Butternut Squash Soufflé – Gluten-free + Dairy-free {Guest Post by Cara’s Cravings}

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

A Very Tasty Thanksgiving - COMING SOON to Tasty-Yummies.com

Next up in our Very Tasty Thanksgiving series is Cara of Cara’s Cravings. I came across Cara’s site earlier this year and I have always enjoyed every recipe that pops up in my feed from her. Although Cara isn’t exclusively gluten-free or dairy-free, she prepares a good amount of recipes that are naturally both and where she and I really share a common bond with our food is our love of eating clean and wholesome foods! Cara believes in healthy, seasonal clean eating, but doesn’t believe that has to mean compromising the flavor or fun of a meal. I couldn’t agree more. Cara’s sharing a super creative and unique recipe for a Butternut Squash Soufflé, which looks like the perfect dish for just about any holiday celebration, if you ask me. Enjoy.

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Butternut Squash Souffle - Gluten-free + Dairy-free

As much as it pains me to say it, and surprises all my friends who know I love to cook and entertain, I have never – and probably will never – host Thanksgiving.

Food blogger blasphemy, right?!

But you see, when I married my husband Ben, I also married his family in Philadelphia. And in this family, Thanksgiving is always in Philly. I know, it would seem like we should compromise and switch off every year between my family and his, but thing is, I really can’t complain. My family is all here in Massachusetts. And, I’m Jewish, so we get lots of big holiday dinners with my family: Rosh Hashanah (x3), Yom Kippur (the night before and break-fast), Hanukkah, and Passover (x2.) Oh, and did I mention my Dad converted to Judaism? So yeah, I get Christmas and Easter with the other side of the family too. I have no grounds to demand that we stay here for Thanksgiving. Unless of course there was a snow storm – but we’ve even trekked down there for a Bar Mitzvah when that was the case.

But that doesn’t keep me from making Thanksgiving-esque dishes throughout the holiday season. You should see the amount of winter squash that comes through this kitchen. I love to stock up from farmers’ markets and for some reason they all get stored at the far end of the kitchen counter, which my husband has affectionately labeled, “Squash Alley.”

This year, I got my bottom in gear and prepared a whole turkey dinner weeks before the big day so that I could join in the blogger fun and actually have Thanksgiving dishes to share.

Butternut Squash Souffle - Gluten-free + Dairy-free

Well, that’s kind of a lie. I made all the side dishes and asked my dear friend V to take care of the bird. I’m not one to do anything too terribly creative with a turkey, but wholesome stuffings, sides, and salads are what I’m all about!

While I don’t eat an entirely gluten free diet, I tend to cook a lot of gluten free dishes, whether that be recipes with more nutritious whole grains that happen to be gluten free, or entirely grain-free dishes. Same goes for dairy. I try to keep in moderation, and that opens up a whole wide world of ingredients like nuts, coconut, and tofu.

This Butternut Squash Souffle is a dairy-free, gluten-free side dish I’ve been making for a couple of years now at this time of year. It’s sweet, but not too sweet (come on, as if there is such a thing!) and has a light and fluffy texture. While I’d love to put it on my Thanksgiving table, I’ll happily settle for serving it at my pre-holiday bash, Hanukkah party, or dinner any time I feel like it.

Butternut Squash Souffle - Gluten-free + Dairy-free

Cara Lyons began blogging at Cara’s Cravings in 2007 out of a love of eating. After losing 75lbs in her early 20’s Cara saw no reason to give up her passion for good food; now, she simply prepares it differently and is always trying to incorporate nutritious, colorful vegetables, palate-pleasing spices, and natural sweetness from fruit and other healthy sources. Nowadays, Cara focuses on using the least processed, wholesome ingredients she can – while still managing to please her husband, family and friends with ever-changing creations. Cara’s original recipes may also be found in Clean Eating Magazine and Simply Gluten Free Magazine.

You can also follow Cara on:

Twitter: @CarasCravings
Facebook: facebook.com/carascravings
Pinterest: @carascravings

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry November 10, 2012 at 2:16 pm

This recipe looks so comforting and nourishing. I have never thought to make a souffle with butternut squash-leave it to you, the genius in the kitchen! Thanks for this lovely recipe.


2 Sarah November 12, 2012 at 7:24 am

These look amazing and so unique. What a great recipe. Off to check out Cara’s site. Thanks for sharing.


3 Jeanette November 13, 2012 at 7:42 pm

This sounds fantastic! I just made a sweet spiced butternut squash casserole tonight – denser than your nice light souffle.


4 Virginia November 14, 2012 at 7:55 am

Is the 2 lbs of squash after it is peeled and the seeds scooped? This looks so good, but normally don’t use a kitchen scale, I might have to get one, or what would be the approx. amount in cups? Thanks!


5 Cara November 18, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Yes, it is measured after peeling and scooping. I don’t know the cup measurement, but you would probably be fine if you choose a squash that is about 2 1/2 lbs (weigh it in the supermarket). Enjoy!


6 Ashley April 3, 2014 at 7:48 pm

This recipe looks delicious! Do you have any suggestions for what I could substitute for coconut flour? I couldn’t find any at my local grocery store. Can I sub in any kind of flour or process some unsweetened dried coconut in a food mill? Thanks!


7 Bethany May 14, 2014 at 6:20 am

Hi there! the recipe looks cool but it says it can be Vegan too by replacing the chicken broth. but Vegans don’t eat eggs- what would they do about the 3 eggs you include in the recipe? many thanks


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