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A recipe for Streuseled Acorn Squash Muffins. Streuseled Acorn Squash Muffin recipe. Streuseled Acorn Squash Muffins. I’ve watched the entire first season of Homeland now. I can’t really tell if I like the show, or if I just like seeing Claire Danes’ cry face. I have always loved Claire Danes, since the days of My So Called Life, but man, does she have one of the ugliest/amazing cry faces ever. She is so good at her cry face it makes me depressed, because I become sad with her. So, being obsessed with cry faces, obviously I googled “Claire Danes cry face.” What would come up but a wonderful tumblr FULL of cry faces. It’s amazing. It’s weird. It’s everything you would want it to be. There are some real gems in there, especially some of Kim Kardashian. Amazing. Do you guys have a favorite cry face? Please share, I would love to see.

Ok, moving on from cry faces and onto muffins. Most of the time, I am not really a huge muffin fan. I can attribute this to my parents’ obsession with Costco and the flats of muffins they would buy for the house. These muffins were the size of my face, and a flat consisted of chocolate chip, blueberry, and poppy seed. If I wanted a snack, it was “Eat a muffin.” I became over muffins. Quickly. It wasn’t until my late twenties that I explored the muffin world again. Still though, I am only really interested in muffins that don’t cross over the flavor types of muffins in my past. Therefore, I love these muffins. Perfect bits of fall in every bite. Perfect, cozy, pretty, drink coffee and read a book muffins. Dig in.
♥ Teri

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Streuseled Acorn Squash Muffins
Makes 24

2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil (can sub with vegetable oil)
1 1/4 cup peeled and finely grated acorn squash
1 small overripe banana, mashed
2-3 1/2 tablespoons milk (depending on batter consistency)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
streusel topping:
2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small cubes
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin tin with liners and set aside.
2. In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
3. In another mixing bowl, whisk together the egg, sugars and oil. Stir in the squash, banana, milk, and vanilla extract until fully incorporated. Pour the dry mixture into the wet mixture and stir until just combined.
4. Pour the batter into the liners and fill each about 2/3 full.
5. For the streusel: Combine the butter, sugar and flour in a small mixing bowl and cut together, using a pastry knife or he back of a fork. (the end result should have a very fine, grainy texture)
6. Sprinkle a generous amount of streusel over the top of each muffin, about 2 tablespoons.
7. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the muffins.
8. Allow to cool for about 20 minutes before serving.


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  1. jenny Not Specified Not Specified

    i really wanna try that!

  2. Maggie Not Specified Not Specified

    Haha I know exactly what you mean about Claire! I love her. I have loved her since My So Called Life (helloooo Jordan Catalano!). But I have yet to see Homeland (which she just won an Emmy for!) If you haven’t seen “Shop Girl” yet, please do. It was a great book by Steve Martin and Claire was perfect for the role. Any movie with Jason Schwartzman is always entertaining too.

    Ah the flats of muffins. Is it just me or do they always appear to have an oil slick on top? As good as the mass produced ones could be, that always wigged me out….Hooray for Streusel!

  3. robyn Not Specified Not Specified

    had to check out the tumblr-too funny.still love clare danes though.

    had to google acorn squash-never cooked/baked with one before. have i lived a sheltered life?muffins look divine though

  4. Averie @ Averie Cooks Not Specified Not Specified

    Squash gone sweet rather than savory AND with all the streusel topping is just about….totally perfect!

  5. Katie @ Blonde Ambition Not Specified Not Specified

    What?! I have never heard of a squash muffin, and I am soo intrigued.

    In college, I lived with 4 guys (and 1 other girl) and we LOVED those Costco muffins. We would all split the cost of, like, 3 packs and that was pretty much breakfast every day. I pretty much only eat the streusel topping off of them though, because they are indeed the size of one’s face!

    Needless to say, I have not had one since graduating… Overload, much?

  6. Yelle Not Specified Not Specified

    I love acorn squash! Never thought to have it in a muffins. It always reminds me of my mom, she’d always make it this time of the year.

  7. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Not Specified Not Specified

    I’m pretty sure all muffins need a streusel topping. These sound lovely!

  8. Manuella Not Specified Not Specified

    Your muffins are magnificent! Good evening.


