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Thoughts from author: Ness the nutritionist

a recipe for a healthy cake

Hi there. I'm quite new to Fruit Towers. My name is Vanessa (but I prefer Ness) and I've been recruited to do the very important role (even if I do say so myself) of Company Nutritionist.

I trained to be a dietitian, which is a bit like a nutritionist, except you get to work in a hospital and wear a very fetching tunic. Now, as big a fan that I am of the NHS, I do happen to like wearing my own clothes to work (I don't pay all that money on fashion magazine subscriptions for nothing). So, a few years ago now, I decided to ditch the tunic and head over to the dark side of the food industry.

If you'd read the job advert for my position, you would think they were after the Mary Poppins of the nutrition world. It even included a requirement to make a healthy cake. And so I thought I would share my attempt with you.

First of all, I will own up and say that this recipe is not my own (shh) but from a wonderful book by Harry Eastwood.

Cake Recipe
This particular cake uses butternut squash, but there are other recipes in there that use courgette and turnips.

Butternut Squash
My strawberry plant has only mustered a measly three strawbs this year, so I took the biggest one...

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and gave it pride of place on top of the cake...

Strawb on top
Here is the final result...

Chocolate cake
What do you think?

This scrumdiddlyumptious delight contains two of your 5-a-day, but only if you eat the whole thing. Which A. you couldn't manage without feeling sick and B. would defeat the object of a healthy cake, because you'd be getting all that extra sugar and fat.

I would suggest you're far better getting your two portions from one of our smoothies and enjoying your cake for what it should be...nothing to do with health whatsoever and all about the deliciousness of it, with a cup of tea.

That said, I have now realised that my boss may be questioning whether I am practically perfect to do this job after all. I best keep looking for a healthy cake recipe anyway or else me, my carpet bag and nutrition text books will be looking for a new home.

If you have any healthy cake recipes, do let me know.