Fall Dessert: Graham Cracker Butternut Squash

October 1, 2013

With fall in the air, I wanted to take advantage of all the beautiful squash in the markets, so this baked squash recipe uses a combination of both butternut and acorn squash roasted to a deep caramelized finish. It’s sweetened with a hint of butter, a splash of maple syrup and a touch of a sweet graham cracker purée. I like to combine everything here and then serve it in an acorn squash shell. I’ve been serving this dish to my son as a dessert but also on its own as a snack. Occasionally I’ll add a few mini marshmallows on top for an extra special treat….

Graham Cracker Butternut Squash
Serving Size: 2 (430 calories per serving)

1 butternut squash, sliced in half lengthwise, seeds removed
1 acorn squash, sliced in half lengthwise, seeds removed
1 tablespoon good butter
4 graham crackers + 1 for garnish
1 tablespoon good maple syrup

Better-for-you ingredients
Learn more about the better-for-you ingredients in this recipe:
* Butternut Squash – Rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants, butternut squash also serves up a healthy dose of potassium (important for bone health) as well as vitamin B6 (crucial to the healthy functioning of the nervous and immune systems).

Preheat oven to 425F degrees.

Place the sliced butternut squash and acorn squash halves face up on a large baking sheet. Equally divide the butter among the squash pieces.

Place the baking sheet in the oven for 1 hour, until the squash is fork tender and there is a nice caramelized hue to the squash.

Meanwhile, place graham crackers in a food processor and process until you have fine crumbs.

Remove squash from oven, and scoop out the flesh. In a large mixing bowl combine squash, butter, graham cracker crumbs and maple syrup.

Divide squash and graham purée equally between the remaining acorn squash shells. Garnish with a few whole graham crackers. Enjoy!

More healthy butternut squash recipes
Looking for more ways to enjoy butternut squash this season? Give these feel-good recipes a try.
Butternut Squash Crumble
Silver Dollar Butternut Squash Pancakes
Butternut Squash Smoothie With Pecans