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Sneaking veggies and fruit into cupcakes, cookies and brownies

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Canadian Living
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Sneaking veggies and fruit into cupcakes, cookies and brownies

By: Guest Blogger

[caption id="attachment_2190" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Photo by Joe Kim/TC Media. Cupcakes are one of the places I practice sneaking veggies into food."] [/caption] Above: Gluten-free Chocolate PBandJ cupcakes, one of our 9 delicious cupcakes for kids. In theory, I'm opposed to sneaking veggies into food. I agree with the usual wisdom that kids should learn to enjoy the flavours and textures of undisguised vegetables. But in practice, I like to bake from scratch and I might as well use the opportunity to add veggies and fruit to baked goods for my own little picky eater. So I don't feel as if I am resorting to sneaking veggies into yummy treats, I look at it as a positive, fun thing. Here's how I go about sneaking veggies into food. (And please note, I'm not representing Canadian Living's test kitchen here; I'm no food specialist. I'm just a mom that likes to bake! So I'm not providing specific measurements...but I will say I learned these techniques online by Googling recipes from Jessica Seinfeld's Deceptively Delicious and the Sneaky Chef site.) Chocolate cupcakes and cake - grated zucchini, peel on. I press out the excess water and add a extra cocoa powder to make the cupcakes darker. Brownies - raw baby spinach and blueberries, pureed in the food processor. Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies - I use a little extra large-flake rolled outs. I add dried currants and mini-chocolate chips (they look similar, to me anyway, once baked), shredded coconut, and ground flax seeds. If my kid could eat nuts, I'd add chopped walnuts. You can also add quinoa to chocolate chip cookies, just check out this Canadian Living cookie, Quinoa Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Baked macaroni and cheese - Pureed steamed cauliflower (if using white cheddar), pureed steamed cauliflower and carrots (if using orange cheddar.) Do you hide veggies and fruit in anything you make? -Helen
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