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How to Roast Honeynut Squash: Honeynut Squash with Honeyed Walnuts

Posted December 13, 2018 by Stephanie
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The other day Mike and I were wandering down the street, stopping into little shops, getting into the Christmas spirit, when we randomly ran into some old not-quite-friends, but not really acquaintances. I’m pretty sure we could end up being good friends if one of us made the move to get together, but you know how life is – everyone always says they want to hang out but life gets in the way and it never happens. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ What did end up happening was a half hour chat about the different merits of all the boba tea houses in town. It was a serious discussion.

Anyway, our friends mentioned the Winter farmers’ market and I got incredibly excited because how did I not know about it?! Mike and I headed there immediately, after picking up a lunch of banh mi. It was AMAZING. I mean, we we ended up going at the tail end of the market, but I still managed to buy some apples and…honeynut squash!

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Have you guys heard of honeynut squash? I’ve seen it floating around on menus and the internet, but the first time I saw one in real life was at the market. I felt so special – apparently I’m nerdy like that. Honeynuts are kind of rare, like a unicorn squash: they’re are on their way to being sold in grocery stores, but right now they’re still kind of a farmers’ market kind of thing. Honeynuts are essentially tiny butternut squashes that were created to be better tasting, tinier squash. A chef (Dan Barber) met up with a squash breeder (Michael Mazourek) and asked him why he couldn’t make a small, tasty squash. After a couple of years, honeynuts were born.

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Honeynuts are not just smaller than butternuts, they’re also sweeter. You don’t need to peel the skins, and when roasted, they take on a caramel, almost malty flavor. The flesh is smooth and tender without any of the stringiness you get from larger squashes. They’re the perfect personal size squash and are absolutely delicious.

After exclaiming “wow, they’re SO CUTE!” about 16,000 times, I picked through the box of honeynuts to find my forever honeynut and carefully cradled him home. I cracked him in half, scooped out his insides, roasted him to a deep golden honey color, then ate him with yogurt, pickled shallots, and honeyed walnuts. So GOOD. I felt truly blessed, LOL.

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Have you guys had honeynuts? Do you want to? Tell me all your honeynut dreams.
xoxo steph

Honeynut Squash with Honeyed Walnuts Recipe
serves 1-2

  • 1 honeynut squash
  • neutral oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 small shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup walnut halves
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cucumber
  • pinch of cumin

Heat the oven to 425°F. Carefully halve your honeynut squash and scoop out the seeds. Drizzle with a bit of oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven, skin side up on a foil lined baking sheet, for 25-30 minutes, or until browned and tender.

While the squash is roasting, quickly picked your shallots. Place thinly sliced shallots in a small bowl with vinegar, sugar, and 2 tablespoons of water. Stir and let sit while you make the honeyed walnuts.

In a small non-stick pan, melt your butter along with the honey over medium heat. Add the walnuts and toss with the honey and butter until it bubbles and caramelizes. Remove the nuts from the pan and let cool completely.

In a small bowl, mix together the yogurt, cucumber, and a pinch of cumin. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Swoosh onto a plate and add the squash on top. Garnish with the shallots and honeyed walnuts. Enjoy!


  1. kim says:

    this recipe looks delicious. Now if I could ever find this little squash in orange county ca. . until them i’ll try it with a butternut. If anyone has seen it here,(I’ve checked farmer mkts. and groceries ) they all think I’m crazy, please leave a comment . thanks. happy holidays to you and yours.

    1. Stephanie says:

      i’m sure they’ll show up soon! they are kind of rare, but this will totally work with butternut too :)

  2. Stefanie says:

    Honeynuts are very easy to find in Philadelphia but very difficult to find in DC, though the cities are only a few hours apart. I miss them terribly and your beautiful recipe is certainly not helping! I really like using them in beef stews :)

    1. Stephanie says:

      oooh, i can just imagine how amazing they’d be in a beef stew!

  3. Erin says:

    These are currently at Trader Joe’s; organic even! I realize this is a year later but incase anyone wants to know… (And I’m super excited to try this recipe!)

    1. Stephanie says:

      i saw them there too! i was super excited about it as well. thinking of making some honey nut squash soup! :D thanks for the heads up!

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