Butternut Squash Fritters

During a Paleo Pen Pal swap I had the pleasure of meeting one of the two very skilled ladies behind the Paleo Pen Pal project — Brittanie Duncan.  Brittanie blogs over at Three Diets One Dinner, and has some really excellent recipes to try.  I for one might be biased, seeing as how we are both native Texans…but she’s got some awesome BBQ posts over there!  Speaking of which, she will also be coming out with a well-deserved cookbook of her own creation.  The catchy title pretty much guarantees a sale from this paleo gal — make sure to check out her site and get any updates on “It’s Paleo Ya’ll!”  Nifty, eh?

Now on to some creations of my very own!  As many of you may know, a few weeks ago Austin held it’s annual PaleoFX event.  Vendors from all over gather to share and promote their paleo fare.  One of the items passed around is a new product called Paleo Powder.  Brittanie sent me a bottle to try, and don’t fret…the creator’s of Paleo Powder have a website where you can get your very own.

So what is Paleo Powder anyway?  It is a blend of spices that lends a smokey flavor to pretty much anything you put it on!  The seasoning is very versatile, but that’s not the best part.  Good news is it is free of all fillers, MSG, and gluten.  Score!

Without further adieu — I bring you Butternut Squash Fritters.

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium-sized butternut squash
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tbsp. Paleo Powder (see note below)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. coconut flour
  • 1/4 c. spinach, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil + more if needed

 

Process

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Roast your butternut squash for 45 minutes to an hour.  Let it cool slightly and scoop one half into a food processor.  I saved the other half for another dinner later this week.
  2. Add eggs, Paleo Powder, cinnamon, and coconut flour.  Blend well.
  3. Stir in the chopped spinach.
  4. Heat coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  5. Scoop butternut squash mixture with a 1/4 c. as measure — fry each side for 4-5 minutes or until golden brown.   You will want to keep them relatively small so that they flip easily.  You may also add more coconut oil if needed during the frying process.

With the above amounts you will get 6-8 fritters, depending on size.

These little guys would be great at breakfast, or even as a quick snack.  They have a smokey flavor that pairs so nicely with the butternut squash.

We enjoyed our fritters as part of breakfast for dinner!  I decided to stack our fritters with some sausage patties and fried eggs…delicious!!

Note:  If you don’t have any Paleo Powder, don’t disregard this recipe!  Until you get your own, you can always create a blend with common spices you have at home.  In fact, these fritters can go savory or sweet — use your creative side and get in that kitchen!

 

Egg McMuffin — move on over!!

 

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4 Responses to “Butternut Squash Fritters”

  1. Jess says:

    Wow, these look awesome! I have family coming to visit this weekend and I think this will be the perfect Saturday morning breakfast!

  2. TeaJae says:

    These looks ridiculously delicious. Due to my massive onslaught of allergies and intolerance I need some substitution suggestions if possible for coconut oil, cinnamon and my beloved eggs. All I do with butternut squash is soup and baked, I’ve gotta do these. Any ideas tips tricks suggestions would be most welcome. Thanks♥

    • jennifer says:

      TeaJae, welcome and thanks for the comment! Yes, you’ve got to find a way to make these… let’s see… as far as the cinnamon goes you can simply leave it out. These are more savory than a sweet treat, so omitting it is not an issue. Again, because they’re savory — these would fry up great in some melted bacon fat instead of coconut oil. As far as the eggs, that might be the hard part — I have never made them w/o egg so I cannot tell you with certainty that they’ll stay together. I would try them once w/o and just treat them delicately when flipping. Otherwise, whatever substitution you usually use for egg when it comes to binding try here — let me know how it works for you!

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