A plate of butternut squash bruschetta.

Butternut Squash Bruschetta

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 24 bruschetta 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

This version of bruschetta is made with maple garlic roasted butternut squash for a delicious twist on the classic that everyone will love. Perfect as a holiday appetizer!



  • 1 large butternut, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch cubes (approx. 6 cups cubed)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar (plus an additional 1 tsp)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (plus an additional 1 tsp)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp dried sage
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 23 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 baguette, sliced into rounds
  • optional, balsamic reduction to drizzle on top, see notes


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Peel and dice squash and add to a large mixing bowl. Mix with everything except the green onion and additional teaspoon of maple syrup and balsamic vinegar.
  3. Spread the butternut squash mixture on the prepared baking tray in a single layer. If you need to use 2 trays, that’s fine. Roast for 30-35 minutes until tender and starting to brown.
  4. When the squash has about 5 minutes left, place the sliced baguette on a baking tray and lightly toast in the oven. Be careful not to burn. You can also leave it un-toasted or toast it later if you’re preparing the butternut squash topping in advance.
  5. Remove squash from oven and add back into the mixing bowl. Toss with the green onion and additional teaspoon of maple syrup and balsamic.
  6. Spoon the butternut squash mixture onto the toasted pieces of baguette. Drizzle with balsamic reducing, if using. Serve right away.


To make a balsamic reduction drizzle, heat 1 cup of balsamic vinegar in a saucepan over medium heat until it comes to a light boil. Reduce to medium-low and lightly simmer until it’s thickened and reduced by about half, stirring occasionally. For a lightly sweetened balsamic reduction, add 1 tbsp sweetener of choice such as brown sugar, maple syrup, agave or coconut sugar. 


  • Serving Size: 1 piece
  • Calories: 104
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 176 mg
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 21 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 4 g

Keywords: vegan bruschetta recipe