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Kid Friendly Roasted Butternut Squash With Brown Sugar Sprinkles

Updated on August 1, 2012

Butternut squash is a natural for kids. First off, it's orange, a real crowd-pleaser and a natural for "orange" food nights. Roasted, it becomes soft, slightly sweet, and delicious!

Butternut Squash Health Benefits

Butternut squash is naturally low in fat, high in fiber, potassium, and vitamin, and is packed with antioxidants. It also contains vitamin B6 (good for the immune system) and lots of folate (heart healthy). Like carrots, butternut squash is has high levels of beta-carotene (good for the eyes).

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: About 2 cups


  • 1 medium butternut squash, about 2 pounds
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil, as needed
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Cut the squash in half, spoon out the seeds, peel it, and cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
  3. Toss with olive oil and arrange on a baking sheet.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Roast, tossing occasionally, until the squash is tender and starts to turn golden brown, about 30 minutes.
  6. Take out of oven and pour into a serving dish.
  7. Sprinkle with brown sugar and serve! Better yet, let your kids sprinkle on the brown sugar.

Butternut Squash Nutrition Data

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 82
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 22 g7%
Sugar 4 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 2 g4%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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    • LauraGT profile image

      LauraGT 5 years ago from MA

      Tonipet. I'm so glad to hear about your success! It's really fun to find new foods likes like, especially when it's good for them. Enjoy!

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      I thought it was so simple so I prepared some. Amazing that my most picky niece enjoyed eating it she even said "this is the kind of food I love" haha, we couldn't resist laughing. She would never know the secret.

      Thank you for this Laura. Got a new one for my list of good food. Voted up up awesome, useful and I'm SHARING! Hoping more from you. Keep up!

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      LauraGT 5 years ago from MA

      Thanks for the comments! This recipe is a huge hit, at least in my house! Enjoy!

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      I really like squash and this recipe as it is so simple, plus it sounds delicious.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks a lot…now I'm hungry! :) Your butternut squash recipe looks quite good.

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      Those are great ideas. I am definitely going to institute color themed dinner nights in our house. Of course, my favorite meals are all brown (bread, meat, potatoes, chocolate cake...).

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      LauraGT 5 years ago from MA

      Thanks for reading Brainy Bunny. Some good orange foods: Oranges, cantaloupe, carrots, sweet potatoes, orange bell peppers, pumpkin, chicken a l'orange, mac n' cheese, salmon ("orange fish"). Scrambled eggs can also be dyed any color you want! I have some more color night ideas in my hub: Getting Your Kids to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables (listed above), though it's all focused on fruits and vegetables, not all food groups!

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      I like the idea of an "orange food night." What else do you serve? Carrots, sweet potatoes . . . Orange jello? Creamsicles?