Butternut Squash Phyllo Bites

These Butternut Squash Phyllo Bites combine flaky phyllo cups with maple orange butternut puree, freshly toasted pistachios, walnuts, and pecans. Top them with a drizzle of honey and get ready to faceplant!

Butternut Squash Phyllo Bites

Sometimes I get so ridiculously hung up on a veggie that they manage to find their way into almost everything I make.

I humored my fruit fancy earlier in the month with a cranberry-palooza of sorts, but lately it’s all about the butternut. So much so, in fact, that I straight up butternuted my baklava.

I regret nothing.

No Ragrets

So what on earth are Butternut Squash Phyllo Bites?

I filled crispy, flaky phyllo cups with pureed butternut squash spiked with maple and orange, topped them with a medley of toasted nuts and went beyond overboard with my bear-o-honey!

They’re a bite-sized indulgence that are not only packed with protein, but are practically a vegetable too! At least I like to think so! They taste like little jazzed up bites of baklava and are great for holiday parties and potlucks.

Butternut Squash Phyllo Bites

The maple-spiked squash and candied nuts can be made in advanced and assembled when needed, for a speedy sweet treat that is perfect for the holidays!

Baklava Bites
3.5 from 2 votes

Butternut Squash Phyllo Bites

These Butternut Squash Phyllo bites combine flaky phyllo cups with maple orange butternut puree, freshly toasted pistachios, walnuts, and pecans. Top them with a drizzle of honey and get ready to faceplant!

Course Appetizer, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Butternut Squash Phyllo Bites
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 25 phyllo cups
Calories 60 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons


  • 1.5 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 1 TBSP orange juice
  • 1 TBSP pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup whole shelled pistachios
  • 1/4 cup walnut halves and pieces
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1.5 TBSP unsalted butter
  • 1.5 TBSP brown sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 25 pre-made phyllo cups (thawed if previously frozen)
  • 1/4 cup honey or to taste


  1. Bring a medium-small pot of water to boil and cook squash for 10 minutes or until fork-tender.
  2. In a food processor or blender, combine squash with orange juice and maple syrup and puree until smooth.
  3. Next finely chop your nuts. This can be done in a food processor, with a sharp knife, or even by filling a plastic bag with nuts and smashing them with a wine bottle. I've employed all three techniques, choose what's easiest for you!
  4. Bring a small skillet to medium heat and melt your butter. Add 1 tablespoon of sugar and your chopped nuts and saute for five minutes until they're nice and toasty and have a light glaze on them. If you have a major sweet tooth I'll look the other way while you double the glaze. Since I have a heavy hand with the honey I go light on the glaze.
  5. Fill each phyllo cup with a teaspoon of butternut puree and pile on the candied nuts!
  6. Top each bite with a hearty drizzle of honey and dig in!

Recipe Notes

Best when served at room temperature. Butternut puree and candied nuts can be made in advance and assembled when needed! I'd avoid filling the cups too far in advance since the squash will eventually soften or soggify the phyllo layers but they can easily sit out on a party platter awaiting hungry guests! Since they're dairy free, there's no need to chill them. Score!

Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Butternut Squash Phyllo Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 60 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 8mg0%
Potassium 55mg2%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 919IU18%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Butternut Squash Phyllo Bites with honey

The only thing that takes less time than making these, is eating them!

They also make a perfect party pairing with my Chocolate Coconut Baklava Bites and Chocolate Cranberry Bliss Baklava Bites!

Phyllo cups have never been so fun!

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  • EG

    2 stars
    not my favorite =( mine got soggy, I missed the note. but the butternut squash puree wasn’t seasoned enough for my liking- just felt like it was missing something and tasted like plain vegetable puree

  • So you said these counted as a serving of vegetables, right? I’ll take five a day. Times five.
    On another note I’ve always wanted to try baklava but it seemed a) too difficult and b) every recipe yielded enough to serve a family of ten with leftovers. Not so cool for a single lady. I’m majorly impressed by how simple your version looks and the appropriate yield.

  • 5 stars
    I want the pic of ze chickpea mouthing the honey bottle.

  • OH my goodness these look crazy good.

  • This is love at first sight. I can’t wait to taste these babies!! They are happening sometime between now and the new year. Thank you love!

  • I’ve been on a butternut squash kick myself lately. These sound delish. Great photos!

  • These are adorable and very creative with butternut. Thanks!

  • Baklava is seriously one of my absolute favorite desserts: nuts, honey, phyllo dough, and now you’ve captured it all with a side of butternut. You’re a genius. I love these.

    • Genius doesn’t even come close. I keep linking my mates to all Jen’s recipes- our friends ‘Christmas’ dinner is the most un-traditional.

  • Such a cute little dessert! Love the addition of butternut squash 🙂

  • I have been saying for YEARS that I want to make my own baklava!!! This is going to happen this year for a Christmas something. I swear. You rock.

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