Top 5 Vegetables in Baked Goods Trends

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Vegetables infused into baked goods were a hot trend in 2019, and we don’t see the better-for-you movement ending any time soon heading into the new decade. Adding veggies to breads, cakes, pizzas and more not only provides added nutritional benefits, but it’s a great way to “hide” vegetables for picky eaters. Additionally, vegetables also provide different qualities in baking (see caulflower’s versality in pizza crust, for example). We love innovative baking techniques that go beyond the traditional carrot cake, and we’ve rounded out five of the most interesting made with vegetable baking trends of recent months.

  1. Using vegetables for color. Need a vibrant red or green in your breads or wraps? Spinach, beets and carrots are great ways to not only boost nutritious value in baked goods, but they provide vibrant colors that are sure to dress up your bakery cases. Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it, so why not bake up some delicious red Valentine’s bread for the sweethearts out there? Our hearts flutter for this Beet Bread with Cream Cheese Swirl, made with beet puree and herb cream cheese. 
  2. Infusing sweet potatoes into cupcakes. Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Having a delicious, chocolate cupcake can come with its own guilt, but having vegetables involved can help lessen eater’s remorse. These Chocolate Sweet Potato Cupcakes were invented by a holistic health coach and baker, and they are made grain- and sugar-free: icing on the cupcake.
  3. Cauliflower pizza crust. We recently blogged about the cauliflower pizza crust invasion, which not only helps parents sneak vegetables into a foodstuff that kids traditionally enjoy, but cauliflower is a versatile, somewhat neutral tasting vegetable that’s easy to bake with. Famed Chef Katie Lee’s Cauliflower Pizza Crust recipe includes dried oregano, garlic powder and parmesan and mozzarella cheeses.
  4. Squash is everywhere! Zucchini and butternut squash are popping up in a wide variety of baked goods: from cookies to cakes to even tarts! This Gluten-Free Maple Ginger Butternut Squash Tart caught our eye, particularly due to the unique combination of sweet and savory baked within. Maple, ginger, cinnamon, and, of course, butternut squash are the highlights of this recipe.
  5. Paleo-friendly cookies with kale. Paleo diets were all the rage in 2019, and we found some cookies that meet the requirements and taste delicious! Traditional chocolate chip cookies with a Paleo twist come from lifestyle blogger Nicole Modic’s Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. These cookies are gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, Paleo, and vegan. Well + Good reports that the sesame seed paste in these cookies acts as a butter substitute as well. 

No matter what veggie trend you’re planning on incorporating into your offerings in 2020, LloydPans is here for your cake pans, sheet pans, pizza pans and all the accessories you need! 

Give us a call at 800-748-6251 or purchase your baking pans online today!

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