Who said that dessert can't be healthy and delicious at the same time? These 10 veggie-based healthy dessert recipes are loaded with nutrients, fiber and vitamins from our favorite fall and winter vegetables. And they are great way to incorporate lighter sweet bites into your holiday meals and snacks. Try them all out to see which one is your favorite!
10 Vegetable-Based Healthy Dessert Recipes
Pictured above, these delicious little bites of heaven are completely free of refined sugar (the dates add the needed sweetness) and can be rolled in whichever toppings you desire!
Carrot cake is usually a hit, and this combo with olive oil and whiskey adds a unique depth to the flavor. You can go with the cream cheese frosting (and use a vegan recipe if you want) or a simple lemon glaze if you want a lighter version.
These are perfect for breakfast, a snack or a satisfying little dessert. Ask your local apple farmer for the best cooking apples at your next visit to the farmers market, and use some of that grated zucchini from your freezer that you stored this summer!
The sweetness of a beet is totally underestimated, as is its ability to perform to an outstanding degree in a dessert recipe. This is an easy one to make and eat!
If you're up for a bit of a challenge, try this seasonally inspired, pumpkin based creme brûlée recipe. So sweet and so satisfying!
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This might sound strange, but we promise the result is a delicious, dense and moist, perfectly chocolatey and practically guilt-free brownie.
Black beans make up the base for this brownie recipe, which can easily be altered into a vegan version by substituting the butter with soy margarine. We highly recommend serving it with the raspberry sauce.
This is a slightly more labor intensive recipe, but well worth the work. If you have leftover sweet potatoes and bread from Thanksgiving, this recipe is the perfect way to use them up in a delicious and hearty dessert.
This recipe is totally free of processed sugar and can easily be made as a vegan recipe by omitting the eggs and using some applesauce in their stead. Enjoy it for breakfast, with a salad at lunch or with a drizzle of honey for a nutrient-packed dessert.
10. Purple Cake
Rounding out this list of recipes is the purple cake, which receives its color from (believe it or not!) a red cabbage. It's super easy and quick to make, and sweet enough to satisfy your craving, but healthy enough to keep you feeling light and lean.
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