Baking with vegetables: 10 recipes for sweet treats made with beets, carrots, zucchini and more

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Carrots, beets, zucchini and pumpkin are all easy to enjoy in baked goods. 

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

Are you eating three servings of vegetables each day? May be baking with vegetables is a solution :)

Carrots, beets, zucchini and pumpkin are all easy to incorporate into baked goods. 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.

If your kitchen is anything like mine, this time of year the vegetable crisper is stuffed to the gills with local produce from the market. We might eat zucchini every second day and carrots are a lunch box staple. And beautiful beets — appreciated only by me – can languish for weeks if I’m not quick to roast and puree them.

Sometimes we end up with way more vegetables than my family and I can eat in a week so baked goods pick up the slack.

Baking with vegetables:

Here are some of my favourite baked goods that incorporate vegetables:

Chocolate Beet Cake (refined-sugar-free)

Chocolate beet cake: refined sugar free, moist and delicious

Oh so moist and chocolaty this is one of my 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.

Carrot Cake for a Crowd

carrot cake for a crowd - easy to make and healthyish

This is an old Crosby’s recipe that I 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

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 the molasses cream cheese frosting.

Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies

Healthy carrot cake whoopie pies

These healthy carrot cookies can be enjoyed on their own (suitable for breakfast even) or sandwiched with a little 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 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 for me and my family. We’re big fans of pancakes and this recipe is so satisfying. We even eat them on their own sometimes, like cookies.

Classic Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread

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

This is a recipe from my friend Nela who has made a business out of creating healthy food.

Zucchini Brownies

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

I have been playing with recipes for zucchini brownies for a long time and in this version I 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.

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