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Kabocha Squash Mini Muffins

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"This is a simple yet comforting muffin. Tastes more like a spice cake that will stay moist for days. I make this all throughout the fall when kabocha squash is in season."
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1 h 10 m servings 79
Original recipe yields 24 servings (4 dozen)


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  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and grease lightly with cooking spray.
  2. Place kabocha squash skin-side down on the baking sheet.
  3. Roast in the preheated oven until fork-tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Cool until easily handled, about 10 minutes. Scoop squash flesh into a food processor; puree until smooth. Discard skin.
  4. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 2 mini muffin tins with cooking spray.
  5. Stir white sugar, brown sugar, canola oil, and olive oil in a large bowl until smooth. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Stir in 3/4 cup pureed squash and vanilla extract.
  6. Mix whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl. Stir gradually into the sugar mixture, alternating with apple cider, until smooth. Pour into muffin tins, filling each cup 3/4 full.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 10 minutes.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Substitute vanilla bean paste for the extract if desired.
  • You can also bake the batter in a greased 8-inch pan for 28 minutes.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 79 calories; 2.2 13.9 1.6 16 102 Full nutrition

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These are excellent. I accidentally used apple cider vinegar instead of apple cider - an ingredient not available in my area- but I only used about 1.5 tbsp. Oops. Anyway, these are delicious!

Tasty recipe. We sub’d out all-purpose and whole wheat flours for almond and spelt (what we had in pantry). Reduced sugar by two tablespoons. Used apple cider vinegar (what we had) instead of ap...