North African Spiced Butternut Coconut Soup


This recipe for butternut coconut soup is a “30 minutes or less” entry in the Fast & Fresh Dairy-Free Time Trials Recipe Contest, submitted by reader Naylet LaRochelle. For the creamy soup base, she uses Coconut Milk Beverage from So Delicious.

North African Spiced Butternut-Coconut Soup
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Special Diet Notes & Options: Spiced Butternut Coconut Soup

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and vegetarian. For vegan butternut coconut soup, use agave nectar (or your sweetener of choice) in place of the honey.

North African Spiced Butternut-Coconut Soup
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Serves: 5
  • 1½ pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups So Delicious Dairy Free Original Coconut Milk Beverage, plus more to achieve desired consistency
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus 2 dashes
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Red (cayenne) pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  1. In a large microwavable bowl, add squash. Drizzle with olive oil; toss to mix. Add enough water to cover bottom of bowl and about ¼ inch up the sides. Microwave squash on high, 6-8 minutes or until very tender.
  2. Transfer squash to a blender; add 1 cup coconut milk. Blend until completely smooth. Transfer to a large pot. Add remaining coconut milk, plus more (if desired) to achieve desired consistency. Stir in cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, ginger, honey, kosher salt, and red pepper. Cook, uncovered, 5-6 minutes.
  3. To serve, ladle into soup bowls. Top with cilantro.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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