Acorn Squash with Cinnamon and Nutmeg

Acorn Squash with Cinnamon and Nutmeg

Acorn Squash with Cinnamon and Nutmeg

acornsquashAge: 10 months +
Yields: 1 acorn squash
Food Storage: refrigerator-friendly
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Serving Notes: self-feed, family-friendly meal. No bowl necessary!

This recipe is a seasonal treat that toddlers will especially enjoy around Fall and Thanksgiving. In this recipe, naturally sweet acorn squash is presented with warm flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg…reminiscent of a pumpkin pie! You can feel guiltless about this delectable vegetable. Acorn squash provides an excellent source of Vitamin C and Potassium. Make this an enjoyable experience for older toddlers and allow them to eat the squash right out of the shell!


  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Remove the top of the acorn squash, then cut the squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds with a spoon. Place the squash skin side down on a baking sheet lined with foil. Place the butter in a small bowl and melt in the microwave for approximately 20-30 seconds or until the butter is liquefied. Add the cinnamon and nutmeg to the butter and stir to mix well. Pour the butter mixture over the squash, coating all the flesh of the squash evenly.

Roast the squash for 1 hour or until tender with a fork. If spoon-feeding to your baby, use a spoon to remove the flesh of the squash from its shell and transfer desired portion to a small bowl. Older toddlers can enjoy this dining experience right out of the shell! If storing leftovers, place the acorn shell halves in an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator.

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About Amy Godiwalla

Amy Godiwalla is co-author of the What a Good Eater! cookbook, available on Amazon. Amy and her husband, Shaun, live in Denver, Colorado, with their two little boys. When Amy is not feeding little mouths or inventing recipes, she enjoys hiking, yoga, snowboarding, cooking, entertaining, traveling to the mountains, sipping hot chocolate at ski resorts, and wine tasting.

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