Butternut Squash Paleo Spice Cake

By Emmy Katz

My mom let me know this past week that they still have a large amount of butternut squash in the root cellar. They seem like they just keep coming! So I got creative last week and came up with this beauty! It works well as a coffee cake for brunch, or a sweet treat for a dinner party served with a scoop of coconut ice cream. Watch out, Dads like it too, so it will go fast!

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Butternut Squash Paleo Spice Cake: (Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo)
Prep: 10 minutes
Baking time: 40-45 minutes
Serves: 8-9


  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 cup roasted butternut squash
  • 4 eggs (room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2  teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the topping:

  • 2 Tablespoons softened coconut oil
  • 1.5 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans (can sub walnuts here)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350° and grease a 8 inch round pan lightly with coconut oil.
  2. In a small bowl combine coconut flour, almond flour, baking soda, ginger, and cinnamon.  Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl,  Mix melted coconut oil, maple syrup, almond butter and coconut sugar until well combined.  Stir in roasted butternut squash. (note you can substitute roasted sweet potato here)
  4. Add in the eggs, vanilla extract, and mix thoroughly.
  5. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients, and once smooth consistency pour to baking pan.
  6. For the topping: in a small bowl, combine all ingredients until coarse mixture forms. Top the cake with crumble topping and you are ready to bake!
  7. Bake for 40-45 minutes, (the top should be golden brown and cake mixture comes clean with toothpick).
  8. Let cool for 15-20 minutes prior to serving. Slice and Enjoy!


Emmy is a Physician Assistant, Holistic Health Coach, and co-founder of Wild Adventurous Life. By day she works as Physician Assistant in a Integrative and Functional Medicine Practice, and by all the times in between she is scheming up adventures for WAL.