Everyone looks forward to enjoying a delicious dessert after their meal, but it’s common to feel guilty for overindulging afterward.
But what better way to make your desserts more health conscious than by filling them with vegetables?
It might sound gross at first, but these desserts taste amazing, despite their healthy ingredients, they are still just as delicious as usual desserts, so it’s a great way to still enjoy the decadent treats you usually do whilst remaining healthy!
Many vegetables have a natural sweetness that can help to replicate the sweetness of most desserts, except this time without having to use a load of sugar.
Using vegetables in your desserts is also a great way to get children to eat vegetables if they’re fussy eaters, or to help increase your fiber intake!
So, if you want to discover some incredibly delicious veggie desserts that we think you’ll love making, then read on!
Best Veggie Desserts To Make!
When you think of indulgent desserts, there’s no doubt that your mind instantly thinks of something with chocolate in it, it’s the king of all dessert ingredients, and is always a sure way to get your mouth watering, so eating it after a meal can make you feel particularly guilty.
However, would you perhaps feel a little less guilty if your cake was made using the super healthy zucchini?
If you’re trying to keep to a strict Paleo diet, then you’re going to love this cake, which contains a load of grated zucchini inside! Plus, the frosting is made of super amazing whipped avocados too.
Carrot cake is a well documented example of just how good vegetable-based desserts can be. So why not take it one step further with these yummy carrot cupcakes?
However, it’s not just the delicious carrots that make this recipe so tasty…
Whilst you might have disregarded apple butter in the past for being something that health freaks would eat with multigrain toast, it also happens to be an amazing fat and sugar replacement in vegetable-based desserts too.
It means that you can sweeten these cupcakes to help give them that distinctly addictive taste, just make sure the apple butter you buy has no syrup or additives!
Everyone knows how amazing spinach is for you, but if you’re not someone who regularly adds it to their meals, then it can be quite hard for you to find a way to fit this super nutritious vegetable in, however, with this amazing chocolate muffin recipe, you’ll be eating plenty of spinach in no time.
To the unsuspecting eye, these are just regular chocolate muffins, but the truth is that they are filled to the brim with delicious and fresh baby spinach, which means that they’re not only super tasty but healthy too!
There’s also the inclusion of banana, whole-wheat, and coconut oil, all of which make these muffins irresistible.
When you think of all of the vegetables that might make a list of vegetable-based desserts, there’s a good chance that you didn’t think eggplant would be anywhere near this list, so here’s us proving you wrong!
If you’re a chocolate lover, this is a great way to indulge in your favorite sweet treat without feeling too guilty.
This recipe is also entirely gluten-free, and vegan too, with some of the most notable ingredients (aside from everyone’s favorite purple vegetable) being almond flour, dark chocolate, and almond flour.
The texture of this cake is as fudgy as any normal cake would be, except you don’t have to worry about this cake being unhealthy!
Maybe not as healthy as some of the other options on this list, these pumpkin brownies are for the chocolate super fans, with tons of fudgy chocolate on the outside, contrasted with a crisp outer layer, and an incredibly rich pumpkin flavor that is present throughout the entire thing.
With just how good these brownies taste, there’s absolutely no way that you’re going to be able to just have one, so it’s best to make as big of a batch as possible, because everyone else will be fighting for one too!
If you really want to take these brownies to the next level, then don’t be afraid to add an espresso shot to the mix too.
What better way to make your dessert feel healthy than for it to be the color of salad?
This incredible sorbet is a great way to bring some interesting and new flavors to your desserts, and perhaps some ones you wouldn’t typically imagine either.
This sorbet features both basil and cucumber, and has all of the creaminess and thickness you would typically find in ice cream without actually containing any dairy whatsoever plus the inclusion of maple syrup means that you know this dessert is going to be super sweet too.
I know we already featured the pumpkin brownies, but there was absolutely no way these brownies could be left out, and if you’re already a fan of avocado, then this recipe is going to speak to your soul for sure.
Avocado works miracles on numerous breakfast dishes, but it also revolutionizes this brownie batter too.
With the use of coconut flour, maple syrup, applesauce, and of course, avocados, you’ll need to make sure you keep plenty of these delicious brownies around, as there’s a chance they’ll soon disappear!
Rice pudding is an incredibly versatile dessert, but what better way to switch it up than to use cauliflower rice instead of normal rice?
You might wince at the thought of it at first, but allow us to assure you that this pudding is so good that you’ll be craving more instantly.
This recipe is great for those on a gluten-free or paleo diet, and you can even add in a dollop of honey to provide that sweetness that will make this warming dish the perfect dessert.
When you’re trying to be a little bit healthier, it probably means that you’ve started eating oatmeal for breakfast, right?
Well, with this recipe, you can be eating them for dessert instead, and we guarantee that this will taste so much better as well.
These carrot and quinoa oatmeal cookies make the perfect choice for someone who is always rushing out the door, and it’s important to start your day with something nutritious!
10. Avocado Truffles
Avocado was always going to make more than one appearance in the list, mainly because it makes for a fantastic butter replacement, and provides plenty of fats whilst remaining completely healthy too.
So, for a chocolate truffle that you won’t feel guilty eating, these truffles have you covered!
Who doesn’t love pumpkin pie? But you’ll probably agree with us that sometimes pumpkin pie is just too sweet, which is why this amazing raw vegan pumpkin pie is perfect.
With coconut nectar providing the sweetness, this pumpkin pie is super healthy whilst remaining indulgent!
12. Apple Kale Cake
Whilst most people will see kale as that vegetable that people blend into these green smoothies, the reality is that it also makes for a fantastic ingredient in a wide range of dessert options, including this cake!
Although you can’t taste the kale, it does add plenty of nutrition, and a nice green color too.
When it comes to naturally sweet vegetables, it’s hard to beat beets!
This chocolate beet cake is a great way to get your sweet fix without indulging in a load of sugary products, so it’s a great dessert to make if you’re wanting to fill that chocolate cake-shaped hole inside your heart.
Forcing yourself to eat healthy in the mornings can be a struggle, especially on a weekend, but why struggle to force yourself to eat oatmeal when you can opt for these incredible zucchini pancakes instead?
Top with all of your usual toppings for a healthy yet wholesome breakfast/dessert!
It might be a slightly wordy name, but you absolutely won’t care when you get a mouthful of this incredible tart, and with butternut squash right at the heart of it, it means you can go in for a second slice without feeling guilty!
This recipe is also entirely gluten-free too, which is good for those with intolerances, or for those who are just mindful of their gluten consumption.
So, whilst incorporating vegetables into your desserts might seem like a hard task at first, the reality is that there are a whole load of ways to make your favorite desserts healthy.
So, if you want to indulge in some delicious desserts without feeling guilty, then make sure you give one of these recipes a try sometime!