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Butternut Squash Bread

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This butternut squash bread is a simple way to get tasty pumpkin spice flavors while using easy, already chopped and cooked squash from the freezer section.

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You know how much I love bread. I love all kinds, but especially easy ones. This butternut squash bread could not be easier.

It uses frozen squash. Which means someone else has cleaned, peeled, chopped, and cooked it for you.

And even better? You need the frozen squash thawed.

So if you’ve ever had a terrible day where you went grocery shopping and all the freezer items thawed before you got home, you do not have to throw them away!

Save those thawed bags and turn them into this butternut squash bread. You won’t be as sad as you were before.

sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, water baking soda, baking powder, salt, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon in a bowl ready to be mixed up.

What is butternut squash bread?

Butternut squash bread is a spiced quick bread recipe that uses butternut squash in the bread batter. It is full of fall flavors like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, that make sure your house smells amazing as it bakes.

If you have never used it before, butternut squash is a kind of winter squash, which means it has a hard outer skin from growing so long on the vine. It is a longer shaped squash with light colored skin, and the flesh is bright orange and sweeter like a pumpkin.

squash added to cinnamon mixture

What ingredients are in butternut squash bread?

  • White Sugar: this sweetens the bread without adding extra flavors
  • Vegetable Oil: breads baked with oil are softer and more moist
  • Eggs: this binds the squashed bread together so it isn’t crumbly
  • Water: this dissolves the sugar and helps wake up the gluten in the flour to give the bread structure
  • Baking Soda: this is a leavening agent that helps the bread rise when mixed with an acid
  • Baking Powder: this is a leavening agent that can rise without acid activating it
  • Salt: this balances all the other flavors in the bread so one doesn’t stand out too much
  • Nutmeg: this adds important flavors, but don’t add too much or it will overpower the bread giving it a bitter flavor
  • Cloves: this spice goes great with sweet flavors like cinnamon but balances them to give a more complete flavor profile
  • Cinnamon: this classic spice perfectly mixes with the others to give the right amount of spice in this recipe for squash bread
  • Raisins (optional): if you love raisins, they go perfectly in this recipe
  • Frozen Package Butternut Squash: be sure to let it thaw in the fridge overnight before using, otherwise let it sit at room temperature for about an hour before baking
  • All Purpose Flour: this is the main ingredient that gives structure to the bread loaf
flour added to squash mixture

How to make butternut squash bread:

  1. Blend sugar and oil in a large bowl, then add eggs and mix well.
  2. Add water and spices to the wet ingredients, and mix well.
  3. Add squash and mix again, making sure the big pieces are broken up smaller.
  4. Add flour and blend.
  5. Pour batter in the prepared loaf pan and bake in preheated oven, covering for the last 10 minutes of cook time.
  6. When cooked through, remove and let sit in pan for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely,
squash bread mixture poured into a bread pan

Can I use frozen butternut squash for butternut squash bread?

Yes you can use frozen butternut squash in this butternut squash bread recipe! That is what I use every time because it is already cut, partially cooked, and mashes so perfectly to blend into the other squash bread ingredients.

Can I use fresh butternut squash for butternut squash bread?

Yes you can use fresh butternut squash to make this homemade butternut squash bread, but you will need to make your own butternut squash puree. You will need to peel, chop, partially cook real butternut, and measure the right amount in ounces before using in this bread.

If you have leftover roasted butternut squash halves, this is a great way to use those leftovers and make a delicious quick bread instead.

baked bread in pan fresh from the oven

Can you taste the butternut squash in butternut squash bread?

No you cannot taste the butternut squash in this butternut squash bread recipe. You can taste the warm spices which are what give this bread its flavors.

The squash acts the way pumpkin puree does in a pumpkin bread. It adds moisture to the loaf and reduces the amount of extra sugar and oil you need to add to the recipe.

But it does not give the bread a squashy flavor; we just call it that because pureed butternut squash is an ingredient in this recipe.

bread out of the pan and onto a cutting board

How to store leftover butternut squash bread:

Store leftover butternut squash bread in an airtight container on your counter. While some people like the taste of cold bread from storing it in the fridge, the fridge can dry out baked goods.

With this being a moister spice bread, that may not be a problem for you. But if you do not like how fast it dries out, we suggest storing your bread on the counter.

front view of bread fresh out of oven and on a cutting board

Can you freeze butternut squash bread?

Yes you can freeze this simple butternut squash bread. Let it cool completely, then wrap it in plastic wrap, label it, and place it in a freezer bag.

The next time you need bread but don’t have time to make it, pull the frozen squash bread out and let it thaw on the counter. It makes the perfect snack.

front view of bread on cutting board with 2 slices

What to serve with butternut squash bread:

I love to serve this butternut squash bread year round as a snack or appetizer or even dessert. Here are some of my favorite things to serve it with:

  • Apple Cider: a warm or cold glass of cider is the perfect side to a slice of bread
  • Butternut Squash Soup: you can have a whole meal with extra butternut in every dish
  • Powdered Sugar: sprinkle the entire loaf of bread with powdered sugar and wrap it to give to a neighbor
  • Fresh Fruit: berries, apples, oranges, all go great with this bread
  • Ice Cream: a little bit of vanilla or maple syrup ice cream turns this into an easy and tasty dessert bread
front view of bread on cutting board with 2 slices

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Whether you are looking for a way to use leftovers or just need a new favorite fall treat, this butternut squash bread is a great recipe to make and share with anyone you love.

Yield: 8 Servings

Butternut Squash Bread

front view of bread on cutting board with 2 slices

This butternut squash bread is a simple way to get tasty pumpkin spice flavors while using easy, already chopped and cooked squash.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350*F
  2. Prepare a 9” loaf pan with parchment paper, non-stick foil or cooking spray.
  3. Blend sugar and vegetable oil together in a bowl.
  4. Add eggs and mix well.
  5. Add water, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and raisins (if using). Mix well.
  6. Add squash and mix well.
  7. If there are big squash chunks that won't mix, use a potato masher or fork to break those pieces up smaller.
  8. Add flour and blend.
  9. Pour mixture into the prepared bread pan and bake for 1 hour.
  10. After 1 hour, gently cover the bread with foil and bake for 10 more minute.
  11. Check to see if bread is ready by inserting a toothpick into the center of bread to see if it’s done.
  12. When done, remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes before removing from the pan to fully cool.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 401Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 460mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 3gSugar: 37gProtein: 5g

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Amy

Friday 2nd of December 2022

Just made this recipe tonight....doubled it to make 2 loaves. Delicious. My 11 year old son wanted seconds!

Janelle

Tuesday 6th of December 2022

Amy I'm so glad to hear it. It's the perfect way to sneak veggies into our kids diets! Thanks for your comment!

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