These sweet Vegan Butternut Squash Stuffed Pinwheels require only a few ingredients and would be the perfect addition to your holiday table. Flaky dough, a crunchy top, and a sweet butternut squash filling make them a success.
Who is up for a butternut squash recipe? This one is probably like nothing you had before, unless you had a lot of Eastern European food. These Vegan Butternut Squash Stuffed Pinwheels are a staple in our house, especially during the holiday season.
If you are not sure what to make for your vegan friends who will be visiting on Thanksgivings? These Vegan Butternut Squash Stuffed Pinwheels are the solution. They are easy to make even if a few steps are involved, they require only a few ingredients and they melt in your mouth with sweet, delicious butternut squash goodness.
We usually host Thanksgiving at our house, and I always have some of these Vegan Butternut Squash Stuffed Pinwheels on hand. So it happens that during Thanksgiving I eat only vegan food and having this easy and amazing dessert on hand makes the holiday so much better. The Christmas lent starts on November 15th and it ends on Christmas Day, so during these 40 days of lent I eat only vegan food, based on my religion. I love this time of the year, first spiritually and second that I have to come up with new recipes that would take me out of my comfort zone.
I ate these Vegan Butternut Squash Stuffed Pinwheels all of my childhood, and they truly taste fabulous. You can actually stuff them with apples, or ricotta cheese (for a non vegan version), they are also great with potatoes (recipe coming soon)! The dough is so versatile that you can use it to make sweet and savory versions. My mom and grandmother makes them all the time and now I am very fortunate to have my mother in law living with us, and she treats me to these quiet often.
These Vegan Butternut Squash Stuffed Pinwheels are one of my favorite desserts to serve at Thanksgiving. The butternut squash is soft and sweet, and since I add a little sugar, you actually get some caramelized spots on the pinwheels bottoms. So so good! The butternut squash here is the star, and we let it shine here, you can add some spices, but I try to keep the butternut squash flavor as clean as possible.
Look at all that powdered sugar, thats my version of saying “Let it snow, let it snow”!!!
Yes, these Vegan Butternut Squash Stuffed Pinwheels covered in powdered sugar are the bomb, my little guy couldn’t stop from licking his chubby fingers, and hey the butternut squash is a veggie, so he got some good vitamins too!
You see it? I am not kidding when I say that these Vegan Butternut Squash Stuffed Pinwheels are incredibly delicious! You don’t have to be vegan to like them, you won’t even suspect that they are vegan. This is just one crazy good dessert, that its easy to make and at the same time taste unbelievably good!
- 4 cups / 500 grams all purpose flour
- ½ cup / 110 ml vegetable oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1-2 cups warm water
- 1 cup / 200 grams granulated sugar
- 2 lb grated butternut squash
- 1 cup raisin
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- The kitchen must be warm, make sure the windows are closed. You need a warm kitchen for the dough to turn the right way.
- In a large bowl, mix by hand flour with salt and 5 tablespoons of vegetable oil or place the ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the hook attachment and mix.
- Make sure you have warm water on hand. Start mixing the ingredients, and slowly add one cup of water while mixing, add water only as needed, until you have a very soft and non-sticky dough, that comes off the hook attachment easily. Alternate the second cup, adding water little by little, just as needed.
- Transfer the dough to a lightly floured working surface and knead it by hand for 5 minutes. At this point you have a very soft dough, that is not sticky, but still not very smooth. Roll it into a ball and cover with a kitchen towel and let the dough rest for 15-30 minutes.
- After 15-30 minutes, knead the dough again on a lightly floured surface until you are left with a smooth dough. Don't add too much flour, a few tablespoons only, the dough still needs to be soft, but it will achieve a smoother surface now.
- In dependence of how large you want your pinwheels, divide the dough into either 4 or 6 balls and let them rest for another 10 minutes.
- Using a rolling pin, roll one dough ball into a circle, 0.4 inches thick and using a kitchen brush, grease the dough circle with vegetable oil, covering it entirely in a thin layer of oil. Let the dough rest for another 10 minutes. Repeat with the remaining dough balls.
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a large bowl, mix together the grated butternuts squash and sugar. You can add raisin and cinnamon as well.
- Cover the dough circle with a thin layer of butternut squash mixture, one inch from the sides. Starting with the side that is facing you, start rolling the dough to the opposite side. To make this process easier, before assembling, the rolled and oiled dough circle can be put on a cotton towel, and using that side that is facing you, you can lift up the towel and roll the dough with the butternut mixture to the opposite side. A long tube will be formed, make sure you close tightly the ends, so the butternut mixture won't get out. Now make a pinwheel and transfer it to a baking pan covered with parchment paper. Repeat with the remaining dough circles.
- Once all the pinwheels are on the baking pan, using a kitchen brush, lightly grease them with vegetable oil.
- Bake for 40 minutes, until the tops turn golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature. Sprinkle the pinwheels with powdered sugar and serve.