Paleo Thanksgiving Recipe | Butternut Squash

Last Updated on September 4, 2023 by Ellen Christian

Looking for a Paleo Thanksgiving recipe? Check out my butternut squash with maple and a few favorite Paleo appetizers and desserts.

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Paleo Thanksgiving Recipe

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. It’s always appreciated when hosts take dietary preferences into consideration when they’re planning meals.

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.

a farm cart loaded with winter squash

We picked up several butternut squashes 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.

It’s the perfect choice for a Paleo Thanksgiving recipe. And, this recipe works perfectly for a paleo vegan Thanksgiving recipe as well.

salmon and lettuce on a white plate

Paleo Thanksgiving appetizers

This is the perfect paleo Thanksgiving recipe because it will be enjoyed by everyone. The ingredients are traditional Thanksgiving foods and it’s put together without any processed ingredients at all.

If you’re looking for Paleo Thanksgiving appetizers, here are a few that you can choose from. Of course, you don’t have to have an appetizer if you don’t want to.

Or, you could opt for a fruit cup or a vegetable platter instead. It’s all up to you.

  • These Paleo buffalo bites are easy to make and are also Whole30 compliant. Get the recipe here.
  • These salmon and cucumber bites can be made in just a few minutes. And, they have avocado which is a favorite of mine. Check it out here.
  • Why not try these chorizo-stuffed mushrooms. They are a more traditional Paleo Thanksgiving recipe. Find the recipe here.

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Paleo Thanksgiving desserts

What would Thanksgiving be without some type of Paleo Thanksgiving recipe for dessert? You can make these Paleo pumpkin bars made with coconut flour. It’s one of my favorite Paleo treats.

And, the dessert wouldn’t be complete without a Paleo coffee drink. Check out my pumpkin latte for a perfect after-dinner treat.

I can’t imagine Thanksgiving without some type of dessert with a cup of coffee. Can you?

Where does maple syrup come from?

Can I adjust the sweetening?

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 backyard 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! If you don’t feel maple works for a paleo Thanksgiving recipe, you can add whatever sweetener you allow yourself to use.

Love maple syrup? Try these delicious Maple Glazed Carrots with Bacon! Love butternut squash? Try this butternut squash and walnut spaghetti. They are both delicious fall recipes that use up traditional winter crops.

Maple Glazed Carrots with Bacon

You can easily adjust the quantity for this paleo Thanksgiving recipe to serve more or fewer people. Just buy a larger or smaller butternut squash. If you’re having a Paleo Thanksgiving for two, you can enjoy the leftovers!

More holiday recipes

Tips for making this butternut squash with maple

Peeling butternut squash takes me quite a while since the skin is thick. I find it easier to slice through the neck of the butternut squash rather than the body. If you get a butternut squash with a longer neck, the entire process will be a little bit less difficult.

Or, just buy it pre-cut and peeled from the store. I couldn’t believe how much time it saved me doing this last year.

What’s your favorite paleo Thanksgiving recipe?

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Paleo Thanksgiving Recipe | Butternut Squash with Maple

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Paleo Thanksgiving Recipe | Butternut Squash with Maple

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 2 lbs of local butternut squash, organic preferred
  • 1/4 cup real Vermont maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins or dried cranberries, organic


  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Peel and cube the butternut squash.
  3. Mix it with the maple syrup and melted coconut oil until coated.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes on a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper (unbleached).
  5. Sprinkle on the nuts & fruit & mix gently.
  6. Bake 10-15 minutes more.
  7. Remove and serve.


You can leave out the maple if you like or use honey or stevia if you prefer.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 243Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 7gSugar: 24gProtein: 4g

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20 thoughts on “Paleo Thanksgiving Recipe | Butternut Squash”

  1. AMAZING! We were doing a maple celebration & I spent a few weeks researching and deciding what to do. I used Butternut and Acorn squash & it was a huge hit!
  2. Hi Ellen, This is a fabulous dish that we will just love. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you stay warm and cozy on this cold day. Come Back Soon! Miz Helen
  3. Hi Ellen, great low carb dish! How about adding it to the Food on Friday: Low Carb collection over at Carole's Chatter? Cheers
  4. Thanks for linking up at Motivation Monday! I need to make this for our Thanksgiving dinner. I'm so glad you share this!
  5. This looks so delicious! I'll definitely be making this before Thanksgiving :) My two year old along with my husband and I LOVE Butternut Squash. 
  6. This looks great. I love butternut squash but we haven't had it in a while because of an unfortunate butternut squash soup/food poisoning incident. This recipe might make me brave enough to try it again!
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  8. This looks great! Have you ever tried to make this ahead of time and then just reheat it?  I'm trying to simplify my dinner and I'm wondering how this would do making it  a day before. Thanks! Janelle Shillito - Parsnips and Parsimony
    • I haven't, Janelle. It might work if you didn't cook them too much the first time. You could at least peel and chop them ahead of time.

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