Sweet and spicy flavors come together for a delicious and comforting autumn side dish.

Spicy Maple Roasted Acorn Squash [Vegan]

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  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper
  • pomegranate arils


  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Slice squash into wedges.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together melted butter, vinegar, maple syrup, and spices.
  4. Coat squash wedges with spice mixture.
  5. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Cover with foil and place in the oven for 30 minutes.
  7. Remove foil and roast another 30 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven. Place in serving dish and top with pomegranate arils.


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