Candied Maple-Cinnamon Delicata Squash {Paleo, Vegan}


This dish is ridiculously good.

And it’s easy to make.

It turned out to have a slightly crunchy, caramelized coating that’s almost candy-like. Let’s put it this way, you won’t have leftovers when you make this, so you might want to make a double batch!

I shared a post earlier this week about how to cut up and prepare delicata squash (WAY easier than pumpkin or butternut squash).

You can even eat the peel 🙂


This dish combines the sweetness of maple syrup, subtle spiciness of ginger, hint of salt, and the crunchiness and earthiness of pecans.

The squash has a slight, candied crunch on the outside edges and is soft and comforting on the inside.

Hungry yet?

Candied Maple-Cinnamon Delicata Squash



  • 1 medium delicata squash, trimmed to 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoon 100% pure maple syrup, separated (1 tsp before cooking, 2 teaspoons after)
  • 3/4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/3 cup pecans, lightly toasted and chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 425F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut the squash into half moons and then cut in half again as shown in the picture above.
  3. Combine coconut oil, cinnamon, 1 tsp maple syrup, ginger, and sea salt in a bowl and toss the squash in the bowl to evenly distribute the coating.
  4. Arrange squash in a flat even layer on a baking tray, making sure the sides don’t touch (we don’t want them to steam, we want them to roast!).
  5. Bake for 18 minutes, then remove tray and flip pieces to the other side. Continue roasting for 10-12 minutes or until squash can be pierced easily with a fork and is browned and caramelized.
  6. Remove squash from oven and toss with 2 more teaspoons of maple syrup and chopped pecans.

About racheldruck

I love to cook, and I am passionate about spreading the message of how delicious, simple and nourishing real food can be. Check out my blog for posts on healthy recipes, tips and tricks, and lessons learned on my healthy eating journey! I'm passionate about educating, teaching and equipping you with the skills, tools and inspiration to live a purposeful, energized life! I live in Baltimore with my husband, my college sweetheart, and work as a wellness consultant and health coach. I also teach healthy cooking classes. I love what I do!

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