29 Delicious Summer Vegetable Desserts

Sometimes, three meals a day aren’t enough to consume all of those CSA vegetables.

1. Chocolate Orange Zucchini Donuts

Recipe here.

2. Flourless Chocolate Chip Zucchini Oat Brownies

Recipe here.

3. Nutella Swirl Zucchini Bread

Zucchini bread is fantastic, but you had me at “Nutella.” Recipe here.

4. Zucchini Sandwich Cookies

Two cookies are better than one, and cream cheese filling is better than none! Recipe here.

5. Zucchini Cake with Crunchy Lemon Glaze

I know it seems a little too ~crunchy granola~ to fill a CAKE with nuts, olive oil, and a green vegetable. But David Lebovitz has never, ever led me astray. Recipe here.

6. Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Brown Sugar Streusel

So dark and chocolate-filled that you can’t even see the vegetable. Recipe here.

7. Oatmeal Zucchini Cookies

I would like to go on the record to say that I don’t actually endorse that garnish. Recipe here.

8. Eggplant Brownies

Actually, the recipe calls for “aubergine.” That just means eggplant in British. Recipe here.

9. Eggplant Chocolate Cake

Puréed eggplant mixed with chocolate, almond flour, sugar and other typical baking ingredients makes for a richly textured cake that then gets wrapped in a bonus layer of pastry crust. Recipe here.

10. Eggplant Tarte Tatin with Black Pepper Caramel

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So many intersections of savory and sweet in a single dessert. Recipe here.

11. Vegan Heartache Cake

Who needs animal products when you have… eggplant? Hey, I guess so. Recipe here.

12. Sweet Corn Bacon Ice Cream with Cacao Nibs

Corn, bacon, and ice cream is a trinity that I can get behind. The cacao nibs are just a bonus. Recipe here.

13. Corn Ice Cream Shortcakes with Blueberry Compote

Recipe here.

14. Spicy Maple Corn Fritters

Hush puppies are one of America’s greatest culinary triumphs, in my opinion. Thus, they should also be eaten for dessert. Recipe here.

15. Sweet Corn Crème Brûlée


A good lesson here is that there actually a lot of sweet, starchy juice where the corn kernels attach to the cob. If ever you’re cutting the kernels from the cob for a recipe, remember that scraping some of that juice will add flavor to whatever you’re cooking and act as a thickening agent. Recipe here.

16. Creamed Corn Popsicles

Yup. Recipe here.

17. Lavender-Scented Peach and Corn Upside-Down Cake

Recipe here.

18. Popcorn Panna Cotta

Yes, there’s fresh corn in the panna cotta. No, popcorn doesn’t count. Recipe here.

19. Vegan Red Velvet Brownies

“It tastes the same!”
“…If you close your eyes.”
Really, though, these taste great. Recipe here.

20. Chocolate Beet Cake with Beet Cream Cheese Frosting

The original red velvet. Recipe here.

21. Chocolate and Roasted Beet Pudding Cakes

The relationships between beets and chocolate is getting really grown up and serious. Recipe here.

22. Paleo Red Beet and Carrot Cookies

A twofer. Recipe here.

23. Healthy Red Velvet Fudge Bites

Recipe here.

24. Raspberry-Lemon-Beet Blondie Wedges

Vegan, gluten-free, and filled with fruits and vegetables. Recipe here.

25. Beet Ice Cream with Mascarpone, Orange Zest and Poppy Seeds

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Recipe here.

26. Pineapple Jalapeño Popsicles

Hot and cold. Recipe here.

27. Raspberry Jalapeño Chocolates

Recipe here.

28. Tex Mex Ice Cream Sandwiches with Chocolate Jalapeño Ice Cream

Recipe here.

29. Jalapeño Chocolate Chip Cookies

Spicing up the classic. Recipe here.

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