Apple & Cinnamon Squash Boats Recipe

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A simple, easy to make acorn squash recipe that is a mix between dinner and dessert, with cinnamon and lime baked apples baked in the center of the squash. A new family favorite recipe!


Units Scale
  • 23 Granny Smith Apples (diced or cubed)
  • 2 Acorn Squash
  • 4 TBSP of melted butter
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 TBSP Lime Juice
  • 2 TBSP Water
  • 2 Tsp Cinnamon


  1. ) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. While the oven is preheating, with a very sharp knife cut the acorn squash in half longwise and clean out the center strings and seeds.
  2. ) Place the acorn squash face down on a pan or baking dish with a half-inch (or higher) lip or ledge. Fill the pan with one-quarter to one-half inch of water – this seals the squash, preventing them from drying out while the inside is cooking.
  3. ) Carefully place the pan in the oven, where you will be baking the acorn squash for 20 minutes.
  4. ) While the squash is baking, mix the melted butter and apples, making sure they are covered thoroughly with butter.
  5. ) Mix the brown sugar, lime juice, water, and cinnamon in with the apples. Make sure everything is coated evenly.
  6. ) Remove the baked acorn squash from the oven and very carefully flip the acorn squash so that the centers are facing up. Do not dump the water.
  7. ) Fill the center of each of the squash halves with the apple mixture. Once filled, very carefully move the pan back to the oven and cook for another 20 minutes.
  8. ) Once finished, let cool for 5 – 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm.