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Roasted Acorn Squash

roasted acorn squash recipe

Roasted winter squash, a golden harbinger of the chilly season to come.

I’m obsessed with winter squash, especially when it’s roasted. Acorn squash is one of my favorite vegetables in the entire world. My younger son likes it just as much as I do. In fact, he and I ate so much squash when he was a baby that he had a nice orange glow to him from an (over) abundance of beta carotene.

Now he’s bigger and he still likes squash. Sometimes I make it just for the two of us. My husband and older son are not quite the squash fans that my younger son and I are.

For me winter squash is just one more amazing vegetable in the cornucopia of naturally (healthy) gluten free foods. So when people tell you it’s a challenge to be gluten free, remind them of squash and maybe tell them that life just isn’t that hard (at least when it comes to gluten free). Now go get yourself some squash and bake it up!

Roasted Acorn Squash


  1. Using a big hefty knife, cut the squash in half
  2. Scoop out the seeds and discard or save for later use
  3. Rub inside and out of squash with coconut oil
  4. Place face down on a metal baking sheet
  5. Bake at 350° for 40 to 60 minutes
  6. Serve

I serve my squash with ground cinnamon and a touch of additional coconut oil. It tastes like an ambrosial dessert, even though squash is a healthy (and lower calorie) food.

Here are some recipes that use roasted squash; please note, I use squash and pumpkin quite interchangeably in my recipes:

posted on October 8, 2012, 18 comments

  1. Kate @ Eat, Recycle, Repeat @ eatrecyclerepeat.com

    I absolutely adore all things squash. I can’t pick a favorite, but kabocha is trending in my kitchen right now :)

  2. Alyssa | Queen of Quinoa @ queenofquinoa.me

    I just said to my boyfriend last night on our way home, “I’m so glad it’s squash season.” Acorn being one of my favorites!! Can’t wait to start enjoying all the gorgeous fall produce :)

  3. I love acorn along with kabocha, butternut and spaghetti squashes :-) I haven’t tried it as a dessert, but I will gladly be a test subject!!

  4. MiskinLadi

    We love squash here and now my 1st grandbaby is enjoying the garden squahes as well. I have finally found my favorite squash. It call red kuri.. OMG it is the sweetest squash I have ever eaten. I do not put anything in my squash when roasting them. I just cut in half, take out seeds and onto the try it goes and into the oven. Hubby uses maple syrup, but I dont need anything sweet added to this squash.
    Today is Thanksgiving day here in Canada and hubby as always makes us squash pie or pumpkin pie as the kids call it!

    Thank you for so many inspiring recipes. I love all the meal ones, as I do not eat sweets. but they all look so delicious!
    Happy Columbus Day!


  5. Karen

    I just roasted 6 giant acorn squash and scraped out the flesh to freeze in single meal sized containers. It’s great to have on hand during the week. Next time, I will try it with coconut oil.

  6. Nomadic Samuel @ nomadicsamuel.com

    I absolutely love squash. I’ve been eating variants of this in South Korea but miss the kind I grew up with back home.

  7. Pink peppercorn and paprika @ pinkpeppercornandpaprika.blogspot.com

    Yum! Love these great ideas! I just bought an acorn squash on a whim and can’t wait to try with your soufflĂ© recipe! Maybe in cupcake form :)

  8. Hello!
    This looks fantastic! I am a new blogger, and I have a gluten free blog as well. I love what you have done and I was wondering if you have any tips?

  9. I, too, adore squash. Acorn is my favorite variety. It’s so sweet and yummy roasted. Thank you for the reminder!

  10. I agree! Winter squashes are the best. Butternut and hubbard are my favorites, but I am an equal opportunity squash girl. LOL!

  11. Beth @ Tasty Yummies @ tasty-yummies.com

    I LOVE squash! I cannot get enough of it, roasting it is probably my favorite way to enjoy it, too!

  12. Deb Kinney @ reviveorganizing.com

    Hi Elana,
    Thanks for the reminder of such an easily prepared and delicious vegetable as that snap of cold weather is in the air. Winter squash is so warming and also tastes to me like I’m getting away with something because it’s so sweet! Gonna make it tonight. Deb

  13. Katie Ann

    I love Acorn Squash! I eat it exactly the same way you do! With a little coconut oil and a LOT of cinnamon. When I bake them I don’t use any oil though. Just cut it in half, scoop out the seeds, place it face down in a baking dish or on a cookie sheet, and if it’s in the baking dish, I cover it with foil. People see me eat the coconut oil over butter and they ask me, “Do you honestly like the coconut oil or do you eat it just because it’s healthier?” My response and the truth: “I honestly like it better!” and it’s the truth.

  14. Multivitamin Easy To Swallow @ https://www.easy2swallowvitamins.com

    I do love squash since I was a kid. One of the vegetables I like. I’m going to try roasting squash one of these days.

  15. Aidel.K

    I’m hopeful you had a wonderful sukkos. I’m the only squash-eater at my house, and I love it. I find acorn squash is a good size for a couple of lunches for me. Looking forward to trying this method.

  16. I love this! Many times we forget how easy it is to make a dish like this. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Squash is probably one of those underrated vegetables, quite difficult to get it where i am from..

    However having said that i definitely will be on the look out for it now after seeing this recipe!

  18. Perfect Travellers @ perfecttravellers.com

    I Love squash as well, although it’s more of a winter veg

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