Vegetables aren’t just for the main course!! Here are 5 delicious, not-veggie-tasting recipes for desserts that use a fair amount of veggies. Not only does this make the recipe slightly healthier, but vegetables are also a great way to make foods like cake extra moist.

  1. Chocolate Zucchini Cake
    • This is a really common veggie cake recipe and for good reasons!! Zucchini is an amazing addition to chocolate cake because it adds a subtle texture and stops the cake from drying out.
  2. Carrot Cake
    • Another classic cake, this particular version has an additional recipe for maple cream cheese frosting- another way to use some local New England products in your baking.
  3. Chocolate Beet and Avocado Cake
    • Vegan? Gluten-free? This cake works for everyone! Beets work the same way as zucchini in this chocolate cake recipe and avocado (while not a Maine native product) makes the frosting really creamy. Beets can also be used as a natural food dye to make red velvet cake/cupcakes.
  4. Butternut Squash Bread
    • Banana, pumpkin, and zucchini bread can get boring after awhile. Try a new kind of quick bread and make one with butternut squash.
  5. Spinach Berry Popsicles
    • A really easy way to make breakfast, lunch, snack smoothies more exciting is freeze them and make popsicles! They taste sweet, are refreshing, and can be fun art projects (try layering different smoothie combos in the mold). This recipe isn’t a full on dessert but it can do the trick. Make your favorite smoothie, add some greens, and popsicle it for a better way to get your greens.