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12 Delicious Dessert Recipes With Vegetables

Just 12 Treats That Are Full of Veggies — but Taste Like Sweet, Satisfying Dessert

Double Chocolate Zucchini Protein Muffins

Growing up, my mom used to make these zucchini chocolate chip cookies that my friends couldn't help commenting on. "Zucchini? In a cookie?!" It had turned me off at first too. In my mind, vegetables and sweets did not belong in the same sentence, let alone the same mixing bowl. Then I tried them. You couldn't taste the zucchini at all, and the cookies turned out so light, puffy, and sweet that I couldn't help but grudgingly eat my greens, much as I hated to prove my mother right. ("Just try them! You'll like them!")

Now that I'm all adult and cooking my own food, I find myself in the strange position of actually trying to eat vegetables at every meal. ("Who even are you?" whispers my horrified high school self.) I don't go for a lot of sweets because I have trouble eating just one cookie when the entire rest of the tin is in front of me, but when I do, it's nice if they can follow the same veggie-filled pattern, giving me a little extra bang for my nutritional buck. Especially because, as my high school friends refused to understand, with the right ingredients, your veggie-packed sweets won't taste like spinach, carrot, or zucchini at all. So, at that point, why not put them in? Case in point: here are 12 interesting, tasty, and (obviously) sweet recipes that should get even the most veggie-averse eaters excited.

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