Sometimes I don’t feel like making myself a fancy oatmeal bowl or smoothie bowl. I just feel like making myself a super, super quick and easy recipe that still tastes amazing so that afterwards, I can go Netflix and chill………..with butternut squash!
Butternut squash and I have lately been hooking up a LOT. I like to have it in salads, curries, soups, stews, side dishes, by itself warm, and believe it or not, in sweet dishes! What’s not to love? It’s technically a fruit because of its seeds, but can be cooked like a winter squash or a root vegetable. It’s creamy, warm, versatile, buttery, soft, high in vitamin B6, fiber, vitamin A, potassium, folate, fiber and beta-carotene! (Sorry, sweet potato.)
I also combined this with some cooked kabocha for more variety of texture and taste, since kabocha is much easier to mash for me. Butternut squash is easier to mash than sweet potatoes but still has that wonderful taste that complements cinnamon and ginger. My toppings include the Garden of Life RAW chocolate protein powder (organic, vegan and gluten free), Kith & Thyme cherry lavender granola, Evoke Foods Athletic Fuel muesli, Nature’s Path Qi’a chia cereal, Theo 70% coconut dark chocolate and strawberries! I will definitely do a review on these products in my next WIAT video, so be on the lookout!
- 1 cup kabocha, peeled and cooked
- 1 cup butternut squash, pre-peeled and chopped
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2/3 tsp ground ginger or less if you don’t like the strong flavor
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp vanilla bean powder or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Optional sweetener: Stevia, coconut, molasses, maple syrup, honey, etc.
- Opt: coconut, protein frosting, chocolate chips, almonds, peppermint candy, pumpkin, raisins, PEANUT BUTTER, etc.
- Heat up both your kabocha and butternut squash until they are very soft.
- Place both in a bowl and add in the last five ingredients along with optional sweeteners.
- Mash and blend the mixture with a fork, potato masher, or even use a blender or food processor if you have one.
- When everything is completely combined, top with anything or serve it plain!
What is your favorite “lazy” recipe? Do you like butternut squash?