Trim Healthy Mama and Keto friends are you ready for a sugar free and succulent Apple and Butternut squash casserole that is so good you may want to eat the entire thing?
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The Health Benefits of Butternut Squash
I think I’m a broken record around here. I am constantly and consistently amazed by the foods, herbs, and plants that God has given us for our good and healing. Butternut squash is just one of many plants that have amazing benefits for our bodies and health.
It is low in calories at 82 per one cup, yet it is packed with important nutrients and vitamins. Right at the top of that list is vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium. There is about 450% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin A in one cup of butternut, and about 50% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C.
During the winter months of darker sunlight and stretch immune systems, adding a bit of butternut squash to your diet won’t hurt one bit!
What Flavors Pair well with Butternut Squash?
Butternut squash is such a delicious vegetable! It has a lot of potentials to go in savory soups, casseroles, and even smoothies! Yes, I said smoothies. But what other types of flavors can we pair it with for it to shine through?
There are many spices that pair well with butternut squash recipes including: garlic, onion, cumin, cayenne, oregano, sage, basil, rosemary, and black pepper. Often butternut squash pairs with other veggies like peppers, onions, zucchini, and acorn squash. These all end up being savory THM squash casserole recipes, which I love making, but we are going to try something a little bit different with this recipe.
For this apple butternut squash recipe, we are going to head toward the sweet side of things! Butternut squash is very versatile and can also be paired with beautiful tart apples, a little bit of cinnamon, and some botanical sweetener like stevia or monk fruit.
Are Acorn and Butternut Squash Interchangeable?
Many squashes can be exchanged in recipes including butternut squash and acorn squash. They are similar veggies, but they do have some distinct differences.
The acorn squash is going to be much harder to peel than butternut squash. The flavors are similar, but the butternut squash is going to have a slightly sweeter taste than an acorn, which is why for this apple and butternut squash recipe, I do not recommend interchanging the two.
What is the Easiest Way to Peel a Butternut Squash?
The easiest way to peel almost any squash is to grab your sharp kitchen peeler and peel it away. Make sure it is a sharp peeler. A sharp or dull blade will make all the difference. Start peeling away at all the skin, you will be amazed how much faster this goes as opposed to using a knife!
Another useful tool for apples is this peeler. I just love mine, for some reason, a swirly apple tastes better than just eating it whole! My toddler son thinks so too!
Apple and Butternut Squash Casserole
You won’t find a more succulent apple and butternut squash casserole in my opinion. It has just the right amount of butter to really make this casserole feel naughty, but it truly tastes balanced and delicious.
You’ll notice in the pictures that I have topped the squash with candied pecans. That is not in the official recipe because it would make it a THM crossover instead of a THM healthy carb recipe. However, if you want to add these, you can find the recipe here on the Trim Healthy Mama ezine from 2017.
Layering the apple and butternut squash takes a little work, but in the end it turns into a beautiful apple and butternut squash casserole that can be served for holidays, breakfast, or as a delicious snack!
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A Sugar Free THM Squash Casserole
Another thing that makes this apple and butternut squash casserole unique is that it is sugar-free. Now there are some natural sugars from the apple in here, but I’m talking about the traditional white sugar that’s use is becoming an epidemic.
This recipe is going to use botanical sweeteners like stevia or monk fruit, which both comes from plants. I use stevia in this recipe from Trim Healthy Mama, but you can also use store-bought stevia or replace it with monk fruit. If you replace it with monk fruit you will probably just need a few tablespoons more to make it sweet enough.
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