Recipe: Holiday Butternut Squash (SCD/GAPS)

December 2, 2011 · 19 comments

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butternut squash

When you stop eating starchy vegetables like corn and potatoes this is the best replacement choice. Butternut squash (and other orange winter squashes) is a great source of carbohydrates that are low on the glycemic index. It is full of beta carotene, folate, and potassium and has moderate amounts of magnesium, calcium and vitamin E. So easy to digest it is one of babies’ first foods and great for those on introductory GAPS.

At my house we eat a lot of squash because we do not eat other starches. I usually just make the squash and add a little cinnamon. For a holiday I like to make it more festive with added apples and honey (just a little). My guests have actually preferred this squash dish to the sweet potatoes!

Holiday Butternut Squash


Two large butternut squash

raw honey (where to buy raw honey)

2 large organic apples

Cinnamon (where to buy spices)



  • Cut the squash in half horizontally and then vertically
  • Place down in a glass baking dish with about 1 inch of water (you will need two dishes for two squash)
  • Core the apples and in a separate small dish with a little water place in the oven
  • Roast on 400 degrees F for one hour or more
  • The apples will take less time than the squash so check on them after 1/2 hour and remove if cooked
  • Pierce the squash with a knife to make sure it is cooked thoroughly
  • Remove from oven and immediately take out of the dish and let cool flesh side up
  • When cool remove the seeds with a spoon (much easier than trying to take them out when raw)
  • Place a sieve over a large bowl
  • Spoon out the squash into the sieve taking care to avoid tiny pieces of skin (these can upset delicate tummies)
  • Let drain for at least an hour
  • When cooled and drained place squash in food processor with the honey, baked apples (no skin) and spices and puree
  • Place in serving dish and enjoy!

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1 Lourdes December 3, 2011 at 11:48 am

Sounds delicious!  I will be trying this recipe for the holidays.  Thank you! 


2 Anonymous December 3, 2011 at 3:39 pm

This sounds good. I roast squash a lot, but have never thought of draining it or  using apples.


3 Beth December 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm

This sounds good for any day of the year!  I’ll be keeping my eye out for butternut squash sales.  Thanks.


4 Suzy December 6, 2011 at 5:20 am

Sounds healthy and yummy. I love the combination of two fall foods…squash and apples.


5 freeindeed December 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I’ve always loved squash; it is my favorite vegetable.  I typically just eat it plain with butter, but I should try dressing it up a bit….I like the idea of honey rather than brown sugar.  Thanks for the recipe.


6 MISTY PEARSON December 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I have a couple of butternut squashes in my crisper. I’ll be making it this week. Sounds delish!


7 Steph J. December 8, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Wow, GREAT IDEA! Do the apples add an appley taste or do they just sweeten it?


8 Jill December 8, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Hi Steph,
Actually both. You will taste apples if you put more in.


9 Jen December 9, 2011 at 3:03 am

I am usually not a fan of squash, but I could eat it like this.  The apples must make it nice and tart. mm-mm.  By the way, I LOVE your pretty pattern on the final product. Did you use a fork?


10 Jill December 9, 2011 at 11:56 am

Hi Jen,
Thanks for your comments. Actually I used a soup spoon and went around the bowl with it.


11 Couscous & Consciousness December 9, 2011 at 9:25 am

Ok, pardon my ignorance, I love squash, and this seems like a nice dish, but I have to ask but what does SCD/GAPS mean and how do I know if I am on introductory GAPS.  BTW, I’m not being snarky – I really don’t know what that is and I would like to know :-)


12 Jill December 9, 2011 at 11:57 am

Hi Sue,
You can read all about the CSD and the GAPS diet if you go to my top menu.


13 Miz Helen December 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Oh my goodness, I love the combination of spice for this Squash, it looks like a yummy dessert. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.  Hope you are having a great week and come back soon!
Miz Helen


14 Penniless Parenting December 13, 2011 at 6:27 am

This looks delish! Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop!


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