“Inside a snowflake like the one on your sleeve,
there happened a story you must see to believe.”
This line from the holiday movie “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” will also describe your disbelief when your children willingly eat their vegetables this Holiday season.
It might not happen quite in the way you imagine, however. As important as it is for your children to learn to like healthy food – such as fruits and vegetables – in their raw, wholesome state, there also comes a time when you say “I may as well add zucchini into the cookies.”
After all, how many kids will turn down a cookie? Chalking the sweets full of nutrients will benefit you both. Your child will happily munch on a delicious treat, and your conscious will be eased knowing they are retaining additional value from something they’ll enjoy. Plus, that sugar-induced car ride full of squeals will be slightly less high-pitched when tempered with more substance.
Zucchini pairs well with chocolate because it adds moisture to baked goods and the mild flavor mixes right in. It is high in fiber, potassium and vitamins A and C, all of which aid in immune system health and help maintain healthy skin and eyes. In the chocolate fudge zucchini cookie recipe below, the addition of greek yogurt also adds protein.
Heading into the holidays, you can make baking activities a family affair! Your older kids can help shred the zucchini – this transparency will hopefully ease them into trying a variety of food pairings – and your younger kids can pour ingredients into the mixing bowl.
Chocolate Fudge Zucchini Cookies
Yields 18-20 cookies
These cookies are amazing. We taste-tested them and the children loved them! Eat one, quick, they won’t last long…
Even more treats made with vegetables! Read: “Recipe Roundup: Holiday Baking With Veggies“