Cocoa Roasted Butternut Squash

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins

Spice up your squash with a cocoa powder-cayenne mixture.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 13 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 14 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 12 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks (about 6 pounds)
  • 14 cup canola oil or 14 cup vegetable oil
  • 34 cup slivered almonds, toasted


  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the cocoa powder, salt, cayenne, cinnamon, and sugar.
  3. Arrange the squash chunks on two large baking sheets. Drizzle the oil over the squash and toss to coat evenly.
  4. Sprinkle the cocoa mixture over the squash and toss to coat.
  5. Roast for 45 to 55 minutes, or until tender. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle with the toasted almonds.
Most Helpful

Loved this recipe, Did not think chocolate and squash would go together but then again i love chocolate!! Also loved the hint of cinnamon, tasted great. Will be cooking this more often.

hard62 January 21, 2011

I just really can't praise this enough. It was the best butternut squash I have ever had! The only thing I did differently was to reduce the coco powder a little. The chocolate with the touch of cayenne was awesome. Thank you for this.

tara portee November 30, 2010