If you’re not quite sure what dessert goes with beans and cornbread, don’t worry.
I’ve got you covered with this list of sweet and savory recipes that are the perfect complement to your meal.
From cobblers to pies and even cookies, there’s a little something for everyone.
So go ahead and indulge your sweet tooth with one of these delicious desserts.
1. Carrot Cake
Carrot cake is one of those desserts that’s perfect for any occasion.
It’s moist, it’s flavorful, and it’s got a great balance of sweetness and spice.
Plus, it’s pretty darn healthy… for a cake.
I often like to make this dessert for my family to finish off dinner, especially when we’ve had beans and cornbread (which can be pretty heavy).
Pro Tip: For an extra-moist cake, add a cup of shredded zucchini to the batter.
- Swap out the carrots for zucchini or sweet potatoes.
- Add a handful of raisins or chopped nuts to the batter.
- Make a cream cheese frosting instead of the traditional icing.
Brownies tend to be my go-to dessert because they are so easy to make.
I like to add a little bit of espresso powder to my brownie mix to give it a little something extra.
You can also use brownie mix to make chocolate chip cookie bars or blondies.
If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can even use it to make a chocolate cake.
Pro Tip: Add a teaspoon of instant coffee or espresso powder to your brownie mix for an extra boost of flavor.
3 Creative Twists:
- Use mint extract instead of vanilla for a refreshing twist.
- Mix in some chopped nuts or dried fruit for added texture and flavor.
- Stir in a few spoonfuls of peanut butter or Nutella for a rich and decadent treat.
3. Easy Chocolate Mousse
When you just want something super easy and delicious, this is the dessert for you.
It’s got a short ingredient list and only takes about 5 minutes to make.
Plus, it’s always a hit with my family – even the picky eaters!
Pro Tip: For an extra-rich mousse, use heavy cream instead of milk.
3 Creative Twists:
- Add a handful of chopped nuts or chocolate chips for some extra texture and flavor.
- Mix in a teaspoon of instant coffee for a mocha-flavored mousse.
- Top with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel or chocolate sauce for an over-the-top treat!
4. Easy No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Bars
If you have some oatmeal, milk, sugar, and chocolate lying around the house, then you’re in luck!
These oatmeal bars are so easy to make and only require a few simple ingredients.
Plus, they’re no bake so you don’t have to worry about turning on the oven.
Pro Tip: For a richer flavor, use dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate.
- Add in some chopped nuts for a crunchy texture
- Swap out the chocolate for peanut butter or another type of nut butter
- Top with whipped cream or ice cream for a special treat
5. Blueberry Crumble Bars
My mom always used to tell me that the best way to get your kids to eat their veggies is to sneak them into a dessert.
I’ve taken that advice to heart with this recipe for blueberry crumble bars.
The base of the bar is made with whole wheat flour, oats, and almond meal for a little bit of extra protein and healthy fats.
I like to use frozen blueberries because they’re already sweet and don’t require any extra sugar.
And, if you have picky eaters in your family, you can always add a little bit more sugar to the topping.
Pro Tip: For an extra-crunchy topping, add some chopped nuts or seeds to the mixture before baking.
6. Italian Tiramisu
Your guests are going to be so impressed when you serve them this classic Italian dessert.
It’s not as difficult to make as it looks, and it can be made ahead of time so that you’re not stuck in the kitchen when your guests are ready for dessert.
Pro Tip: When making the coffee mixture, use a strong coffee so that the flavor comes through. I also like to add a little bit of rum to the mixture for an extra kick.
- Use a different type of ladyfinger (I like to use savoiardi biscuits)
- Swap out the coffee for another type of liqueur (amaretto would be delicious)
- Make it into a trifle by layering the tiramisu in a glass bowl with whipped cream and fresh berries
7. Lemon Blueberry Bread
Lemony, fruity, and not too sweet, this quick bread is the perfect dessert to serve with beans and cornbread.
And, it couldn’t be easier to make!
I like to use frozen blueberries in this recipe because they’re always in season and tend to be less expensive than fresh.
Pro Tip: If your lemons are on the small side, you may need 2-3 to get 1/2 cup of juice.
3 Creative Twists:
- Use raspberries or blackberries instead of blueberries.
- Add a streusel topping made with lemon zest, flour, sugar, and butter.
- Swap out the all-purpose flour for almond flour to make a gluten-free version.
8. Strawberry Lemon Blondies
Why not bring in the kids to help with this one?
They can mix everything together while you preheat the oven.
These blondies are a delicious twist on the classic lemon bar.
They have a tart and tangy lemon flavor, with a hint of sweetness from the strawberries.
The blondies are dense and chewy, with a crispy top.
Pro Tip: For an extra lemony punch, add a teaspoon of lemon zest to the batter.
- Use raspberries or blueberries instead of strawberries
- Add white chocolate chips to the batter
- Top with a lemon glaze
9. No Bake Chocolate Dipped Cookie Dough Balls
How about snacking on these little balls of cookie dough heaven?
These are made with real cookie dough, so they have all the flavor without any of the raw egg.
I like to make a big batch and keep them in the freezer for when a sweet tooth or two strikes.
Pro Tip: If you want an extra chocolatey treat, dip these in melted chocolate instead of just coating the outside.
- Dip in white chocolate and sprinkle with colored sugar
- Roll in chopped nuts or toasted coconut flakes
- Swap out the chocolate chips for peanut butter chips
10. Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake
This cake is great for feeding a large crowd because it makes 12-16 servings.
It’s a very moist cake, thanks to the olive oil, and the chocolate chips add a nice touch of sweetness.
I like to serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.
Pro Tip: Be sure to use room temperature eggs so that they mix evenly into the batter.
- Swap out the chocolate chips for white chocolate chips and top with a raspberry sauce.
- Add 1/2 cup of cocoa powder to the batter for a double chocolate loaf cake.
- Stir in 1 cup of chopped nuts or dried fruit into the batter before baking.
11. Classic Strawberry Shortcake
Classic, delicious, and so easy to make!
This dish is always a hit with my family.
I love to use fresh strawberries when they’re in season, but you can really use any type of fruit that you like.
And if you want to get really creative, you can try using different types of cake or even shortbread cookies in place of the biscuits.
Pro Tip: To save time, you can use store-bought pound cake or angel food cake in place of the biscuits.
3 Creative Twists:
- Use blueberries or raspberries in place of the strawberries.
- Make a mixed berry shortcake by using a combination of berries.
- Use lemonade or another flavored drink mix in place of the milk for a fun twist on the classic recipe.
11 Delicious Desserts that Go with Beans and Cornbread
- Carrot Cake
- Easy Chocolate Mousse
- Easy No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Bars
- Blueberry Crumble Bars
- Italian Tiramisu
- Lemon Blueberry Bread
- Strawberry Lemon Blondies
- No Bake Chocolate Dipped Cookie Dough Balls
- Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake
- Classic Strawberry Shortcake
- Pick your favorite dessert recipe from this list to serve with your meal.
- Organize all of the ingredients.
- Enjoy in no time!