I know what you are thinking… “has she gone mad???” But hear me out…
Perhaps only the brave and experimental will read on but trust me, its worth investigating this further.
Vegetables traditionally aren’t know for being cake worthy ingredients – except the carrot. But why is carrot cake ok and no other vegetable? (perhaps omit onion and garlic from the list of potentials!) Yes when it comes to ‘cake worthy’ vegetables, the carrot has some fierce competitors…
There are numerous recipes popping up all over the internet that takes healthy eating to greater heights – yep they are even trying to make cake healthy! (Note: in general cake is still usually high in kilojoule / calories but in a more nutritious way. Why not get some nutrition while you get your treat?) And one of the ways to do this is by replacing some of the flour with vegetables. It’s really not a bad way to help you meet your 5-6 serves of vegetables per day! (now I’m not suggesting that you get your 5-6 serves each day from cake!)
So which vegetables?
If you’re unsure which vegetables go (other than carrot), try googling these ones:
- Beetroot: Try a Chocolate Beetroot Cake
- Zucchini: Try this Zucchini cake with Nuts and Dried Fruit
- Sweet potato: Try these Sweet Potato Chocolate Brownies
- Pumpkin : Try these Pumpkin Donuts
- Legumous beans e.g. chickpeas: Try this Apple chickpea cake with lemon cream cheese frosting or my Chocolate Mousse Cake
It should be noted, while replacing some of the flour in recipes with vegetables will make it healthier, they are still a higher kilojoule / calorie sweet treat so you should also take into account other ingredients contained and portion sizes too! Moderation when it comes to sweets is key