Maple-Roasted Acorn Squash is a nourishing, tasty, and easy-to-make vegetarian dish that’s sweet and soft with a delightful roasted maple flavor. This delicious squash side dish is a fantastic choice for fall dinners, and you can even prepare it ahead of time!

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Seasonal foods like squash remind me of the fall, even though they are available year-round. Although acorn squash is considered a winter squash, it belongs to the summer squash. This is because it needs more time in the sun but is wonderful for eating in the fall. 

3 acorn squashes on a concrete background

Acorn squash is usually ignored in front of its more colorful squash cousins. It’s satisfying but not overly sweet, unlike butternut squash. It pairs well with autumnal spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, just like pumpkin. So if you’ve had filled with the other kinds of squash this fall, give acorn squash a try.

Roasted squash is one of my favorite foods. What if you were given a choice between acorn squash baked in maple butter or candied yams? Every time, I would choose squash.

This Maple-Roasted Acorn Squash recipe is a delicious and healthful fall side dish. It’s ideal for the holidays because it’s quick and easy, and I’ll never pass up an opportunity to smother them in maple syrup and butter. I baste them with this sweet buttery delight as they roast in the hollow of the squash, the maple and butter bubbles, and browns. The final outcome is delicious food that melts in your mouth.

Today, I’m sharing with you the simple maple-roasted acorn squash recipe. As the holidays near, I’ve been thinking about how the nicest things in this world are maybe the simplest. During the end-of-year rush of gift-giving and the feeling that everything must be flawless, it often happens to ignore that the main things about holidays, such as spending time with family and friends, are the most important in the world.

So let’s get started on this simple roasted acorn squash recipe! This fall, instead of making traditional stuffed acorn squash, I’ve been enjoying how this dish brings out the flavor of the squash on its own. It’s creamy and soft, with a comforting sweet and savory flavor, roasted with salt and a touch of maple. Serve it as a beautiful and stress-free side dish, or prepare it whenever you want something quick.

 

As always, I request you read the complete article for useful tips and tricks. However, you can find the detailed recipe with exact ingredients and step-by-step instructions below.

Acorn Squash Nutritional Value

Now let’s talk about the nutritional value of acorn squash. The acorn squash is incredible. Yes, it’s loaded with starchy carbohydrates, accounting for nearly all of the calories. That’s fine, though. It is a slow-digesting carb vegetable, which means it won’t cause a blood sugar rise and crash, especially when combined with healthy fats and proteins.

Additionally, not all starches are formed equal. Polysaccharides, such as pectin, are the main components of winter squashes.  Pectin is a fiber that aids in the detoxification of your body. It aids in the release of poisons that have been cleared from the liver. It has anti-inflammatory effects and is a rich source of antioxidants called carotenes, just like butternut squash.

acorn squash halves, with cut side down on a baking sheet

How to make Maple Roasted Acorn Squash

As I have mentioned above, this recipe is quite simple and easy. You need the following few ingredients and instructions to follow. And, it’s ready.

Ingredients

  • 2 small acorn squash, cut into halves, seeds and stems removed
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon vegan butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray or brush with oil.
  2. Brush the cavities of the acorn squash with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  3. Place acorn halves on a baking sheet, cut sides facing down, bake for 20 minutes.
  4. Mix vegan butter with maple syrup.
  5. Invert acorn squash, drizzle with butter/maple syrup mixture, and roast for 10 minutes. Serve.

Serving Suggestions

This maple-roasted acorn squash has a subtle natural sweetness to it, so it’s a great veggie side dish for a simple tofu steak or with your favorite protein. When I attempt to eat lighter, I typically serve these roasted squash with a delicious salad or other vegetables. If you’re serving this for a holiday meal, don’t forget to serve some delicious Vegan Meatballs to go along with it!

Storing Tips

Roasted squash leftovers can be kept in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to three days. It can also be frozen for up to two months in an airtight container. Before reheating frozen squash in the microwave or oven, be sure it’s completely thawed.

Recipe Notes

  • Instead of halves, you can bake the Acorn squash in slices for a change. Season the squash slices in the same way, but cut them into 1/2-inch half-moons. Roast for 25 – 30 minutes, or until tender. I use this method while preparing acorn squash salads.
  • Use good-quality organic maple syrup for a delicious taste.
  • You can use sugar instead of maple syrup.
  • Use around 2 small acorn squash per normal diner.
  • Prepare your sheet pan by lining it with parchment paper to make cleanup easier.
  • Simple recipes like this are beautiful, but add a pinch of ground cinnamon, chipotle powder, or cayenne pepper if you want to amp up the flavor.
  • For a little crunch, sprinkle it with chopped and roasted walnuts or pecans.

I bet you’ll never eat a veggie as quickly as this! It’s fantastic!

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Maple Roasted Acorn Squash

Maple Roasted Acorn Squash

Maple-Roasted Acorn Squash is a nourishing, tasty, and easy-to-make vegetarian dish that’s sweet and soft with a delightful roasted maple flavor. This delicious squash side dish is a fantastic choice for fall dinners, and you can even prepare it ahead of time!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Maple Roasted Acorn Squash
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 77kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 small acorns cut into halves, seeds removed
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons Vegan Butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray or brush with oil.
  • Brush the cavities of the acorn squash with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  • Place acorn halves on a baking sheet, cut sides facing down, bake for 20 minutes.
  • Mix vegan butter with maple syrup.
  • Invert acorn squash, drizzle with butter/maple syrup mixture, and roast for 10 minutes. Serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 0.01g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Sodium: 337mg | Potassium: 25mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 267IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.02mg