Breads and Cakes So Full of Vegetables That You're Basically Eating a Salad

By: Alyse Whitney
CCNMM108_bobbys-red-velvet-cupcakes-recipe_s4x3

CCNMM108_bobbys-red-velvet-cupcakes-recipe_s4x3

News flash: You can have your cake and eat it too without breaking your New Year's resolutions. In fact, carbs don't have to be your enemy if you fill your breads and cakes with vegetables. Sneaking veggies into treats like chocolate cupcakes and trimming down the fat and calories in carrot cake will basically turn your favorite desserts into salads. OK, maybe not  quite as healthy as salads, but there are ways to indulge in a balanced way.

Below, check out five vegetable-filled desserts — starting with  Bobby's Red Velvet Cupcakes that use beets as food coloring — and get more healthy dessert recipes here.

Zucchini bread gets sweetened up with pineapple, and walnuts add a nice crunchy texture.

Nadia G uses cocoa butter, applesauce and raisins to sweeten carrot cake without a lot of added sugar and calories, and amps up the flavor in the low-fat cream cheese frosting with maple flakes and vanilla bean.

Olive oil gives this zucchini cake extra moisture and a slightly savory flavor, and the cake can be eaten plain if you want to save calories and sugar. However, the unique additions of mandarin orange glaze and walnut-olive brittle are fine when eaten in moderation.

Soak up turkey chili or eat a lightly buttered slice of this sweet potato cornbread for breakfast. Either way, you don't have to feel too guilty about the honey-sweetened bread.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Meatless Monday: Veggie Burgers

Vegetarian burgers have a bad rep, but can actually be quite delicious. You just need the right recipe, and these really simple black bean burgers are it.

Transform Your Favorite Comfort Foods With 9 Healthy Meal Makeovers

Try Cooking Channel's healthy, low-calorie comfort food makeovers for macaroni and cheese, chicken pot pie, fried chicken, cupcakes, pizza and more.

Healthier Take-Out Ideas

Make meals that are better and healthier than takeout in under 30 minutes with these recipes for Chinese, Thai, Indian and Mexican food.

Meatless Monday: Spicy Thai Sweet Potato Soup

This Meatless Monday, go global and take your taste buds on a trip to Thailand. Skip the takeout and try Bobby Deen’s Spicy Thai Sweet Potato Ginger Soup at home. It’s easier than you would think.

Bobby Deen Makes a Fat Sandwich Skinny

See how Paula Deen's son Bobby reinvents a 1790-calorie sandwich into a 670-calorie version that's just as delicious.

Start Your Day with a Delicious Morning Blend

Get a great start to the day with Kelsey Nixon's recipe for a Green Smoothie. It's healthy, delicious and easy to make plus clean up. Win-win!

On TV

Dinner at Tiffani's

7:30am | 6:30c

Dinner at Tiffani's

8:30am | 7:30c

Dinner at Tiffani's

9:30am | 8:30c

Good Eats

10am | 9c

Good Eats

10:30am | 9:30c

Good Eats

11am | 10c

Good Eats

11:30am | 10:30c

Food: Fact or Fiction?

12:30pm | 11:30c

Food: Fact or Fiction?

1:30pm | 12:30c

Man Fire Food

2:30pm | 1:30c

SEARious Meats

3:30pm | 2:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

The Best Thing I Ever Ate

8pm | 7c
What's Hot
What's Hot

The Best Thing I Ever Ate

New Episodes Sundays 8|7c

Pick a Side!

The Snackdown

In our new animated series, we debate the most-pressing food matters of our time, like is cereal a soup?

So Much Pretty Food Here