Maple Roasted Butternut Squash Goal Bowl

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Maple Roasted Butternut Squash on transparent plate topped with poached eggs
Maple Roasted Butternut Squash

This week’s Goal Bowl was all about one thing:

Healthy comfort food for breakfast.

It can be done, as witnessed by my favourite goal bowl so far, this one that was all about the maple roasted butternut squash. I have also made a Roasted Brussels Sprouts, White Sweet Potato & Bacon Goal Bowl.

Wait, wait, don’t go! I know that I used the phrase “comfort food” in the same sentences as “healthy” and “breakfast” but it’s a for real thing! Believe me! This was soooo good. I can’t believe that I ate butternut squash for breakfast and loved it, but that’s the truth, all the same. This felt like total comfort food. As good as roasted potatoes ( maybe even better because MAPLE SYRUP!) but a lot healthier for you.

Butternut squash is really, really good for you. Full of all the good things. I could bore you with all the nutritional info, but I’ll sum up with it’s chock full of vitamins and minerals, it’s a good carb and tastes amazing with maple syrup and cayenne pepper.  <— that last point is important to me.

close up of Maple Roasted Butternut Squash on transparent plate topped with poached eggs

Now I can’t express enough how it’s easier to make your vegetables ahead of time and then heat them up in the morning to eat, and put a fresh egg or two on top. Everyone always says how eating healthy is easy, and sure, if you want to eat a pre-bagged salad and an apple every day it’s easy.

Healthy eating that’s invigorating, exciting and completely enjoyable is a lot of damn work.

Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. Roasting vegetables and spices and making delicious meals that are good for you is a lot of WORK to stay excited about eating and not bored. It takes time.

Making healthy food at home that is exciting to eat is probably the biggest challenge for us all. Point in case, my friend Blackbird and I love a fattoush salad at a local restaurant here in Edmonton. I’ve looked at how to make them and wow. Just WOW. One day, I will tackle a fattoush salad. In the meantime I am going to enjoy it at the restaurant because it’s a lot of work, plain and simple.

Ugh. Now I want fattoush. Someone make me one. Actually, does anyone have a good recipe that I can try?

top down shot of Maple Roasted Butternut Squash on transparent plate topped with poached eggs

If you are looking for other healthy goal bowl ideas, try my Tex Mex Kale Breakfast Bowl

two servings of Tex Mex Kale Breakfast Bowl with poached eggs on top

..or my Mixed Greens & Cajun Onion Goal Bowl!

white plate with vegetables and bacon strips topped with poached eggs

I’m working on more ways to get my vegetables in first thing in the morning, so stay tuned!

Now, I am also always asked how I get my eggs so perfect, every time I post a photo of these breakfast goal bowls on Instagram.

I use an egg poacher, I don’t know how I lived without one! I use it almost daily! I bought it for myself right before Christmas. It HAS to be one of the ones shown below that has an insert in a pan that you fill with water. These are AMAZING! Do NOT get the little cups that float around in water.

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Just so you know, the maple roasted butternut squash by itself is an amazing side dish for any meal, so don’t be afraid to cook it up without the eggs on top! It’s become a new favorite in our house!

Happy cooking! And please, someone send me an easy but delicious fattoush recipe!




Maple Roasted Butternut Squash Goal Bowl - delicious and healthy, this roasted butternut squash is a great way to get your vegetables in first thing in the morning, but also makes a great meal anytime of the day! #healthy #butternut #squash

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash Goal Bowl

Maple Roasted Butternut Squash Goal Bowl - delicious and healthy, this roasted butternut squash is a great way to get your vegetables in first thing in the morning, but also makes a great meal anytime of the day!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Total Time
45 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • one 2-3 pounds butternut squash peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 eggs poached
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Pre-heat your oven to 425 F.
  • Toss together the squash,oil,maple syrup and pepper.
  • Place on a large baking sheet and place into oven.
  • Roast for 30-35 minutes until softened, stirring every 10 minutes or so. The squash can get nice and browned!
  • Remove and top with poached eggs, salt and pepper them up and the enjoy!
  • Recipe Notes

Recipe Notes

You can add more or less cayenne pepper to suit your tastes!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 549kcal, Carbohydrates: 93g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 327mg, Sodium: 154mg, Potassium: 2561mg, Fiber: 13g, Sugar: 27g, Vitamin A: 72990IU, Vitamin C: 142.9mg, Calcium: 398mg, Iron: 6.3mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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  1. April says

    Ok, this was probably the best breakfast I have ever had!5 stars

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