BabyBoo Squash Honey Date Muffins {SquashLove}

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Baby Boo Squash Honey Date Muffins |

The chicken man was selling squash. I had no idea what the patty pan-shaped, pale blue one was; but I knew it would be perfect for #Squashlove.

The chicken man had no idea of the variety of the flattened globe squash either. His fortee is beautiful Ameraucana hens that produce pale blue eggs (not blue squash.) As a side note, around our local farmers market, the chicken man is also known as Santa Claus, in recognition of his snowy white hair, his bushy beard and his patience with children – to whom he loves to acquaint with the chickens which accompany him to market.  So the chicken man sold me the squash, threw in some peppers too, and gave my kids a few eggs with which to have egg/spoon races through the crowds of people at the market.

Once home, I did A LOT of researching of squash varieties and I’m beginning to believe this is a hybrid – maybe between a white Swan White acorn and a Baby Boo? Regardless, I knew any squash would be delicious (to replace pumpkin puree) in my favorite Honey Date Pumpkin muffins. I’ve been perfecting this recipe for some time. Most of the sweetness comes from dates – as the muffin itself is not super sweet. I love the nutty addition of whole wheat flour.

Baby Boo Squash Honey Date Muffins |

To prepare the squash puree, I just roasted the whole (uncut) mystery squash. I’ve been doing this lately with pumpkin and it’s so much easier to slice open a soft squash and the seeds and membrane are easier to scoop out too.

BabyBoo Squash Honey Date Muffins


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup squash puree
  • 1/3 cup honey(or 1/2 cup for sweeter muffins)
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates


  1. In a large bowl, blend together flours, soda, salt and spices.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together water, eggs, oil, squash and honey.
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Gently stir in dates.
  4. Scoop into 12-16 greased, papered or silicon muffin pans.
  5. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick test comes out with just a few crumbs clinging to toothpick. Don't overbake.

Baby Boo Honey Date Muffins |

This Month’s SquashLove Bloghop is co-hosted by:
Baker Street | Anuradha : @bakerstreet29
Bloc De Recetas | Salomé : @blocderecetas
Bon à croquer | Valerie : @valouth
Cafe Terra Blog | Terra : @cafeterrablog
Elephant Eats | Amy
Food Wanderings | Shulie : @foodwanderings
Hobby and More | Richa : @betit19
Mike’s Baking | Mike : @mikesbaking
Mis Pensamientos | Junia : @juniakk
My Twisted Recipes | Dudut : @mytwistedrecipe
No One Like Crumbley Cookies | T.R : @TRCrumbley
Queens Notebook | Elizabeth : @mango_queen
Simply Reem | Reem : @simplyreem
Skip To Malou | Malou : @malou_nievera
Teaspoon Of Spice | Serena : @tspcurry
The Daily Palette | Annapet : @thedailypalette
The Professional Palette | Regan : @profpalate
The Spicy RD | EA : @thespicyrd
Vegan Miam | Rika : @veganmiam

Please join in on the #squashove fun by linking up any squash recipe from the month of November 2011. Don’t forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #squashlove event! The twitter hashtag is #squashlove.

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  1. says

    I love dates too which makes me want this muffin with my morning coffee right now… hehe.. and oh btw, tell your daughter her toes made me smile this morning hihi…
    Good morning from STL!

  2. says

    In that top pic the silly squash reminds me of one I saw at an outdoor squash-mart down in our beloved persimmon country. The squash farmer told me they were called “Ten Toes” since they have the ten bumps all the way around, but the ones I saw were smaller and the toes were more distinct; I thought they were gourds. Google says it’s also called a white bush squash? Anyway, the really weird thing is if any of that is right or helpful, your barefoot baby hid a clue in your photos!

    • Serena says

      THanks Junia! And thanks for the amazing idea of #squashlove. THis is one #love I will probably make ALL the recipes. I adore squash!

  3. says

    What a cool looking squash, whatever you call it… Swan White, Baby Boo or Ten Toes it’s awesome! I’m sure it made the muffin recipe exceptionally good this time. Nice meeting you and look forward to more bloghops!

  4. says

    Love the squash shot with your daughter’s feet-perfect! These muffins sound delicious, and I loved the story about the Chicken Man / Santa Claus….he sounds like quite a character! Happy #squashlove !

  5. says

    I nee dto check where you live…cause’ usually baby boo is a summer squash here in the US. Love the shape and i use it stuffed as well. Woah, honey date muffins sound awesome!! This is the first muffins I think I saw in Squashlove! :) Happy to be hosting with you and nice meeting you!

  6. says

    I say stick with BabyBoo, because that name is adorable! And the pic with your daughters feet is really fun, so I say that pic is perfect! Your muffins sound delicious! Hugs, Terra

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