12 Tasty Desserts With Hidden Veggies

Almost everyone loves a good dessert – and if you don’t we can’t be friends. Sorry. (JUST KIDDING!)

Whether you’re a fan of cakes or cookies, there’s something about that warm gooeyness that just soothes the soul. Slipping in a serving of vegetables makes dessert time that much sweeter, so here are 12 recipes for your sweet tooth (or teeth, perhaps) that are sure to please:

Flourless Chocolate Chip Zucchini Oat Brownies

These brownies are chocolaty, chewy and delicious, and they are sure to please. With only 86 calories per brownie, you can indulge your sweet tooth without the post-sugar guilt. Taking the guilt out of a guilty pleasure leaves you with a healthy brownie recipe everyone is sure to go wild over.

Oatmeal Zucchini Cookies

Oatmeal Zucchini Cookies RecipeComforting oatmeal-y goodness? Check. Healthy serving of vegetables? Check. This recipe pulls double duty by being delicious and nutritious all at the same time. Grated zucchini hides so well in these soft cookies that if you didn’t know it was in there, you might never notice. Go ahead, eat one…or two. I won’t tell.

Chocolate Eggplant Torte

Vegan Heartache Cake (Chocolate Eggplant Torte) l Vegan, Grain/Gluten/Dairy Free

Chocolaty fudgy cake with a serving of eggplant? Why not. This grain free and dairy free treat will have you wondering why it took you so long to use eggplant in a dessert.

This torte has to cool for two hours to set before serving, so make sure to plan ahead. Topped with almonds and (optional but recommended) chocolate drizzle, this cake will climb to the top of your favorites list with ease.

Beet Carrot Cookie

These veggie-based cookies are gluten free and dairy free, making them the perfect way to treat yourself minus all the guilt afterward. The beet juice gives these cookies a beautiful pink color, which means they are ideal as giving for treats to your loved ones. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter, and next year’s Valentine’s Day treats just got a lot healthier.

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Chocolate mousse

Yes, technically avocado is a fruit, but the richness it has makes it perfect for dessert, so it’s going on the list anyway. You should be aware that under no circumstances can this tasty treat be called ‘low fat.’ Avocados are high in fat, but the goods news is that it’s good fat and way healthier for you than fat from dairy.


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Pineapple Jalapeño Popsicles

pineapple jalapeno popsicles

When hot weather rolls around, what more can you demand from a dessert than a perfect and healthy balance of spicy sweetness at a refreshing temperature? Pineapple jalapeño popsicles are a great way to make popsicles a little more complex and grown up. If you’re feeling extra grown up that day, you can also toss a shot of rum into the mix.

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies

Clean-Eating Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies -- these skinny cookies don't taste healthy at all! You'll never need another oatmeal cookie recipe again!

Carrot cake with built in portion control? What’s not to love? These oatmeal cookies provide all the goodness of a carrot cake without the empty calories. These cookies are soft and chewy and can be made using gluten free flour for any sensitive stomachs in your family.

You can keep any leftovers in an airtight container, and they’ll keep their chewy texture for up to a week — if any cookies manage to survive that long.

Chocolate Beet Cake

Beets have been touted as a super food for sometime now, so you might as well make some super tasty chocolate cake with them and throw some unexpected nutrition into your dessert. The beets are so well incorporated in this recipe that they make a perfectly sweet cake with no beet flavor detectable.

Sweet Potato Crumb Cake

sweet potato crumb cake

Sweet potatoes give these thick cakes a rich sweet flavor that’s sure to please even the pickiest of dessert eaters. With a spiced crumble on top, the cakes take comfort food to the next level. Who doesn’t love a good crumb cake? Honestly. Everyone will be clamoring for this recipe.

Dark Chocolate Chickpea Brownies 

Dark Chocolate Chickpea Brownies (gluten-free!)

Beans in a dessert probably don’t sound like the most appetizing thing, but the moisture that beans add to these brownies just can’t be beat. The first time I made this recipe my mind was completely blown by how delicious, dense, and perfectly moist these brownies came out. I, of course, added extra chocolate chips on top before baking because chocolate.

With a quick 10 minute prep time, these brownies are ready to go in the oven before you know it and ready to devour soon thereafter!

Sweet Potato Cheesecake

Sweet potato cheesecake

Who doesn’t love to indulge in a slice of delicious cheesecake every now and then? While this probably isn’t the healthiest dessert on this list, it still has vegetables in it, and you can swap sugar for a healthier alternative to make this treat even better. That’s what I like to call a win-win situation.

Mint Chocolate Chip Fudge

{Healthy} Mint Chocolate Chip Fudge

You might be wondering where the veggies are in this tasty dessert recipe, but rest assured the veggie goodness is there. Fresh spinach is perfect for giving this healthy fudge it’s beautiful minty green color.

The best part of this recipe (aside from how much healthier it is than regular fudge) is that there’s no baking required. A little blending is all it takes for this fudge to come together. While the consistency isn’t the same as normal fudge, the level of satisfaction you’ll get certainly is.

Whether you’re a pro at hiding veggies in treats or you’re just getting started, the recipes above are sure to add to your favorite foods. Creating healthier desserts makes the world a sweeter place — so dive right in and enjoy these sweets sans guilt.

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