While winter can often mean beautiful bluebird skies, the flipside can be frosty mornings, rainy days and looming grey clouds. This is when an inventory of tried and tested hearty baking recipes can really turn your day around. Enjoy them solo, invite your friends around for afternoon tea or enlist the grandkids and show them just how delicious vegetables can be.
Carrot and pineapple cake
Moist, fluffy and perfectly spiced, who doesn’t love a good carrot cake? Take yours to the next level with this imaginative recipe calling for pineapple, walnuts and a host of other goodies. Ideal for serving with a freshly brewed pot of Earl Grey tea on a rainy afternoon. Top tip: throw in a handful of desiccated coconut for extra oomph.
Oaty ginger crunch slice
While it’s not technically a vegetable, ginger does belong to the root family and is loaded with medicinal properties. Perfect for breakfast-on-the-go and afternoon tea alike, this Oaty Ginger Crunch slice is guaranteed to warm you up this winter. Can’t get enough of ginger? Check out this incredible gingerbread recipe from legendary Kiwi chef, Al Brown.
Sweet potato marshmallow bars
The little ones will go crazy for these impossibly creamy sweet potato marshmallow bars. Sure there’s plenty of butter and sugar, but it’s balanced out with the goodness of sweet potatoes which are packed full of vitamins. Whip them up for birthday parties, Sunday lunches or as a hands-on babysitting activity.
Brownies are one of the most delicious, and surprisingly easy, desserts out there. Add a savoury spin with a healthy dose of beetroot. While this recipe calls for pumpkin, simply sub in boiled and pureed beetroot for equally as delicious result. If you’ve got leftover beets try this wholesome beetroot burger recipe that’s guaranteed to keep vegetarians satisfied at your next BBQ.
Beetroot meringue roulade
Stay on the beet bandwagon and get fancy with this beetroot meringue roulade served with whipped cream and berries. If this lavish dessert doesn’t impress your next dinner party guests nothing will.
Carrot cake bliss balls
Beat your cake cravings with these delicious bliss balls featuring sunflower seeds, shredded coconut, dates and of course, plenty of carrots. They’re fantastic for road trips, winter hikes and afternoon tea. Plus, they’re so easy to make and can be whipped up in less than half an hour.
Golden turmeric tea
While it doesn’t call for any baking, this one’s appearing as a liquid bonus. Warm your bones and boost your immune system with a creamy cup of golden turmeric tea. It’s hard to beat this well-loved recipe from Wellness Mama, which calls for a handful of spices. Don’t forget the black pepper as this helps boost your body’s ability to absorb the benefits of turmeric.
Do you have any tried and tested root vegetable baking recipes you’d like to share with the Grown Ups community?