9 Vegetables You Can Eat as Dessert

By: Devon O'Brien

Looking to sneak in some extra veggie servings? Sweeten it up! Here are 9 ways you can turn vegetables into dessert.

Chocolate-Swirled Pumpkin Bread

Pictured recipe: Chocolate-Swirled Pumpkin Bread

I love vegetables. Big arugula salads loaded with crunchy raw veggies, roasted broccoli and cauliflower sprinkled with melty cheese and spiralized zucchini pretending to be pasta drenched in pesto all appear in my dinner rotation most weeks. But I'm always looking for ways to eat more vegetables and to get my friends and family to join in on my #EatMoreVeg craze. Let's just admit it—sometimes the best way to do it is by getting a little sneaky and putting the veggies into replacements for your favorite carbs, or even better, tucking them into sweet desserts. Not only do desserts with hidden veggies help you get more vegetable servings into your day, it also keeps baked goods moist and sweet without adding tons of extra sugar.

Here are 9 ways you can turn vegetables into dessert:

1. Put potatoes into cupcakes

Blueberry Cupcakes

Mashed potatoes give Blueberry Cupcakes great texture, almost like pound cake.

2. Grate zucchini into your brownie batter

Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

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.

Related: More Mouthwatering (Yet Healthy) Brownie Recipes

3. Stir corn into ice cream

Sweet Corn Ice Cream

Everyone loves sweet corn and ice cream in the summer. Sweet Corn Ice Cream combines the two!

4. Whip avocados into pudding

Chocomole Pudding

Creamy avocados make this dairy-free and vegan "Chocomole" Pudding from rock star Jason Mraz super-rich. Watch Jason Mraz whip this up at his house.

Related: Vegan Desserts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

5. Stir carrots into your cookies

Carrot Cake Oatmeal 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.

Related: How to Make the Best Oatmeal Cookies

6. Beat beets into your cupcake batter

Chocolate-Beet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Beets act as a natural food dye, plus they bump up the fiber in these Chocolate-Beet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Related: Our Best Beet Recipes

7. Puree sweet potatoes into mousse

Chocolate-Sweet Potato Parfait

This healthy chocolate mousse recipe gets its body from sweet potato rather than eggs. Both the mousse and the meringue cookies can be made ahead of time, so all you have to do is assemble the parfaits when you're ready for dessert.

8. Stir pumpkin into cake mix

Pumpkin Dump Cake

Dump cake might be the easiest dessert ever. This pumpkin version layers spiced canned pumpkin and a sweet cream cheese filling with organic cake mix dumped on top for a crisp crust. 

Related: More Mouthwatering Pumpkin Desserts

9. Puree squash for your cheesecake

Squash Cheesecake Bars

Squash Cheesecake Bars get their luscious texture from pureed winter squash.

Watch: How to Make Sneaky One-Bowl Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

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