Veggies you never thought you could add to your dessert

You may consider yourself a master when it comes to making a perfect pudding or decadent dessert. But are you really, if you haven’t experimented in the kitchen with your dessert? We aren’t talking about adding almonds to custard or orange slices to chocolate cake. We’re talking veggies, glorious veggies.

You may not have thought about adding vegetables to a delicious dessert. We know you’ve already added a mayonnaise product. There aren’t many who entertain the idea, but adding certain vegetables to a rich cake can enhance its flavour and improve its texture.

Whether you’re aiming to trick your kids into eating their veggies, eating guilt-free, or whether you want to create something different when baking up a storm… adding a vegetable to a dessert will give it that special zing.

You should know by now that the perfect cake is incomplete without Hellmann’s Original Mayonnaise but we’d like to challenge you to add a healthy vegetable to it too. You may think we’re a little absurd to encourage these unusual ingredients, but we promise we do so in good spirit.

Here are veggies you should try adding to your dessert along with their nutritional benefits:

  • Beetroot
    If you enjoy beetroot in a salad or cooked and eaten with some spice, then you’ll almost certainly enjoy it in a delicious cake. The only difference is that you may not be able to taste it in as intensely in your cake. If you’re making your delicious Super-Moist Chocolate Cake and you’ve already added mayo, grate a generous amount of beetroot in your cake mixture. Be careful of adding too much sugar as this vegetable is sweet on its own.

    Health benefits: Beetroot contains vitamin C, fibre, and minerals like potassium and manganese that are essential for healthy muscles, bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas.
  • Sweet Potato
    Many sweet potato lovers have come to appreciate how versatile this veggie is. From roasting to mashing and deep-frying them and now: adding them to your dessert! If you love sweet potato and you’re a sucker for cheesecake then you can have your cake and eat it too! Sweet potato cheesecake is delicious and nutritious. Add some cinnamon and nutmeg to your cheesecake after baking to top it off.

    Health benefits: They are a good source of potassium, dietary fibre, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and phosphorus.
  • Cucumber
    Cucumber is best known for its hydrating benefits. We use them to get rid of under-eye bags, in a homemade face mask and we even add slices of them to water. Did you know that you can add it to a cake mixture as well? It will make your cake extra-moist too.

    Health benefits: Keeps you hydrated, detoxifies the body and helps with weight loss.

Other vegetables such as avocado, eggplant, butternut and pumpkin can also be used in a dessert. The best thing about it all is that chances are, the kids won’t ever find out that mum or dad added veggies to their dessert.

For delicious Hellmann’s recipes, click the link here.

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