I love Fall; the changing weather, colorful leaves, crisp Autumn air and abundance of squash in the market make me happy. So when I ran across this recipe recently I had to give it a shot! I love how the author uses items which I tend to have in the fridge anyway, with the exception of the squash which I had to buy 🙂 But hey, it was well worth it and I highly suggest you give this one a shot as it pairs well with our Butternut squash soup and warm fig & pistachio salad.

I made a couple adjustments to keep it allergy-free friendly, so you can see her original post here.



Gluten free, dairy free Stuffed Acorn Squash

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Serving Size: 1/2 squash, stuffed

Gluten free, dairy free Stuffed Acorn Squash


  • 1 medium acorn squash
  • 1 cup vegetarian chicken broth or veggie broth
  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots; chopped
  • ½ large bell pepper (preferably red) chopped
  • 1 cup cooked garbanzo beans
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegan or coconut butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit
  2. Cut squash in half and remove pulp, place squash face down on a large baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes or until done (squash should be tender all the way through)
  3. In the meantime, in a medium saucepan, add the broth and quinoa, bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer and cover.
  4. Continue cooking for about 15 minutes.
  5. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil, add garlic, onions, carrot and bell peppers.
  6. Sautee for about 5 minutes until the carrots are tender, stirring occasionally.
  7. Add garbanzo beans, raisins, spinach, cumin and salt to the mix and continue cooking for a few minutes.
  8. Add the quinoa to the skillet, stir well and remove from heat.
  9. Once the squash is done cooking, remove from oven.
  10. Evenly spread the butter over the entire inner squash and sprinkle with the brown sugar, breaking up the squash a bit with a fork so that the butter and sugar are spread more evenly throughout.
  11. Stuff each half of the squash with half of the quinoa stuffing mixture and serve.


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