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Mashed Butternut Squash with Spiced Chickpeas

  • Author: Vicky & Ruth
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 cups 1x


This delicious main course combines sweet and comforting mashed butternut squash with sacory spiced chickpeas for an all-in-one meal that is perfect as a vegan entree or side dish for the cooling weather.



For the Mashed Butternut Squash:

  • 1 large butternut squash, cut in half lengthwise and seeds removed
  • 3 tsp store-bought or homemade Garam Masala spice mix
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup canned light coconut milk
  • 2 tsp pure maple syrup

For the Chickpeas:

  • 2 - 15 ounce cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Optional garnishes

  • Chopped cilantro or parsley
  • Pumpkin seeds ( we use pumpkin spiced roasted pumpkin seeds that we found at Trader Joes)
  • Sunflower seeds


  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and place the butternut squash cut side down. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until tender. Baking time will depend on the size of the butternut squash
  2. Remove the butternut squash from the oven and let it cool so it is safe enough to handle. Using a spoon, remove the flesh, discarding the skin, and place it in a bowl
  3. Mash the butternut squash with a fork and place in a deep skillet
  4. Add Garam Masala, salt, maple syrup, and coconut milk. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring until well combined
  5. In the meantime, heat the oil on a separate skillet. Add the chickpeas, Garam Masala,  sweet paprika and salt and toss well, so all the chickpeas are well coated with the spices.  Cook for 5 minutes or until hot
  6. Scoop the butternut squash into a bowl, top with chickpeas, fresh cilantro or parsley and pumpkin seeds
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Roasting
  • Cuisine: vegan


  • Serving Size: 1 cup butternut squash topped with chickpeas
  • Calories: 231
  • Sugar: 5.6
  • Sodium: 1000
  • Fat: 8
  • Saturated Fat: 3
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 33
  • Fiber: 8
  • Protein: 8.3
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: butternut squash, chickpeas, garam masala, entree, vegan, thanksgiving

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