I love holidays but sometimes it can be a challenge to stick with healthy eating especially when you’re spending the holidays at someone else’s home. Sometimes when I sit down to a holiday dinner, I look around at the dishes and realize that there are really only one or two that are truly healthy let alone Paleo or even gluten free. This year, Thanksgiving is at my house so I am planning on including this Paleo Thanksgiving recipe. This Butternut Squash with Maple is not only Paleo but also gluten free and dairy free. It’s even vegan if that’s something you need to be aware of for your guests.
Paleo Thanksgiving Recipe | Butternut Squash with Maple
Butternut squash is one of my favorite winter squashes. It’s generally ripe here in Vermont (zone 4) around the end of October. Since it keeps well in a cool, dry area, we can find them locally all the way up to Christmas time. We picked up several butternut squash at our local farm stand. We trust the family doesn’t grow using pesticides and buy most of our produce there that we don’t grow ourselves.
- 2 lbs of local butternut squash, organic preferred
- ¼ cup real Vermont maple syrup
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- ½ cup slivered almonds
- ½ cup golden raisins or dried cranberries, organic
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Peel and cube the butternut squash.
- Mix it with the maple syrup and melted coconut oil until coated.
- Bake for 30 minutes on a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper (unbleached).
- Sprinkle on the nuts & fruit & mix gently.
- Bake 10-15 minutes more.
- Remove and serve.
This is the perfect recipe for Thanksgiving because it will be enjoyed by everyone. The ingredients are traditional Thanksgiving foods and it’s put together without any processed ingredients at all. You can adjust down the maple syrup if you like or if you prefer, you can use local raw honey. The maple syrup I use comes from the maple trees in our back yard so I know the quality. You can serve it in a large serving dish or make individual portions in a mini cast iron skillet. Great presentation!
Love maple syrup? Try these delicious Maple Glazed Carrots with Bacon!
Do you have a favorite Paleo Thanksgiving recipe?
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