by Olena

Oven Baked Butternut Squash

by Olena

Learn how to bake butternut squash in the oven with NO PEELING or cubing and simple seasoning. It’s a 5 minute prep dream!

Everyone knows how sweet and tasty roasted butternut squash is but many dread peeling it therefore never make. Let me show you the easiest oven baked butternut squash recipe in the world. It’s a dream – you don’t have to peel or cut squash into cubes, therefore this recipe is EASY weeknight side dish!

My Winter Squash Deficient Childhood Story

For my mom, a thought of peeling any winter squash was equal to running a 10K marathon. And she never ran even a block. I’m not like my mom (sorry, mom) but if I don’t have to peel a vegetable, I will take that. So, here is how to bake butternut squash in the oven with no peeling or cubing, and simple seasoning.

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Learn how to bake butternut squash in the oven with NO PEELING or cubing and simple seasoning. It’s a 5 minute prep dream!

Is Butternut Squash Good for You

Healthy carbs

Eating complex carbohydrates found in whole foods is know to help maintain/lose healthy weight. Unlike simple carbs found in processed foods like white bread, white pasta, white sugar etc., complex carbs don’t make your blood sugar levels spike up.

Vitamins

Butternut squash contains 457% of recommended daily vitamin A allowance that helps improve eyesight. It is also a good source of vitamin E, folate and 1 cup of cubed butternut squash provides more potassium than a banana.

Fiber

We will get very personal now. Squash promotes regularity thanks to its high fiber content. Just like coffee minus the fiber. And who wouldn’t like this fact?! I think we should stop right here.:)

Antioxidants

Squash is full of antioxidant, beta-carotene, that gives it its bright orange colour. Antioxidants in squash may help reduce inflammation on your body, which is an issue with the Western diet.

Learn how to bake butternut squash in the oven with NO PEELING or cubing and simple seasoning. It’s a 5 minute prep dream!

How to Pick The Best Ripe Squash

Look for butternut squash:

  • Beige in colour without green patches
  • With mat skin free of cuts and blemishes
  • That produces a hollow sound once you tap on it

Why I Don’t Have to Peel the Squash

Because we cut the squash into strips that cook fast and the skin will melt in your mouth. Just scrub with a sponge or cloth under water well.

Learn how to bake butternut squash in the oven with NO PEELING or cubing and simple seasoning. It’s a 5 minute prep dream!

How to Cut Butternut Squash for This Recipe

  1. Trim the end. Using sharp knife cut squash into 2 halves lengthwise.
  2. Remove seeds with a spoon.
  3. Then cut one of the squash halves into 4 long slices and then make them shorter by cutting in the middle.
  4. Repeat with remaining half. You will end up with 16 squash slices. Learn how to bake butternut squash in the oven with NO PEELING or cubing and simple seasoning. It’s a 5 minute prep dream!

How to Season Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is pretty sweet on its own. Once you bake it, it melts in your mouth. Seasonings I used and even my squash hating 12 year old liked this recipe:

  • Olive oil
  • Maple syrup
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper

You can sprinkle cinnamon and hot red pepper flakes if you wish.

Learn how to bake butternut squash in the oven with NO PEELING or cubing and simple seasoning. It’s a 5 minute prep dream!

How Long to Bake Butternut Squash

Only for 30 minutes in preheated 425 degrees F oven or until fork tender and browned on top a bit.

How to Bake Butternut Squash in the Oven

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line large baking sheet with silicone baking mat.
  2. Arrange butternut squash on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and maple syrup. Then sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Using your hands toss to coat evenly and then arrange in a single layer. Learn how to bake butternut squash in the oven with NO PEELING or cubing and simple seasoning. It’s a 5 minute prep dream!
  3. Bake for 30 minutes or until fork tender. Serve warm or cold. That’s it! Learn how to bake butternut squash in the oven with NO PEELING or cubing and simple seasoning. It’s a 5 minute prep dream!

Can I Bake Other Squash Using This Recipe

Yes, by all means. You might have to help remove the flesh with a fork from squash variety with tougher skin like acorn or kabocha squash.

  • Acorn squash – slightly dry with nut like flavour.
  • Delicata squash – moist flesh that tastes and smells like a blend of corn, butternut squash and sweet potato.
  • Kabocha squash – the highest sugar content of all squash.
  • Buttercup squash – a smaller cousin of butternut squash.

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Oven Baked Butternut Squash

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Learn how to bake butternut squash in the oven with no peeling or cubing and simple seasoning. It’s a dream!

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs butternut squash
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line large baking sheet with silicone baking mat.
  2. Wash squash well. Trim the end, cut in 2 halves lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Cut each half in 8 shorter slices.
  3. Arrange butternut squash on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and maple syrup. Then sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Using your hands toss to coat evenly and then arrange in a single layer.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until fork tender. Serve warm or cold. That’s it!

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About Olena

Hi, I’m Olena and this is my healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I’m here to help you with “What’s for dinner?”.

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