Acorn Squash roasted with coconut oil, maple syrup, and cinnamon is something you NEED to try; unless you have already….it is just so good. It curbs any sweet tooth craving, it is comforting, and perfect now that we are in the midst of fall. Acorn squash is something that you can eat no matter the time of the day - morning with a fried egg or with greek yogurt + honey (don’t know it until you’ve tried it), around the holidays with toasted nuts, cranberries, or chopped dates, or stuff them with protein/beans or veggies.
If you are looking for a few more ideas, I have a few on my blog:
I love the ones above, but this simple recipe here is the easiest one to make….
I prefer to buy acorn squash on the smaller size because I think that it is a bit easier to slice, but if you have a good knife it really doesn’t make a difference.
For this recipe, you slice the acorn squash in half the long way, add in coconut oil, sea salt, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes and top them with anything you want- I did an extra drizzle of maple syrup, walnuts, and a little almond butter. That simple….
Here is the recipe!
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: about 45 minutes
Total time: less than 50 minutes
2 small acorn squash
3-4 tbsp. coconut oil
sea salt to preference
cinnamon to preference (*I used a lot!)
2-3 tbsp. maple syrup
*optional; you can sub the maple syrup with coconut sugar or brown sugar. Please adjust sweetness to your preference!
optional / additional spices; ginger, nutmeg, pumpkin spice.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside
Slice the acorn squash in half length wise. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon.
For each half, drizzle with coconut oil so each is evenly coasted.
Add the maple syrup to each (used desired amount- you can always add more at the end); sea salt, and cinnamon.
Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 40-45 minutes. You will know that they are ready once you can easily stick a fork in the center!
Serve immediately. Top with; walnuts, additional maple syrup, coconut sugar, seeds, or cranberries!
Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days in fridge. To reheat, add to a baking sheet under the broiler on high for a few minutes or at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes.