quickbread

To kick off the new year right, consider adding vegetables to your favorite cake recipes! Quickbreads are somewhere between a cake and a muffin, and they are the perfect place to add vitamin-rich fruits and veggies to your desserts, especially when it comes to picky kids! Banana bread is just one of the many recipes you may know… and here are a few more.

1. Squash Bread

Winter squash makes a delicious quickbread. These low-calorie veggies are high in flavor. Take butternut squash, for example, which adds its creamy sweetness to a butternut squash quickbread. Acorn squash is combined with cranberries and walnuts for a squash bread that’s full of flavor. Substitute red kuri squash in either recipe for a chestnutty flavor.

2. Sweet Potato Bread

Healthy sweet potatoes are perfect for adding to quickbreads. Not only are they full of vitamin A, but they are creamy and sweet tasting as well. What a great all-natural dessert addition! Zucchini bread is nothing new, but add sweet potatoes, and you’ve got a horse of a different color. This sweet potato and zucchini bread is the perfect update to the classic. Add autumnal spices for a sweet potato bread that has all the flavor of your favorite pumpkin pie recipe. Or consider a version that combines sweet potato with maple and pecans, for a bread that’s truly sweet!

3. Beet Bread

Brightly colored beets are chock full of vitamin C and betatine, and best of all, they’re easy to get through the winter! Add these delicious, slightly sweet roots to quickbread recipes. Cinnamon and walnuts bring out the nutty and slightly sweet flavors of beets in this beet quick bread. Or combine beets with rich chocolate in this beet and chocolate quickbread, which features the addition of nutty pecans.

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