I love baking, especially during the winter. Fresh cookies, brownies, and pies always fill my home with warmth. Once the goodies are done baking, eating is usually the next step which is not the healthiest. What if you could add some healthier ingredients into your baked goods? Veggies, perhaps?
Sadly, many kids and even some adults see vegetables or veggies as a chore to eat. Maybe even disgusting. After all, why would a child pick a carrot over a brownie?
Well, these recipes hope to bring veggies back to the table – even if they are hidden away. By adding the vegetables to a baked good you can decrease the calories while serving your children much-needed vitamins. Many vegetables contain natural vitamins that are necessary for everyone’s health.
Vitamin A helps cell production, immunity, and bone growth. It also helps maintain healthy skin and hair. Pro-Vitamin A (beta carotene) appears in most fruits but is also prevalent in broccoli, carrots, pumpkin, spinach, and sweet potato.
Vitamin C is a vital vitamin for the body. It is an antioxidant and is antiviral. It protects the body’s tissues from damage by free radicals. Vitamin C is prevalent in strawberries, oranges, and pineapple. Vegetables that contain high amounts of Vitamin C are Brussel sprouts, kale, and butternut squash.
Vegetables can enhance your baked goods while providing key vitamins. They can make your baked goods more moist and dense without losing flavor.
Pumpkins, squash, carrots, and sweet potatoes are all great veggies to use in baked goods.
Pumpkin puree can be used as a substitute for eggs, butter, and oil. For 1 egg substitute ¼ cup of pumpkin puree, for 1 cup butter substitute ¾ cup pumpkin puree, and for ½ cup of oil substitute ½ cup pumpkin puree.
The Big Man’s World’s 4 Ingredient Sweet Potatoes Brownies look great! They only contain sweet potato, your choice of nut butter, maple syrup, and cocoa powder.
Zucchini is hidden in this grain free chocolate chip peanut butter bread by Ambitious Kitchen.
It is hard to believe that these brownies contain black beans (recipe by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch).
Planning a party? Try making Minimalist Baker’s Fudgy Vegan Beet Cupcakes.
This cake from The Roasted Root looks fantastic!
Another equally delicious looking brownie recipe. This recipe by Ambitious Kitchen contains avocado.
Try these flourless sweet potato muffins, courtesy of The Big Man’s World, for a breakfast treat.
I am excited to start incorporating vegetables into more desserts for my family. Both my husband and son love cookies, and I am sure I can trick them into eating these without knowing that they contain veggies.
Have fun baking!
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