Recipe: BC Butternut Squash Brownies with Hazelnut Crumble Topping

Don’t let the name scare you. These butternut brownies are moist, beta-carotene-rich and naturally sweet. The best part about the main ingredient however, is that butternut squash are grown abundantly in BC throughout the winter. Incorporating them into your home cooking — and baking — as much as possible is a delicious eco-friendly idea. And you’ll be supporting your local farming community.

Butternut Squash Brownies are a great way to use SPUD’s organic butternut squash (and sneak some veggies into your kid’s diet). They’ll leave your guests wondering how on Earth these chocolatey little squares are so moist and how they feel so great and light post-brownie-binge.


For the brownies:

2 cups cooked BC Butternut Squash (or 1 small to medium squash)
12 medjool dates
5 tbsp. organic raw cacao powder (or regular cocoa powder)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
5 tbsp. maple syrup
1 ½ tsp organic Vanilla Extract
½ c. brown rice flour (or flour of your choice)
⅔ c. BC hazelnut meal (finely ground hazelnuts)


For the crumble topping:

1 cup BC hazelnuts (toast for optimal flavour)
¾ cup oats
½ cup BC hazelnut meal (almond meal works here, too)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. maple syrup
3 tbsp. Earth Balance Spread (or butter)
2 tbsp. coconut oil (try Naked Coconuts available through SPUD)



1. Start by preheating the over (to 350F) then making the topping: in a food processor chop oats and hazelnuts for 10 seconds (until coarsely chopped).

2. Transfer oats and hazelnuts to a small bowl and mix in hazelnut meal, cinnamon, salt, maple syrup, butter and coconut oil. Set aside.

3. Rinse out your food processor, then blend together cooked butternut squash and dates until silky smooth (if your dates are hard, soak them in hot water for 20 minutes).

4. Transfer your squash/date mixture to a medium bowl and add cacao, salt, cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup, flour and nut meal. Mix well.

5. Line your baking dish with parchment paper (with overlapping sides for easy removal), fill with the brownie mixture, then top with crumble.


This recipe was created for SPUD


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