This is the best roasted cinnamon maple butternut squash recipe you need to try. Super easy to make, it bakes up in less than 30 minutes and it is the easiest healthy side dish that goes with any meal. Eat it as a snack or even on top of a salad. Vegan and gluten-free plus it’s a veggie dish your kids will love.
Who doesn’t love soft and crispy roasted butternut squash? Add in a sweet and salty maple glaze and this Maple Glazed Butternut Squash is the perfect healthy side dish or snack.
This recipe is a new family favorite for us and certainly helped me to get my kids to eat squash. Once they saw the little cubes of glistening, roasted, caramelized squash on the sheet pan all cooked until nice and soft and lightly crispy around the edges, they were hooked.
Plus it is super simple to make and literally comes out perfect every time. If you are new to cooking or roasting veggies then this is a recipe you need to try.
Why you will just love this butternut squash
- Only requires 4 ingredients
- Can be made in a few simple steps in under 30 minutes
- It is a great way to introduce your picky eaters to squash
- This is the perfect healthy side dish for any meal
- It also doubles as a healthy snack
- The mix of salty + sweet from the maple syrup is simply so tasty
Ingredients needed to make this butternut squash recipe
How to make maple roasted butternut squash
- Prep the squash. First, you need to peel and chop the squash, which is actually very easy to do. Just slice off the ends, cut the squash in the middle where the neck meets the base and peel it. Then remove the seeds and chop it up into even size cubes. Check out this post on how to peel and cut butternut squash. You can also buy peeled and chopped squash at most grocery stores but it really has more flavor if you do it yourself.
- Make the glaze. In a medium size bowl mix up the glaze which is just maple syrup, olive oil, cinnamon, salt & pepper.
- Season and roast the squash. Pour the glaze onto the squash, pour the squash onto a lined baking sheet and mix it all up. Make sure the squash is in an even layer on the pan and bake it in the oven at 425 degrees F for 25-30 minutes.
It’s so good and the squash gets perfectly crispy around the edges and soft and caramelized. The flavor is amazing. I could eat this everyday!
What to serve with this roasted butternut squash
- Salad. Such as this Crunchy Curry Chicken Salad, Crispy Chickpea Kale Salad, 10 Minute Italian Chopped Salad, or this Mediterranean Israeli Couscous Salad.
- Enjoy as a side dish with these incredible meals. Such as this Healthy Turkey Meatloaf, Healthy Crustless Ham and Broccoli Quiche, Easy Veggie Chicken Pizza Bake, or these Baked Eggplant Meatballs.
- Add as a topping on salad. Such as this Chopped Kale Salad With Quinoa, Easy Kale Salad, or this Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad.
Here are some more easy butternut squash recipes you make also love
- Mashed Butternut Squash
- Healthy Butternut Squash Lasagna With Spinach
- Roasted Beets and Butternut Squash Salad
- Vegan Butternut Squash Noodles Bowl
- Instant Pot Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
- Pick a ripe butternut squash. Make sure it is in season (early fall-winter), you want to select a squash that is a deeper orange/beige color and not one that is too pale. Also, make sure that the skin is not too shiny since that will indicate that the squash was picked before it was ripe. A heavier squash will also have more flavor. You can also check to make sure that the stem is nice and dry and firm and you want a squash with no indentations or dark spots.
- How to store butternut squash – before you cook the squash, you can store it a cool, dark place (like a pantry or basement) with little to no sunlight for up to 2 months before you need to cook it. For cooked butternut squash, like in this recipe, you can store it in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge.
- Clean the squash before you cut and cook it by wiping it with a clean, damp towel or soaking it for a few minutes in salty warm water then dry it with a clean towel.
- Cut the squash is even size cubes so it all cooks at the same time.
- Use real maple syrup or honey as a sweetener.
- Bake it for at least 25 minutes, turning it over halfway through the cooking time to get all of the edges nice and crispy.
- You can enjoy this squash as a side dish, healthy snack, or even on top of a hearty salad.
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