Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Easy Butternut Squash or Pumpkin Porridge; A Nut & Egg Free Breakfast

This is definitely one of our go-to breakfasts! It's so easy: I just get up an hour before breakfast, throw the squash in the oven and then read a book and drink some tea. 45 minutes later.....we have the wonderful sweet aroma of squash/pumpkin, ready to come out of the oven. The kids love it because they can build and create their own custom breakfast bowls with all their favorite toppings and I love it because it's so darn easy and delicious!

We find this breakfast especially enjoyable during times when we need to be egg and nut free. It still feels "breakfasty" (that's a word....right?) and it's wonderfully satisfying. You can make it with any kind of squash and any toppings that you like, but our favorite is butternut squash with strawberries, coconut and chocolate chips. They taste amazing paired together.


Easy Butternut Squash or Pumpkin Porridge

A Nut & Egg-Free Breakfast 



Ingredients:

1 medium sized butternut squash or pumpkin
1 can full-fat chilled coconut milk, homemade or other choice of milk

Toppings: These are our favorites but you can use whatever you like.
Sliced strawberries or other assorted fruit
Shredded coconut, toasted
Enjoy Life chocolate chips 
Cinnamon
Honey (often not needed with sweeter squashes)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Cut the squash in half. Place the squash halves cut side down on a greased, rimmed cookie sheet. No water is needed. Bake for about 1 hour or until tender, cooked through and caramely smelling. Baking times may be longer for large squashes.

Allow the squash to sit until it is still warm but cool enough to touch without burning yourself. Scoop out the seeds then scoop out the squash, transferring it to individual serving bowls and mashing it slightly. We like the flavor and texture best when it is not pureed or too mashed up.

Pour the milk over each bowl of squash, allowing it to pool at the sides of the bowl. Add desired toppings and a drizzle of honey.

Serve. We enjoy this best when we don't stir everything together. The coconut milk lends a bright and refreshing taste to the squash when it is NOT stirred and absorbed into it. If  the squash is not very sweet, add the honey or sweetener first to taste and stir it in before adding the milk and toppings.

Enjoy!

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