We’ve been looking forward to making this waffle ever since we found butternut squash at the farmers market, but we had to wait for a day off to have enough time to actually prepare it! This dish sweetly reminds us of how much we love autumn, and how we can’t wait to enjoy warmer foods without sweating.
- waffle mix
- 1 cup roasted butternut squash chunks (see below for instructions on roasting)
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon powder
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup cream cheese (We used honey pistachio cream cheese, because why not?)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup, plus more for drizzling
- pinch of kosher salt
1. Preheat oven to 425*F/218*C. Grab your squash and start by cutting off the top and bottom. Cut the butternut squash in half, separating the bottom “bulb” from the top “neck”. Using a sharp knife cut away the peel from the squash. Half each section, remove seeds from the bottom half, and cube the squash into roughly 1″ pieces. Place the squash chunks into a bowl and toss with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and a generous pinch of kosher salt. Spread out onto a sheet pan and try to keep the squash from touching one another. Roast in the oven for 40-45 minutes, turning only once half-way through. Butternut squash should be tender and slightly brown when done. Reserve one cup for waffles and save the rest for an additional meal.
2. Prepare your waffle mix according to package instructions. Mix in cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla until batter is smooth. Add in butternut squash and mash the chunks with your whisk. You don’t want to mash them too much, just enough to disperse them throughout the batter. Pour into a pre-heated waffle maker and cook to your preferred level of deliciousness.
3. While your waffles are cooking, prepare your cream cheese. Mix together cream cheese and maple syrup until smooth, creamy, and dreamy.
4. Move the waffles from their maker to a plate. Cover, coat, or cake on your cream cheese. Drizzle with maple syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon powder. Drop your AC ten degrees and grab a cozy blanket to really set the mood for this (pre) seasonal delight.