Tahini, Coconut & Butternut Squash Dip
Updated: Jan 31, 2020
Dips are such a versatile food. For me, they're a wonderful way to quickly boost the nutrient density of your meal. I always have at least one dip on rotation in my fridge. Whether I want to add a dollop to my dinner, throw together a quick nibbles plate for friends or add another flavour dimension to a weekend toast or burger - it's always great having one on hand.
As an added bonus, this one is naturally gluten, grain, dairy and legume-free so its suitable for a wide range of dietary styles! If you don't take coconut, simply switch it up with a different type of yogurt - cashew and almond work really well too!
1 extra large butternut squash (peeled and chopped into cubes)
3 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil, melted
1-2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp tahini sesame paste
2/3 cup coconut yogurt (I like CoYo)
2 small garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp chopped coriander
salt & pepper to taste
1 tsp sesame seeds
Preheat your oven to 180c.
In a bowl, combine your cubes of butternut squash, melted coconut oil, cinnamon, salt and pepper and spread out evenly onto your roasting tray.
Roast in the oven for 40-50 minutes or until soft and golden brown. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
Add your cooked squash, yogurt, tahini and garlic to a blender and pulse until the mixture becomes a rough paste. Taste for salt, pepper and cinnamon and add more as desired.
Pop the dip into your desired serving dish and top with coriander and sesame seeds.
Note: As you can see from the photo, I got a little carried away with the toppings (smoked paprika, black sesame seeds, coconut shavings and coriander) to add to a Tex-Mex meal I had planned, however you can go a lot of ways with the toppings on this one. For something simple, just add a dollop of coconut yogurt and some coriander, or if you're feeling fancy, why not top your dip with a drizzle of date syrup and mixed white and black sesame seeds...
Functional fact: did you know that cinnamon can curb blood sugar imbalances by lowering insulin resistance? Insulin resistance occurs when your body starts to ignore the signals of the hormone insulin which tells it to move glucose [sugar] from the blood into your cells for use. Insulin resistance can lead to easier weight gain, while it is also associated with an increased risk for several diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.While this is a bonus for most of us, it is particularly great news for anyone currently experiencing energy fluctuations, sugar cravings and hormonal or adrenal imbalances.