Roasted Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar

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Roasted acorn squash with brown sugar, butter and cinnamon is a perfect fall side dish or great Thanksgiving side and so easy to prepare.

Roasted Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar
Roasted Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar

Other ways I like to make squash is into a Harvest Kale Salad with Roasted Winter Squash or Parmesan Roasted Squash. Even Turkey Chili Stuffed Acorn Squash for a full meal.

Roasted Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar

Acorn squash is a winter squash with a sweet, yellow-orange flesh inside.

The farmer’s market has many varieties of squash this time of year. This recipe would also work for carnival squash and butternut squash. To eat, simply mash it all around in the shell and enjoy each bite.

Some might even consider this as a dessert and adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Is acorn squash healthy?

Acorn squash is rich in antioxidants and fiber making it the perfect addition to a well balanced diet.

How To Know if Acorn Squash is Rip:

The easiest way to know of acorn squash is ripe is to look at the color. Acorn squash turns dark green when ripened.

Tips for making ahead and more:

  • If you want to make this for a crowd, just double or triple the recipe.
  • Refrigerate up to 4 days.
  • This can be made ahead and reheated in the oven when ready to eat.

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Roasted Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar

143 Cals 1.5 Protein 34.5 Carbs 2.5 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Side Dish
CUISINE: American
Roasted acorn squash with brown sugar, butter and cinnamon is a perfect fall side dish or great Thanksgiving side and so easy to prepare.


  • 2 acorn squash, cut in half, seeds and fibers removed
  • 2 tbsp whipped butter, or coconut oil, vegan butter
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar, to taste
  • dash of ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Rub 1/2 tbsp light butter on each side. Top with brown sugar and cinnamon.
    acorn squash with brown sugar
  • Place in a baking dish and add 1/4 cup water to the bottom of the pan.
  • Cover and bake 50 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes, until tender.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving.


Serving: 1/2 squash, Calories: 143kcal, Carbohydrates: 34.5g, Protein: 1.5g, Fat: 2.5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 52.5mg, Fiber: 3.5g, Sugar: 12g
WW Points Plus: 4
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  1. Best recipe ever, I used Splenda brown sugar both times to save some calories but haven't run the numbers to see change in points yet. I eat this as a side, I've used them as bowls and stuffed with odd leftovers like turkey chili…I love squash so I bake them ahead of time even to have the on hand since 50 minutes is pushing it most nites since I work late a lot and they still taste great nuked.

  2. I love acorn squash this way although I just wrap each half in aluminum foil instead of placing in a dish with water. Saves on space when your oven is crowded. I freeze any leftovers and use it in soups – the kids never know!

  3. I quite often will use spray butter and splenda (regular or brown sugar)

  4. Hi All,
    Anyone try this with spray butter and brown sugar splenda? I know it's not all natural, but I like to keep WW points down! 🙂


  5. I substituted Agave for the brown sugar, but other than that it was delicious. I made it with vegetable stuffed talapia (sole seems very hard to get right now) with dill butter and your skinny spinach and bacon (substituted soy bacon) stuffed mushrooms. What a fantastic, and healthy, dinner.
    Thanks for all your time and effort.

  6. Hi Gina! i made this tonight but it tasted SO bitter

    what happend 🙁

  7. can you eat the shell?

  8. Yum!! Shared this on my blog today – on my What's for Dinner this week!
    Keep up all the great meals. I plan my week around meals from your site!

  9. Made this tonight–delish! I didn't have cinnamon so used allspice and that was lovely. I love acorn squash, so healthy!

  10. I wonder if this is a typo, I will re-check that.

  11. Wondering the same thing about your carb count…the recipe calculator I used says 37 carbs per serving (1/2 squash) for this!

  12. Thank you so much for a great recipe. I have made this dish several times!!

  13. Awesome!I am going to make these tonight with your Pork Chops with Mushrooms and Shallots. We had the chicken piccata last night…it was delicious. Thanks for all your hard work!!

  14. I am not really sure why your carbs are so low? I put this into a recipe calculator and it said 34 carbs…which is no where near what this recipe says. I used acorn squash, light brown sugar, and the same butter.

  15. No, I didn't pack to sugar. This was shot in my dining room! 🙂

  16. Oh by the way, how do you get your pictures to come out so beautiful? Do you have a studio? I have a nice camera, but my pictures are not as bright as yours.

  17. I made this a couple weeks ago and loved it! It was my first time having acorn squash and it was delicious! Did you pack your brown sugar? It seemed like mine had a lot more brown sugar than your picture shows and it ended up with a lot of liquid in it after it was cooked. It tasted wonderful though! My acorn squash are also a pretty green color, not orange like yours.

  18. Just made this and I absolutely loved it! I used Land O Lakes light whipped butter. Delish! My 21 month old daughter ate about a quarter cup of it and then said, "More squash!" It's a contender for Thanksgiving dinner!

  19. I cooked this last night and it was YUMMY! My husband ate the other half and it was filling too! Thanks for all the hard work you put into this website.

  20. I tried this over the weekend and love it. I didn't have any of the light butter though. Acorn Squash is my new favorite vegetable.