Butternut Squash Chocolate Pudding (Paleo)

Ok. This is the last of my butternut squash recipes. At least for now. I think I’ve hit all the realms of butternut squash usage: breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, and dessert. As a celebratory finish, I’ve got a chocolatey treat to share: pudding!

Word of caution though: Make sure you’re working with cooled butternut squash. Maybe it’s just me, but the squash flavor is really strong right out of the oven. I always just let it chill in the fridge overnight to avoid any uncertainty- thus making this the perfect recipe for leftover pureed butternut squash! Even so, there may be a slight butternut-y flavor to it. Instead of comparing the taste to the Snack Pack or Jello puddings sold in store, consider this pudding as its own brand/type of dessert.

In less exciting news, I’ve FINALLY added an About and Recipe Index to the blog (better later than never) Hopefully this will help everybody (including me!) find past recipes 🙂

Butternut Squash Chocolate Pudding (Paleo)

Butternut Squash Chocolate Pudding (Paleo) 


*3/4 cup roasted butternut squash, COMPLETELY COOLED

2-3 tbsp cocoa powder

2 tbsp maple syrup or honey

2 tbsp nut butter of choice (peanut, almond, etc…)

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup water

*To make puree, slice the butternut squash in half long ways and place face-down (peel side up) on a foil-lined baking pan. Roast in the oven at 425 degrees for 45 minutes. Flip face-up and roast for 10 more minutes. Once cooled, scoop out squash flesh and blend in a food processor until smooth. 


In a food processor, blend butternut squash, cocoa powder, maple syrup/honey, nut butter, vanilla, , and salt together. Add water and blend. LET REFRIGERATE FOR AT LEAST 2 HOURS BEFORE EATING (to let flavors set in).

Butternut Squash no longer in season? Try my Summer Squash Chocolate Pudding instead!


26 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ani on January 25, 2014 at 9:47 am

    I saw a similar recipe with sweet potatoes! Sounds absolutely amazing!!


  2. This looks SO unique and delicious. I’ve made pudding with avocado, but never with butternut squash like this. Sounds AMAZING!


  3. Wow, wouldn’t have expected a chocolate pudding that contains squash! I must try this 😀 Thanks for sharing!


  4. Chocolate–and no dairy! Will definitely try this one. Thanks.


  5. Posted by deliciouslynell on January 26, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Fantastic! :3


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  7. So simple, but looks amazing!


  8. Posted by Share JOYS! Project / Joy Journey 2 Health on February 2, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Wow! I would have never guessed from the picture that this was made dairy-free and with squash! I have learned about the avocado chocolate mousse recipe(s) floating around too, but haven’t tried that just yet. I will try this sometime when having company and use carob instead, since I am highly sensitive to chocolate and it is far too stimulating for me. 🙂 Thanks a bunch for the inspiration!


  9. Of course! And I make the avocado mousse one as well! Both are highly addicting, with the avocado having a bit more of the traditional taste. I’ve never tried this with carob, but if you are used to the flavor than I’m sure it will taste great 🙂


  10. Great idea! Love that cocoa powder! 😉


  11. Can I make this with summer squash?


    • Hi! Summer squash will change up the texture and taste, but I’m sure if you play around, you can make it work! I’d leave out the additional water though because summer squash contains a lot of water already… I’ve actually been trying to redo this recipe with zucchini. Hopefully I’ll have it perfected and posted in the upcoming weeks 🙂


  12. Posted by Sandy on May 8, 2015 at 7:21 am

    I’m working on learning to like butternut squash. 🙂 I do have an issue though – when I peel it, my hands react really badly with some sort of excema type thing – red, tight, itchy, etc. Ever encounter this? (thanks for the “like” on our blog!”


    • Hmmmm I’ve never experienced or heard of that! Maybe try baking the squash and then just scooping the “meat” out with a spoon? Usually I don’t peel the squash because it’s too hard and bumpy


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  14. Oh my oh my. Gonna definitely be trying this out very soon.


  15. Yummy! definitely one to try!


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