This recipe is a Southern favorite. Try it; you won't regret it! This recipe is perfect for any occasion and has more nutritional value compared to most other desserts. Adjust pan size for thicker or thinner bars (I prefer mine thinner). Cover and refrigerate leftovers. Best served chilled.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 5 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 50 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
24 servings
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add squash, cover, and steam until tender, 2 to 6 minutes. Transfer squash to a bowl and mash with a fork or potato masher until smooth.

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Generously grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  • Combine sugar, milk, egg, butter, and lemon extract in a large bowl. Gradually sift flour into milk mixture. Fold mashed squash into milk mixture until batter is smooth. Pour batter into prepared baking dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until air bubbles form on the surface and pudding is golden brown, about 1 hour. Chill in the refrigerator until firm; cut into bars.

Nutrition Facts

85 calories; protein 1.1g 2% DV; carbohydrates 17.3g 6% DV; fat 1.4g 2% DV; cholesterol 10.7mg 4% DV; sodium 78.3mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (16)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2015
Glad I found this recipe while looking for a way to use up summer squash - when I started it I thought it was a side dish then realized it was a dessert. I cut back on the sugar to 1 cup added extra squash. Loved it - with that amount of sugar it could be dessert or a side. Nice and low fat sweet and has a veggie - perfect! For a side I'm going to cut back the sugar next time to 3/4 cup and add a little more salt. I made this in a 9 x 13 pan so it was very thin - may try it in a smaller casserole to see how it goes. Thanks so much for this great recipe - definitely a keeper. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/23/2018
This was the strangest and probably the worst dish I have made from the allrecipes.com website. It is not at all the way it is described. The texture is very gummy the taste is weird (squash and lemon?) and the appearance is not appetizing. Don't waste your time. If you want a lemon bar make a lemon bar. If you want a squash casserole make a squash casserole. This is NOT a good substitute for EITHER! Read More
17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2015
Glad I found this recipe while looking for a way to use up summer squash - when I started it I thought it was a side dish then realized it was a dessert. I cut back on the sugar to 1 cup added extra squash. Loved it - with that amount of sugar it could be dessert or a side. Nice and low fat sweet and has a veggie - perfect! For a side I'm going to cut back the sugar next time to 3/4 cup and add a little more salt. I made this in a 9 x 13 pan so it was very thin - may try it in a smaller casserole to see how it goes. Thanks so much for this great recipe - definitely a keeper. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2014
I was looking for a way to use up some squash that was given to us. No one in our house likes squash, so it had to be undetectable and this fit the bill. I made a few minor adjustments, most notably substituting vanilla for the lemon (realized I didn't have any lemon when I was already in the process of making it). We all liked it, my eight year old loved it! I would have loved it with lemon, as it was, it was too bland. I don't usually rate recipes, but since there were only two other reviews, I thought I'd pipe in. It was certainly worth making, but make sure you have the lemon! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2014
We liked this - a good way to used up some more of those summer squashes. This was moist flavorful and wonderfully lemony... and somewhat healthy. That makes it a keeper for me. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2014
Thank you MegaWoman for giving me such a tasty way to use up the yellow squash from my garden! These smelled so good baking that I had to eat mine warm. It was almost like a very soft gooey cake. I processed the squash in the food processor instead of mashing it and it worked well. I accidentally forgot to add the lemon extract but I still really liked this. I pressed some fresh berries into the top while it was still warm. The flavor reminded me of cornbread. Can't wait to try it with the lemon next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/19/2016
I halved the sugar too and used a food processor to mash the squash once cooled we sprinkled them with some powdered sugar and they looked and tasted great:) Thank you for sharing this recipe! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/24/2020
I reduced sugar by 1/4 C; otherwise, followed recipe exactly. Texture was unique (kind of gummy), which I wasn't expecting, but I really liked it. And the flavor was like a lemon bar. My husband wasn't a fan, tho. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2016
Loved it! I did however use 1/4 C. vanilla greek yogurt and 1/4 C. apple juice instead of milk. I also cut the sugar down to 1/2 C. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2016
Wow!!! delicious:) Made it this morning and its just about gone.. I used orange extract rather then lemon( because I was out) and it is wonderful.. thanks for the great dessert recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2018
Followed directions exactly. Turned out fabulous. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
12/23/2018
This was the strangest and probably the worst dish I have made from the allrecipes.com website. It is not at all the way it is described. The texture is very gummy the taste is weird (squash and lemon?) and the appearance is not appetizing. Don't waste your time. If you want a lemon bar make a lemon bar. If you want a squash casserole make a squash casserole. This is NOT a good substitute for EITHER! Read More