Clean Eating Stuffed Acorn Squash

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These recipe photos have been updated since originally posted in 2016!

A half of an acorn squash stuffed with apples and pecans on a pretty white plate.

Winter squash can be intimidating. Like how do you eat acorn squash?!

But this ahhhmazing Clean Eating Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe is anything but intimidating!

Can I get an amen?

I spent years walking past it in the grocery store wondering what in the world people do with it.

It has only been within recent years that I have grown to love this weird fall produce!

Up close shot of a Clean Eating stuffed Acorn Squash garnished with thyme.

The most recognizable winter squash is a pumpkin! Some of my other favorites are butternut, spaghetti, and acorn squash.

Oh, and just recently I have fallen in love with hubbard squash.

These little cuties look like mini pumpkins and have the most delicate taste. My friend Sarah, being the amazing gardener that she is, planted a few seeds this year and graciously shared her harvest with us. 

Back to acorn squash… πŸ˜‰


Halved acorn squashes filled with apples and dried cranberries.

I first learned about acorn squash and it’s deliciousness from Rachael Ray.  

Ya, we’re pretty tight. BFFs you may say.

After that particular episode, I no longer suspiciously eyed it from across the grocery store. Nope, I proudly picked up a few from my nearest grocer and got to work. 

Beautifully plated Clean Eating Stuffed Acorn Squash for Thanksgiving.

This mouthwatering Clean Eating Stuffed Acorn Squash is so fabulous because you can’t mess it up.

It has always turned out well, especially the times I was heavy handed on the filling ingredients. The more butter and syrup the better!

Does that even need to be said? Like duh, of course it’s better!

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Squash is fairly bland so bumping up the flavor with the addition of sweet apples, tart dried cranberries, crunchy pecans, a bit of fat from the butter, and wholesome sweeteners produces a top-notch gluten free and dairy free side dish. 

Two halves of an acorn squash stuffed with sweet maple syrup and butter fruit goodness.

I not only love how this dish tastes, but I LOVE how beautiful and festive it is.

The subtle yellows, oranges, and reds shout fall and the holidays.

This recipe will add just what you need for your holiday table decor. The best part? It’s not just decor, it’s edible! 

You have find this amazing Clean Eating Acorn Squash recipe and step-by-step instructions (with photos) at Living Well Spending Less. Ruth has yet again featured this on her blog and I could not be more grateful! 


Dried cranberries, diced apples, and pecans in a butter and coconut sugar sauce inside an acorn squash.


  1. Johanna Bennetts

    Was it really 2016 that you first posted this?! It’s been a Christmas staple for us ever since. Just wrote down all the ingredients on my grocery list for Christmas 2023.

    • Yes, it’s been a hot minute! So good to know you have enjoyed this recipe for so many years. You made my day, Johanna! You’ve always been HappiHomemade’s biggest cheerleader. Thank you! <3

  2. Sandy Hunter

    I love acorn squash stuffed with sauteed mushrooms and dusted with buttered panko crumbs.

  3. Looks delicious! Thanks for linkin’ up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  4. This looks delicious! I’m featuring it tonight on Allergy-Free Thursdays. Can’t wait to see wait you share this week!

  5. Thanks so much for linking up with Full Plate Thursday! We will have an early Thanksgiving Edition on 11-22 -16, hope to see you there!
    Wishing you a bountiful Thanksgiving!
    Miz Helen

  6. Sammi – I love this stuffed acorn squash ! So pretty and perfect for fall!
    My feature for this week’s Sunday Fitness & Food! Congrats!

  7. Angela

    This looks fabulous! Such a beautiful side dish πŸ™‚

  8. This looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing at the Family Joy Blog Link Party this week!

  9. I love stuffing squash!
    I’ve never tried anything like this- sounds like a treat!

  10. I have an acorn squash that is begging to be used very soon. Pinning this recipe for (a very near) future reference. πŸ™‚ Visiting from The Family Joy Link-up Party.

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