Quickly, before we begin, I needed to let you know that today is the LAST day of Amazon Prime Day! That means that it’s the PERFECT opportunity to reexamine your kitchen appliances/pots and pans, and see if any need a little…TLC. Here’s what I bought today on Prime Day….
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OK – onto tonight’s recipe!
The intimidating cousin of the beloved pumpkin, that, aside from soup or a store-bought ravioli, most people don’t know how to cook with.
Well, friends. It is one of my personal favorite veggies.
And I have got a delectable recipe that showcases its majesty…and just in time for fall.
Introducing my Cinnamon Butternut Mash.
Sweet and savory, my Cinnamon Butternut Squash Mash is absolutely divine! It tastes like pumpkin pie!
Nutty and creamy butternut squash, mashed with warm cinnamon, brown sugar, and just the right amount of butter. It is, in a word, perfection. You won’t believe it’s healthy. (It’s gluten free and vegetarian!)
And of course, I have the “Caralyn version” — that is Specific Carb Diet and Keto friendly, so do not fret!
Either version, I promise you will never look at a butternut squash the same again!
Here’s What You Need! (Serves two)
1 butternut squash, halved, seed removed (reserve)
2 Tbsp EVOO, divided – 1 Tbsp per half rubbed on the inside flesh before baking
Pinch of salt
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp Almond butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp honey or stevia
Carefully cut the top and tail off your butternut squash, so you can safely stand it on it’s end, and carefully slice it lengthwise. (Again, please use a sharp chef’s knife.)
Scoop out the seeds, rub the inside with olive oil and salt, and place it cut-side-down on a tinfoil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour at 400 degrees F, or until tender.
For the last 20 minutes of baking time, I like to add the reserved seeds with a little salt to the pan so they bake and become nice and toasted.
When it’s done baking, carefully scoop out the flesh of the squash, and mash with the back of your fork. Mix in your butter or almond butter, cinnamon and sweetener of choice.
Serve, garnished with your toasted pumpkin seeds!
Oh my gosh, when I say this tasted like Thanksgiving dessert on a plate, I mean it! it was SO SO delicious!
Warm and nutty, sweet and spicy — I wanted to bottle it up and make a candle out of it! 🙂
The texture was so delicious – it almost had a pudding-like quality. Reminiscent of cookie dough.
It made me dream of all the yummy food we’ll have having come Thanksgiving!
And it’s so good for you! With so much vitamin A and fiber. It’s a high-quality side dish that will have you singing for its supper.
So give this a try! I promise you’ll love it! In fact, I used to make a cold version of this for lunch almost every day several years back, but with cashew butter instead of almond butter. It was my favorite food!
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