White acorn squash is halved and then baked with maple syrup, butter and sugar for a deliciously easy fall inspired side dish. The perfect combination of savory and sweet!

White acorn squash is halved and then baked with maple syrup, butter and sugar for a deliciously easy fall inspired side dish. The perfect combination of savory and sweet!

Have you seen a white acorn squash before?

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I feel like 2020 (among many other things) has been the year of winter squash.

From buttercup to koginut and now this new-to-me white acorn squash.

I had honestly put squash out of my mind and certainly out of bringing any more squash centered recipes to this site but, then I stumbled upon this beauty.

It was buried deep in a bin at the end of the aisle at the grocery store and while I normally ignore acorn squash (it’s admittedly not my favorite), I literally couldn’t help myself as I reached in and grabbed this guy.

whole white acorn squash

It reminds me of the pretty white-ish gourds perfectly curated homes on Instagram decorate for fall with.

Please note, I am not one of those homes.

While I did go all out on our front porch this year (only for the squirrels to feast upon the 15+ pumpkins I purchased), I do absolutely zilch inside the house.


Great question. Boring answer…

Pretty much nothing.

Besides the color of the outside, white acorn squash is basically identical to the regular green acorn squash you’re likely more familiar with.

So, that said, since acorn squash isn’t necessarily my favorite tasting winter squash, I did what anyone would do to make something more palatable.

Fill it with butter, sugar and maple syrup.

halved white acorn squash with seeds


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One of the reasons I don’t love acorn squash is the skin/peel isn’t edible (unlike kabocha, delicata, etc.) and the ridges on the exterior make peeling it pretty much impossible.

So, the easiest way to cook it is therefore halving it, scooping out the seeds and baking in the oven until it’s so tender you can easily scoop the flesh out.

Whether you want to fill the cavity with simple ingredients like this recipe does or stuff it like in this Twice Baked Kale and Pecorino Acorn Squash is up to you.

You could even use the filling in this stuffed honeynut squash recipe too.

I was digging simplicity on this occasion.

seeded white acorn squash in a baking dish


For this recipe you’ll need:

  • 1 white acorn squash
  • softened butter
  • coconut sugar
  • maple syrup
  • salt

Once you’ve halved the squash and removed the seeds (save them to make roasted squash seeds!), place the squash in a baking dish.

Rub the softened butter into the cavity and bit on the edges of each half of the squash.

Sprinkle the coconut sugar all over the cavity then drizzle the maple syrup on top.

Finish prepping the squash with a generous pinch of Kosher salt then place in a preheated 375°F oven.

Bake for 50-60 minutes until the squash is fork tender and caramelized and golden brown along the edges.

Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

white acorn squash with butter, sugar and maple syrup before baking in a baking dish


First and foremost, you can definitely use regular acorn squash in place of white acorn squash for this recipe.

While already vegetarian and gluten-free (it’s even paleo too if you consider grass-fed butter acceptable on the paleo diet), you can easily make this maple baked squash vegan too.

In fact, that’s what I did by using a plant-based butter. Melt or Miyokos are my favorite brands for that.

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Ghee or coconut oil can also be used in place of butter.

Coconut sugar can be swapped out for brown sugar if preferred.

I don’t like white sugar as an option nearly as much as it won’t caramelize and provide the depth of flavor that coconut or brown sugar does.

And lastly, honey can be used instead of maple syrup.

It’s obviously a pretty flexible recipe but no matter which substitutions you may use, the result will be the same – a deliciously savory and sweet side dish that epitomizes fall and winter cooking!

maple baked white acorn squash after baking


This maple baked white acorn squash goes perfectly with almost any seasonal meal.

Leave out the delicata squash in this maple mustard chicken dinner and serve this baked squash on the side instead.

This squash would also go well with a simple skillet pork chop along with your favorite vegetable.

And if you’re thinking of serving this as a side dish on the holidays, this stuffed turkey roulade and butterflied leg of lamb make great main courses for that!

For a meatless meal, consider serving this alongside a baby kale salad or this winter chopped kale salad. Something about the combination of kale + squash makes my winter heart happy.

sweet and savory golden maple baked white acorn squash


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