Acorn Squash with Walnuts & Cranberry

Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar, Walnuts & Cranberries

What says “fall” better than pumpkins and squash? They come in such a huge variety of colors, shapes and flavors these days! Our family was never into pumpkins though. I’ve never  even tried them until recently because growing up my mom would say “they don’t taste very good”. Last year though, my friend told me about this amazing Acorn Squash with Walnuts & Cranberries recipe, that she said she loved, so I decided to give it a try. 
Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar, Walnuts & Cranberries

Ever since, I became a believer. Believer in acorn squash, if there is one such thing. I have found out that not only is it loaded with – Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Potassium, dietary fiber, manganese, folate, Vitamin B complex, omega 3 fatty acids, copper and tryptophan, but then it tastes great too! The addition of walnuts gives you an added boost of healthy oils, which are good for your cardiac health and help you lower cholesterol.

Seriously, do you need more convincing? I firmly believe that this recipe can make a believer out of anyone, so what are you waiting for, go ahead and try it for yourself! With as easy it is to make, you practically owe it to yourself to try it!

Acorn Squash with Walnuts & Cranberry

5 from 1 vote
Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin!
Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 Acorn Squash cut in half
  • 1/2 cup walnuts roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup cranberries frozen or fresh
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  1. Turn your oven to 375F.
  2. Combine walnuts, cranberries and brown sugar. Toss to combine.
  3. Cut each acorn squash in half. Remove and discard seeds.
  4. Split the mixture between two halves of the squash. Top with 1 tablespoon butter each half.
  5. Place in a baking dish, loosely cover with foil and bake in a for 1 hour 15 minutes, to 1 hour 30 minutes, or until fork inserted into the squash goes in easily.
  6. Remove from the oven, place on a plate and serve right away.

To eat:

  1. with each spoonful try to catch a little bit of everything, the walnuts, the cranberries and some of the syrup built up at the bottom of the squash. If it is not sweet enough, add a spoon of honey. Enjoy!

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    Thinking of making for Thanksgiving. We are traveling. Could this be made ahead and warmed up?

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    Can I make this ahead of time?

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  • Jeanie

    Just curious….. do you think this could be put together & then frozen for later?

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    • I am actually not sure, have never done it before, but if you try doing it, let me know how it goes 🙂

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  • I have had a squash sitting on my counter for a few weeks now and I finally know what to do with it. The pictures in this post are so beautiful.!

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    • Thanks so much Olivia! Let me know how you like it once you make it!

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  • holdthegross

    I made this the other day and it was great! I also wrote a post about it: http://holdthegross.wordpress.com/2012/11/11/the-cranberry-and-walnut-stuffed-acorn-squash/

    I have a few more squash's to play with. Do you have any other recipe suggestions? If not I might just have to make this over and over and over and over.

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  • Liz

    I made this last weekend!! Amazing. Delicious. Very soon to be making another guest appearance in my kitchen. Just wanted to let you know I'm a fan! Thanks!

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  • Marina

    Thanks for your comment! Try and let me know how you like it 🙂 I've never had acorn squash before this recipe either, but after I tried it once, I was hooked!

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    Gorgeous colours and flavours!

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    THIS IS GORGEOUS!

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    • Joe

      Might be nice to show how to slice to squash..didn’t turn out like the recipe looked…. 🙁

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      • Hi Monique, sorry to hear it didn’t turn our for you. Could you be a little bit more specific about what didn’t turn out?
        Anytime you’re big sure how something’s done, it’s very useful to just google it. Most of the time you will find an answer to your question. In the future I will include a little more specific guide on how to do it, but for now you can watch this video here – https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cv3j2v1eiuo

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