pistachio Cake, which gets that beautiful pale green shade (plus nutrients) from the spinach.
For a colorful treat full of nourishing raw ingredients, make some No-Bake Berry and Spinach Cashew Cream Bars. Or, these Raw Punsch Rolls are a great new recipe to serve guests that they probably haven’t seen before. For all the ice cream lovers, mix it up with these Healthy Mint Chocolate Chip Banana Ice Cream Bites which are perfectly measured for the ideal quick dessert fix.
5. Sweet Potato
Recently, people have been expanding their sweet potato horizons and using them in more diverse recipes than ever before. Luckily, they’re also making their way into desserts, too. For example, this Creamiest Purple Sweet Potato Ice Cream is certainly an unexpected application of the ingredient but it totally works. These sugar free and gluten free Sweet Potato and Plantain Truffles are packed with good-for-you veggies but still completely delicious.
For a nutritious take on authentic cinnamon rolls, go for some Healthier Date-Stuffed Cinnabon Rolls to satisfy your cravings more effectively than ever. Or, try out these Sweet Potato Tahini Brownies for some impressive protein and macros, plus a heavenly whipped texture.
Although we could keep going with even more imaginative ways to fuse veggies with dessert time, hopefully this is enough to get you started. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how many tasty combinations exist, without compromising flavor.
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