Roasted Butternut Squash with Maple Sage Brown Butter (refined sugar free)


I made a trial Thanksgiving dinner the other night and am so happy with the recipe I came up with for this Brown Butter Sage Butternut Squash. Try saying that 5 times fast!

I love candied yams, but since starting the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, gave up potatoes along with the grains. As I’ve been planning my Thanksgiving menu, I wanted to have a dish that resembled  the rich sweetness of the perennial Thanksgiving favorite.

While there aren’t melted marshmallows on top, this dish is every bit as sweet without the refined sugar and starches.  Butternut squash is a delectable and accessible Fall and Winter vegetable, so feel free to make this as a side with any meal! No need to wait until Thanksgiving.

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Roasted Butternut Squash with Maple Sage Brown Butter (refined sugar free)

AUTHOR: Danielle Walker - AgainstAllGrain.com


  • 1 medium butternut squash (peeled and cubed)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 10 fresh sage leaves
  • 1 tablespoon grade A maple syrup (honey for SCD)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Peel, seed, and dice the butternut squash. You can follow my tutorial here.
  3. Toss the butternut squash in olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread it evenly on a cookie sheet.
  4. Roast the squash, tossing occasionally, until tender and slightly browned, about 20 minutes.
  5. Heat the butter and sage leaves over medium-high heat, swirling it around the pan every couple of minutes. Once the butter foams up and starts browning, remove from heat. You want it to be a light amber color, but not burned.
  6. Add the maple syrup and cinnamon, then pour the butter sauce over the squash. Adjust the salt and pepper to your liking.
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  • http://olie-oh.blogspot.com/ olio!

    I am addicted to butternut squash right now, since my butternut squash pizza I made last week. This is something I will definitely try. Plus I loooove sage. Maybe you can come up with a butternut maple ice cream recipe. I think butternut is what pumpkin wants to be. Although I do like pumpkin too. Just thinking out loud. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

    • http://tummytranquility.wordpress.com Against All Grain

      Oh yum butternut maple ice cream with cinnamon and nutmeg. Will be on my list of to-dos!

  • http://www.saltinthecity.com Jeanne

    You had me at Maple Sage Brown Butter! I don’t have any butternut on hand, but I think I’ll use your inspiration and try it with some aacorn squash I need to use!

  • http://www.dinnersanddreams.net Nisrine

    Wonderful butternut squash dish and perfect for the holidays.

  • Karen

    We just had this for Thanksgiving & it was A-MAZING! Plus, this was super easy! I cubed the squash the day before & so today’s prep was simple & fast! It goes so well with turkey & the sage, maple syrup, cinnamon combo was finger-licking good! Thank you!

    • http://tummytranquility.wordpress.com Against All Grain

      Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Donna Morvay

    Made this for St. Patrick’s Day for 1; had a chicken thigh smoked with peach wood chips with it. Fabulous! Will make it again and again. So easy :)