Making a cake or tray bake doesn’t have to mean stocking up on fancy, expensive ingredients – using a little and leaving the rest to languish on your shelves.
These ingenious sweet recipes incorporate fruit and even veggies, adding bulk and resulting in a lovely moist texture. Often it’s a case of the riper, the better, making these a fab way of using up stuff that might otherwise be binned.
When Mum pops round for a cuppa on Mother’s Day (or any other day, for that matter) surprise her with one of these beauties. And, you’ll have rescued those scrappy bits of fruit and veg from being chucked away, too.
From mashing overripe bananas into a lovely loaf to using up the last of those carrots to make the cutest cupcakes around, here are some decadent ideas for turning foodie scraps into cake.
Who’d have thought that avocado half browning in the fridge could turn into something so indulgent? The choc chips and soft green colour are sure to please the most important lady in your life.
Mash up overripe bananas to make this super-easy and cheap loaf, then stick the kettle on.
Red velvet loaf with berry frosting
Use up scrapes of cream cheese, yogurt and any fresh berries that need eating up to make this ravishing red velvet loaf. You can also use frozen berries. The result is almost as beautiful as your mum.
Use up any dried fruit in this deliciously moist loaf, so easy to make with common store-cupboard ingredients. Perfect for afternoon tea with mum.
These cute, colourful cupcakes are the prettiest way to use up carrots we’ve ever seen. You can use handfuls of berries that need eating up for the natural icing colourings, too.
Blend boiled or steamed cauli in these sumptuous brownies. The veg makes the chocolatey squares wonderfully squidgy and moist, while using up your leftovers.
Got a bounty of blueberries to munch your way through? Put them in this beautiful cake instead.
Pear and parsnip cake
Got a random parsnip or two sitting around? Use them up, along with pears going soft in the fruit bowl and the last scoops of yogurt in the fridge, to make this deceptively easy cake.
Banana and date flapjacks
Ripe bananas and dates get used up very nicely in these tasty sugar-free oaty squares.
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