5 Ways to Incorporate Veggies in Your Holiday Desserts
Baking is part of the holiday tradition to many families. Unfortunately, all the extra sugar and calories aren’t always welcome. The good news is, you can actually make many of your favorite holiday treats healthier by incorporating veggies. Best of all, you (and even your pickiest family members) probably won’t even notice the difference! Let’s take a look at five simple ways to sneak more vegetables onto your holiday dessert table.
The beauty of carrots is that they’re naturally sweet, so incorporating them into dessert items isn’t difficult at all (and the results are absolutely delicious). There are so many options for carrot-centric desserts, from cupcakes to muffins to oatmeal carrot cookies and, of course, traditional carrot cake for those less daring. Honestly, if you’re creative enough, you can probably find a way to squeeze carrots into just about any dessert you’re preparing. And with the convenience of riced carrots, you’ll save a ton of time on prep.
Many people are surprised at the number of sweet dishes cauliflower can be worked into. For instance, with riced cauliflower, you can easily whip up a delicious batch of healthier plain or chocolate “rice” pudding. Or, you can add cauliflower puree to your brownie, cookie or cake recipe to sneak in a few extra nutrients without tipping anyone off. The possibilities are virtually endless!
If you haven’t tried beets in your baking, you’re missing out! This beautifully colored root veggie adds excellent moisture to baked goods without having to use a lot of oil or butter. Beets also add a natural sweetness. To incorporate beets into your holiday dessert dishes, try adding pureed red beets to your favorite chocolate velvet cake, brownies or cupcake recipe. Trust us – you won’t be disappointed.
Sweet Potato Perfection
Another naturally sweet vegetable, sweet potatoes make the ideal addition to any number of popular dessert recipes. Start the morning off right with some homemade sweet potato pancakes, waffles, or donuts. Dazzle your holiday guests with sweet potato cupcakes or go traditional with a healthier sweet potato pie. And with our mashed sweet potatoes, you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time making memories.
Chocolate lovers rejoice because now you can enjoy the best of both worlds: sweet, decadent chocolate flavor with the hearty, healthy goodness of black beans. Whip up a batch of moist, chocolaty black bean brownies that are so tasty the kids will be begging for seconds. Or, make holiday entertaining even more delectable with a rich, creamy black bean chocolate dip. Yum!
As you can see, eating more veggies doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, with the right recipes and a little creativity, you can make getting your vegetables an absolutely sweet experience for your family and your holiday guests.