Healthy holiday snacks: Butternut Squash Bites

Butternut Squash Bites with Ancho-Honey Glaze recipe
Butternut squash bites with ancho-honey glaze
Natural foods chef and wellness expert Amanda Skrip
Amanda Skrip

The holidays are a time for eating, drinking and being merry. Friends laugh, yogis sing and the time flies. Give it a healthy spin this year with the help of wellness expert Amanda Skrip. A few pro tips, a recipe to boot and you're ready to open the doors and let the festivities begin.  

Make hosting healthy holiday festivities easy:

Lighten up

A lot of hosts and hostesses make the mistake of having too many options. It’s better to make a few simple and delicious recipes than slaving over 20 dishes that leave you exhausted and burnt out before the party. Skip the heavy meat, cheese and fried foods and go for options like olives, nuts, stuffed grape leaves or vegetable antipasto that can be enjoyed by all your guests.

Butternut Squash Bites

Need some recipe inspiration for your get together? Try Amanda’s Butternut Squash Bites with Ancho-Honey Glaze.

  • 4 c. butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/3 c. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. ancho chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • sea salt

Preheat oven to 400.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, toss squash with olive oil and a pinch of salt. Arrange in an even layer on baking sheet.  Bake for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, Add honey, chili powder, mustard and a pinch of salt to a small bowl; mix to combine.

Remove squash from oven, and generously brush glaze evenly on top.  Return to oven and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until squash is fully cooked.  Stick a decorative toothpick into each ‘bite’ and serve warm or room temperature.  

Ask and you shall receive

When guests ask what they should bring, make suggestions or have it be part of your evite. Who needs six hummus platters? You’ll also be able to outsource and take some of the pressure off. Have a friend that loves to bake? Put them in charge of dessert. A gluten-free pal can provide an allergy friendly side dish. This is also a great way for everyone to feel involved and like an important part of the celebration. 


vegan variety

will agave work instead of honey? looking for a pure vegan option. same measurent??? Thank you.

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