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How can I include vegetables in desserts?

Marisa Moore
Nutrition & Dietetics

Adding vegetables to desserts is a great way to enjoy something sweet with a little extra nutrition benefit. There are several ways to do it.

  • Create a sweet quick bread or muffin using pureed pumpkin or sweet potatoes.
  • Enjoy pumpkin or sweet potato pie. Because they are naturally sweet, you can reduce the amount of sugar you’d typically use for a pie.
  • Puree cooked black beans and add them to brownies. Sounds strange but the beans add protein and fiber and a pleasant chewiness to the finished product.
  • Zucchini is quite versatile and can be baked into breads, cobblers and cookies.
  • Roast sweet potatoes and blend with fresh ginger and milk for a smooth pudding like dessert.
Having trouble eating the recommended amount of vegetables? With a bit of creativity you can include vegetables in every meal, even dessert.
  • Carrots, pumpkin and sweet potatoes make great dessert ingredients and can be included in dishes like sweet potato pudding, pumpkin pie and carrot cake.
  • Pumpkin and zucchini work well in quick breads, such as pumpkin bread or chocolate-chip zucchini muffins.
  • Make a pumpkin smoothie by blending canned pumpkin, fat-free milk, frozen vanilla yogurt and a dash of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon.

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