  9. Emily @ Jelly Toast Not Specified Not Specified

    You drew me in with the muffins, as I am a sucker for anything Fall-ish, and you had me giggling out loud at Clare Danes’ cry face. We watch Homeland (love it) and I, too, am often in awe of her crazy cry faces! They’re the best. Thanks for the laugh and the delish looking muffins :)

  10. addie | culicurious Not Specified Not Specified

    Great idea using squash in muffins. :) Never thought if it but it makes so much sense. thanks for sharing.

  11. Tammy Not Specified Not Specified

    I roasted some acorn squash today and thought to myself about making some muffins from my other was surprisingly sweet, so I’m sure the muffins will be awesome!

  12. emily@totesdelishy Not Specified Not Specified

    Love the idea of using different squash in sweet recipes! Move over pumpkin! Genius. And Jordan was my favorite part of My So Called Life. Why is it men are more attractive when they need a shower and women just look disheveled?

  13. Michelle Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh man, that TUMBLR is fantastic! It’s hard to pick a favorite!

    I have similar aversion to muffins thanks to parents and Costco, too. It must be the thing to do.

    Love the idea of acorn squash in muffins. The streusel looks so good!

  14. Melissa Not Specified Not Specified

    WOW these sound amazing :) YUMMY!!!

    thanks for sharing!

  15. Ashlae Not Specified Not Specified <– HAHAH, have you seen this? What a gem. She certainly is the GREATEST crier of her generation.

    These muffins look delicious. Gimme one.

  16. Shut Up and Cook Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh help us…the costco muffins.


    My dad was obsessed with Costco growing up and would make us skip lunch so we could get the most out of all the samples…and the muffins…and the croissants…and the giant bags of pot stickers.

    I’d rather eat your muffins every day of the week and twice on Sunday. In fact…I very well might since I think these are going on the menu for this weekend!


  17. Sandi Not Specified Not Specified

    Eek, those Costco muffins run over 700 calories apiece. Yours look far tastier anyway.

  18. Laura Not Specified Not Specified

    My last CSA delivery came yesterday, containing one final acorn squash. Just as Claire was born to play criers, that squash was born to rock a muffin. Thanks for the creative and delicious looking recipe.

  19. Mara Not Specified Not Specified

    for the acorn squash…should it be cooked prior to using in the muffins?

  20. Marc Not Specified Not Specified

    These muffins are delicious. One thing, though…I doubled the recipe (everything) and only yielded 24 regular, not Costco-sized, muffins. Hmmm…

  21. marla Not Specified Not Specified

    The acorn squash is such a fun twist!!

  22. Russell at Chasing Delicious Not Specified Not Specified

    I love the ingredients in these muffins! Scrumptious!

  23. Lynn Not Specified Not Specified

    Costco muffins… I STILL shudder in horror at the memory of discovering the calorie count in those monsters… It’s like reading the nutritional information at the Cheesecake Factory. Also. Totally making these tomorrow. If I had a banana, I’d be making them tonight… Thanks for the recipe!

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  25. Rebecca Not Specified Not Specified

    No bananas in my kitchen. What can I use as a substitute? Applesauce? Kiwis?

  26. Melanie Not Specified Not Specified

    This was the first time I’ve ever made muffins with raw squash, but they turned out great. They were a big hit at my son’s preschool and around my office (though I actually preferred them plain, instead of with the streusel). I mashed up an old banana I’d tossed in the freezer and it worked out fine. I made mini muffins without liners (much easier for the 2-year-old crowd) and, spraying the pan with non-stick spray first, they came out no problem. I baked them for 12.5 minutes.

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  29. Blake Holman Not Specified Not Specified

    Some of my favorite ingredients! Thank you!

  30. Michele B. Not Specified Not Specified

    Have you ever tried freezing these? I want to make a big batch. My neighbor just gave me 3 acorn squash and we have a bunch of visitors coming next week so it would be great if I could just pull these out of the freezer and thaw them out overnight for breakfast. Thanks!

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      I have not tried to freeze them, but I don’t see why it rotifer work! I just recommend refreshing them in the oven for a bit to draw out some of the access moisture that developed from the thaw :)