Butternut Squash & Buttermilk Biscuits

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Preparation Time 10 minutes Total Time 1 hour (for the squash) + 20 minutes (for the biscuits)
Servings 16 servings (1 biscuit per serving) Cost Per Serving $0.25
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1Whole Butternut Squash (1 cup purée for the recipe)
2 cupsUnbleached All Purpose or Red Fife Flour
1/2 cupButtermilk
1 tbspBaking Powder
1/2 tspBaking Soda
6Fresh Sage Leaves, finely chopped
1/4 cupExtra Virgin Olive Oil (chilled until almost solid) or Coconut Oil
1/2 tspGround Nutmeg
1/2 tspSalt


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Pierce the squash several times with a fork and place on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven for about 1 hour, until the squash is soft to touch.
  3. *If you’re using olive oil, place in the freezer ahead of time to chill for about 30 minutes.
  4. Once the squash is cool enough to handle, cut in half and remove the seeds. Scoop out the flesh, reserve 1 cup for the biscuits and freeze the rest.
  5. Mix flour with sage leaves and other dry ingredients. Use your hands to mix in the coconut oil or cold olive oil until the flour mixture becomes crumbly.
  6. Mix all your wet ingredients in a separate bowl and slowly add in the dry ingredients. Knead the mixture until it forms a sticky ball of dough.
  7. Roll the dough out until it is about 1 inch thick. Cut into squares or use the bottom of a glass to cut out circles, about 2 to 3 inches wide.
  8. Place the pieces of dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.


  • As a caregiver, you spend a lot of time and energy caring for others, but you need to remember to take care of yourself too. Plan ahead so you can make healthy meals for your loved one and for yourself, and avoid eating take out or other less healthy options on the run. Healthy eating is important to keep your strength up to help you better manage the challenges of being a caregiver.
  • These biscuits are a fibre-rich snack for caregivers and cancer survivors. If you or your loved one needs to gain weight, boost calories and protein by stirring cheese into the batter and add additional calories by serving with gravy and butter. 
  • Butternut squash is an excellent source of antioxidants such as beta carotene, which is needed for healthy skin and eyes and a strong immune system. Diets rich in antioxidants can help lower the risk of cancer and heart disease by preventing free radical damage from aging and the environment. 
  • When you’re cooking a large number of servings of a recipe, keep the recipe plain and encourage your loved one to add sauces, herbs and other flavours to each individual portion. If your loved one goes through taste changes or has a low appetite, he or she can adjust the flavours at a given meal to meet their current needs.