Vegetable cakes are a great way to use leftover veg, and just generally get more of the good stuff into your diet. But aside from that cakes made with vegetables can also be incredibly tasty. You’ve probably eaten a carrot cake or two in your lifetime, but here are eight other scrumptious desserts using veggies from beetroot to peas. Adding vegetables to dessert is a great way to make your favorite sweet dishes a little healthier while adding some unconventional flavors. Let’s take a look at the healthy vegetable cake recipes below!
Who knew cauliflower could be sweet instead of savory? When paired with creamy coconut and black cherry jam, this cruciferous vegetable will satisfy your sweet cravings while offering a major nutritional punch. When mashed or puréed, cauliflower provides a creamy texture that will blend nicely into a dessert. It’s loaded with fiber. Cauliflower has a pretty mild taste, so it’s incredibly versatile in terms of baking.
As a superfood favorite, kale is everywhere, and now it’s even made its way into a cake. Kale has a slightly bitter taste, so if you use it in dessert, you may need an extra tablespoon of honey or agave to even out the flavor. It’s huge in the nutrition department, with tons of vitamin C, A, and K, and antioxidants. If you’re struggling to break down that tough, fibrous kale, use a bit of applesauce to help with the puréeing process. At only 349 calories a serving, this cake is well worth the effort.
Put down that pumpkin spice latte and use the real veggie for a healthier, antioxidant-rich dessert. Pumpkin has a nice sweet taste, and it’s loaded with fiber and vitamin A. It’s great mixed with fall spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. This pumpkin cake blends pumpkin purée with cinnamon and vanilla, plus citrus from navel orange zest. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and savory, and a little bit of sugar on top helps finish it off.
Roasted beets are delicious, and pre-workout beet juice has been shown to boost endurance, but beet cake takes the root veggie to a whole new level. Pair beets with chocolate for a sweet but still healthy dessert, as beets offer tons of nutrients such as potassium and fiber. This dark red root veggie has a ton of anthocyanins, aka antioxidants, to fight off inflammation and promote heart health. It will also add an earthy flavor to desserts.
This recipe might contain zucchini, but just looking at this yummy cake, you’d never know about all those health benefits lying within. This light and the moist cake have a bit of tang thanks to the tart blueberries and lemon buttercream frosting. Not only is zucchini packed with vitamin C, but it adds moistness to bread and muffins. It has a very mild taste, so you won’t even taste it in your dessert. Store it in the fridge before digging in, as chilled frosting makes this healthy cake taste even better.
Parsnip Pear Hazelnut Cake
Not only does parsnip make this cake healthier, but it’s also a raw, vegan, and grain-free recipe, so it’s great for those who have food intolerances or certain dietary restrictions. Turnips are like potatoes, but a bit sweeter and earthier. They blend well into a batter and are full of immune-boosting vitamin C. This recipe boasts a balance of flavors and textures from pears and ginger, which provide sweetness and spice, and hazelnuts that give the cake a bit of crunch.