Gluten Free Apple Butter Butternut Squash Casserole

Gluten Free Apple Butter Butternut Squash Casserole

Butternut squash is one of my all time favorite ingredients. From soups to pie and everything in between, I’m in love with this versatile and healthy gourd. If you’re unconvinced of its merit, this gluten free apple butter butternut squash casserole will win you over. Sweet enough to convince the kids to try it, but not one of those melted marshmallow dishes that makes you wonder if it’s a side dish or a dessert.

If you’ve read a lot of my recipes, you know that I often use creative ingredient substitutions in my gluten free baking, either to reduce the fat and calories or to accommodate other dietary restrictions. Well, one of my new favorite secret ingredients does both of those things, and adds delicious flavor to recipes, as well: apple butter!

Butternut Squash Casserole with Fork

I’ve now used apple butter in everything from cakes to granola, and in preparation for Thanksgiving, I’ve now used it to make this amazingly yummy gluten free apple butter butternut squash casserole! I think you’ll find that it makes an already flavorful, creamy, feel-good autumn dish even better!

And if you make your own apple butter with my recipe, you’ll be rewarded with extra to slather on your homemade gluten free bread – bonus!


Gluten Free Apple Butter Butternut Squash Casserole

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  • 2 1/2 cups (~ 2 lb.) butternut squash
  • 1/3 cup unrefined coconut palm sugar or brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple butter (make your own!)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream, dairy or non-dairy
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)

topping ingredients:

  • 4 Tbs. melted butter or non-dairy alternative (e.g. Earth Balance®)
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar or brown sugar
  • 2 Tbs. gfJules™ All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or favorite gluten free granola
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut (optional)


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Preheat oven to 350° F.

Peel butternut squash and cut into large chunks.

Line a baking pan with foil drizzled lightly with olive oil.

Toss the squash chunks with the oil and bake until fork tender, approximately 45 minutes.

Once cooked, mash the squash with a potato masher or in a food processor. Combine in a large bowl with sugar, apple butter, eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Whisk in the spices and fold in raisins, if using.

Spread mixture in an oiled 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes, or until the center is no longer jiggly.

In a small bowl, melt the butter and stir in other topping ingredients.

When the casserole is finished cooking, sprinkle the topping ingredients across the top and return to the oven for 5 more minutes.

Remove and serve warm or cold.

Gluten free apple butter & butternut squash casserole

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  2. what a great idea! I love Apple butter! I wonder what it would be like in my granola bars. or my mom’s baked oatmeal. can’t wait to try it!

  3. I would love to make apple butter donuts! I make a mean pumpkin donut, so this would be a great compliment for my Fall treats!!

  4. I would like to try it on the pumpkin bread recipe of yours. The recipe was so easy and yummy. Plus same last name as applebutter :)

  5. I think I’ll give apple butter a go in the gluten free pancake mix I just bought — hubby’s working hard to actually LIKE going gluten free!

  6. I would definately use Apple Butter in recipes. My Mom use to eat it all the time and just loved it. I have a coffee cake recipe that I would probably try it in. There are alot of calories in it and it needs to be toned down a little. LOL….if you know what I mean!

  7. This recipe looks awesome and combines two of my favourite foods – apple butter and butternut squash! I also love spreading apple butter on my GF pancakes for some extra flavour. Thanks in advance for the recipe giveaway, looking forward to trying them out!

    • Hi Nancy – it would be different with egg replacer, but probably still good because of all the yummy flavors and spices. I’d recommend adding some of my Jules GF Flour (maybe ~1/4 cup?) and a teaspoon of baking powder to the casserole if you’re not using eggs, and then you could use more squash or pumpkin puree or applesauce (~ 1/2 – 3/4 cup) to replace the eggs. Let me know if you try it, since I haven’t had a chance to make it yet without eggs — this is my best guess for a starting place!

  8. I would first use it on my German Gluten Free pancakes, gluten free toast, and mix it in with some dessert and casserole recipes. I love sharing my experiences and new creations with products that make a difference in my cooking. This Apple Butter has many possibilities to enhance my cooking for the upcoming holidays.

  9. apple butter butternut squash casserole sounds like a great recipe to try-haven’t had apple butter in many a years-grew up as a child with it for breakfast almost every day!

  10. This is well timed. Someone at church gave us a squash and I had no idea what to do with it. I don’t have any apple butter, but I do have Musselman’s applesauce … anyone know if I could sub applesauce for apple butter in the casserole?

    Also, if I had some apple butter, after I made the casserole, I’d put it on whole grain GF waffles. It is also nice if we have GF biscuits for a holiday. :)

  11. I would love to make an apple butter bread. I had one a long time ago when I was not gluten free and it was sooooo good. I would love to try and work the recipe gluten free.

  12. Apple butter would add a new taste to my sweet potato, pineapple casserole. This butternut squash casserole will definitely go into my gluten free recipes. Really appreciate all these new ideas

  13. I’d love to try apple butter in this butternut squash casserole recipe! I’d also love to try it in all the recipes I currently use applesauce in as a substitute for butter. I’d bet it would give amazing results! I am going to try it in place of called for applesauce, too . . such as in an apple spice cake recipe I have. Can’t wait to play! Thanks.

  14. The picutre and recipe looks so delicious and yummy. Bought the ingredients today and plan on making tomorrow. Can’t wait to try!

  15. I think I might try the recipe for Apple Butter, Butternut Squash Casserole tomorrow but when I receive YOUR apple butter, lol, I will remake it again. I see this recipe being a keeper in my house.

  16. I would definitely try the butternut squash casserole since both my husband and I love this vegetable, and I am the only person gluten-intolerant. But every recipe sounds great, of course with the GF flours. Love your flour, Jules, 5 pounds goes a long way.

  17. I would like to try gf pumpkin gobs with an apple butter filling. The cream filling is just too sweet and I think apple butter filling would be wonderful.

  18. I make your granola all the time from your cookbook. I would love to try the apple butter in that recipe for something a little different!

  19. Jules, I would use the apple butter in my apple butter cream cheese coffeecake, gluten free of course, and serve it Thanksgiving morning. We had something like that growing up and it was heaven. Coffee cake with cream cheese filling and apple butter swirled through it with a streusel topping. Yummmy!

  20. I’d love to try the casserole you have above or maybe mix it into pumpkin pie batter to add a different flavor and a dash more spice.

  21. I’m so thankful you are creative and substitute things in and out in recipes. My son is almost 2 and is gluten free, dairy free and no added sugar. I’ve learned A LOT from reading your blog and comments back to people. We’ve tried a handful of your recipes and I am now adding this casserole to our list. Thank you!!! I really appreciate all your hard work and research.

  22. I LOVE cooking with apple butter makes the best cream cheese frosting, I’d love to add it to a pork roast stuffed with your dish!

  23. I would love to try baking this Butternut Squash Casserole using apple butter! It sounds delicious! Thanks for the giveaway!