It’s not always easy getting your kids to eat enough vegetables, but fortunately with a little creativity you can disguise them in a delicious dessert. Just remember, even though these recipes all contain hidden fruits and veggies, may of them also contain sizable amounts of not-as-good-for-you ingredients like sugar and butter. So everything in moderation!
1. Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Get ready to say goodbye to your old zucchini bread recipe, because this double chocolate zucchini bread is going to become an instant favorite among your family. Get the recipe at The Kitchn.
2. Sweet Corn Ice Cream
Sweet corn is practically a dessert on its own, especially when it’s in season during the summer months. With this sweet corn ice cream recipe from My Recipes, you blend up the kernels from a few ears of corn, then steep the leftover cobs in cream to really get the most out of your sweet corn.
3. Chocolate Eggplant Tart
Come to find out, Italian monks have been making a cake with eggplant and chocolate for over 800 years. I know, who knew? With the new twist on the classic recipe from A Table for Two, your little ones with fall in love with eggplant, without even realizing it!
4. Raw Carrot Cake
This raw carrot cake from Cheap Recipe Blog is about as easy as it gets! Plus they’re uber healthy. Use pitted dates instead of sugar, and coconut oil instead of butter. Click here to check out the recipe.
5. Cauliflower Crust Dessert Pizza
Cauliflower crusts are a great gluten-free option for pizzas, so why not turn that crust into a chocolaty dessert pizza? Get this kid-approved recipe at Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind.
6. Zucchini Sandwich Cookies
These fabulous cookies from Speed Bump Kitchen are totally vegan, though if you aren’t concerned about dairy you could always use regular cream cheese for the frosting instead of Tofutti. Find out how to make them by clicking here.
7. Beet Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls
Who doesn’t love cookie dough? But instead of buying a tube of processed pre-made cookie dough from the store, try making your own, naturally pink cookie dough balls made from roasted beets and fresh strawberries. This delicious recipe can be found over at Super Healthy Kids.
8. Tausali Inspired Cucumber Cake
Tausali is a cake from India’s Konkan region that is made from cucumber, coconut, cardamom, and unrefined sugar. It makes for a great way to sneak some green veggies into a delicious dessert, that people of all ages will love. Get the 411 on this cucumber cake recipe at Holy Cow Vegan.
9. Avocado Chocolate Truffles
Avocados are full of healthy fats that are high in protein and fiber. Plus, since they don’t have much flavor you can hide them in a number of different dessert recipes. Like these avocado chocolate truffles from Yummy Healthy Easy. Click here for the recipe.
10. Parsnip and Raisin Cookies
Although parsnips are more of a winter vegetable, many grocery stores carry them year-round. They’re naturally starchy, and all that starch basically converts to a nutty, sweet flavor when cooked. Making it an ideal vegetable to incorporate into a batch of oatmeal raisin cookies. Dish Dish has the recipe.
11. Chocolate Spinach Muffins
These sneaky spinach chocolate muffins from Fit Foodie Finds are so healthy that you could give them to your kids for dessert or breakfast. They’re made from oat flour, coconut oil, a banana, and spinach that your blend into your liquid ingredients. Click here for this amazing recipe.
12. Cauliflower Rice Pudding
Cauliflower rice pudding is a legitimately guilt-free dessert. It’s rich, creamy, and full of healthy ingredients. Oh, and if you feel intimidated by the thought of breaking down and ricing a cauliflower in your food processor then check your grocery store for a package of already riced cauliflower. You can find this recipe over at Cheap Recipe Blog.
13. Chocolate Beet Cake with Chocolate Avocado Frosting
Beets, avocado, and chocolate are like the healthy dessert trifecta! Not only will the beet puree make the cake moist, but it also serves as a natural sweetener. And the avocado will be totally undetectable when combined with maple syrup and cocoa powder in the recipe from The Pretty Bee. Get the deets on the beets and avocado cake here.
Do you have a dessert recipe with hidden vegetables that you don’t see in our list? Let us know in a comment below.