The last place you’d expect to digest your daily dose of greens is during the sweetest treat of your day – dessert. Though we fully support indulgence in moderation, experimenting with veggies as a baking ingredient substitute is a guilt-free way to have your cake and eat it too. Rather than ending a meal with empty calories, infuse your favorite desserts with nutritious ingredients that add fiber, antioxidants and vitamins. Here are some easy ways to sneak in vegetables into your favorite baked goods and snacks. You won’t even taste the difference!
Black Bean Brownies
To a chocoholic, there is nothing more satisfying than a rich, fudgy brownie. Combine a can of Libby’s® Organic Black Beans with chocolate chips, eggs and a few other baking staples for a luxurious dessert packed with fiber and protein! This recipe from Yummy, Healthy, Easy only takes thirty minutes and is gluten-free.
Red Velvet Cupcakes
Thanks to gourmet bakeries, cupcakes are a delicate indulgence traditionally served during special occasions. Whip up red velvet cupcakes with a healthy twist to make them a year-round treat! Canned beets pack a nutritional punch with beta-caratone, folic acid and bone-building manganese. Kiwi Magazine also notes that the red color of the vegetable naturally dyes the cupcake batter, eliminating the need to add artificial food coloring.
Carrot cake is a classic dessert that incorporates vegetables without having to substitute ingredients. Our Carrot Cake Bites recipe calls for one can of Libby’s® Sliced Carrots, mashed with a fork. This ingredient results in a more moist cake than using raw carrots, and the bite sized form of this decadent dessert helps to minimize overeating.
Snickerdoodle Dessert Hummus
Just like savory hummus, the sweet version of this healthy snack contains canned garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas. By adding simple ingredients such as almond butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and maple syrup to roughly one can of Libby’s® Organic Garbanzo Beans, this dish tastes like your favorite snickerdoodle cookie with added fiber from the garbanzo beans. Nutmeg Notebook recommends serving this as a dip for crunchy apple slices or a spread for whole wheat toast.
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