As much as I love the idea of a rainbow of veggies filling my plate each day, I get it: it’s not always easy (or fun) to get the recommended 10 servings a day. And that’s where veggie-packed baked goods come in.

Loading up on as many veggies as possible has a myriad of health benefits, from keeping our blood pressure in check (thank you, beets!) to preventing illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease (hello, leafy greens!)

Since we want our new year to include some indulgences without weighing us down, it’s the perfect opportunity to throw some veggies in the mix that can actually enhance a baked good’s flavor and natural sweetness while adding tons of nutrients.

Scroll on for some of my favorite baking projects that include vegetables as a starring ingredient, and see if your kids even notice. We won’t tell if you won’t.

image above by Half Baked Harvest

Zucchini

Double Chocolate Coconut Oil Zucchini Muffins with Caramelized Buckwheat from Half Baked Harvest

Rosemary and Apple Zucchini Bread with Ginger from Camille Styles

Cinnamon Sugar Zucchini Coffee Cake from Pinch of Yum

Carrot

Masala Chai Carrot Cake from Camille Styles

Carrot Cake Cookies from Cooking Classy

Paleo Carrot Cake Cupcakes from 40 Aprons

Sweet Potato

Cinnamon and Spice Sweet Potato Bread from Averie Cooks

Sweet Potato Pie Bars from From My Bowl

Mini Sweet Potato Hand Pies from Toaster Oven Love

Cauliflower

Cauliflower Rice Pudding from Neurotic Mommy

Non-Dairy & Paleo Strawberry Cheesecake from The Healthy Foodie

Chocolate Cauliflower Protein Cookies from Kiipfit

Beets

Cinnamon Beet Rolls from Gather and Dine

Baked Double Chocolate Beet Donuts from Darn Good Veggies

Beet Dark Chocolate Scones with Pistachio Crumble from The Green Life

Avocado

No-Bake Avocado Lime Cheesecake from PureWow

Avocado Lemon Cake from Naive Cook Cooks

Avocado Ricotta Olive Oil Cake from Sweet and Savory Meals

Spinach

Sweet Spinach Muffins with Chocolate Chips from Veggie Desserts

Lemon and Spinach Bars from Sneaky Veg

Vanilla Spinach Cake with Vanilla Frosting from Veggie Desserts

Pumpkin

Pumpkin Bread with Salted Maple Butter from Bon Appetit

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Bars from Fit Foodie Finds

Pumpkin Morning Glory Muffins from Camille Styles

Parsnip

Parsnip and Walnut Loaf Cake from Country Living

Morning Glory Parsnip Maple Coffee Cake from Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Triple-Layer Parsnip Cranberry Cake from Zoebakes

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