This is an unusual combination of flavors. Peanut butter and winter squash are not often paired, though apples are often paired with either peanut butter or winter squash. You can use any nut or seed butter here as well as other spices. Serve the squash halves as is, or scoop out the squash and mash everything together–this latter still tasty, though not quite as visually appealing.

1 – 2 acorn squash
2 – 4 T peanut butter
2 – 4 T honey, maple syrup, agave or other sweetener, optional
2 c or so applesauce
cinnamon, to taste, or other spices, or a combination, optional

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Halve squash(es) lengthwise. Scoop out fibers and seeds. Put, cut side up, in a suitably sized baking vessel. Pour about an inch or so of water around the squash.

2. Put a tablespoon of peanut butter in the cavities of the squash. Then a tablespoon or two of sweetener, if using. Fill the remainder of the cavities with applesauce, smearing some around the edges, if you like. Sprinkle with cinnamon, or not.

3. Bake for anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the squash(es). Remove from oven. If you’re going to create a mash, allow the halves to cool for 10 minutes or so before scooping out the flesh.