Squash season is upon us! Butternut has always been my favorite, and I love finding creative ways to enhance its sweetness. Great for bones, eye health, blood pressure, this fall vegetable is chock full of antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Just one cup of it provides you with 6.5 grams of fiber, 19% daily value magnesium, 12% daily value potassium, 41% daily value vitamin C, up to 20% daily value for most of your b vitamins, 163% daily value beta carotene, and more. Try this easy, nutritious dessert (or snack) with just 5 simple ingredients.
What you’ll need:
- 1 butternut squash (others like acorn squash work fine too!)
- real maple syrup
- cinnamon powder
- hemp seeds
- dried figs
- Half or quarter your squash, remove seeds and fibrous pulp, and place it in a baking dish. Pour water in the dish.
- Bake the squash in the oven at 350 until it is easily pierced with a fork. Depending upon its size, this may take anywhere from 45 minutes to 90 minutes.
- When it’s fully cooked, peel the skin off and transfer to a bowl. Mash slightly.
- Drizzle lightly with your maple syrup and sprinkle with desired amounts of cinnamon and hemp seeds.
- Slice your figs and arrange on top. Serve warm. Enjoy!
Megan Normansell, CHC, AADP, CFH
Certified Holistic Practitioner/Holistic Nutrition/Herbalist/Wild Edibles Guide
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