This recipe is perfect for the autumn/winter times of year due to the warming spices that somehow manage to bring a sense of comfort to you when it’s cold outside. Not only that but the spices are great anti-inflammatory foods and contain beneficial antioxidants too, all great especially as people tend to feel a little run down in the colder months.
I’ve made this recipe a few times now and although it’s optional I really liked the addition of some cinnamon flaxseed from Linwoods, plus this helps to boost the beneficial omega 3 fat content (which can be increased further if you use an organic dairy yogurt).
This warming bowl of sweet spiced soup is perfect for this time of year, it fills your belly and warms your body which is just what we need when the weather outside is rubbish.
Benefits: The pumpkin/squash in this recipe is filled with skin loving vitamin A some of which is fat soluble, so to really benefit from it make sure to include the almond butter or another good fat source. The spices in this recipe are also great for skin due to their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, plus you get some vitamin C from the fruit and veg which is helpful for skin elasticity but also your immune system which can take a hit this time of year, plus it’s 2/5 a day so eat up folks!
Normally I’m not a big fan of quinoa but to diversify my food I do like to include it in some recipes where possible but because I’m not overly fond of the flavour I do prefer it to be in a recipe that’s sweet or has a lot of flavour running through it which is why I chose this recipe. The juicy raisins plus sweet, fragrant cinnamon provide great flavour plus a generous helping of creamy cashew butter finishes it off nicely.
I used the Pip & nut cinnamon cashew butter for extra flavour but plain cashew butter works fine too.
I’ve also used the new Pip & nut almond coconut milk that has no thickeners/emulsifiers, I found it really pleasant and with no separation between the milk and water even though there are no emulsifiers used in it. Thumbs up for this milk!
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