Baking with vegetables: 10 wholesome recipes using carrots, beets, zucchini and more.

10 Scrumptious Vegetable Desserts To Try

Vegetable desserts are yummier than they may sound. Carrots, beets, zucchini and pumpkin are all easy to enjoy in baked goods. 

Are you eating three servings of vegetables each day? Maybe baking vegetable desserts is a solution :)

Carrots, beets, zucchini and pumpkin are all easy to incorporate into delicious vegetable desserts. They improve texture, keep baked goods moist, and add a little fibre and nutrients. The veggies can be added raw (grated) or cooked and pureed.

Scrumptious Baked Goods made with vegetables:

Here are some of our favourite vegetable desserts that we love to make.

Chocolate Beet Cake (refined-sugar-free)

10 Scrumptious Vegetable Desserts. Chocolate beet cake on a plate with a fork

Oh so moist and chocolaty this is one of our favourite chocolate cake recipes. You can roast a whole bunch of beets at once, slip the skins off and then freeze the puree in half-cup portions. An incredible vegetable dessert.


Chocolate Beet Cake Recipe Without Refined Sugars

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Chocolate Beet Cake is an extra moist and chocolaty cake. No refined sugar. Sweetened with molasses, honey and maple syrup.

  • Author: Crosby Molasses
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 serving(s) 1x
  • Category: Cakes


  • 2 small beets, roasted and pureed (about 1/2 cup puree)
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat or spelt flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted (or grapeseed oil)
  • 1/3 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp. strong coffee or chai tea (cooled)
  • 2 Tbsp. milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and line an 8”x 8” pan with parchment paper or grease it well.
  2. Combine flours, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
  3. In another bowl whisk the egg with the melted butter then whisk in the molasses, honey and maple syrup. Add coffee and beet puree and beat well.
  4. Gently stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients then stir in the milk.
  5. Spread batter in pan and bake for 25-35 minutes.


Slightly adapted from Brown Eggs and Jam Jars

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Carrot Cake for a Crowd

10 Scrumptious Vegetable Desserts... carrot cake for a crowd - easy to make and healthyish

This is an old Crosby’s recipe that we updated a bit to make it a little healthier. If you’re a fan of carrot cake you’ll find this cake as satisfying as your standard recipe. Feeds a crowd and is easy to slice.

Carrot Cake Muffins

10 Scrumptious Vegetable Desserts. Carrot cake muffins are healthy, moist and not too sweet

A true muffin recipe (not overly sweet) this recipe can still feel like a bit of a treat. Or you can serve them as cupcakes with molasses cream cheese frosting. A sinfully delicious vegetable dessert.

Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies

10 Scrumptious Vegetable Desserts. Healthy carrot cake whoopie pies

These healthy carrot cookies can be enjoyed on their own (suitable for breakfast even) or sandwiched with a little molasses cream cheese frosting.

Lemony Zucchini Muffins

Lemon zucchini muffins are moist and not too sweet. Just a little molasses adds more depth to the flavour and the lemon zest gives them a great lift.

This is a lemon zucchini muffin recipe you’ll find yourself making time and again. The flavour is bright and the texture lovely.

Zucchini Pancakes

Whole wheat zucchini pancakes are hearty and wholesome and include one serving of vegetables in each portion.

This recipe was a great discovery us at Crosby’s. We’re big fans of pancakes and this recipe is so satisfying.

Classic Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread

Whole wheat zucchini bread: Sweetened with a touch of molasses add a whole new layer of flavour and complexity.

Zucchini Brownies

Healthy Zucchini Brownies, fudgy brownies, filled with zucchini, flax and chocolate chips.

We have been playing with recipes for zucchini brownies for a long time and in this version, we finally nailed it. Take note chocolate lovers: molasses makes chocolate baked goods taste even more chocolaty.

Pumpkin Oat Cookies

pumpkin oatmeal cookies

One of the most comforting cookies ever. This recipe combines everything you love about oatmeal cookies with a little pumpkin and spice.

Apple Cider Pumpkin Muffins

Apple cider pumpkin muffins are refined-sugar-free - sweetened only with molasses and maple syrup.

Apple juice works just fine in this fall flavoured muffin recipe. It’s refined-sugar-free too.


  • May 5, 2023

    Pauline pritchett

    Remember my mom doing recipes with veggies not sure how I remember her using something long & green veggies & Crosby molasses that’s all I remember I was not very old back then ,all recipes looks yummy on here will trying the ones the first place winner they look some good

  • May 5, 2023

    Eileen Madden

    Love your recipes and I try most of them. Thank you.

  • January 14, 2022

    Cindy Beattie

    The recipes looked great! Can’t wait to try them when I get home!

  • December 8, 2021

    Monique Lavoie

    Can’t wait to try these recipes

  • September 18, 2019

    Shirley Corriveau

    Hi Bridget, Is it possible to get the apple recipe book by mail. If so, please send it. Thankyou. Address is: 4 mgr.sanschagrin, Sorel-tracy, Que.

    • September 24, 2019

      Crosby Molasses

      Hi Shirley, I’m sorry to say that we don’t have a printed copy of the Baking with Apples eBook. It was created as an eBook only. We’ll mail you a copy of our Everyday Favourites cookbook.

  • September 18, 2019


    Cannot wait to try some of these recipes! They sound, and look, delicious.

  • September 14, 2019

    My husband just recently saw a Crosby’s email for a zucchini maple syrup cake(13×9”). It looked delicious! We don’t have the email any longer.
    Would you be able to send me the recipe?
    Thank you.

    • September 24, 2019

      Crosby Molasses

      Hi Margaret, Just sent the recipe to your email address. Enjoy!

  • August 21, 2019

    Shirley Furlong

    These recipes look so yummy, and using vegetables in them is a bonus.

  • August 21, 2019

    Jean McLachlan

    Great recipes! Keep them coming!

  • August 21, 2019

    Delicious recipes can’t wait to try them

  • August 21, 2019

    Mary Bradbin


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