Creamy spiced butternut oatmeal

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One of my favourite parts of the Winter and Autumnal food dishes is definitely the vast array of different squashes- they truly are one of my favourite veggies! I admit, it might not be something that strikes you as being that extraordinary or exciting, but don’t under estimate the humble squash; as when prepared in the right way, they can actually make up some of the most delicious dishes that I’ve eaten! They’re also SO versatile.. and yes, I know that I probably say that about a lot of things, but for this one it’s definitely so true! I’ve used butternut squash in soups, salads, curries, roasted dishes, cakes, dips and now even in porridge! 

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The start of Autumn always brings that start of pumpkin season and I’ve seen a lot of pumpkin pie oatmeal recently, so thought I’d give it a go with butternut instead! I actually think that I prefer butternut squash to pumpkin and I just so happened to have two giant squashes sitting on my kitchen side next to my makeshift fruit bowl (I’ve just moved house and desperately need a trip to ikea! haha) So, other than for the flavour, you might be wondering what the point in adding veggies to my oatmeal is? Well.. I always love to add in extra portions of fruit and veg whenever possible, and the butternut puree also helps to give porridge a super smooth and creamy consistency too! It’s also slightly sweet, so pairs really well with the festive cinnamon spices! If you follow me on Instagram then you’ll already know that I have a slight obsession with having porridge (often more than once a day). I just find it the perfect balanced breakfast to kickstart the day and really warms me up on these frosty wintery mornings! You could also add in some protein powder and/or nut butter for an extra boost of protein and healthy fats! 

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