Oven-baked butternut squash with apples is a perfect side-dish. It's super-easy to make - especially if you buy your butternut squash already cubed. And Baked Butternut Squash with Apple and Toasted Pecans (or golden raisins, if you prefer) looks beautiful on the table. In fact, this is a perfect side-dish to serve with your Christmas or Thanksgiving Dinner.
Now, you must know, that I do not limit myself in making this only on the Holidays; no. That would be no good. I make this often because I am "in LOVE" with... Butternut Squash! Now, don't tell my Gorgeous Man about my new "true love!"
Ahem... well, (blushing) besides looking particularly handsome and tasting delicious, gluten and dairy-free Butternut Squash and Apple Bake is incredibly healthy. It's loaded with Vitamins A and C, riboflavin and iron; plus - it's high in fiber!
But, the best thing about Butternut Squash and Apple Bake, is this: As the squash and juicy apple chunks bake in the cinnamon-spicy sauce, the house is filled with a delicious "Welcome Home" aroma that says, "Dinner is going to be GOOD!"
Butternut Squash and Apple Bake
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
1 pound cubed butternut squash
1 apple, cored and cut into chunks
3 tablespoons butter or coconut oil
1/4 cup real maple syrup (or honey)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom or nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup toasted pecans (For nut-free: Golden Raisins)
Gimme Gluten Free Method:
1. Put the squash and apple chunks in an 8-inch glass baking dish. Dollop the butter or coconut oil on top. Place in preheated oven, 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and bake for 20 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and sea salt. Whisk to combine. Pour over the baked squash and apples; stir well to combine. Return to the oven and bake another 15 minutes.
3. Remove from oven and stir in the toasted pecans. Bake another 10 minutes or until the squash is tender and the juices get all "caramel-y" and start to thicken. (Yum) Serve with a joyful smile.
"... Rejoice before the LORD your God
in everything you put your hand to."