Foodie fad: Fancy a vegetable pudding?

Foodie fad: Cauliflower panna cotta and onion sorbet… Do YOU fancy a vegetable pudding

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09:28 GMT, 8 November 2012

Hiding a portion of healthy vegetables inside a sweet treat is a trick that mothers have been using for years.

After all, who doesn’t enjoy a slice of carrot cake

But increasingly vegetables are becoming the trendy chef’s dessert ingredient of choice.

Healthy treat: Getting your five a day has never been so sweet

Healthy treat: Getting your five a day has never been so sweet

In the U.S., you’ll find them serving parsnip meringue, beetroot ice cream and caramelised sweetcorn.

British chefs have come up with some savoury/sweet puddings of their own.

Cauliflower panna cotta is on the menu at Chrysan in London. Van Zeller in Harrogate has a dessert of parsnip crisps with banana, sorbet, lime curd and chocolate.

And at Wedgwood in Edinburgh you can try a goat’s cheese and red onion marmalade sorbet.

It makes perfect sense, says baker Lily Jones, author of Lily Vanilli’s Sweet Tooth (Canongate, 20).

'Vegetables have an earthy sweetness that is more subtle than using sugar or honey. I love pear, parsnip and ginger cake,' she says.

Getting your five a day has never been so sweet.