Na*me-Inspired Roasted Squash (Vegan Friendly)

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 55 mins

Modified from a recipe found on First the recipe was stripped down by omitting the dressing, candied nuts; adding and subtracting a few ingredients. The flavors were inspired by Middle Eastern/North African/Indian cuisine. Olive oil can replace the butter if you wish. The amounts of ingredients listed can vary depending on the size of the squash. Did you know?: 'Sugar Loaf' squash " an improved version of 'Delicata'. Very sweet. Excellent storage qualities. Developed by Dr. James Baggett of Oregon State University. A winter squash variety."

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Sauce

  • 1 butternut squash ('Delicata', 'Sweet Loaf', etc.) or 1 other sweet squash ('Delicata', 'Sweet Loaf', etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons cold pressed coconut oil (I used a combination of coconut oil and butter) or 2 tablespoons butter (I used a combination of coconut oil and butter)
  • 2 -3 tablespoons pomegranate molasses, to taste (depends on how big the squash is)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or other sugar of your choice ( brown sugar, raw sugar, agave, etc.)
  • 12 teaspoon sumac
  • 12 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 12 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 14 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 18 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • white pepper, to taste
  • 14 teaspoon sea salt (to taste)
  • Garnish

  • 3 tablespoons dried barberries or 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • toasted walnuts (almonds, pistachios, pine nuts, etc. can be substituted)


  1. Roasted Butternut Squash: Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Cut in half lengthwise and discard seeds.
  3. Arrange the two halves on a parchment lined sheet pan.
  4. Spoon and/or sprinkle the oil/butter, pomegranate molasses, honey and spices on the squash. Don't worry about mixing it all together. The heat from the roasting will do that.
  5. Roast squash for 45 minutes, or until starting to brown on the edges, adding the dried barberries or dried cranberries the last 10-12 minutes of roasting.
  6. Serve hot. Tastes best hot or at room temperature.
Most Helpful

Delicious way to make butternut squash. We absolutely loved the addition of the pomegranate molasses and the wonderful spice combination. We also enjoyed the addition of the dried cranberries. The only change I made was to use cubed squash vs. the halves. This dish will be made often. : )

DailyInspiration October 16, 2014

Sorry for the delay in reviewing....we all loved this, especially the tartness of the pomegranate molasses. I used butter. I also used a butternut that I already had sliced thinly. Worked wonderfully. Thank you! made for NA/ME Tag 4/12.

Elmotoo May 02, 2012

this is good ,its tart and spicy and it is a nice side dish i like how cinnamon works with coriander and sumak

Dienia B. April 20, 2012