9 Vegetables You Can Eat as Dessert

By: Carolyn Malcoun  |  Monday, June 6, 2016
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. See how easy it is to whip up these beauties.

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: 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.

5. Fold carrots into your cake: Pineapple makes our version of Carrot Cake particularly stellar.

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.

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9. Puree squash for your cheesecake: Squash Cheesecake Bars get their luscious texture from pureed winter squash.

Not sure what kind of squash to get? Check out our buyer's guide.

How to Eat More Vegetables:
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