Butternut Squash Flour

I am on the hunt to expand my Paleo breakfast ideas past fried eggs. I love eggs, but sometimes you just gotta change things up. I am still experimenting with this idea, but I was pretty surprised by the way these turned out so I thought I would share the test recipe with you. While browsing Amazon the other day, I came across pumpkin powder. Pumpkin powder is dehydrated pumpkin that is ground into a fine powder and can be used in place of flour. I was rather intrigued and decided to experiment with making my own.

Unfortunately, my local grocery store was totally out of pumpkins, so I picked up a butternut squash instead. Close enough! I wanted to experiment with making tortillas. Traditional corn tortillas are made from corn, water, and lime. Flour tortillas are made from flour, salt, water, and lard. Therefore, it stands to reason that you could make tortillas from any flour, right?

The result was pretty awesome even though my tortilla recipe still needs a bit of work. I think I made this first batch too thick because they split apart when I picked them up and didn’t hold together like a traditional tortilla. However, they tasted great so I just ate my breakfast with a knife and fork, tostada-style. :-) I might try adding a binder (flax seed, perhaps?) to the next batch and see if that helps. I’ll keep you posted!

Paleo Breakfast Ideas

Butternut squash toastadas!

To Make Butternut Squash Flour

Peel, seed, and cube the squash and spread it onto a dehydrator. You want small, evenly sized cubes. The pieces took FOREVER to dehydrate. I had them in there for close to 24 hours. Next time, I am going to shred the squash and see if that helps speed up the process!

When they are fully dehydrated, add to a blender and grind into a powder. This also took a bit of time because I have a pretty cheap blender. I imagine a VitaMix could do the trick in a few seconds! I am going to move the VitaMix to the top of my Christmas Wish List. :-)

Butternut Squash Tortillas (Test Recipe)

In a bowl, combine 1/3 cup butternut squash flour and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Add warm water by the tablespoon and mix until you get a doughy consistency. For me, 3 tablespoons was too little, but 4 tablespoons was too much. I had to play with this and add a little bit more flour to form a dough. Like I said… I am still experimenting!

Divide dough into 2 balls. Place dough between 2 pieces of waxed paper and press with a tortilla press. If you do not have a tortilla press, you can roll these out by hand. Toast the tortillas in a skillet, about 4 minutes on each side.

Butternut Squash Toastadas
Assemble the toastadas by placing two tortillas on a plate. Top with your favorite toppings.

In the photo above: 2 butternut squash tortillas, shredded chicken, tomatillo salsa, pickled carrots, and pumpkin seeds.

Other Paleo topping ideas: Shredded pork, ground beef, eggs, lettuce, guacamole, pico de gallo, olives, cilantro, fresh lime, onions, peppers, and thinly sliced radish.

Have you ever used squash flour? 

4 Comments on Butternut Squash Flour

  1. Kate
    September 4, 2015 at 7:27 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Sounds like a great use for squash. However, trying to dehydrate raw cubes sounds like a lot of work, not to mention attempting to peel a winter squash – the skin can be ultra tough. Have you tried baking the squash before, to break down the fibers? If the cooked flesh is spread on a fruit leather tray in the dehydrator, I’ll bet you can cut the drying time in half. I may also use my coffee grinder, rather than a blender to turn the final product into flour – those blades are made for hard materials. Let me know if any of these ideas sound realistic. Thanks.

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    • kristina.d.navarro@gmail.com
      September 13, 2015 at 10:35 pm (1 week ago)

      Hi Kate-

      I have not tried cooking the squash before and drying it like fruit leather, but it sounds like that might work. I usually cut the top and bottom off the squash and use a regular vegetable peeler to peel off the skin. If you cut the top off, it makes sort of a “lip” and the squash isn’t that hard to peel. Sometimes you have to go over it a second or third time, but it works pretty well. As for the coffee grinder, I think it would take forever to grind the squash using one. Do you have a food processor? That might be a better alternative. I have a VitaMix and the dry container is made to grind things into flours. Also, the reason I cut the squash into cubes was because I thought a smaller piece would dry faster than a larger piece. You can leave the pieces larger than cubes, but the drying time might be longer. You’ll have to experiment. Hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. laurie damrose
    August 31, 2014 at 10:16 pm (1 year ago)

    That is the most creative way I have seen a Butternut Squash used.

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  3. Katie H
    August 6, 2014 at 9:20 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow, never would have thought to use butternut squash flour! Sounds delicious!!
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