Maple Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash

Maple Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash - Easy Vegan Fall Recipe

One of my favorite things about autumn is the abundance of seasonal squash in the market. Butternut squash is a particular favorite in our family. It’s naturally sweet, low in calories, and full of vitamins A and C. I’m always looking for new ways to prepare it. In this very simple recipe (which I included in my own Rosh Hashanah menu this year), I tossed butternut squash cubes with olive oil, maple syrup and seasonings to create a sweet, salty medley of flavors. The cinnamon and cayenne give it a little spicy kick– just enough to make it interesting. It may seem like a lot of squash, but when roasting the pieces tend to shrink up a bit. It’s so delicious, you’ll be glad you made the extra. If you’re only making dinner for two, you can easily halve the recipe if you wish, but I could honestly eat half the recipe by myself in one sitting. It’s that tasty.

You don’t need to pay a premium for pre-peeled and seeded butternut squash, though it certainly is convenient. It’s not that hard to prepare a butternut squash yourself. Check out my All About Butternut Squash tutorial for details and more recipe ideas. The post also talks a bit about the history of squash, because my inner food nerd loves to share these kinds of things.

This recipe is vegan, pareve, gluten free and really healthy. I’m thinking it might be a great addition to a Thanksgivukah holiday spread, too. Enjoy!

Maple Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash

Ingredients

  • 8 cups cubed butternut squash (peeled and seeded), about 3 lbs of peeled cubes
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 pinches cayenne

You will also need

  • 2 baking sheets, foil (optional)
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 Minutes
Total Time: 40 Minutes
Servings: 6
Kosher Key: Pareve
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. If you are breaking down a whole butternut squash for this recipe rather than buying the prepared, peeled cubes, you will need a large squash (or two smaller squashes) totaling about 3 lbs. 3 oz. in weight to produce the correct amount of peeled cubes. For details on how to prepare squash for roasting, see this post: All About Butternut Squash
  • Line 2 baking sheets with foil (optional-- protects baking sheet when the sugars caramelize so it won't be sticky/hard to clean). Spread out the cubes on the baking sheets.
  • Maple Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash - Easy Vegan Fall RecipeDrizzle the squash on each baking sheet of squash with 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tbsp maple syrup (2 tbsp olive oil and 2 tbsp maple syrup total).
  • Maple Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash - Easy Vegan Fall RecipeSprinkle each baking sheet evenly with 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne (1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 2 pinches cayenne total).
  • Maple Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash - Easy Vegan Fall RecipeToss the squash on the sheets with clean hands to coat evenly.
  • Maple Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash - Easy Vegan Fall RecipeRoast the sheets of squash for about 30 minutes, switching the baking sheets on their racks halfway through cooking, till the largest piece of squash is tender all the way through. Remove the baking sheets from the oven and turn on the broiler.
  • Maple Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash - Easy Vegan Fall RecipeTake turns placing each baking sheet under the broiler for 1-2 minutes longer to caramelize (the squash should be golden brown-- careful, it will brown very fast-- don't let it burn!). Serve warm.
  • Maple Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash - Easy Vegan Fall Recipe

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    1. Wow, that’s an interesting twist. I am definitely going to try the version with apricots! Thats very creative! Thanks

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    Looks yummy – will have to try this one – I keep trying to find ways to get my family to eat squash. My children loved it as babies, it was one of their first foods, but now they are not so keen! Thanks for the great recipes!

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    Hi Tori, thanks for the recipe. I’m going to try it with Chinese 5 spice powder in place of the cinnamon. I think it would also be a great base for a soup if there are any leftovers – since it will be just me eating it there will be leftovers. I love reading about the history of food.

  3. Sounds delicious, but why is it a vegan recipe if it Hasmonean meat anyway? It is also a carnivore recipe, let´s not be racist. LOL besides meats are vegetables….. Because we are taught in school that we are what we eat, pigs, cows, chickens are all vegetables because that is what they eat, so says science! Lol

  4. So I just had this and it was sooooooo yummy. I added a sweet potato (if you don´t mind). I tossed it all in a bowl and then put it on the cookie sheet–seemed easier. I served it up with yellow lentils curry. I had to force myself to stop eating it. This is a keeper! Thanks!!!

  5. Great side dish. Speaking of butternut squash.. has anyone ever eaten pasta with butternut squash, fennel seeds and parmigiano? It´s one of my favorite pastas ever. Sometimes I feel like butternut squash and cinnamon is over done…

    1. I used to make a butternut squash risotto – that was a nice twist. internet search gets plenty of hits.

    1. Hi Terry, you can actually leave out the maple syrup if you are trying to cut sugar. The recipe doesn’t use much syrup so the sugar is pretty low, but feel free to cut it completely if you prefer. The butternut squash is sweet on its own, the syrup just enhances that a bit. Enjoy!

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    With sweet potato fries, I’ve put them in a baggie with the oil and seasoning. Just massage the squash in the mix and the great thing is they can be prepped early (even by a few days) and put in the ‘fridge to marinade. I’m going to make my butternut squash this way. Sub for cayenne could be paprika or turmeric. Turmeric cleans your blood.

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