Your Smile is as Sweet as Butter…Nut!

Your Smile is as Sweet as Butter…Nut

Isn’t he just precious? Ok, let’s get down to business.

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/8 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tbsp. Promise Light Buttery spread
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • Cinnamon, to taste
  • 2 tbsp. fat-free whipped cream

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 375*

Begin by heating up the butternut squash in the microwave for four minutes in order to soften it up enough to be cut in half. Once it’s done heating up, cut the squash in half length-wise and scoop out the seeds and strings.

Place butternut squash cut side up in a pan greased with cooking spray. Top with 1 tsp. olive oil and as much cinnamon as you desire.

Bake at 375* for 30-40 minutes (I split the difference at 35 minutes). Remove from the oven and let cool completely before handling – don’t burn your fingers!

In a big bowl, combine almond milk, Promise, and brown sugar. Heat mixture in the microwave for roughly 30 seconds, or until butter is melted and a consistent liquid texture is achieved.

Once the butternut squash is cooled, scoop out the insides and add them to the big bowl. Be careful not to damage the outer shell – you’ll see why later!

Mix all ingredients together until butternut squash is completely coated with the sweet ingredients. Then place half of the mixture (or roughly 1 cup) back into one of the outer shell pieces. It acts as a bowl so that there is less clean up required :) Cool, huh? Top the “butternut squash bowl” with more cinnamon and a whipped cream smiley face!

Voila! You’ve just made yourself an incredibly sweet and healthy treat that has a smile as sweet as butter…nut.

It’s almost too cute to eat. Almost. But in terms of taste, this was absolutely wonderful! It was my first time trying butternut squash and I will definitely be using it in recipes more often during the upcoming colder months. I can’t wait to experiment with the savory side of the spectrum, as well!

So there you have my entry into this week’s Blogger Secret Ingredient contest! You can save the other 1/2 of the squash for leftovers!

Nutrition Information (per serving):

  • 210 calories
  • 10g fat
  • 32g carbohydrates
  • 2g fiber
  • 2g protein

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 oatmeal November 23, 2008 at 1:03 am

The smiley squash totally made my day! 😀

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2 Astrid January 14, 2010 at 10:45 am

Haha! I love the smiling squash. You just made me laugh out loud! I just found your blog and I LOVE it. Your recipes are so fun and accessible and not intimidating at all! Hope you have a good day!

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3 Jenn (eating bender) January 16, 2010 at 1:32 am

Thanks, Astrid! I appreciate your sweet comment and that you stopped by :)

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